Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2019
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India has contributed $1 million to United Nations (UN) Headquarters’ Solar Project, under which solar panels will be installed on roof of world body’s headquarters at New York, US. This contribution makes India first responder to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for climate action. The contribution will help reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy.
In June 2018, during session on World Environment Day (observed on 5 June), India had intended to partner with UN Secretariat to use renewable solar energy at UN premises. It had expressed hope that by next World Environment Day, solar energy will be part of energy mix used in UN Headquartered building.
126 MW wind power capacity, part of India’s first inter-state transmission system (ISTS) auction, was commissioned in Bhuj, Gujarat. It was part of India’s first ISTS auction was conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) in February 2017.
This was bid for projects to be connected on ISTS wherein power generated from one state (renewable resource rich state) can be transmitted to other renewable deficient states. The energy generated from this project is being purchased by Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The first auction signifies major shift from earlier regime of state-specific feed-in-Tariff (FiT) model to Pan-India, market-driven mechanism. It also marks beginning of capacity additions in wind power based on market discovered tariffs, in line with the Government’s plan of having 175 GW renewable energy by 2022.