Top Stories

Grid List

Sunseap Group, Singapore’s leading integrated clean energy solutions provider, announced the launch of its newest fully-owned subsidiary, Sunseap Solutions Pte Ltd, today.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, August 17, 2018/APO Group/ --

On her first visit to the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire, Canada’s Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau and the President of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina (www.AfDB.org), shared a common vision and commitment to the advancement of women and girls on the continent.

Both officials met at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, following the Minister’s visit to a Bank-financed rural agriculture project in Abengourou, Côte d’Ivoire earlier in the day. Bibeau, Adesina and other senior management members exchanged views on wide ranging issues including gender empowerment issues, renewable energy, agriculture, and innovative financing mechanisms.

Canada is the fourth largest contributor to the Bank among non-regional members, and the sixth largest donor to the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional arm of the Bank Group.

The advancement of women and girls is a priority area for the Canadian government in keeping with its Feminist International Assistance Policy (https://bit.ly/2rV5eAG).

The Minister emphasized the need to involve African women in decision-making processes.

According to Bibeau "If we want to end poverty, women in Africa must be able to develop their full potential," she said. She also expressed the hope that women would no longer be perceived as "mere beneficiaries" but as "agents of change."

"This is the approach we are taking in Canada. We are working to ensure that 15% of our department's budget is allocated to transformative projects for women," Bibeau said.

The Gender Strategy is a central part of the Bank’s ambitious vision for Africa, based on the reality that gender equality is integral to Africa’s economic and social development. The vision includes creating opportunities for women, disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities so they can fully participate in and benefit from the development of their communities and nations.

Commending Adesina for exemplary leadership, Bibeau acknowledged that “change will not come overnight, but our collective actions will make a significant difference.” The Bank recorded exceptional results for 2017 with approvals of US $8.7 billion and over $7 billion of disbursements, the highest performance since its creation in 1964.  

From 2010 to 2017, the Bank’s operations have positively impacted the lives of millions of Africans. 83 million Africans have benefited from improved access to transport, and 49 million have gained access   to clean water and sanitation. Nine million African women have been connected to electricity and the living conditions of 29 million more women have been significantly enhanced as a result of improvements in agriculture.

Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina called for greater mobilization of resources in favor of women.

"We need to change the current system, and introduce a mechanism for rating and classifying financial institutions. Those who put the issue of gender at the center of their concerns should be at the forefront of this ranking," he said.

According to Adesina, "the Bank plans to raise a US$ 300-million guarantee fund for the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative."  AFAWA is expected to leverage close to USD$ 3 billion over 10 years to empower female entrepreneurs through capacity building development, access to funding, and policy, legal and regulatory reforms to support enterprises led by women.

The initiative provides significant support for the advancement of Africa’s Gender agenda.  The Bank is helping build women’s market programs in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through four commercial banks, at least 200,000 women owned businesses are expected to be impacted through financing, growth in revenues and through coaching and mentoring programs.

Adesina said he hoped Canada would champion the initiative, launched during the Bank’s 2016 Annual Meetings.

The Canadian Minister and the African Development Bank President also discussed closer cooperation between Canada and Africa, and Canada’s participation in the first Africa Investment Forum scheduled for November 2018 in South Africa.

Canada joined the African Development Bank in 1982. The country has supported all the general capital increases of the Bank and all the replenishments of the African Development Fund (ADF). Canada also participates in a number of multi-donor trust funds and other initiatives managed by the Bank.

The African Development Bank Group is one of Canada's leading partners in supporting sustainable economic growth in Africa. Other Bank Group priority areas of focus include environment and renewable energy, inclusive governance, peace and security.

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its plan to release more than 100 new fabrics in 2018 (extending its industry-leading selection of more than 700 SKUs), LuXout Shades today announced a stunning new option for designers looking to tackle harmful UV rays with "Simply Beautiful" aesthetics. Through a proprietary collection of fabrics, the company's new LuXscreen Solar Screens collection allows designers to dial up near limitless options while giving homeowners the ability to fine-tune between openness, privacy, and protection.

New collection allows designers to dial up near limitless options, while giving homeowners the ability to fine-tune between openness, privacy and protection.
New collection allows designers to dial up near limitless options, while giving homeowners the ability to fine-tune between openness, privacy and protection.

"With solar protection, the dilemma for designers often came down to preserving views and room aesthetics, or obtaining maximum protection from things like unwanted radiation, glare, and harmful UV rays, which cause not only squinting, and fading, but also skin damage," says Tony Lovette, president and founder of LuXout Shades. "With our new Solar Screen fabrics, they can now tackle those issues, while adding these stunning looks and textures to their designs."

In the meantime, Lovette says those benefits also shield homeowners from as much as 20 percent of their cooling costs — all of which can be dialed in using the company's Sun Sensor Automation to automatically detect light, while raising or lowering shades to save energy. They also shield designers from the issue of getting "scooped" by internet sources and retailers, because — like all of LuXout Shades' products — they're only available to registered interior designers. Developed for the company's rolldown and roman shades, all Solar Screen fabrics are held in stock for quick fabrication and delivery in as little as two weeks.

"Designers love these latest fabrics because their unique and stylish patterns and weaves provide near limitless options," Lovette says. "It's a win-win for them and their clients."

Designers can check out the latest fabrics, request free swatches and sign up to receive LuXout Shade's newsletter by enrolling in the LuXout Shade program at www.luxoutshades.com/Account/Register.

Media Contact:

Drew Vass

LuXout PR

1221 Admiral Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Tel: 804.316.9546

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About LuXout Products Inc.

LuXout Products Inc. is a Richmond, Va.-based manufacturer and provider of window treatments noted for its high-quality, hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind products, along with quick turnarounds and superior customer service. Founded in 1967 as a "to the trade" drapery workroom, the company now distributes its LuXout Shades internationally on a limited basis to the trade only. For more information, visit www.LuXoutshades.com or call 800-817-1204.

Related Links

Sign up to receive samples:

SOURCE LuXout Shades

Related Links

http://www.luxoutshades.com

BOSTON, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kearsarge Energy, the Northeast's leading renewable energy project developer and financier based in Boston, Massachusetts, announces its first New York Community Solar Farm. Located on 12 acres in Oppenheim, New York, the 1.94 MW project is developed, owned and operated by Kearsarge.

Through Kearsarge's NY Community Solar Partnership with Common Energy, Capital Region homeowners and renters can add solar energy to their existing National Grid account, save 10 percent on electricity and lower emissions in their community. Enrollment is available today at http://www.commonenergy.us.

"Kearsarge is one of the pioneers in Community Solar," said Andrew Bernstein, managing director of Kearsarge Energy. "Our business has been centered around public-private partnerships offering net metered credits to municipalities, school systems and other public entities. Kearsarge Community Solar brings these same benefits to residential customers in New York."

The Oppenheim site will be a major environmental benefit to all stakeholders, offsetting over 35,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Incorporating 5,544 solar panels, the site will generate 2,300,000 kilowatt hours AC per year which will be fed into the local utility grid. In addition, the Town of Oppenheim will receive tax revenues over the next 20 years from the project.

"Common Energy is excited to partner with Kearsarge to bring lower-cost clean energy to the Capital Region," said Malcolm Bliss, vice president of partnerships at Common Energy. "We believe this project is an important step toward creating a vibrant, clean energy economy in New York State."

Find out more at http://www.kearsargeenergy.com/community/.

About Kearsarge Energy

Kearsarge Energy, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a leading renewable energy project development, finance and asset management company, with a dual mission to help build a more sustainable world and to provide superior returns to stakeholders and the environment. Kearsarge is focused on creating long-term value by working with local communities to meet the growing demand for commercial and utility-scale renewable energy projects. Visit www.kearsargeenergy.com or call (617) 393-4222.

About Common Energy

Common Energy enables homeowners and renters to save money by connecting them to lower-cost clean energy from local solar projects. These projects lower carbon emissions and create clean energy jobs in the community. Common Energy partners with developers to monetize their Community Solar projects. Visit www.commonenergy.us or call (844) 899-8763.

Related Images

community-solar.png

Community Solar

Oppenheim, NY

Related Links

Common Energy

Kearsarge Energy Website

SOURCE Kearsarge Energy

The Trump administration will shortly release its plan to replace Barack Obama’s ambitious attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Former US President Obama’s strategy, set in 2015, planned to transition away from fossil fuels towards using more sustainable sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. Coal-fired power plants are the biggest contributor to carbon dioxide emissions in the US, totalling 69 per cent.

Replacing these plants was seen as key to Obama’s efforts to combat climate change and meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

However, President Trump plans to give states the power to set their own regulations for coal plants, something which could see a revival of the technology in some areas, according to documents seen by Politico.

The plan would also allow states to create rules in order to burn less coal, but produce the same amount of electricity; however, this proposal would still have seriously negative effects for the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has admitted that pollutants would be higher under Trump’s new plan, which has been poorly received by environmental campaigners. Janet McCabe, who was acting EPA assistant administrator during the Obama-era, regarded the proposal as “another, more official, sign that the government of the United States is not committed to climate policy.”

Earlier this month, Trump also set out a proposal to downgrade standards for fuel efficiency. This is another plan put in place to undo progress on air pollution during the Obama era.

In response, California intends to change its own regulations to ensure any car sold in the state will have to meet its own higher standards, rather than weaker ones set by at the federal level.

“Dirty, gas guzzling vehicles are a direct assault on public health, and foreclose our ability to rein in air pollution and greenhouse gases,” said Mary D. Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, August 17, 2018/APO Group/ --

On her first visit to the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire, Canada’s Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau and the President of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina (www.AfDB.org), shared a common vision and commitment to the advancement of women and girls on the continent.

Both officials met at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, following the Minister’s visit to a Bank-financed rural agriculture project in Abengourou, Côte d’Ivoire earlier in the day. Bibeau, Adesina and other senior management members exchanged views on wide ranging issues including gender empowerment issues, renewable energy, agriculture, and innovative financing mechanisms.

Canada is the fourth largest contributor to the Bank among non-regional members, and the sixth largest donor to the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional arm of the Bank Group.

The advancement of women and girls is a priority area for the Canadian government in keeping with its Feminist International Assistance Policy (https://bit.ly/2rV5eAG).

The Minister emphasized the need to involve African women in decision-making processes.

According to Bibeau "If we want to end poverty, women in Africa must be able to develop their full potential," she said. She also expressed the hope that women would no longer be perceived as "mere beneficiaries" but as "agents of change."

"This is the approach we are taking in Canada. We are working to ensure that 15% of our department's budget is allocated to transformative projects for women," Bibeau said.

The Gender Strategy is a central part of the Bank’s ambitious vision for Africa, based on the reality that gender equality is integral to Africa’s economic and social development. The vision includes creating opportunities for women, disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities so they can fully participate in and benefit from the development of their communities and nations.

Commending Adesina for exemplary leadership, Bibeau acknowledged that “change will not come overnight, but our collective actions will make a significant difference.” The Bank recorded exceptional results for 2017 with approvals of US $8.7 billion and over $7 billion of disbursements, the highest performance since its creation in 1964.  

From 2010 to 2017, the Bank’s operations have positively impacted the lives of millions of Africans. 83 million Africans have benefited from improved access to transport, and 49 million have gained access   to clean water and sanitation. Nine million African women have been connected to electricity and the living conditions of 29 million more women have been significantly enhanced as a result of improvements in agriculture.

Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina called for greater mobilization of resources in favor of women.

"We need to change the current system, and introduce a mechanism for rating and classifying financial institutions. Those who put the issue of gender at the center of their concerns should be at the forefront of this ranking," he said.

According to Adesina, "the Bank plans to raise a US$ 300-million guarantee fund for the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative."  AFAWA is expected to leverage close to USD$ 3 billion over 10 years to empower female entrepreneurs through capacity building development, access to funding, and policy, legal and regulatory reforms to support enterprises led by women.

The initiative provides significant support for the advancement of Africa’s Gender agenda.  The Bank is helping build women’s market programs in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through four commercial banks, at least 200,000 women owned businesses are expected to be impacted through financing, growth in revenues and through coaching and mentoring programs.

