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Going solar is no longer a bright idea for the four-decade-old photovoltaic manufacturing industry. This high-potential renewable energy sector has suffered a serious setback in India as much as across the globe. And the alarm bells are ringing loud.

In the 1970s, public sector companies Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited and the Central Electronics Limited were the first to make solar equipment in India. But these were primarily for research and development. In the 1990s, some more companies started small-scale manufacture of solar equipment. These were restricted to manufacturing for household applications.

Although current rules prohibit private players from acquiring mines to extract and sell coal in the open market, they have been using an innovative arrangement with state mining corporations to do

The government is likely to exempt companies from paying customs duty on equipment imported for existing mega power plants and for which orders have already been placed.

The new tax regime, expected to protect domestic equipment manufacturers such as BHEL and Larsen & Toubro from a 21 per cent levy on imported gear, will however remove the distinction between mega and non-mega for future power projects.

The Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry is learnt to have given its favourable consent to the proposal of Andhra Pradesh Government not to suspend supply of KG-D6 gas allocation to Lanco’s Kon

Just outside the national capital, the first unit of the new 1,500 MW gas-based Bawana power plant is ready to generate electricity, but is forced to idle away.

The coal ministry would push for significant dilution of the provisions of Coal India Ltd (CIL)’s current fuel supply pacts with power companies in tomorrow’s meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

“The ministry will propose lowering CIL’s supply commitment under new fuel supply agreements (FSAs) to 65 per cent of the contracted quantity for the first three years, 72 per cent for the fourth year and 80 per cent for the fifth year,” a senior official from the coal ministry told Business Standard. The proposal to increase the penalty level is aimed at compensating for this reduced commitment.

Farmers accuse power company of registering bogus speakers, question timing of public hearing with sowing season. The fresh public hearing for Lanco Infratech Limited’s 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant in Mandwa village of Maharashtra’s Wardha district was marked by utter chaos.The hearing, held under heavy police bandobast, started with drama. The first 50 speakers–residents of affected villages, Mandwa, Belgaon and Pullali—praised Lanco for its corporate social responsibility. They also expressed their support for the upcoming plant.

Recent govt study proposed exclusion of about 2,900 MW of hydel projects in Uttarakhand as they may impact ecology of the state

Over Rs 17,000 crore worth of investments in Uttarakhand would be impacted if the proposals of a government study to stop work on various hydel projects in the state are implemented. A recent government study has proposed exclusion of about 2,900 MW of hydel projects in Uttarakhand as they may impact the ecology of the state, sources said.

Over Rs 17,000 crore worth of investments in Uttarakhand would be impacted, if the proposals of a Government study to stop work on various hydel projects in the State are implemented.

With the mercury going up in the hills, the momentum of protests are also going in the same direction in Uttarakhand over the issue of hydel projects.

India’s top Public Sector Undertakings and private companies like L&T, Lanco, GMR, GVK, NTPC, THDCIL and UJVN are constructing hydel projects on the Ganga and its tributaries in Garhwal region with potential to generate 10,000 megawatts (mw) of power. These days, there are two different and contradictory protests going on in the hill state — one led by Avdhash Kaushal, a social activist, who wants the early completion of all dams on the Ganga and its tributaries where clearances had already been made.

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