Aug 12, 2016

83MW of solar power for India’s biggest ports

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The Indian Ministry of Shipping is planning to install almost 83MW of solar PV panels at the country’s 12 major ports. "The Gove...

The Indian Ministry of Shipping is planning to install almost 83MW of solar PV panels at the country’s 12 major ports.

"The Government proposes to implement utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant projects at various major ports across the country. The funds for establishment of solar power projects are arranged by the major ports from their own resources and no funds have been released from the ministry," said Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan.

The port plans are part of the Green Port Initiative undertaken by India’s Shipping Ministry, which aims to cut the cost of purchasing power from the grid. In addition, installing solar PV at ports will help states to meet the government’s Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs), which are state-specific targets for the uptake of renewable energy.   

India has 12 major ports: Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Vizag, Paradip and Kolkata, which handle approximately 61 percent of the country's total cargo traffic.

The ports with the largest capacity proposals are New Mangalore (11MW), Vizag (15MW), Paradip (20MW) and JNPT (25MW).

Thus far, only 7MW has been commissioned, largely at Vizag Port. An added 16MW is expected before March of 2017.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Dominic Ellis
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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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