Adesina said he hoped Canada would champion the initiative, launched during the Bank’s 2016 Annual Meetings.

The Canadian Minister and the African Development Bank President also discussed closer cooperation between Canada and Africa, and Canada’s participation in the first Africa Investment Forum scheduled for November 2018 in South Africa.

Canada joined the African Development Bank in 1982. The country has supported all the general capital increases of the Bank and all the replenishments of the African Development Fund (ADF). Canada also participates in a number of multi-donor trust funds and other initiatives managed by the Bank.

The African Development Bank Group is one of Canada's leading partners in supporting sustainable economic growth in Africa. Other Bank Group priority areas of focus include environment and renewable energy, inclusive governance, peace and security.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, August 7, 2018/APO Group/ --

Phanes Group (www.PhanesGroup.com/incubator), an international end-to-end solar provider headquartered in Dubai, UAE, has announced the 2nd edition of its Solar Incubator program, aimed at identifying PV projects of potential in sub-Saharan Africa by providing support to funding, and commercial and technical knowledge.

The initiative held under the theme, “Your Project, Our Expertise, For a Sustainable Future”, will be held in collaboration with Hogan Lovells, responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding, RINA and Solarplaza, and invites PV developers to submit proposals for projects based in sub-Saharan Africa that have a clear Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) component.

Candidates are asked to submit their proposals by September 27th (11.59 p.m. CET) via the process established on Phanes Group’s website. Those who are shortlisted will be invited to present their projects to an expert panel comprised of the Solar Incubator partners at the “Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa 2018” conference in Kigali, Rwanda, from November 7th to 8th, where the industry’s key players will hold extensive discussions on solutions for Africa’s solar energy requirements and bridging the bankability gap.

It comes as part of Phanes Group's core strategy to collaborate with Africa-focused counterparties, such as local project owners, governments, and developers on projects that seek to create a sustainable future for urban and rural communities across the sub-Saharan African region.

 “The majority of our business focus lies in electrifying new markets in sub-Saharan Africa. With CSR at the heart of our business model, we launched this initiative with the goal of bringing bankability to projects that stand to provide clean energy to economies that need it most. The Phanes Group Solar Incubator is an example of this,” said Martin Haupts, CEO, Phanes Group.

“Entering the Phanes Group Solar Incubator means creating the opportunity to not only win, but the possibility to gain further exposure to key industry players through the evaluation panel. We have already seen great success from last year’s projects, and we are confident that as this initiative continues to grow, more and more businesses across the continent will be able to effectively address local needs for clean and affordable energy.”

Christopher Cross, Partner of law firm Hogan Lovells, who will be part of the evaluation panel at the event, said, “We are delighted to be invited again this year to take part in such an exciting and on-the-ground initiative such as this. I had a great experience last year and very much look forward to seeing what is in store for us in Rwanda. As stated previously, the Solar Incubator seeks to foster both local innovation and investment to bring potential opportunities to fruition for the social and economic benefit of the region and its people.”

With almost 700 million people in sub-Saharan Africa living without electricity, the Phanes Group Solar Incubator aims to enable solutions by supporting developers not only during the funding phase, but throughout the project development and delivery. Phanes Group, along with its partners, will provide PV developers with access to the expertise that will support them in reaching bankability. During the initial phase, extensive mentorship and access to the right network will enable this year’s winner(s) to roll out a sustainable energy solution for their community and develop a long-term CSR concept.

“responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding is proud to be participating in the Phanes Group Solar Incubator once again this year,” said Wilfred van den Bos, Head of Investments. “It is important to ensure that energy projects within the solar sector start and remain financially viable, and we hope that our continued partnership will foster successful entrepreneurship that will benefit communities across sub-Saharan Africa.”

Lee Smith, Sector Manager from RINA also commented, “RINA is proud to partner with Phanes Group again for the 2018 edition of the Solar Incubator, which produced some interesting projects in 2017. It was encouraging to see the emergence of strong CSR propositions in line with the vision of the initiative. We look forward to this year’s proposals and helping to shape the winner’s future.”

"We are very much looking forward to host the latest edition of the incubator during Unlocking Solar Capital Africa. All participants will have the opportunity to take their project from concept stage into development with the expert advice from the incubator evaluation panel and the support of Phanes Group" Lydia van Os, Project Manager Unlocking Solar Capital Africa added.

Similar to last year, the developer(s) of the winning project(s) will be invited to join Phanes Group for an intensive workshop at its headquarters in Dubai, UAE. This will help lay the foundations for delivering a bankable and sustainable project.

More about Phanes Group’s Solar Incubator

Phanes Group’s 2nd annual Solar Incubator, held under the theme of “Your Project, Our Expertise, For a Sustainable Future”, will be supported by Hogan Lovells, responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding, RINA and Solarplaza.

The initiative aims to select and develop PV project opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa that haven’t been able to gain access to funding and necessary know-how. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of this initiative; along with the project details a solid CSR concept that benefits the local community must be submitted and will be further developed during the incubator phase and implemented in parallel with execution of the PV project.

The candidates of the winning project(s) will have the opportunity to enter a partnership with Phanes Group and be able to hold a long-term stake in the project, collaboratively aiming to bring it to financial close. With the incubator, Phanes Group and its partners will provide the winner(s) with extensive mentorship and knowledge transfer throughout the project.

The Solar Incubator phase will kick off with an intensive face-to-face workshop for the winning candidate(s) in Dubai, UAE, working with Phanes Group’s team and its partners, setting the foundations to deliver bankable projects. During that phase the winner(s) will gain access to commercial and technical know-how covered by experts from project finance, project development and execution, legal and CSR, followed by further remote mentoring sessions for additional months.

The deadline to submit projects for evaluation ends on September 27th (11.59 p.m. CET). The final selection process will take place during a live evaluation panel session at the “Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa 2018” conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where the finalists will present their projects live to the panel members and audience and then the winner(s) will be announced at the conference. Interested candidates can submit directly via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information visit www.Phanesgroup.com/incubator or on the Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference website at Africa.unlockingsolarcapital.com/solar-incubator

BYD will deliver the largest fleet of pure electric articulated buses in Europe to Norway’s capital city, Oslo.

Recently, the opening ceremony of European Customer Service Center built under the cooperation between Wuxi Suntech and CMEC Wuxi has been held officially in Cologne, Germany,

Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, presents 1500 V solutions with string PV inverters, central PV inverters, and ESS as its headline catching products at Intersolar Europe 2018, in Munich, Germany.

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. is expanding its commercial solution with the launch of larger-capacity three-phase inverters with synergy technology and a multi-input power optimizer in order to further improve the scalability and performance of its commercial PV systems.

Canadian Solar’sBiKu modules are at the forefront of high efficiency dual-cell bifacial modules in the industry. Its poly bifacial modules have up to 365 W power output on the front side and 75% bifaciality. It can increase energy yield by up to 30% with backside contributions under certain albedo, thus lowering LCOE dramatically. Canadian Solar’s BiKu modules will certainly help you maintain IRR on your project investment, in case project PPA decreases year after year.

The companies were announced today at the official launch of the Platform during the EU Sustainable Energy Week. These major corporate energy users and supply side companies were highlighting the growing demand for clean energy and the need for clear and enabling policy frameworks.

U.S.-based NRG Systems announced today that Lasser Eólica has joined its global network of service partners and dealers. Based in Spain, Lasser Eólica engineers, installs, and maintains met tower systems across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Verano Capital, an American project developer headquartered in Chile, announced that it won 18% of the solar capacity in auction at the Argentinian energy tender with its 100 MW VeCaSo-1 solar project. Located near Mendoza, Verano’s PV project was selected on a winning bid at $42.50/MWh.

Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced a split remedy recommendation for the Section 201 trade case

Joint filing from broad array of groups takes aim at financial “Beneficiaries” as the only entities to support the DOE proposal – and whose filings fail to establish that the proposed subsidies are needed or legally valid

As demand for solar energy surges across America, today the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Alta Energy jointly released a white paper highlighting an underutilized financing tool that can help boost commercial and industrial (C&I) solar development nationwide.

Urban Grid Holdings, LLC (Urban Grid), a leading developer and financier of solar projects throughout the United States, is pleased to announce the completion of two solar installations for Allegany County, Maryland totaling 2.14 MW.

Among top 5 Inverter Global leaders, SINENG ELECTRIC is expanding their business in India & achieving another milestone in this journey.

EPC provider Tata Power selected MT Series 50-70 kW string inverters for the Mangalore project, rewarding the inverter-makers decision to open up a local sales office in Mumbai.

Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility, today announced the completion of a three and a half kilometre pipeline project that will deliver clean drinking water to the people of Vadi Vistar - Motabhadiya village in Kutch, Gujarat.

Particulars

Q1FY19

(Unaudited)

Q1FY18

(Unaudited)

Growth

(%)

Total Revenue

1090.13

1016.13*

7.3

EBITDA

443.93

371.29*

19.6

PBT

6.46

-27.72

 

PAT

4.13

-19.02

 

EPS

0.01

-0.03

 

 

Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd., registered substantial growth in its revenue, EBITDA, PAT and EPS during the first quarter of FY19 as compared to corresponding quarter of FY18. While revenue grew from Rs. 1016.13 crore to Rs. 1090.13 crore and EBITDA went up from Rs. 371.29 crore to Rs. 443.93 crore. During the quarter JPVL earned a PAT of Rs. 4.13  Crore as compared to Loss of Rs. 19.02 Crore in the corresponding quarter in the previous year.

The above mentioned results were announced here today after the Company’s board meeting. 

JPVL is the designated power vehicle of the Jaypee Group and was incorporated with the objective of development and operation of power projects in India. It currently has a operational capacity of 2220 MW.

The first by any power utility in India to provide consumers’ loyalty programme.

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (TOKYO:4183) (President & CEO: Tsutomu Tannowa) today announced plans to establish a solar panel testing and certification lab in the Indian state of Gujarat in partnership with PI Berlin.

 

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180808005170/en/

 

Business Rollout in India (Graphic: Business Wire)

Business Rollout in India (Graphic: Business Wire)

Energy demand is increasing in India due to an expanding population and an economic growth rate that is holding steady at close to 7%. And with a surging number of photovoltaic power generation facilities being planned, the Indian government this July implemented a measure to block the country’s influx of poor-quality solar panels by requiring BIS certification*1 for panels used in all photovoltaic projects.

 

Mitsui Chemicals has been driving forward its diagnostics business for photovoltaic power generation in Japan since 2014. Now leveraging its accumulated know-how in panel and power plant diagnostics, Mitsui Chemicals will roll out the same business in India. Affiliated company Mitsui Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd. (MCIND: New Delhi, India; President: Suraj Arya) is setting up a solar panel testing and certification lab in partnership with PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG of Germany (PI Berlin), a leading provider of accredited lab testing services. The facility will begin admitting BIS certification tests in August 2019. Plans are to establish a track record in BIS testing and certification and then use this to build a diagnostics business for solar panels and power plants.

 

*1: BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification: comparable to Japan's JIS certification but obtainable only accredited facilities in India
*2: IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) certification: an international standards certification for the electric and electronics sector

 
 

Overview of MCIND Solar Panel Testing and Certification Lab

Location   Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India
Business overview   BIS certification of solar panels (with future rollout of diagnostics business for panels and power plants)
Schedule (tentative)  

Construction begins in October 2018. Completion in March 2019.
Testing commences in August 2019.
Receive accreditation as a BIS testing and certification lab by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)

 

Mitsui Chemicals' diagnostics business for photovoltaic power generation is Blue ValueTM*3-certified as helping to reduce greenhouse gases produced through photovoltaic power generation, with this including panel diagnostics prior to power plant construction to prevent deterioration in panel generation capacity. Through this business, Mitsui Chemicals Group will continue to help solve social issues being targeted under sustainable development goals (SDGs).

 

*3 Blue ValueTM: To create “a cohesive society in harmony with the environment", Mitsui Chemicals Group makes the contributions of its products and services more visible to share that value with stakeholders. We assess products and services with separate metrics according to their usage and award Blue ValueTM certification to those that have high value in making an environmental contribution.

