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India’s first integrated web portal to promote Net Zero Energy Buildings launched

The Union Ministry of Power and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched India’s first integrated web portal designed to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in India.

The portal (www.nzeb.in) was launched by Secretary of Union Ministry of Power Pradeep Kumar Pujari and Ambassador Mr Jonathan Addleton, USAID Mission Director to India.

Key features of Portal

  • A first of its kind portal provides complete information about NZEB that generate as much energy as they use.
  • It also helps to achieve near-zero energy status through the use of efficient lighting and equipment, best practice design strategies and integration of renewable energy technologies.
  • In addition it also hosts the NZEB Alliance, an industry-wide body setup to drive the Indian markets toward highly energy-efficient buildings.
  • It will also provide information for policymakers, architects, engineers, developers, sustainability consultants and academia.

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ADB and USAID ink MoU to develop solar parks in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for development of solar parks in India.

The MoU will facilitate 848 million US dollars in funding to develop solar parks across India. The collaboration of ADB and USAID will initially focus on the state of Rajasthan.

Key facts

  • The funding will assist India in developing the clean energy infrastructure by collaborating on design and development of PPP investment models for solar parks.
  • It will help finance the development of solar parks in support of the Government of India’s renewable energy targets.
  • The cooperation between two agencies will help to design and develop public-private partnership (PPP) models as well as study options for managing grid reliability.
  • Under this agreement, USAID will align the technical resources of its existing Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Deployment (PACE-D) Program.
  • USAID will support ADB’s investments in the development of solar parks and renewable energy transmission infrastructure in states.

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