“SiteRight” – a tool to help select locations for RE plants in India

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Vasudha Foundation (VF), Center for Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), and Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) have collaborated to create a tool—SiteRight—to support decision makers to select locations for solar and wind projects that can help meet India’s renewable energy goals while avoiding adverse impacts to environment and people. SiteRight was launched at the New York Climate Week 2020.

SiteRight supports new renewable energy projects in places with viable resource potential but away from land areas rich in biodiversity and on which local communities depend. Read more

India’s largest floating solar plant of 5 MW to be set-up at Sagardighi, WB

India’s largest floating solar plant of 5 MW to be set-up at Sagardighi, WBHydrolio floating platform, made by French company Ciel & Terre will enable the solar modules of the plant to remain afloat thereby earning its name as floating 2solar plant. The project was supposed to be completed in April 2020 but because of Covid, everything was put on hold.Until the plan of 5 MW at WB, the 4 MW plant at Chittur, Tirupati was the largest floating solar farm in India. Read more

10% of the GDP of Maldives is spent on importing fossil fuels

With the cost of the most efficient diesel plant being 23 U.S. cents per unit, the Govt of Maldives is focusing on installing solar power plants which generates power at half the cost of diesel plants per unit. A recent tender has been issued by the Govt to install 21 MW of solar power plant. Besides, solar power the country is putting efforts to tap wave energy and waste-to-energy, with a target to set-up  renewable energy capacity of 85 MW by 2023. Read more

Germany aims to add 67 GW of renewables capacity by end of 2028

In the new new renewable energy law (EEG 2021) draft , Germany has included 67 GW of renewable energy which is likely to be auctioned between 2021 and 2028. read more

Record Lowest solar power prices achieved in Portugal

At an auction in Portugal, an all time low financial quote of EUR 11.4 per MWh for construction of solar power was received by the Government of Portugal.  read more

12 Green Building Certifications to know from around the World

  1. Active House
  2. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)
  3. CASBEE (Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency)
  4. DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen)
  5. Green Globes
  6. Green Star
  7. HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale)
  8. LBC (Living Building Challenge)
  9. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  10. NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System)
  11. Nordic Swan
  12. WELL read more

EESL orders 250 electric vehicles

EESL had floated a tender for the procurement of electric vehicles through an international competitive bidding process to boost the adoption of e-mobility in the market. Tata Motors Ltd and Hyundai Motor India Ltd won the tender and will be supplying 150 Nexon electric compact SUVs & 100 Kona electric premium SUVs respectively for government use. Read more

Adding Food loss and waste to national climate action plans will enhance the process of achieving SDG goals by 2030

A report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on strengthening food systems in the age of climate crisis stated that including diet and food loss to climate change plans can improve mitigation and adaptation contributions by as much as 25 per cent. As of now, the diets and food loss are mostly ignored in the climate change plans. Reduction of wasting food and encouraging plant rich diets is a powerful climate mitigation tool. Read more

Disney’s net-zero flagship McDonald’s

The McDonald’s Disney Flagship fast food eatery in Florida is adopting net zero approach. With its canopy of solar panels and sensor-controlled glass jalousie windows, 65% of the time the building cools down without the help of air conditioning systems. With BIPV and other latest passive design strategies it the only quick-service restaurant to aim for Net Zero Energy Building certification. Read more

Milestone achieved in Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment by WorldGBC

Milestone achieved in Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment by WorldGBC   World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has announced that the total number of signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment has reached 100. Since inception, institutions and organisations have committed to reduce energy demand with the help of sustainable energy. By 2030 these commitments will yield reduce emissions of 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 (tCO2e) Read more

Splitting of water could potentially be another renewable source of energy

Scientists are exploring the feasibility of splitting water molecules to obtain H2 and breathable O2. Feng Lin, Virginia Tech College of Science demonstrates a new technique to reassemble, revivify, and reuse a catalyst that allows for energy-efficient water splitting. The chemical experiment was performed with fresh water, but the team says that even salt water may be used to produce hydrogen fuel. Read more

Peachtree Corners, Georgia USA is the country’s first real world smart city.

With the help of IOT management system & smart data acquisition the processing time of information reduces which helps to make quick decisions by the city-administration. Real time responsive strategies are designed which are being implemented in the city. Read more

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