 

Mitsui Chemicals India Pvt. Ltd.
Establishment: February 2008
Capital: 300 million rupees (Mitsui Chemicals: 99%, Mitsui Chemicals Asia Pacific: 1%)
Head office: New Delhi, India
Business: Marketing and sale of Mitsui Chemicals Group products

 

PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG
Establishment: October 2006
Basic capital: EUR 137,596.00
Head office: Berlin, Germany
Business: Based in Europe, a leading region in photovoltaic (PV) power generation, PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin is leading technical advisor, risk manager and quality assurance provider for PV equipment and power plants. PI Berlin uses its accredited testing and certification labs to provide solar panel-related testing, certification and R&D along with independent technical diligence services for PV power plants and PV panel manufacturing. PI Berlin has assessed more than 67 GW of PV panel manufacturing capacity, 7.5 GW of PV power plants and conducted more than 245 factory audits on over 120 manufacturers

 

 

 

 
MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE :
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180808005170/en/

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced that it has supplied 23MW of high-

For AlsoEnergy, the top selling independent monitoring provider for commercial PV in North America, this partnership is an opportunity to extend international coverage for sales and support.

High voltage switchgear to support Saudi Arabia’s first integrated solar and natural gas power plant

The Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi today addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 72nd Independence Day. Following are the highlights from his speech:

  • Today, the country is full of self-confidence. The country is scaling new heights by working extremely hard with a resolve to scale new heights.
  • We have been celebrating this festival of independence, at a time when our daughters from states of Uttarakhand, Himachal, Manipur, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have come back after circumnavigating the seven seas. They have come back amongst us by (unfurling tricolour in seven seas) turning the seven seas into the colour of our Tricolor.
  • Our young tribal children, those who live in our forests in the far-flung areas, they have enhanced the glory of the tri-colour by unfurling it on the Mount Everest.
  • Whether it is a Dalit or be it someone who has been persecuted or exploited or be it a deprived person or women, our Parliament has made the social justice even morestronger with all the sensitivity and alertness to protect their interests.
  • The demand to give constitutional status to the OBC commission had been raised for years. This time our Parliament has made an effort to protect the interests of backward classes, interests of the extremely backward classes by according the constitutional status to the OBC commission.
  • I want to reassure the people who have lost their loved ones and are facing a lot of distress due to floods that the country is with them and is making complete efforts for helping them out. My heartfelt condolences are with those who have lost their loved ones.
  • The next year will mark 100 years of the Jalliwanwallahbagh massacre. The masses had sacrificed their lives for the country's freedom; and the exploitation had crossed all limits. The Jalliwanwallahbagh incident inspires us of the sacrifices made by those brave hearts. I salute all those brave hearts from the bottom of my heart.
  • India has become the sixth largest economy of the world.
  • Today I salute those brave freedom fighters from the core of my heart on behalf of my countrymen. Our soldiers, the para-military forces and the Police are laying down their lives and are in service of the people of the country day in and day out for maintaining the splendour and dignity of the National flag, the tricolour.
  • After independence, an highly inclusive constitution was drafted under the leadership of Baba SahebAmbedkar. It came with the resolve of making a new India.
  • India should be self-reliant, strong, always on the path of sustainable development.  There should not only be a credence for India, but we also want that India should be effective in the world, we make India like that.
  • When dreams, hard work and aspirations of 125 crores people come together, what can’t be achieved?
  • 125 crores Indian did not just stop at forming the government in 2014, instead, they continuously strived to make the country better. This is the strength of India.
  • If you take into consideration the work that has been done in the last four years, you will be surprised to see the speed at which the country is moving and the pace at which the progress is being made.
  • Had we worked at the speed of 2013 , it would have taken centuries in making India 100% open defecation free or electrifying every part or even providing the LPG gas connection to every woman in rural and urban areas. Had we worked with the speed of 2013, an entire generation would have taken to connect the country with optical fibre. We will go by such speed to achieve all these goals. 
  • The country is experiencing change in the last four years. The country is progressing with new zeal, enthusiasm and courage.  Today the country is constructing twice the highways and four times more houses in the villages. 
  • The country is producing record foodgrains and manufacturing record number of mobile phones. The sale of tractors has reached a new high. 
  • After independence the country is buying largest numbers of airplanes. 
  • The new IIMs, IITs and AIIMS are being established in the country. 
  • The mission of Skill Development is being encouraged by establishing new centres in small places.
  • Start-up programmes have mushroomed in Tier II and Tier III cities.
  • Efforts are in progress to compile a ‘common sign’ dictionary for disable persons.
  • Modernisation and technology has entered into the field of agriculture.  Our farmers are using micro irrigation, drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation methods.
  • On the one hand, our soldiers help those who are at the brink of catastrophe with sympathy and empathy and on the other hand they are capable of attacking the enemies with surgical strikes.
  • We should always progress with new objectives.  When our goals are not clear, progress is not possible.  We will not be in a position to solve the various problems for years together.
  • We have decided with great courage to give attractive prices for the products of farmers.  The minimum support price for many crops has been increased to more than 1.5 times the input costs.  
  • With the help of small traders, their openness and their aptitude to accept new things, the country has successfully implemented the GST.  It has brought a new confidence among the traders. 
  • Benami Property Law has been implemented with great courage and intention for the good of the country.
  • There was a time when the world used to call India’s economy risky. However, today, the same people and institutions have been saying with a lot of confidence that our reform momentum has been strengthening our fundamentals.
  • There was a time when the world used to talk of Red Tape’.  However, today the issue of ‘Red Carpet’ is being discussed. We have reached 100th position in the ‘ease of doing business’ ranking. Today, the entire world is looking at our achievement with pride.
  • There was a time when for the world India meant - ‘policy paralysis’ and ‘delayed reforms’. However, today India is being discussed for – ‘reform, perform and transform’.
  • There was a time when the world counted India among the ‘fragile five’. However, today the world has been saying that India has become the destination for multi-trillion dollar investment. 
  • It is being said about India’s economy that the ‘sleeping elephant’ has woken up and has started racing. The world economists and institutions have observed that for the next three decades India would contribute momentum to the global economic strength. 
  • India’s stature has increased at the international forums, India has voiced its opinions strongly on such forums. 
  • Earlier India was awaiting membership of various international organisations.  Now innumerable institutions have come forward to give membership to India.  India has become a hope for all the other countries as far as global warming is concerned.  International solar alliance is being welcomed throughout the world. 
  • Today we see a magnificent impression of North East in the field of sports.
  • The last village in the North East has been electrified.
  • We are getting progressive news about highways, railways, airways, waterways and information ways (I-ways) from North East.
  • Our youths from the North East are establishing BPO in their areas.
  • The North East region has turned to be a hub of organic farming.  Sports university is being set up in North East.
  • There was a time when North East felt distant from Delhi but within last four years we have succeeded to get Delhi to the threshold of North East.
  •  In our country 65% of our population consists of 35 year old people.  Our youth has brought a paradigm shift in the nature of job.  Whether it is startup, BPO or e-commerce or the field of mobility, our youth has entered into new fields.  Now a days our youth is committed to take this country to new heights.
  • 13 crore people have availed MUDRA LOAN which is a great achievement.  Of this 4 crore are youth who have availed loan for the very first time and are self-employed and progressing independently. This in itself is an example of changing atmosphere.Our youth are managing common service centres in three lakh villages and they are linking every village and citizen with the world in seconds by utilizing information technology.
  • With the spirit of innovation our scientists, we are going to launch ‘NAVIC’ which will be very useful for the fishermen and others.
  • India has resolved to send manned spacecraft to the space by 2022.  India will be the fourth country to do this.
  • Now we are focussed on bringing modernisation and advancement in the field of agriculture.   We have dreamt of doubling farmer’s income by 75th year of Independence.
  • We want to expand the horizons of agriculture with the help of modernization.  We want to adopt value addition right from ‘seeds - to –market’.  For the first time we are progressing in the path of Agriculture Export Policy so as to enable our farmers to emerge powerful in the world market.
  • Now new avenues of organic farming, blue revolution, sweet revolution, solar farming have emerged on which we plan to move ahead.
  • In fisheries, India has emerged second largest country of the world. 
  • The export of honey has doubled. 
  • It is a matter of pleasure for the sugarcane farmers that the production of ethanol has tripled.
  • In rural economy, the other sectors are also important.  We want to increase the resources of rural area, with the creation of women self-help groups, mobilizing billions of rupees.  We want to enhance the efficiency of villages and we are making efforts in this direction.
  •  Now the sale of Khadi has doubled.
  • Our farmers are now focussing on solar farming.  Due to this he can contribute to agriculture and at the same time earn money by sale of solar energy.
  • Along with economic progress and development, we also want to focus on dignity of human life which is supreme.  Hence we are also planning to continue with those schemes which enable a common man to lead his life with pride, respect and dignity.
  • According to WHO report 3 lakh children have been saved because of Swachchta Campaign. 
  • Taking inspiration from Gandhiji who had organized satayagrahis, we have succeed to mobilize ‘Swatchagrahis’.  On the occasion of 150th birth anniversary crores of “Swatchagrahis’ plan to pay tribute in deed and action to respected Bapuji in the form of Swatch Bharat.  
  • In order to provide free health services to the poorest people, Government of India has launched Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojanaAbhiyan.  Now under this scheme any person can get relief from diseases by going to the good hospitals.
  • Under the scheme Ayushman Bharat 10 crore families are able to get health insurance benefits, it means nearly 50 crore citizens will be covered. Each family will get 5 lakh rupees health coverage annually. 
  • We give utmost importance to technology and transparency.  Technology intervention will remove the hurdles for the common man in accessing various facilities. With this objective technology tools have been developed.
  • Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaAbhiyan will be launched on 25th September, 2018 as a result from now on, common man need not suffer from problems of dreaded diseases.
  • New avenues are emerging for middle class families and youth in the field of health.  New hospitals will be constructed in 2 tier and 3 tier cities.  Medical staff will be established in huge numbers.  Employment opportunities will be more in the years to come.
  • During the period of four years we tried to empower the poor.  One international organisation has reported that during the last two years, 5 crore poor people have crossed the poverty line.  There are several schemes for empowerment of poor.  But the middlemen are taking away the benefits and poorer people are unable to get the benefits.
  • Government is making efforts to close all the leakages.  We are on the path of removal of corruption and black-money.  Due to all these efforts we were able to mobilize 90000 crore money to the Government Exchequer.
  • The honest pay taxes.  With their contribution schemes are implemented.  The credit goes to taxpayer and not to the Government.
  • Upto 2013, for the past 70 years the direct tax payers were only 4 crore people.  Now the numbers has doubled and grown to 7.25 crores.
  • For the period of 70 years, indirect tax officials were able to mobilize 70 lakhs of revenue.  Whereas by implementation of GST, within a year we were able to mobilize 16 lakhs of revenue.
  • We can tolerate black money and corruption.  Let there be many obstacles.  But I can’t leave them.  Now power brokers are not visible in the streets of Delhi.
  • In order to maintain transparency we have launched online process.  We have utilized Information Technology to the maximum level.
  • Through Short Service Commission, we will appoint women officers in the Armed Forces of India.  Transparency will be maintained in this process.  Women officials will be treated at par with male counterparts.
  • Rape is painful.  But the agony experienced by the victim is more painful.  This should be realized by the people of this country. Everybody should feel the trauma.
  • We have to liberate this country, and society from the clutches of this demonic attitude.  Law is doing it’s own business.  We have to make efforts to attack this attitude.  We have to attack this type of thinking.  We should remove these types of perversion. 
  • Triple Talak has endangered the lives of Muslim women.  Those who did not get Talak (divorce) are also sailing in the same boat.   We made an effort to alleviate the grief of Muslim women by bringing an act in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.  But even today there are some people who do not want to pass the Bill.
  • Due to the efforts of security forces and endeavours made by State Governments, and also due to the implementation of Central and State Government developmental schemes and the people’s participation, Tripura and Meghalaya have been liberated from the Armed Forces Special Power Act.
  • The way shown to us by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the matters of Jammu and Kashmir is the best way.  We would like to go in the same path.  We do not want the path of bullets and abuses.  We have to embrace the patriotic people of Kashmir, and proceed further.
  • In the months to come, rural people of Jammu and Kashmir will be able to enjoy their rights.  They will be able to take care of themselves.  Government of India gives enough money to Gram Panchayaths which will be useful for development.  We have to arrange for the elections to panchayats and local institutions.  We are progressing in this direction.
  • Every Indian dreams to have his own house, therefore we bring in "Housing for All.". He wants to get his house electrified, therefore there is Electrification for all Villages. Every Indian wants to get rid of smoke in the kitchen. To achieve this there is cooking gas for all. Every Indian requires safe drinking water. Therefore our aim is to get water for all. Every Indian requires a toilet, hence our objective is to ensure sanitation for all. Every Indian requires skill development. Hence we have brought in skill development for all. Every Indian needs quality health service. So, our endeavour is health for all. Every Indian requires security for which he needs a health insurance coverage. To meet this need, we bring insurance for all. Every Indian requires internet facility. Therefore we are making efforts to get connectivity for all. We want to lead our country towards the path of development by following the mantra of connectivity.
  • We don’t want the path of confrontation. We do not want roadblocks. We don’t want to bow our head before anybody. The nation will never stop, never bow before anything,never get tired. We have to scale new heights. It is our aim to achieve enormous progress in the years to come.

