Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2019
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Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) and European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed loan agreement for second line of credit (LoC) of Euro 150 million on non-sovereign basis for renewable energy financing in India. The LoC has tenure of 15 years including grace period of 3 years. It will be used for financing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects in India. It will benefit more than 1.1 million households especially from clean energy produced with these funds.
European Investment Bank (EIB)
EIB is long-term lending institution of European Union owned by its member states. It is also engaged in multilateral financing and works closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy. More than 90% of its activity is in Europe but it is also big investor globally. EIB’s activities focus on four priority areas including innovation and skills, access to finance for infrastructure, smaller businesses and climate & environment.
Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA)
IREDA is dedicated financing arm of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for financing renewable and energy efficiency projects. It has been spearheading growth of renewable energy in country for over three decades. To meet financing requirement, it has been raising resources from various bilateral and multilateral agencies, Masala bonds and domestic – taxable and tax-free bonds. It has financed renewable and energy efficiency projects of financial value of over Rs. 34,534 crore till date.
Diu has become the first and only Union Territory in the country to be fully run on solar energy. The UT generates total of 13 megawatts (MW) of electricity from solar power generating facilities daily. Of this, 3 MW is generated by rooftop solar plants and 10 MW by its other solar power plants.
Diu’s peak-time demand for electricity goes up to 7 MW and now it daily generates about 10.5 MW of electricity from solar energy, making it electricity surplus. Despite scarcity of land, solar power plants have been installed over more than 50 acres. The solar power also has come as big relief for local residents as their monthly bill charges have fallen by around 12%. It also has significantly reduced electricity loss.
Diu has an area of just 42 square kilometres and population of 56,000. For water and electricity, the Union territory was solely dependent on Gujarat government. The electricity supplied from power grid owned by Gujarat government was causing huge line losses. To overcome this limitation, UT’s administration has decided to set up solar power plants.