Green India Series #7

Green India 7 (1)

Indian Railways to harness 1000 MW solar and 150 MW wind energy by 2020

A total of about 50 MW renewable energy capacity has been installed till date, including approximately 11 MW solar power and 37 MW wind power, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply. “In addition, installation of 6.5 MW is in progress and for about 50 MW solar capacities, request for qualification (RFQ) has been issued by zonal railways,” he added. For harnessing renewable energy sources for its requirements, Sinha said the mechanism put in place include signing of memorandum of understanding between Railways and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), finalisation of model bid documents for rooftop solar power plants with the financial support of MNRE. Read more

To study climate change, India to monitor a major fjord in Arctic

To study climate change, India is conducting a programme to monitor one of the major fjords on the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic region, the government on Wednesday said. In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Y.S. Chowdary, Minister of State for Earth Sciences, said the ministry has a long-term programme of monitoring one of the major fjords at Ny-Alesun, some 1200 km to the south of the North Pole, on the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic region to understand how it may respond to climate change. Read more Complement that with: Rising sea level to put 40mn Indians at risk: UN and Gujarat govt declares 121 more villages drought-hit

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Delhi’s power demand rises to 6044 MW, a new record

Delhi’s power demand today broke all previous records, breaching the 6,000 MW mark for the first time, even as residents across several areas of the megapolis sweated out owing to outages in the midst of a tormenting heat wave. The State Load Despatch Centre recorded the maximum power load of 6,044 MW at 3.36 PM, earlier at 2.34 PM the electricity demand peaked at 6,011 MW. As compared to last year, the rise totals to an increase of over 20 per cent. Read more Complement that with: All you wanted to know about Solar Subsidies in India

Rashtrapati Bhavan goes ‘smart’ with IBM’s help

The biggest residential property in New Delhi, with an 80-year old man as its head, can now claim to be the smartest one around. President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday evening inaugurated an intelligent operation centre and mobile application, developed by multinational technology giant IBM, to manage the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s energy, waste, water, and security. The intelligent operation centre works round the clock to address issues all cities and townships face. It puts the President’s estate, spread over 330 acres, in the league of smart townships, such as, the Mysore campus of information technology company Infosys and the IIT at Hyderabad. Read more