 

                                                                *****

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों,

आज़ादी के पावन पर्व की आप सबको अनेक-अनेक शुभकामनाएं।

आज देश एक आत्‍मविश्‍वास से भरा हुआ है। सपनों को संकल्‍प के साथ परिश्रम की पराकाष्‍ठा कर-करके देश नई ऊंचाईयों को पार कर रहा है। आज का सूर्योदय एक नई चेतना, नई उमंग, नया उत्‍साह, नई ऊर्जा ले कर आया है।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, हमारे देश में 12 वर्ष में एक बार नीलकुरिंजी का पुष्‍प उगता है। इस वर्ष दक्षिण की नीलगिरी की पहाडि़यों पर यह हमारा नीलकुरिंजी का पुष्‍प जैसे मानो तिरंगे झंडे के अशोक चक्र की तरह देश की  आज़ादी के पर्व में लहलहा रहा है।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, आज़ादी का यह पर्व हम तब मना रहे हैं, जब हमारी बेटियां उत्‍तराखंड, हिमाचल, मणिपुर, तेलंगाना, आंध्र प्रदेश - इन राज्‍यों की हमारी बेटियों ने सात समंदर पार किया और सातों समंदर को तिरंगे रंग से रंग करके वह हमारे बीच लौट आईं।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, हम आज़ादी का पर्व आज उस समय मना रहे हैं, जब एवरेस्‍ट विजय तो बहुत हुए, अनेक हमारे वीरों ने, अनेक हमारी बेटियों ने एवरेस्‍ट पर जा करके तिरंगा झंडा फहराया है। लेकिन इस आज़ादी के पर्व में मैं इस बात को याद करूंगा कि हमारे दूर-सुदूर जंगलों में जीने वाले नन्‍हें-मुन्‍ने आदिवासी बच्‍चों ने इस बार एवरेस्‍ट पर तिरंगा झंडा फहरा करके तिरंगे झंडे की शान और बढ़ा दी है।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, अभी-अभी लोकसभा, राज्‍यसभा के सत्र पूरे हुए हैं।  आपने देखा होगा कि सदन बहुत अच्‍छे ढंग से चला  और एक प्रकार से संसद के यह सत्र पूरी तरह सामाजिक न्‍याय को समर्पित था। दलित हो, पीडि़त हो, शोषित हो, वंचित हो, महिलाएं हो उनके हकों की रक्षा करने के लिए हमारी संसद ने संवेदनशीलता और सजगता के साथ सामाजिक न्‍याय को और अधिक बलतर बनाया।

ओबीसी आयोग को सालों से संवैधानिक स्थान के लिए मांग उठ रही थी। इस बार संसद ने पिछड़े, अति पिछड़ों को, उस आयोग को संवैधानिक दर्जा दे करके, एक संवैधानिक व्‍यवस्‍था दे करके, उनकी हकों की रक्षा करने का प्रयास किया।

हम आज उस समय आज़ादी का पर्व मना रहे हैं, जब हमारे देश में उन खबरों ने देश में नई चेतना लाई,  जिनसे हर भारतीय जो दुनिया के किसी भी कोने में क्यों न रहता हो, आज इस बात का गर्व कर रहा है,कि भारत ने विश्‍व की छठी बड़ी Economy में अपना नाम दर्ज करा दिया है। ऐसे एक सकारात्‍मक माहौल में, सकारात्‍मक घटनाओं की श्रृंखला के बीच आज हम आज़ादी का पर्व मना रहे हैं।

देश को आज़ादी  दिलाने के लिए पूज्‍य बापू के नेतृत्‍व में लक्षावधि लोगों ने अपना जीवन खपा दिया, जवानी जेलों में गुज़ार दी। कई क्रांतिकारी महापुरुषों ने फांसी के तख्‍ते पर लटक करके देश की आज़ादी के लिए फांसी के फंदों को चूम लिया। मैं आज देशवासियों की तरफ से आज़ादी के इन वीर सेनानियों को हृदयपूर्वक नमन करता हूं, अंत:पूर्वक  प्रणाम करता हूं जिस तिरंगे झंडे की आन-बान-शान, हमें जीने-जूझने की, मरने-मिटने की प्रेरणा देता है,जिस तिरंगे की शान के लिए देश की सेना के जवान अपने प्राणों की आहूति दे देते हैं,  हमारे अर्धसैनिक बल जिंदगी खपा देते हैं, हमारे पुलिस बल के जवान सामान्‍य मानवी की रक्षा के लिए दिन-रात देश की सेवा में लगे रहते हैं।

मैं सेना के सभी जवानों को,  अर्धसैनिक बलों को, पुलिस के जवानों को, उनकी महान सेवा के लिए, उनकी त्‍याग-तपस्‍या के लिए, उनके पराक्रम और पुरुषार्थ के लिए आज तिरंगे झंडे की साक्ष्य़ में लालकिले की प्राचीर से शत-शत नमन करता हूं और उनको बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं देता हूं।

इन दिनों देश के अलग-अलग कोने से अच्‍छी वर्षा की खबरें आ रही हैं, तो साथ-साथ बाढ़ की भी खबरें आ रही हैं। अतिवृष्टिऔर बाढ़ के कारण जिन परिवारों को अपने स्‍वजन खोने पड़ें हैं, जिन्‍हें मुसीबतें झेलनी पड़ी हैं, उन सबके प्रति देश पूरी शक्ति से उनकी मदद में खड़ा है और जिन्‍होंने अपनों को खोया है, उनके दुख में मैं सहभागी हूं।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, अगली बैसाखी हमारे जलियावालां बाग के नरसंहार को सौ वर्ष हो रहे हैं। देश के सामान्‍य लोगों ने देश की आज़ादी  के लिए किस प्रकार से जान की बाजी लगा दी थी औऱ ज़ुल्‍म की सीमाएं कितनी लांघ चुकी थी। जलियावालां बाग हमारे देश के उन वीरों के त्‍याग और बलिदान का का संदेश देता है। मैं उन सभी वीरों को हृदयपूर्वक, आदरपूर्वक नमन करता हूं।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, ये आज़ादी  ऐसे ही नहीं मिली है। पूज्‍य बापू के नेतृत्‍व में अनेक महापुरुषों ने, अनेक वीर पुरुषों ने, क्रांतिकारियों के नेतृत्‍व में अनेक नौजवानों ने, सत्‍याग्रह की दुनिया में रहने वालों ने जवानी जेलों में काट दी। देश को आज़ादी दिलाई, लेकिन आज़ादी  के इस संघर्ष में सपनों को भी संजोया है। भारत के भव्‍य रूप को भी उन्‍होंने मन में अंकित किया है। आज़ादी  के कई वर्षों पहले तमिलनाडु के राष्‍ट्र कवि सुब्रह्मण्‍यम भारती ने अपने सपनों को शब्‍दों में पिरोया था। उन्‍होंने लिखा था (एलारूम अमरनिलीइ एडुमनन मुरूयई India अलिगिरी कु अलिकुम India ऊलागिरी कु अलिकुम)

और उन्‍होंने लिखा था-

एलारूम अमर निलियई एडुमनन मुरेयई

इंडिया अलिगिरी कु अलिकुम

इंडिया कुलागिरी कु अलिकुम

यानि कि भारत, उन्‍होंने आज़ादी के बाद क्‍या सपना देखा था? सुब्रह्मण्‍यम भारती ने कहा था- भारत पूरी दुनिया के हर तरह के बंधनों से मुक्ति पाने का रास्‍ता दिखाएगा।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियो, इन महापुरुषों के सपनों को पूरा करने के लिए आज़ादी के सेनानियों की इच्‍छाओं को परिपूर्ण करने के लिए, देश के कोटि-कोटि जनों की आशा-आकांक्षाओं को पूर्ण करने के लिए आज़ादी के बाद पूज्‍य बाबा साहेब अम्‍बेडकर जी के नेतृत्‍व में भारत ने एक समावेशी संविधान का निर्माण किया। ये हमारा समावेशी संविधान एक नए भारत के निर्माण का संकल्‍प ले करके आया है। हमारे लिए कुछ ज़िम्‍मेवारियां ले करके आया है। हमारे लिए सीमा रेखाएं तय करके आया है। हमारे सपनों को साकार करने के लिए समाज के हर वर्ग को हर तबके को, भारत के हर भू-भाग को समान रूप से अवसर मिले आगे ले जाने के लिए; उसके लिए हमारा संविधान हमें मार्गदर्शन करता रहा है।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयों-बहनों, हमारा संविधान हमें कहता है, भारत के तिरंगे झंडे से हमें प्रेरणा मिलती है- गरीबों को न्‍याय मिले, सभी को, जन-जन को आगे बढ़ने का अवसर‍ मिले, हमारा निम्‍न-मध्‍यम वर्ग, मध्‍यम वर्ग, उच्‍च-मध्‍यम वर्ग, उनको आगे बढ़ने में कोई रुकावटें न आएं, सरकार की अड़चनें न आएं। समाज व्‍यवस्‍था उनके सपनों को दबोच न ले, उनको अधिकतम अवसर मिले, वो जितना फलना-फूलना चाहें, खिलना चाहें, हम एक वातावरण बनाएं।

हमारे बुज़ुर्ग हों, हमारे दिव्‍यांग हों, हमारी महिलाएं हों, हमारे दलित, पीड़ित, शोषित, हमारे जंगलों में ज़िंदगी गुजारने वाले आदिवासी भाई-बहन हों, हर किसी को उनकी आशा और अपेक्षाओं के अनुसार आगे बढ़ने का अवसर मिले। एक आत्‍मनिर्भर हिन्‍दुस्‍तान हो, एक सामर्थ्‍यवान हिन्‍दुस्‍तान हो, एक विकास की निरंतर गति को बनाए रखने वाला, लगातार नई ऊंचाइयों को पार करने वाला हिन्‍दुस्‍तान हो, दुनिया में हिन्‍दुस्‍तान की साख हो, और इतना ही नहीं, हम चाहते हैं कि दुनिया में हिन्‍दुस्‍तान की दमक भी हो। वैसा हिन्‍दुस्‍तान बनाने के लिए हम चाहते हैं।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियो, मैंने पहले भी Team India की कल्‍पना आपके सामने रखी है। जब सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों की भागीदारी होती है, जन-जन देश को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए हमारे साथ जुड़ता है। सवा सौ करोड़ सपने, सवा सौ करोड़ संकल्‍प, सवा सौ करोड़ पुरुषार्थ, जब निर्धारित लक्ष्‍य की प्राप्ति के लिए सही दिशा में चल पड़ते हैं तो क्‍या कुछ नहीं हो सकता?

