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PMC launches ‘PEHEL 2024’ initiative for e-waste and plastic pollution awareness

PMC launches ‘PEHEL 2024’ initiative for e-waste and plastic pollution awareness

Last Updated:  23 February 2024

On Sunday, February 25, 2024, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is set to conduct “Pehel 2024,” a series of environment-friendly activities on the occasion of Saint Gadge Baba Jayanti and National Science Day. PMC organizes this program annually, featuring initiatives like a deep cleaning drive, waste sorting awareness, and the eradication of chronic waste spots.

The ambitious campaign will span the entire Pune City, with over 400 collection centers to be established. This initiative aims to promote separate collection, proper management, and scientific recycling of waste, addressing the challenges posed by e-waste and plastic waste.

“Pehel 2024” will be executed in collaboration with Cummins India Foundation, KPIT, and local social organizations specializing in environmental causes. The program will kick off the e-waste and plastic collection campaign in Pune City. Interested citizens are encouraged to register between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

As part of the program schedule:

  • E-waste and plastic collection in schools and colleges will occur on February 24.
  • Awareness programs will be organized at various levels on February 18, with sermons scheduled for February 23.

PMC has issued an appeal to all residents of Pune City to actively participate in the “Pehel 2024” campaign on the day of collection. Citizens are urged to bring their e-waste or plastic waste to the nearest collection center.

Following the event, salvageable items from the collected e-waste will be repaired and donated to needy students and educational needs. The remaining items will be handed over to organizations registered with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.

Source: https://pune.news/city/pune/pune-nibe-limited-becomes-knowledge-partner-for-maharashtra-msme-defence-expo-in-moshi-142447/

India’s Solar Power Surge: State-wise Progress, Potential, and Targets

India’s Solar Power Surge: State-wise Progress, Potential, and Targets

Last Updated:  8 February 2024

In a recent announcement, the Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power disclosed a remarkable surge in India’s solar power capacity. According to the latest figures, the country’s installed solar power capacity has soared from 2.82 GW as of March 31, 2014, to an impressive 73.32 GW by December 31, 2023. This significant increase underscores India’s steadfast commitment to expanding its renewable energy portfolio and reducing dependence on traditional fossil fuels.

The details of state-wise installation of solar power capacity under the National Solar Mission, is given below.

State-wise installed capacity of Solar Power (as on 31.12.2023)

S. No. STATES / UTs Solar Power Capacity in MW
1 Andhra Pradesh                                         4565.60
2 Arunachal Pradesh                                            11.79
3 Assam                                          155.81
4 Bihar                                          223.54
5 Chhattisgarh                                       1072.24
6 Goa                                            35.76
7 Gujarat                                      10549.07
8 Haryana                                        1240.47
9 Himachal Pradesh                                          111.55
10 Jammu & Kashmir                                            54.98
11 Jharkhand                                          121.77
12 Karnataka                                         9412.71
13 Kerala                                          859.01
14 Ladakh                                             7.80
15 Madhya Pradesh                                       3170.05
16 Maharashtra                                       5080.28
17 Manipur                                           13.04
18 Meghalaya                                            4.19
19 Mizoram                                          30.43
20 Nagaland                                            3.17
21 Odisha                                        473.03
22 Punjab                                      1266.55
23 Rajasthan                                    18777.14
24 Sikkim                                            4.69
25 Tamil Nadu                                       7360.94
26 Telangana                                       4712.98
27 Tripura                                          18.47
28 Uttar Pradesh                                      2740.87
29 Uttarakhand                                        575.53
30 West Bengal                                        194.06
31 Andaman & Nicobar                                          29.91
32 Chandigarh                                          64.05
33 Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu                                         46.47
34 Delhi                                       237.29
35 Lakshadweep                                           4.97
36 Puducherry                                          43.27
37 Others                                          45.01
  Total (MW)                                    73318.49

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing Rooftop Solar (RTS) Programme Phase-II, wherein, Central Financial Assistance (CFA) is being provided for the installation of RTS in the Residential sector only, including Residential Welfare Association (RWA)/Group Housing Society (GHS). The Programme envisages the installation of 4,000 MW of RTS capacity in the residential sector till 31.03.2026. CFA is not available for other categories i.e. institutional, educational, social, government, commercial, and industrial sectors as the beneficiaries in these sectors are high tariff-paying consumers and adoption of solar would be economically beneficial for them even without CFA.

