Daily News Wrap-Up Tata Power Installs 150 EV Charging Stations Across Mumbai

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Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

Tata Power installed 150 green energy-powered electric vehicles (EV) charging stations across residential societies, malls, commercial complexes, and petrol pumps in Mumbai. These chargers are powered by renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. Tata Power has also collaborated with the National Real Estate Development Council to install up to 5,000 EV charging points across Maharashtra. The company has a strong network of more than 13,000 home chargers for private use and 200 electric bus charging points installed across India. The company has 2,200 public EV chargers in 350 cities.

GMR Power and Urban Infra, a power and infrastructure development company, acquired a 100% stake in GMR Green Energy from GMR Solar Energy, a subsidiary. The company acquired all the 50,000 equity shares of GMR Green Energy at face value of ₹10 (~$0.13) each for an aggregate cash consideration of ₹500,000 (~$6,386). Under this acquisition, GMR Green Energy would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. GMR Green Energy was incorporated in 2022 to pursue opportunities in the green energy business and is yet to commence commercial operations.

JA Solar announced that it had supplied its DeepBlue 3.0 modules for a 5.9 MW distributed solar photovoltaic project at Beijing Fengtai Railway Station. The station is known as the largest passenger railway hub in Asia. The rooftop system will provide green energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, passenger lifts, and cold storage equipment in the station. It is expected to generate 7.2 million kWh of electricity and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 5,200 tons annually.

The LEGO Group announced plans to invest more than $1 billion to build a new carbon-neutral factory in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The facility’s 100% day-to-day energy needs will be matched by renewable energy generated by an onsite solar park. The 1.7 million square foot (160,000 square meters) facility will employ more than 1,760 people. The site will also be designed to minimize energy consumption and the use of non-renewable resources. Construction will commence in fall 2022, with production projected to start in the second half of 2025. The new factory in Virginia would use state-of-the-art technology to mould, process, and pack LEGO products. The factory buildings and manufacturing processes will be designed to minimize energy use. The company aims to secure Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification for the building once it’s completed.

US Solar announced T-Mobile’s ‘sunscription’ to 14 new 1 MW US Solar Community Solar Gardens to generate clean, renewable energy and provide energy cost savings to T-Mobile locations across seven Minnesota counties. Joining T-Mobile in these gardens will be a mix of residential, public entity, and commercial subscribers. The first three community solar gardens were energized in late 2021, while the other 11 are in various construction and development stages. A sunscription to a Community Solar Garden from US Solar allows companies and individuals to benefit from local solar without any upfront costs or equipment on their property. Community Solar helps increase access to solar energy even for businesses and homes not ideally situated for a rooftop solar installation.