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयो-बहनों, मैं आज बड़ी नम्रता के साथ, बड़े आदर के साथ ये ज़रूर कहना चाहूंगा कि 2014 में इस देश के सवा सौ करोड़ नागरिकों ने सरकार चुनी थी तो वे सिर्फ सरकार बना करके, रुके नहीं थे। वे देश बनाने के लिए जुटे भी हैं, जुटे भी थे और जुटे रहेंगे भी। मैं समझता हूं यही तो हमारे देश की ताकत है। सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासी, हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के छह लाख से अधिक गांवआज श्री अरविंद  की जन्‍म जयंती है। श्री अरविंद ने बहुत सटीक बात कही थी। राष्‍ट्र क्‍या है, हमारी मातृभूमि क्‍या है, ये कोई जमीन का टुकड़ा नहीं है, न ही ये सिर्फ संबोधन है, न ही ये कोई कोरी कल्‍पना है राष्‍ट्र एक विशाल शक्ति है जो असंख्‍य छोटी-छोटी इकाइयों को संगठित ऊर्जा का मूर्त रूप देती है। श्री अरविंद की ये कल्‍पना ही आज देश के हर नागरिक को, देश को आगे ले जाने में जोड़ रही है। लेकिन हम आगे जा रहे है वो पता तब तक नहीं चलता है जब तक हम कहां से चले थे, उस पर अगर नजर न डाले, कहां से हमने यात्रा का आरंभ किया था, अगर उसकी ओर नहीं देखेंगेतो कहां गए हैं, कितना गए हैं, इसका शायद अंदाज़ नहीं आएगा। और इसलिए 2013 में हमारा देश जिस रफ़्तार से चल रहा था, जीवन के हर क्षेत्र में 2013 की रफ़्तार थी, उस 2013 की रफ़्तार को अगर हम आधार मान कर सोचें और पिछले 4 साल में जो काम हुए हैं, उन कामों का अगर लेखा-जोखा लें, तो आपको अचरज होगा कि देश की रफ़्तार क्‍या है, गति क्‍या है, प्रगति कैसे आगे बढ़ रही है।शौचालय ही ले लें, अगर शौचालय बनाने में 2013 की जो रफ़्तार थी,  उसी रफ़्तार से चलते तो शायद कितने दशक बीत जाते, शौचालय शत-प्रतिशत पूरा करने में।

अगर हम गांव में बिजली पहुंचाने की बात को कहे, अगर 2013 के आधार पर सोचें तो गांव में बिजली पहुंचाने के लिए शायद एक-दो दशक और लग जाते। अगर हम 2013 की रफ़्तार से देखें तो एलपीजी गैस कनेक्‍शन गरीब को, गरीब मां को धुंआ-मुक्‍त बनाने वाला चूल्‍हा, अगर 2013 की रफ़्तार से चले होते तो उस काम को पूरा करने में शायद 100 साल भी कम पड़ जाते, अगर 2013 की रफ़्तार से चले होते तो। अगर हम 13 की रफ़्तार से optical fibre network करते रहते, optical fibre  लगाने का काम करते तो शायद पीढि़यां निकल जाती, उस गति से optical fibre हिन्‍दुस्तान के गांवों में पहुंचाने के लिए। ये रफ़्तार, ये गति, ये प्र‍गति, ये लक्ष्‍य इस प्राप्ति के लिए हम आगे बढ़ेगें।

     भाइयों-बहनों, देश की अपेक्षाएं बहुत हैं, देश की आवश्‍यकताएं बहुत हैं और उसको पूरा करना, सरकार हो, समाज हो, केंद्र सरकार हो, राज्‍य सरकार हों, सबको मिलजुल कर प्रयास करना ये निरंतर आवश्‍यक होता है और उसी का परिणाम है, आज देश में कैसा बदलाव आया है। देश वही है, धरती वही है, हवाएं वही हैं, आसमान वही है, समन्दर वही है, सरकारी दफ्तर वही हैं, फाइलें वही हैं, निर्णय प्रक्रियाएं करने वाले लोग भी वही हैं।लेकिन चार साल में देश बदलाव महसूस कर रहा है। देश एक नई चेतना, नयाउमंग, नए संकप, नई सध, नया पुषाथ, उसको आगे बढ़ा रहा है और तभीतो आज देश दोगुना Highway बना रहा है। देश चार गुना गांवमनए घरबना रहा है। देश आज Record अनाज का उपादनकर रहा है, तो देश आज Record Mobile phone का Manufacturing भी कर रहा है। देश आज Recordट्रैक्टर की खरीद हो रही है। गांव का किसान ट्रैक्टर, Recordट्रैक्टरकी खरीदीहो रही है, तो दूसरी तरफ देश में आज आज़ादी के बाद सबसे ज्यादा हवाईजहाज खरीदनेका भी काम हो रहा है। देश आज स्कूलों में शौचालय बनाने परभी काम कर रहा है, तो देश आज नए IIM, नए IIT, नए AIIMS इसकी स्थापनाकर रहा है। देश आज छोटे-छोटे स्थानों पर नए Skill Development केMission को आगे बढ़ाकर के नए-नए Centre खोल रहा है तो हमारे tier 2, tier 3 cities में Start-up की एक बाढ़ आई हुई है, बहार आई हुई है।

भाइयों-बहनों, आज गांव-गांव तक Digital India को लेकर आगे बढ़ रहे हैं, तोएक संवेदनशील सरकार एक तरफ Digital हिन्दुस्तानबने, इसके लिए काम कररही है, दूसरी तरफ मेरे जो दिव्यांगभाई-बहनें हैं, उनके लिये Common Sign, उसकी  Dictionary बनाने का काम भी उतने हीलगन  के साथ आज हमारा देशकर रहा है।हमारे देश का किसानइन आधुनकता, वैज्ञानिकता की ओर जाने के लिये micro irrigation, drip irrigation , Sprinkle उस पर काम कर रहा है, तो दूसरतरफ 99 पुरानी बंद पड़ी संचाईके बड़े-बड़े project भी चला रहा है। हमारे देशकी सेना कही पर भी प्राकृतिकआपदा हो, पहुंच जाती है। संकट से घिरेमानवकी रक्षा के लियेहमारी सेना करूणा, माया, ममता के साथ पहुंच जाती है, लेकनवहसेना जब संकपलेकर के चल पड़ती है, तो surgical strike करकेदुश्मनके दांत खट़टेकरके आ जाती है। ये हमारा देश के विकासका canvas कितनाबड़ा है, एक छोर देखिये, दूसरा छोर देखिये।देश पूरे बड़े canvas परआज नए उमंग और नए उत्साहके साथ आगे बढ़ रहा है।

मैंगुजरात से आया हूं। गुजरात मेंएक कहावत है। ‘निशानचूक माफ लेकिननहीं माफ नीचू निशान’। यानि  Aim बड़े होने चाहिए, सपने बड़े होने चाहिए।उसकेलियेमेहनत करनी पड़ती है, जवाब देना पड़ता है, लेकनअगर लक्ष्यबड़े नहींहोगें, लक्ष्यदूर के नहीं होगें, तो फिरफैसले भी नहीं होते हैं।विकासकीयात्रा भी अटक जाती है। और इसलियेमेरे प्यारेभाइयों-बहनों, हमारे लियेआवश्यकहै किहम बड़े लक्ष्यलेकर के संकल्पके साथ आगे बढ़ने कीदिशामेंप्रयासकरे। जब लक्ष्यढुलमुल होते हैं, हौसले बुलंद नहीं होते हैं, तो समाज जीवनके जरूरी फैसले भी सालों तक अटके पड़े रहते हैं। MSP देख लीजिये,इस देश केअर्थशास्‍त्रीमांग कर रहे थे, किसानसंगठन मांग कर रहे थे, किसानमांग कररहा था, राजनीतिकदल मांग कर रहे थे, किकिसानों को लागत का डेढ़ गुनाएमएसपी मिलनाचाहिए।सालों से चर्चा चल रहीथी , फाइलेचलती थीं, अटकती थीं, लटकती थीं, फटकती थीं, लेकिनहमने फैसला लिया।हिम्मतकेसाथ फैसला लियाकिमेरे देश के किसानों को लागत का डेढ़ गुना MSP दियाजाएगा।

GST, कौन सहमत नहींथा, सब कोई चाहते थे GST, लेकिननिर्णय नहीं हो पातेथे, फैसले लेने में मेरा अपना लाभ, गैर-लाभ, राजनीति, चुनाव यहचीजों कादबाव रहता था। आज मेरे देश के छोटे-छोटे व्यापारियों की मदद से उनकेखुलेपन से नएपन को स्वीकारनेके उनके स्वाभावके कारण आज देश ने GST लागू कर दिया।व्यापारियों में एक नया विश्वास पैदा हुआ मैं देश के व्यापारी आलम को , छोटे -मोटे उद्योगकरने वाले आलम को GST के साथ शुरू में कठिनाइयांआने के बावजूद भी , उसको गले से लगाया, स्वीकारकिया।देशआगे बढ़ रहा है। आज हमारे देश के banking sector को ताकतवर बनाने के लये insolvency का कानून हो, bankruptcy का कानून हो , किसनेरोका था पहले? इसकेलियेताकत लगती है दम लगता है, विश्‍वास लगता है और जनता जनार्दन के प्रति पूर्ण समर्पण लगता है, तब निर्णय होता है। बेनामी संपत्ति का कानून क्‍यों नहीं लगता था। जब हौसले बुलंद होते हैं तो देश के लिए कुछ करने का इरादा होता है, तो बेनामी संपत्ति के कानून भी लागू होते हैं। मेरे देश की सेना के जवान,  तीन-तीन चार-चार दशक से one rank one pension के लिए मांग कर रहे थे। वो discipline में रहने के कारण आंदोलन नहीं करते थे, लेकिन आवाज लगा रहे थे, कोई नहीं सुनता था। किसी को तो निर्णय करना था, आपने हमें उस निर्णय की जिम्‍मेवारी दी। हमने उसको पूरा कर दिया।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयों-बहनों, हमकड़े फैसले लेने का सामर्थ्‍य रखते हैं क्‍योंकि देशहित हमारे लिए सर्वोपरि है। दलहित के लिए काम करने वाले लोग हम नहीं हैं और उसी के कारण हम संकल्‍प लेकर चल पड़े हैं।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयों और बहनों, हम यह कैसे भूल सकते हैं कि आज वैश्विक अर्थव्‍यवस्‍था के इस कालखण्ड में पूरी दुनिया भारत की हर बात को देख रही है, आशा अपेक्षा से देख रही है। इसलिए भारत की छोटी-छोटी चीज़ों को, बड़ी चीज़ों को भी विश्व बड़ी गहराई के साथ देखता है। आप याद करिए 2014 के पहले दुनिया की गणमान्‍य संस्‍थाएं, दुनिया के गणमान्‍य अर्थशास्‍त्री, दुनिया में जिनकी बात को अधिकृत माना जाता है, ऐसे लोग कभी हमारे देश के लिए क्‍या कहा करते थे। वो भी एक ज़माना था जब दुनिया से आवाज उठती थी, विद्वानों से आवाज़ उठती थी कि हिन्‍दुस्‍तान की economy risk भरी है। उनको risk दिखाई देता था। लेकिन आज वही लोग, वही संस्‍थाएं, वही लोग बड़े विश्‍वास के साथ कह रहे हैं कि reform momentum, fundamentalsको मजबूती दे रहा है। कैसा बदलाव आया है? एक समय था घर में हों, या घर के बाहर दुनिया एक ही कहती थी red tape की बात करती थी, लेकिन आज red carpet की बात हो रही है। Ease of doing business में अब हम सौ तक पहुंच गये। आज पूरा विश्‍व इसको गर्व से ले रहा है। वो भी दिन था जब विश्‍व मान करके बैठा था,  भारत यानि policy paralysis, भारत यानि delayed reform वो बात हम सुनते थे। आज भी अखबार निकाल करके देखेगो तो दिखाई देगा। लेकिन आज दुनिया में एक ही बात आ रही है कि reform, perform, transform एक के बाद एक नीति विषयक समयबद्ध निर्णयों का सिलसिला चला रहा है। वो भी एक वक्‍त था, जब विश्‍व भारत को fragile five में गिनता था। दुनिया चितिंत थी कि दुनिया को डुबोने में भारत भी अपनी भूमिका अदा कर रहा है। Fragile five में हमारी गिनती हो रही थी। लेकिन आज दुनिया कह रही है कि भारत multi trillion dollar के investment का destination बन गया है। वहीं से आवाज बदल गई है।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयों और बहनों, दुनिया भारत के साथ जुड़ने की चर्चा करते समय,  हमारे infrastructure की चर्चा करते समय, कभी बिजली जाने से blackout  हो गया, उन दिनों को याद करती थी, कभी bottlenecks की चर्चा करती थी। लेकिन वही दुनिया, वही लोग, वही दुनिया को मार्ग दर्शन करने वाले लोग इन दिनों कह रहे हैं कि सोया हुआ हाथीअब जग चुका है, चल पड़ा है। सोए हुए हाथी ने अपनी दौड़ शुरू कर दी है। दुनिया के अर्थवेत्ता कह रहे हैं, international institutions कह रहे हैं कि आने वाले तीन दशक तक, यानि 30 साल तक, विश्‍व की अर्थव्‍यवस्‍था की ताकत को भारत गति देने वाला है। भारत विश्‍व के विकास का एक नया स्रोत बनने वाला है। ऐसा विश्‍वास आज भारत के लिए पैदा हुआ है।