India’s solar energy potential has been unveiled to be a staggering 748 GWp (Giga Watt peak). This estimate, furnished by the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), draws upon data from the Waste Land Atlas of India 2010. The revelation of such immense solar potential underscores India’s capability to harness renewable resources on a grand scale. Detailed state-wise breakdowns accompanying this revelation provide further insight into the distributed nature of this vast energy resource.


Sl. No. Name of State/UT Solar Potential (MWp)
1 Andhra Pradesh 38440
2 Arunachal Pradesh 8650
3 Assam 13760
4 Bihar 11200
5 Chhattisgarh 18270
6 Goa 880
7 Gujarat 35770
8 Haryana 4560
9 Himachal Pradesh 33840
10 Jammu & Kashmir 111050
11 Jharkhand 18180
12 Karnataka 24700
13 Kerala 6110
14 Madhya Pradesh 61660
15 Maharashtra 64320
16 Manipur 10630
17 Meghalaya 5860
18 Mizoram 9090
19 Nagaland 7290
20 Orissa 25780
21 Punjab 2810
22 Rajasthan 142310
23 Sikkim 4940
24 Tamil Nadu 17670
25 Telangana 20410
26 Tripura 2080
27 Uttar Pradesh 22830
28 Uttarakhand 16800
29 West Bengal 6260
30 Delhi 2050
31 Others (UTs) 790
  Total 748990.00= 748 GWp

State-wise funds released for the development of solar energy sector in the last financial year is given below.


(Rs in crores)

SL.NO. State 2022-23
1 Andhra Pradesh 68.96
2 Arunachal Pradesh 9.30
3 Assam 14.02
4 Chandigarh 0.73
5 Chhattisgarh 13.54
6 Delhi 10.07
7 Gujarat 1114.65
8 Haryana 118.18
9 Himachal Pradesh 15.73
10 Jammu & Kashmir 27.98
11 Jharkhand 40.64
12 Karnataka 90.98
13 Kerala 89.71
14 Ladakh 125.00
15 Madhya Pradesh 170.14
16 Maharashtra 304.58
17 Mizoram 1.29
18 Nagaland 6.37
19 Odisha 26.70
20 Punjab 55.93
21 Rajasthan 258.84
22 Tamil Nadu 10.98
23 Telangana 42.81
24 Tripura 0.12
25 Uttarakhand 8.33
26 Uttar Pradesh 74.32
27 West Bengal 4.71
28 Others (CEL, REL, NABARD, Regional Rural Banks, NGOs, etc.) and other Channel Partners 17.71
Total 2722.32

As on 31-12-2023, 51 Solar Parks with an aggregate capacity of 37,740 MW have been sanctioned in 12 States in the country since launch of the Scheme i.e. December 2014. An aggregate capacity of 10,504 MW of solar projects have been commissioned in 20 Solar Parks, so far. The State wise details are given below.

Details of Solar Parks sanctioned and projects commissioned State-wise

(as on 31-12-2023)

Sl. No. State Number of Parks Sanctioned Capacity (MW) Projects commissioned (in MW)
1 Andhra Pradesh 5 4200 3050
2 Chhattisgarh 1 100 28
3 Gujarat 7 12150 900
4 Jharkhand 3 1089 0
5 Karnataka 2 2500 2000
6 Kerala 2 155 100
7 Madhya Pradesh 8 4180 1000
8 Maharashtra 3 1000 0
9 Mizoram 1 20 20
10 Odisha 3 340 0
11 Rajasthan 9 8276 3065
12 Uttar Pradesh 7 3730 341
Total 51 37740 10504

Year-wise installed capacity from the year 2019-20 to 2023-24 (up to Dec 2023) is given below.

