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India to Open 4 GW Offshore Wind Tender This Year India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will open the first offshore wind tender in the next three to four months to lease blocks off the state of Tamil Nadu, which can accommodate around 4 GW of offshore wind capacity. This will be the first of eight rounds planned to be held over the next eight years as the country plans to auction areas offshore the states of Tamil Nadu and Gujarat each year until 2030. Until 2025, India will be leasing out offshore wind energy blocks equivalent to 4 GW capacity and will raise this to 5 GW in the following five rounds. Read full news

India to replace 30GW of thermal power with renewables Delhi has directed 81 thermal power plants to reduce coal-fired generation and offset the decline with solar power. The exercise is expected to cut coal usage for power generation by 34.7mn t/yr and reduce carbon emissions by over 60mn t/yr, according to India’s power ministry. Read full news

Breather for Ghaziabad industrial units as panel relaxes clean fuel regulations The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has allowed the use of certain types of fossil fuel in specific industrial units. Apart from these, all other air polluting units need to switch to PNG, or biomass fuel by September 30. The directives apply to the National Capital Region, and the state of Uttar Pradesh. Read full news

Microsoft to Buy Power from 100 MW Solar Project Being Built by Amplus Solar – Amplus Solar, a subsidiary of Malaysian oil and gas conglomerate Petronas, and Microsoft Corporation signed a long-term renewable energy agreement for a 100 MW solar project which Amplus is developing in Rajasthan, India. Amplus was acquired by Petronas in 2019 from its New York-based investor, I Squared Capital. The two companies are also collaborating to co-innovate digital solutions that would support the decarbonization efforts of Petronas. Read full news

Mumbai Airport to be first to launch renewable energy project – Mumbai airport is the first airport in India to launch a one-of-its-kind renewable hybrid power generation project. The launch of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) and Solar PV hybrid (Solar Mill) is to explore the possibility of utilisation of wind energy at the airport. This initiative is in collaboration with WindStream Energy Technologies India Pvt Ltd, which ensures 24/7 energy generation and harnesses maximum energy through wind power systems while enabling a highly efficient and low carbon future for aviation. Read full news

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