 

आज अंतर्राष्‍ट्रीय मंच पर भारत की साख बढ़ी है, नीति निर्धारित करने वाले छोटे-मोटे जिन-जिन संगठनों में आज हिन्‍दुस्‍तान को जगह मिली है, वहां हिन्‍दुस्‍तान की बात को सुना जा रहा है। हिन्‍दुस्‍तान उसमें दिशा देने में, नेतृत्‍व करने में अपनी भूमिका अदा कर रहा है।दुनिया के मंचों पर हमने अपनी आवाज़ को बुलंद किया है।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, कई वर्षों से जिन संस्‍थाओं में हमें सदस्‍यता का इंतजार था, आज देश को विश्‍व की अनगिनत संस्‍थाओं में हमें स्‍थान मिला है। आज,  भारत पर्यावरण की चिंता करने वालों के लिए, global warming के लिए परेशानी की चर्चा करने वाले लोगों के लिए, भारत एक आशा की किरण बना है। आजभारत,International solar alliance में पूरे विश्‍व की अगुआई कर रहा है। आज कोई भी हिन्‍दुस्‍तानी, दुनिया में कहीं पर भी पैर रखता है तो, विश्‍व का हर देश उसका स्‍वागत करने के लिए लाला‍यित होता है। उसकी आंखों में एक चेतना आ जाती है हिन्‍दुस्‍तानी को देखकर। भारत के passport की ताकत बढ़ गई है।  इसने हर भारतीय में आत्‍मविश्‍वास से, एक नई ऊर्जा, नई उमंग ले करके आगे बढ़ने का संकल्‍प पैदा किया है।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, विश्‍व में कहीं पर भी अगर मेरा हिन्‍दुस्‍तानी संकट में है, तो आज उसे भरोसा है कि मेरा देश मेरे पीछे खड़ा रहेगा, मेरा देश संकट के समय में मेरे साथ आ जाएगा। और इतिहास गवाह है पिछले दिनों की अनेक घटनाएं जिसके कारण हम आप देख रहे हैं।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, विश्‍व में भी भारत की तरफ देखने का नजरिया जैसे बदला है वैसे ही हिन्‍दुस्‍तान में North-East के बारे में जब कभी North-East की चर्चा होती थी तो क्‍या खबरें आती थी, वो खबरें, जो लगता था कि अच्‍छा हो, ऐसी खबरें न आए। लेकिन आज, मेरे भाइयों-बहनों,North-East एक प्रकार से उन खबरों को ले करके आ रहा है जो देश को भी प्रेरणा दे रही हैं। आज खेल के मैदान में देखिए हमारे North-East की दमक नजर आ रही है।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयों-बहनों, आज North-East की खबर आ रही है कि आखिरी गांव में बिजली पहुंच गई और रात भर गांव नाचता रहा। आज North-East से ये खबरें आ रही हैं। आज North-East में highways, railways, airways, waterways और information ways (i-way)उसकी खबरें आ रही है। आज बिजली के transmission line लगाने का बहुत तेजी से North-East में चल रहा है। आज हमारे North-East के नौजवान वहां BPO खोल रहे हैं। आज हमारे शिक्षा संस्‍थान नए बन रहे हैं, आज हमारा North-East organic farming का hub बन रहा है। आज हमारा North-East sports universityकी मेजबानी कर रहा है।

भाइयों-बहनों, एक समय था जब North-East को लगता था कि दिल्‍ली बहुत दूर है। हमने चार साल के भीतर-भीतर दिल्‍ली को North-East के दरवाज़े पर ला करके खड़ा कर दिया है।

भाइयों-बहनों, आज हमारे देश में 65 प्रतिशत जनसंख्‍या 35 साल की उम्र की है।  हम देश के जवानों के लिए गर्व कर रहे हैं। देश के नव युवक नई पीढ़ी का गर्व कर रहे हैं। हमारे देश के युवाओं ने आज अर्थ के सारे मानदंडों को बदल दिया है। प्रगति के सारे मानदंडों में एक नया रंग भर दिया। कभी बड़े शहरों की चर्चा हुई करती थी। आज हमारा देश Tier 2, Tier 3 city की बातें कर रहा है।  कभी गांव के अंदर जा करके आधुनिक खेती में लगे हुए नौजवान की चर्चा कर रहा है। हमारे देश के नौजवान ने nature of job को पूरी तरह बदल दिया है। startup हो, BPO हो, e-commerce हो, mobility का क्षेत्र हो ऐसे नये क्षेत्रों को आज मेरे देश का नौजवान अपने सीने में बांध करके नई ऊंचाईयों पर देश को ले जाने के लिए लगा हुआ है।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयों-बहनों, 13 करोड़ MUDRA LOAN, बहुत बड़ी बात होती है, 13 करोड़ और उसमें भी 4 करोड़ वो लोग है, वो नौजवान हैं,जिन्‍होंने ज़िंदगी में पहली बार कहीं से लोन लिया है, और अपने पैरों पर खड़ें होकर के स्‍वरोजगार पर आगे बढ़ रहे हैं। ये अपने आप में बदले हुए वातावरण का एक जीता जागता उदाहरण है। आज हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के गांवों में, डिजिटल इंडिया के सपने को आगे ले जाने के लिए, हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के आधे से ज्‍यादा तीन लाख गावों में COMMON SERVICE CENTRE मेरे देश के युवा बेटे और बेटियां चला रहे हैं। वे हर गांव को, हर नागरिक को, पलक झपकते ही विश्‍व के साथ जोड़ने के लिए Information Technology का भरपूर उपयोग कर रहे हैं।

मेरे भाइयो-बहनो, आज मेरे देश में Infrastructure ने नया रूप ले लिया है। रेल की गति हो, रोड की गति हो, i-wayहो, highway हो, नए airport हों, एक प्रकार से हमारा देश बहुत तेज़ गति से आगे बढ़ रहा है। 

 

मेरे भाइयो-बहनों, हमारे देश के वैज्ञानिकों ने भी देश के नाम को रोशन करने में कभी कोई कमी नहीं रखी। विश्‍व के संदर्भ मेंहो और भारत की आवश्‍यकता के संदर्भ में, कौन हिन्‍दुस्‍तानी गर्व नहीं करेगा जब देश के वैज्ञानिकों ने एक साथ 100 से अधिक sattelite आसमान में छोड़ करके दुनिया को चकित कर दिया था। ये सामर्थ्‍य हमारे वैज्ञानिकों का है। हमारे वैज्ञानिकों का पुरुषार्थ था मंगलयान की सफलता पहले ही प्रयास में। मंगलयान ने मंगल की कक्षा में प्रवेश किया, वहां तक पहुंचे, ये अपने-आप हमारे वैज्ञानिकों की सिद्धि थी। आने वाले कुछ ही दिनों में हम अपने वैज्ञानिकों के आधार, कल्‍पना और सोच के बल पर ‘नाविक’ को हम लॉन्‍च करने जा रहे हैं। देश के मछुआरों को, देश के सामान्‍य नागरिकों को नाविक के द्वारा दिशा दर्शन का बहुत बड़ा काम, आने वाले कुछ ही दिनों में हम लगाएंगे।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों आज इस लाल किले की प्राचीर से, मैं देशवासियों को एक खुशखबरी सुनाना चाहता हूं। हमारा देश अंतरिक्ष की दुनिया में प्रगति करता रहा है। लेकिन हमने सपना देखा है, हमारे वैज्ञानिकों ने सपना देखा है।हमारे देश ने संकल्‍प किया है कि 2022, जब आज़ादी के 75 साल होंगे तब या हो सके तो उससे पहले, आज़ादी के 75 साल मनाएंगे तब, मां भारत की कोई संतान चाहे बेटा हो या बेटी, कोई भी हो सकता है। वे अं‍तरिक्ष में जाएंगे। हाथ में तिरंगा झंडा लेकर के जाएंगे। आजादी के 75 साल के पहले इस सपने को पूरा करना है। मंगलयान से लेकर के भारत के वैज्ञानिकों ने जो अपनी ताकत का परिचय करवाया है। अब हम मानव सहित गगनयान लेकर के चलेगें और ये गगनयान जब अंतरिक्ष में जाएगा, तो कोई हिन्‍दुस्‍तानी लेकर जाएगा। यह काम हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के वैज्ञानिकों के द्वारा होगा। हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के पुरुषार्थ के द्वारा पूरा होगा। तब हम  विश्‍व में चौथा देश बन जाएंगे जो मानव को अंतरिक्ष में पहुंचाने वाला होगा।

भाइयों-बहनों, मैं देश के वैज्ञानिकों को, देश के technicians को मैं हृदय से बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूं। इस महान काम के लिए। भाईयों-बहनों हमारा देश आज अन्‍न के भंडार से भरा हुआ है। विशाल अन्न उत्पादन के लिए, मैं देश के किसानों को, खेतिहर मजदूरों को, कृषि के क्षेत्र में काम करने वाले वैज्ञानिकों को, देश में कृषि क्रांति को सफलतापूर्वक आगे बढ़ाने के लिए हृदय से बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूं।

 

 

लेकिन भाइयों बहनो, अब वक्‍त बदल चुका है, हमारे किसान को भी, हमारे कृषि बाजार को भी वैश्विक चुनौतियों का सामना करना होता है, वैश्विक बाज़ार का सामना करना होता है। जनसंख्‍या वृद्धि होती हो, जमीन कम होती जाती हो,  तब हमारी कृषि को आधुनिक बनाना, वैज्ञानिक बनाना,technology के आधार पर आगे ले जाना; ये समय की मांग है। और इसलिए आज हमारा पूरा ध्‍यान कृषि क्षेत्र में आधुनिकता लाने के लिए, बदलाव लाने के लिए चल रहा है।

हमने सपना देखा हैकिसानों की आय दोगुनी करने का। आजादी के 75 साल हों, किसानों की आय दोगुनी करने का सपना देखा है। जिनको इस पर आशंकाएं होती हैं- जो स्‍वाभाविक है। लेकिन हम लक्ष्‍य ले करके चले हैं। और हम मक्‍खन पर लकीर करने की आदत वाले नहीं हैं, हम पत्‍थर पर लकीर करने की स्‍वभाव वाले लोग हैं। मक्‍खन पर लकीर तो कोई भी कर लेता है। अरे पत्‍थर पर लकीर करने के लिए पसीना बहाना पड़ता है, योजना बनानी पड़ती है, जी-जान से जुटना पड़ता है। इसलिए जब आज़ादी के 75 साल होंगे, तब तक देश के किसानों को साथ लेकर कृषि में आधुनिकता ला करके, कृषि के फलक को चौड़ा कर-करके हम आज चलना चाहते हैं। बीज से ले करके बाजार तक हम value addition करना चाहते हैं। हम आधुनिकीकरण करना चाहते हैं और कई नई फसलें भी अब  रिकार्ड उत्‍पादन करने से आगे बढ़ रही हैं। अपने-आप में पहली बार हम देश में agriculture export policy की दिशा में आगे बढ़ रहे हैं ताकि हम हमारे देश का किसान भी विश्‍व बाज़ार के अंदर ताकत के साथ खड़ा रहे।