Year-wise Solar Power installed capacity from the year 2019-20 to 2023-24 (up to December 2023)

S.N. Year  Added capacity(MW) Cumulative Solar Capacity Installed (MW)
1 2019-20 6510 35607
2 2020-21 5629 41236
3 2021-22 12761 53997
4 2022-23 12784 66781
5 2023-24 (up to Dec 2023) 6538 73319 

The Government has set a target of achieving 500 GW of installed capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030, in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement at COP-26, held in Glasgow. State-wise targets for this goal have not been set.

Source: https://solarquarter.com/2024/02/08/indias-solar-power-surge-state-wise-progress-potential-and-targets/

India Sanctions Green Energy Corridor Phase-II Project: Boosting Renewable Energy Transmission in Ladakh

India Sanctions Green Energy Corridor Phase-II Project: Boosting Renewable Energy Transmission in Ladakh

Last Updated:  22 February 2024

The central government has sanctioned the implementation of the Green Energy Corridor Phase-II (GEC-II) project, aimed at establishing an inter-state transmission system (ISTS) to support a 13 GW renewable energy project in Ladakh.

The project aims to enhance the transmission infrastructure necessary for evacuating power generated from renewable sources in Ladakh. The ISTS GEC-II project consist construction of approximately 713 km of transmission lines, covering 1,268 ckm, and the installation of two 5 GW high voltage direct current terminals in Ladakh (Pang) and Kaital (Haryana). The infrastructure will facilitate the transmission of electricity generated from renewable energy projects totaling 13 GW capacity, along with a 12 GWh battery energy storage system in Ladakh. The cost of project is about Rs 207.73 billion, the Central Financial Assistance covers 40 per cent of the project cost, amounting to Rs 83.09 billion. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited will implement the project, financing the remaining project costs through debt and equity. The project is scheduled for completion by 2029-30.

Source: https://powerline.net.in/2024/02/22/india-sanctions-green-energy-corridor-phase-ii-project-in-ladakh/#:~:text=India%20sanctions%20Green%20Energy%20Corridor%20Phase%2DII%20project%20in%20Ladakh,-February%2022%2C%202024&text=The%20central%20government%20has%20sanctioned,renewable%20energy%20project%20in%20Ladakh

India Launches PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana With ₹75,021 Crore Outlay For Rooftop Solar Power Adoption

India Launches PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana With ₹75,021 Crore Outlay For Rooftop Solar Power Adoption

Last Updated:  18 March 2024

PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana

The Government of India has launched a significant initiative aimed at promoting the adoption of rooftop solar power systems in households across the nation. Known as the PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana, this scheme has been approved by the President of India and boasts a substantial financial outlay of ₹75,021 crore.

This ambitious project, launched on February 13, 2024, targets the installation of rooftop solar plants in approximately one crore households. It encompasses various components, including the incorporation of the previous Phase II of the grid-connected rooftop solar program, thereby consolidating financial resources and responsibilities under the new scheme.

Under the PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana, financial allocations have been earmarked for different aspects. This includes ₹65,700 crore for providing financial assistance (CFA) to residential consumers, ₹4,950 crore as incentives for Discoms, ₹1,000 crore for local bodies, and ₹800 crore for establishing model solar villages in each district, among other allocations.

The implementation of this scheme will be facilitated through a dedicated national portal (pmsuryaghar.gov.in), making the process more accessible and transparent for interested parties. Notably, the subsidy or CFA provided under this scheme will apply to all applications submitted on or after February 13, 2024.

To streamline the subsidy structure, specific criteria have been outlined. For instance, residential sectors will receive CFA for the first 2 kW of rooftop solar capacity at 60% of the benchmark cost, with additional incentives for every additional kW installed.