आज नई कृषि क्रांति, organic farming, blue revolution, sweet revolution, solar farming; ये नए दायरे खुल चुके हैं। उसको ले करके हम आगे बढ़ना चाहते हैं।

हमें खुशी की बात है कि आज हमारा देश दुनिया में मछली उत्‍पादन में second highest बन गया है और देखते ही देखते वो नंबर एक पर भी पहुंचने वाला है। आज honey, यानि शहद का export दोगुना हो गया है। आज गन्‍ना किसानों के लिए खुशी होगी कि हमारे ethanol का उत्‍पादन तीन गुना हो गया है। यानि एक प्रकार से ग्रामीण अर्थव्‍यवस्‍था में जितना कृषि का महत्‍व है, उतना ही और कारोबारों का है। और इसलिए हम women self-help group द्वारा अरबों-खरबों रूपयों के माध्‍यम से, गांव के जो संसाधन हैं, गांव का जो सामर्थ्‍य है, उसको भी हम आगे बढ़ाना चाहते हैं और उस दिशा में हम प्रयास कर रहे हैं।

खादी- पूज्‍य बापू का नाम उसके साथ जुड़ा हुआ है। आजादी से अब तक जितनी खादी बेचने की परम्‍परा थी, मैं आज नम्रता से कहना चाहता हूं, खादी की बिक्री पहले से double हो गई है। गरीब लोगों के हाथ में रोजी-रोटी पहुंची है।

मेरे भाइयो-बहनों, मेरे देश का किसान अब solar farming की ओर बल देने लगा है। खेती के सिवाय कोई अन्‍य समय, वो solar farming से भी बिजली बेच करके भी कमाई कर सकता है। हमारा हथकरघा चलाने वाला व्‍यक्ति, हमारे हैंडलूम की दुनिया के लोग; ये भी रोजी-रोटी कमाने लगे हैं।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयो-बहनों, हमारे देश में आर्थिक विकास हो, आर्थिक समृद्धि हो, लेकिन उन सबके बावजूद भी मानव की गरिमा, ये supreme होती है। मानव की गरिमा के बिना देश संतुलित रूप से न जी सकता है, न चल सकता है, न बढ़ सकता है। इसलिए व्‍यक्ति की गरिमा, व्‍यक्ति का सम्‍मान, हमें उन योजनाओं को ले करके आगे बढ़ना चाहित ताकि वो सम्‍मान से जिंदगी जी सकें, गर्व से जिंदगी जी सकें। नीतियां ऐसी हों, रीति ऐसी हो, नीयत ऐसी होकि जिसके कारण सामान्‍य मानवी, गरीब से गरीब मानवी भी हर किसी को अपने-आप को बराबरी के साथ जीने का अवसर देखता हो।

और इसीलिए उज्ज्वला योजना में, हमने गरीब के घर में गैस पहुंचाने का काम किया है। सौभाग्य योजना में, गरीब के घर में बिजली पहुंचाने का काम किया है। श्रमेव जयते को बल देते हुए हम आगे बढ़ने की दिशा में काम कर रहे हैं।

कल ही हमने महामहिम राष्‍ट्रपति जी का उद्धबोधन सुना। उन्‍होंने बड़े विस्‍तार से ग्राम स्‍वराज अभियान का वर्णन किया। जब भी सरकार की बातें आती हैं, तो कहते हैं नीतियां तो बनती है लेकिन last miledeliveryनहीं हुई। कल राष्ट्रपति जी ने बढ़े अच्‍छे तरीके से वर्णन किया कि किस प्रकार से आकांक्षी जिलों के 65 हजार गांवों में दिल्‍ली से चली हुई योजना को गरीब के घर तक, पिछड़े गांव तक कैसे पहुंचाया गया है, इसका काम किया है।

प्‍यारे देशवासियों, 2014 में इसी लालकिले की प्राचीर से जब मैंने स्‍वच्‍छता की बात की थी, तो कुछ लोगों ने इसका मजाक उड़ाया था, मखौल उड़ाया था। कुछ लोगों ने ये भी कहा थाअरे, सरकार के पास बहुत सारे काम हैं ये स्‍वच्‍छता जैसे में अपनी ऊर्जा क्‍यों खपा रहे हैं। लेकिन भाइयों-बहनों, पिछले दिनों WHO की रिपोर्ट आई है और WHO कह रहा है कि भारत में स्‍वच्‍छता अभियान के कारण 3 लाख बच्‍चे मरने से बच गए हैं। कौन हिन्‍दुस्‍तानी होगा जिसको स्‍वच्‍छता में भागीदारी बन करके इन 3 लाख बच्‍चों की ज़िन्‍दगी बचाने का पुण्‍य पाने का अवसर न मिला हो। गरीब के 3 लाख बच्‍चों की जिन्‍दगी बचाना कितना बड़ा मानवता का काम है। दुनिया भर की संस्‍थाएं इसकोrecogniseकर रही हैं।

भाइयों-बहनों, अगला वर्षमहात्‍मा गांधी की 150वीं जयंती का वर्ष है। पूज्‍य बापू ने, अपने जीवन में, आज़ादी से भी ज़्यादा महत्‍व स्‍वच्‍छता को दिया था। वो कहते थे कि आजादी मिली सत्‍याग्रहियों से, स्‍वच्‍छता मिलेंगी स्‍वच्‍छाग्रहियों से। गांधी जी ने सत्याग्रही तैयार किए थे और गांधी जी की प्रेरणा ने स्‍वच्‍छाग्रही तैयार किए हैं। और आने वाले, 150वीं जयंती जब मनाएंगे, तब ये देश पूज्‍य बापू को स्‍वच्‍छ भारत के रूप में, ये हमारे कोटि-कोटि स्‍वच्‍छाग्रही, पूज्‍य बापू को कार्यान्जलि समर्पित करेंगे। और एक प्रकार से जिन सपनों को ले करके हम चले हैं, उन सपनों को पूरा करेंगे।

मेरे भाइयों-बहनों, ये सही है, कि स्‍वच्‍छता ने 3लाख लोगों की ज़िंदगी बचाई है। लेकिन कितना ही मध्‍यम वर्ग का सुखी परिवार क्‍यों न हो, अच्‍छी-खासी आय रखने वाला, व्‍यक्ति क्‍यों न हो, गरीब क्‍यों न हो, एक बार घर में बीमारी आ जाए तो व्‍यक्ति नहीं पूरा परिवार बीमार हो जाता है। कभी पीढ़ी दर पीढ़ी बीमारी के चक्‍कर में फंस जाती है।

देश के गरीब से गरीब व्‍यक्ति को, सामान्‍य जन को, आरोग्‍य की सुविधा मिले,  इसलिए गंभीर बीमारियों के लिए और बड़े अस्‍पतालों में सामान्‍य मानवी को भी आरोग्‍य की सुविधा मिले, मुफ्त में मिले और इसलिए भारत सरकार ने प्रधानमंत्री जनआरोग्‍य अभियान प्रारंभ करने का तय किया है। ये प्रधानमंत्री जनअरोग्‍य अभियान के तहत आयुष्मान भारत योजना के तहत, इस देश के 10 करोड़ परिवार, ये प्रारंभिक है, आने वाले दिनों में निम्‍न मध्‍यम वर्ग, मध्‍यम वर्ग, उच्‍च मध्‍यम वर्ग को भी इसका लाभ मिलने वाला है। इसलिए 10 करोड़ परिवारों को, यानी करीब-करीब 50 करोड़ नागरिक, हर परिवार को 5 लाख रुपया सालाना,health assurance देने की योजना है। ये हम इस देश को देने वाले हैं। ये technology drivenव्‍यवस्‍था है, transparency पर बल हो, किसीसामान्‍य व्‍यक्ति को ये अवसर पाने में दिक्‍कत न हो, रुकावट न हो इसमें technology intervention बहुत महत्‍वपूर्ण है। इसके लिए technology के टूल बने हैं।

15 अगस्‍त से आने वाले 4-5-6 सप्‍ताह में देश के अलग-अलग कोने में इस technology का testing शुरू हो रहा है और fullproof बनाने की दिशा में यह प्रयास चल रहा है और फिर इस योजना को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए 25 सितंबर पंडित दीन दयाल उपाध्‍यायकी जन्म जयंती पर25 सितंबर, पंडित दीनदयाल उपाध्याय की जन्मजयंती पर पूरे देश में ये प्रधानमंत्री जनआरोग्य अभियान लॉन्च कर दिया जाएगा और उसका परिणाम ये होने वाला है कि देश के गरीब व्यक्ति को अब बीमारी के संकट से जूझना नहीं पड़ेगा। उसको साहूकार से पैसा ब्याज पर नहीं लेना पड़ेगा। उसका परिवार तबाह नहीं हो जाएगा। और देश में भी मध्यमवर्गीय परिवारों के लिये, नौजवानों के लिये आरोग्य के क्षेत्र में नए अवसर खुलेंगे। tier 2 tier 3 cities में नए अस्पताल बनेंगे। बहुत बड़ी संख्‍या में medical staff लगेगा। बहुत बड़े रोजगार के अवसर भी पैदा होंगे।

भाइयों-बहनों, कोई ग़रीब, ग़रीबी में जीना नहीं चाहता है। कोई ग़रीब, ग़रीबी में मरना नहीं चाहता है। कोई ग़रीब अपने बच्चों को विरासत में ग़रीबी देकर के जाना नहीं चाहता है। वो छटपटा रहा होता है कि ज़िन्दगी भर ग़रीबी से बाहर निकलने के लिये और इस संकट से बाहर आने के लिये ग़रीब को सशक्त बनाना यही उपचार है, यही उपाय है।

हमने पिछले चार साल में ग़रीब को सशक्त बनाने की दिशा में बल दिया है। हमारा प्रयास रहा है ग़रीब सशक्त हो और अभी-अभी एक अंतरराष्ट्रीय संस्था ने एक बहुत अच्छी रिपोर्ट निकाली है। उन्होंने कहा है कि पिछले दो वर्ष में भारत में पांच करोड़ ग़रीब, ग़रीबी की रेखा से बाहर आ गए हैं।

भाइयों-बहनों, जब ग़रीब के सशक्तिकरण का काम करते हैं, और जब मैं आयुषमान भारत की बात करता था,  दस करोड़ परिवार यानी 50 करोड़ जनसंख्या। बहुत कम लोगों को अंदाज होगा कितनी बड़ी योजना है। अगर मैं अमेरिका, कैनेडा और मैक्सिको की जनसंख्या मिला लूं, तो करीब करीब इतने लाभार्थी आयुषमान भारत योजना में हैं। अगर, मैं पूरे यूरोप की जनसंख्या गिन लूं, करीब-करीब उतनी ही जनसंख्या भारत में इस आयुषमान  भारत के लाभार्थी बनने वाले हैं।

भाइयों-बहनों, गरीब को सशक्त बनाने के लिये हमनें अनेक योजनाएं बनाई है। योजनाएं तो बनती हैं। लेकिन बिचौलिये, कटकी कम्पनी उसमें से मलाई खा लेते हैं। ग़रीब को हक मिलता नहीं है। खज़ाने से पैसा जाता है, योजनाएं कागज पर दिखती हैं,  देश लुटता चला जाता है। सरकारें आंखें मूंद कर के बैठ नहीं सकती और मैं तो कतई नहीं बैठ सकता।

और इसलिये भाइयों-बहनों, हमारी व्यवस्था में आई विकृतियों को ख़त्म करके देश के सामान्य मानवी के मन में विश्वास पैदा करना बहुत आवश्यक है। और ये दायित्व राज्य हो, केन्द्र हो, स्थानीय स्वराज की संस्थाएं हो, हम सबको मिलकर के निभाना होगा। और इसको आगे बढ़ाना होगा। आप जानकर हैरान होंगे,  जब से हम इस सफाई अभियान में लगे हैं, leakages बंद करने में लगे हैं,  कोई उज्जवला योजना का लाभार्थी होता था, गैस कनेक्शन का लाभार्थी, duplicate gas connection वाला, कोई ration card का लाभार्थी होता था,  कोई scholarship का लाभार्थी होता था,  कोई pension का लाभार्थी होता था। लाभ मिलते थे लेकिन 6 करोड़ लोग ऐसे थे जो कभी पैदा ही नहीं हुए, जिनका कहीं अस्तित्व ही नहीं है, लेकिन उनके नाम से पैसे जा रहे थे। इन 6 करोड़ नामों को निकालना कितना बड़ा कठिन काम होगा, कितने लोगों को परेशानी हुई होगी। जो इंसान पैदा न हुआ, जो इंसान धरती पर नहीं है। ऐसे ही फर्जी नाम लिख करके रुपये मार लिये जाते थे।