Furthermore, the scheme defines the baseline benchmark costs for setting up rooftop solar systems for the fiscal year 2023-24. Accordingly, a structured CFA framework has been established. Residential households installing rooftop solar plants of up to 2 kW will receive ₹30,000 per kW as CFA, with reduced incentives for additional capacity ranging between 2 kW and 3 kW.

The operational guidelines for implementing the scheme will be provided separately, ensuring clarity and uniformity in execution. These guidelines have been formulated following the delegated powers conferred to the Ministry, with the concurrence of the Integrated Financial Division.

Overall, the PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana represents a significant stride towards promoting renewable energy adoption at the grassroots level. By incentivizing rooftop solar installations in households, the scheme not only contributes to reducing carbon emissions but also empowers citizens with access to clean and sustainable energy sources.

Please view the document below for more details.


Source: https://solarquarter.com/2024/03/18/india-launches-pm-surya-ghar-muft-bijli-yojana-with-%E2%82%B975021-crore-outlay-for-rooftop-solar-power-adoption/

Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023

Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023

Last Updated:  1 March 2024

CO2 Emissions in 2023 provides a complete picture of energy-related emissions in 2023. The report finds that clean energy growth has limited the rise in global emissions, with 2023 registering an increase of 1.1%. Weather effects and continued Covid-19 reopening played a significant role in driving emissions in 2023. Advanced economies saw a record decrease in their emissions, which are now back to the level of fifty years ago. This release brings together the IEA’s latest analysis, combining the Agency’s estimates of CO2 emissions from all energy sources and industrial processes.

This report is a companion piece to our Clean Energy Market Monitorreleased in parallel.

Source: https://www.iea.org/reports/co2-emissions-in-2023

Ice cover in North America’s Great Lakes hits lowest level for 50 years

Ice cover in North America’s Great Lakes hits lowest level for 50 years

Last Updated:  13 December 2023
A warm start to the winter season has left the Great Lakes virtually ice-free and with their lowest ice cover to kick off a new year in at least 50 years.

On New Year’s Day, only 0.35% of the Great Lakes were covered in ice, the lowest on record for the date, and well below the historical average of nearly 10% for this point in winter, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL).

This year’s missing ice in the Great Lakes adds to a growing trend of winter ailments plaguing the US, from dwindling snowpacks in the West to an ongoing snow drought in the Northeast, all becoming more common due to warming temperatures from the climate crisis.

Since record-keeping began in 1973, researchers have found the Great Lakes have been experiencing a massive decline in ice, with the peak coverage dropping by about 5% each decade.

“It’s certainly very low for this time of year,” James Kessler, a physical scientist at NOAA’s GLERL, told CNN.

A person paddles a canoe down a street flooded by recent rain storms in Montpelier, Vermont, U.S., July 11, 2023.
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Air temperature matters when it comes to ice cover on the Great Lakes, said Kessler. Cold air is needed to cool the water so the lakes can freeze. But with the climate rapidly heating up, records show warmer than average temperatures in the region are melting the chances for Great Lakes ice to form.

“We’ve had consistently above average air temperature in the region, and we haven’t had consistently cold days,” Kessler said. “That’s really what you need. You need a consistent number of days below freezing.”

Average December temperatures in the Upper Midwest states surrounding the Great Lakes soared 8 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit above normal for the month. It was the warmest December on record for several cities along the Great Lakes, including Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota.

It was a similar story on the eastern side of the lakes as well, with Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, New York, all seeing one of the warmest Decembers on record. As a result, Lake Erie is currently completely ice-free.

It’s an ongoing trend. Lake Erie has seen a decline in ice coverage of about 5% each decade, according to Kessler, while Lake Superior is seeing the most rapid rate of ice cover loss of about 7% every 10 years. Recent studies have shown that Lake Superior is among the fastest warming lakes in the world, thanks to planet-heating pollution.

It is still early in the season, Kessler cautioned. One prolonged blast of Arctic air in the coming weeks could cause ice coverage to increase exponentially. And peak ice in the Great Lakes typically occurs in late February or early March.

Source: https://www.ft.com/content/408d30f6-f8fd-48bf-9007-a303e8d569de