इस सरकार ने इसको रोका है। भ्रष्‍टाचार, कालेधन, ये सारे कारोबार रोकने की दिशा में हमने कदम उठाया है।

भाइयों-बहनों, और इसका परिणाम क्‍या आया है? करीब 90 हज़ार करोड़ रुपया,  यह छोटी रकम नहीं है। 90 हजार करोड़ रुपया जो गलत लोगों के हाथ में गलत तरीके से, गलत कारनामों से चले जाते थे वो आज देश की तिजोरी में बचे हैं,  जो देश के सामान्‍य मानव की भलाई के लिए काम आ रहे हैं।

भाइयों-बहनों, यह होता क्‍यों हैं? यह देश गरीब की गरिमा के लिए काम करने वाला देश है। हमारा देश का गरीब सम्‍मान से जिये, इसके लिए काम करना  है। लेकिन ये बिचौलिये क्‍या करते थे?आपको पता होगा कि बाजार में गेहूं की कीमत 24-25 रुपये है, जबकि राशन कार्ड पर सरकार वो गेहूं 24-25 रुपये में खरीद करके सिर्फ दो रुपये में गरीब तक पहुंचाती है। चावल की बाजार में कीमत 30-32 रुपया है, लेकिन गरीब को चावल मिलेइसलिए सरकार 30-32 रुपये में खरीद करके 3 रुपये में राशन कार्ड वाले गरीब तक पहुंचाती है। यानि कि एक किलो गेहूं कोई चोरी कर ले गलत फर्जी नाम से तो उसको तो 20-25 रुपये ऐसे ही मिल जाते हैं। एक किलो चावल मार लें तो उसको 30-35 रुपये ऐसे ही मिल जाते हैं और इसी कारण यह फर्जी नामों से कारोबार चलता था। और जब गरीब राशनकार्ड दुकान पर जाता था, वो कहता था राशन खत्‍म हो गया, राशन वहां से निकल करके दूसरी दुकान पर चला जाता था और वो 2 रुपये से मिलने वाला राशन मेरे गरीब को 20 रुपया, 25 रुपये से खरीदना पड़ता था। उसका हक छीन लिया जाता था भाईयों-बहनों। और इसलिए इस फर्जी कारोबार को अब बंद किया है और उसको रोका है।

भाइयों-बहनों, हमारे देश के कोटि-कोटि गरीबों को 2 रुपये में, 3 रुपये में खाना मिलता है। सरकार उसके लिए बहुत बड़ा आर्थिक खर्च कर रही है। लेकिन इसका  credit सरकार को नहीं जाता है। मैं आज विशेष रूप से मेरे देश के ईमानदार करदाताओं से कहना चाहता हूं कि आज जब दोपहर को आप खाना खाते हो, पलभर के लिए परिवार के साथ बैठ करके मेरी बात को याद करना। मैं आज ईमानदार करदाताओं के दिल को छूना चाहता हूं। उनके मन-मंदिर में नमन करने मैं जा रहा हूं। मेरे देशवासियों, जो ईमानदार करदाता है, जो Tax देता है, मैं आपको विश्‍वास दिलाता हूं कि जो ईमानदार व्‍यक्ति कर देता है उन पैसों से ये योजनाएं चलती हैं। इन योजनाओं का पुण्‍य अगर किसी को मिलता है तो सरकार को नहीं, मेरे ईमानदार करदाताओं को मिलता है, Tax payer को मिलता है। और इसलिए जब आप खाना खाने के लिए बैठते हैं तो आप विश्‍वास कीजिए आपके कर देने की ईमानदार प्रक्रिया का परिणाम है कि जब आप खाना खा रहे हैं, उसी समय तीन गरीब परिवार भी खाना खा रहे हैं, जिसका पुण्‍य ईमानदार करदाता को मिलता है और गरीब का पेट भरता है।

दोस्‍तों, देश में कर न भरने की हवा बनाई जा रही है, लेकिन जब करदाता को पता चलता है कि उसके कर से, उसके Tax से भले वो अपने घर में बैठा हो, air condition कमरे में बैठा है। लेकिन उसके Tax से उसी समय तीन गरीब परिवार अपना पेट भर रहे हैं। इससे बड़ा जीवन का संतोष क्‍या हो सकता है। उससे ज्‍यादा मन को पुण्‍य क्‍या हो सकता है।

भाईयों-बहनों, आज देश ईमानदारी का उत्‍सव ले करके आगे बढ़ रहा है और ईमानदारी का उत्‍सव ले करके चल रहा है। देश में 2013 तक, यानी पिछले 70 साल की हमारी गतिविधि का परिणाम था, कि देश में directTax देने वाले 4 करोड़ लोग थे। लेकिन भाइयों-बहनों, आज यह संख्‍या करीब-करीब दो गुना हो करके पौने सात करोड़ हो गई है।

और इसलिये भाइयों-बहनों, हमारी व्यवस्था में आई विकृतियों को ख़त्म करके देश के सामान्य मानवी के मन में विश्वास पैदा करना बहुत आवश्यक है। और ये दायित्व राज्य हो, केन्द्र हो, स्थानीय स्वराज की संस्थाएं हो, हम सबको मिलकर के निभाना होगा। और इसको आगे बढ़ाना होगा। आप जानकर के हैरान होंगे,  जब से हम इस सफाई अभियान में लगे हैं, leakages बंद करने में लगे हैं,  कोई उज्जवला योजना का लाभार्थी होता था, गैस कनेक्शन का लाभार्थी, duplicate gas connection वाला, कोई ration card का लाभार्थी होता था,  कोई scholarship का लाभार्थी होता था,  कोई pension का लाभार्थी होता था,  लाभ मिलते थे लेकिन 6 करोड़ लोग ऐसे थे जो कभी पैदा ही नहीं हुए, जिनका कहीं अस्तित्व ही नहीं है, लेकिन उनके नाम से पैसे जा रहे थे। इन 6 करोड़ नामों को निकालना कितना बड़ा कठिन काम होगा, कितने लोगों को परेशानी हुई होगी। जो इंसान पैदा न हुआ, जो इंसान धरती पर नहीं है। ऐसे ही फर्जी नाम लिख करके रुपये मार लिये जाते थे।

कहां तीन, साढ़े तीन, पौने-चार करोड़ और कहां पौने सात करोड़, यह ईमानदारी का जीता जागता उदाहरण है। देश ईमानदारी की ओर चल पड़ा है इसका उदाहरण है। 70 साल में हमारे देश में जितने indirect tax में उद्यमी जुड़े थे वो 70 साल में 70 लाख का आंकड़ा पहुंचा है। 70 साल में 70 लाख लेकिन सिर्फ GST आने के बाद पिछले एक वर्ष में यह 70 लाख का आंकड़ा एक करोड़ 16 लाख पर पहुंच गया।भाइयों-बहनों, मेरे देश का हर व्‍यक्ति आज ईमानदारी के उत्‍सव में आगे आ रहा है। जो भी आगे आ रहे हैं, मैं उनको नमन करता हूं। जो आगे जाना चाहते हैंमैं उनको विश्‍वास दिलाना चाहता हूं। अब देश परेशानियों से मुक्‍त गर्वपूर्ण  करदाता का जीवन बनाने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है। मैं करदाताओं को विश्‍वास दिलाना चाहता हूं। आप देश को बनाने में योगदान दे रहे हैं। आपकी परेशानियां हमारी परेशानियां हैं। हम आपके साथ खड़े हैं, क्‍योंकि आपके योगदान से हमें देश को आगे बढ़ाना है और इसलिए भाइयों-बहनों, हम काला धन, भ्रष्‍टाचार को माफ नहीं करेंगे। कितनी ही आफतें क्‍यों न आएं, इस मार्ग को तो मैं छोड़ने वाला नहीं हूं मेरे देशवासियों, क्‍योंकि देश को दीमक की तरह इन्‍हीं बीमारियों ने तबाह करके रखा हुआ है। और इसलिए हमने, आपने देखा होगाअब दिल्‍ली के गलियारों में power broker नज़र नहीं आते हैं। अगर दिल्‍ली में कहीं गूंज सुनाई देती है, तो कुंवर की गूंज सुनाई देती है।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयों-बहनों, यह वक्‍त बदल चुका है। हमने देश में कुछ लोग अपने घरों में बैठ करके कहते थे अरे सरकार की वो नीति बदल दूंगा, ढीकना कर दूंगा, फलाना कर दूंगा, उनकी सारी दुकानें बंद हो गई हैं, दरवाजें बंद हो गए हैं।

भाइयों-बहनों, भाई-भतीजावाद को हमने खत्‍म कर दिया है। मेरे-पराये परंपराओं को हमने खत्‍म कर दिया है। रिश्‍वत लेने वालों पर कार्रवाई बड़ी कठोर हो रही है। लगभग तीन लाख संदिग्‍ध कंपनियों पर ताले लग चुके हैं, उनके डायरेक्‍टरों पर पाबंदियां लगा दी गई है भाइयों-बहनों। और आज हमने प्रक्रियाओं को transparent बनाने के लिए online प्रक्रिया चालू की है। हमने IT Technology काउपयोग किया है। और उसका परिणाम है कि आज पर्यावरण - एक समय था कि पर्यावरण की मंजूरी यानि corruption के पहाड़ चढ़ते जाना तब जा करके मिलती थी। भाइयों-बहनों, हमने उसको transparent कर दिया है। ऑनलाइन कर दिया है। कोई भी व्‍यक्ति उसको देख सकता है। और भारत के संसाधनों का सदुपयोग हो, इस पर हम काम कर सकते हैं। भाइयों बहनों आज हमारे लिए गर्व का विषय है कि हमारे देश में आज सुप्रीम कोर्ट में तीन महिला जज बैठी हुई हैं। कोई भी भारत की नारी गर्व कर सकती है कि भारत के सुप्रीम कोर्ट में आज तीन महिला मान्‍य न्‍यायधीश हमारे देश को न्‍याय दे रही हैं। भाइयों-बहनों, मुझे गर्व है कि आजादी के बाद यह पहली कैबिनेट है जिसमें सर्वाधिक महिलाओं को स्‍थान मिला है। भाईयों-बहनों मैं आज इस मंच से मेरी कुछ बेटियां है, मेरी बहादुर बेटियों को एक खुशखबरी देना चाहता हूं। भारतीय सशस्‍त्र सेना में short service commission के माध्‍यम से नियुक्‍त महिला अधिकारियों को पुरूष समकक्ष अधिकारियों की तरह पारदर्शी चयन प्रक्रिया द्वारा स्‍थाई commission की मैं आज घोषणा करता हूं। जो हमारी लाखों बेटियां आज uniform की जिंदगी जी रही है, देश के लिए कुछ करना चाहती हैं। उनके लिए आज मैं यह तोहफा दे रहा हूं, लाल किले की प्राचीर से दे रहा हूं। देश की महिलाएं और शक्तिशाली भारत के निर्माण में कंधे से कंधा मिला करके चल रही हैं। हमारी मां-बहनों का गर्व, उनका योगदान, उनका सामर्थ्‍य आज देश अनुभव कर रहा है।

 

15

भाइयों-बहनों, आए दिन North-East में हिंसक घटनाओं की खबरें आती थीं, अलगाववाद की खबरें आती थीं।बम, बंदूक, पिस्‍तौल की घटनाएं सुनाई देती थीं। लेकिन आज एक armedforces special power act, जो तीन-तीन, चार-चार दशक से लगा हुआ था, आज मुझे खुशी है कि हमारे सुरक्षाबलों के प्रयासों के कारण, राज्‍य सरकारों की सक्रियता के कारण, केन्‍द्र और राज्‍य की विकास की योजनाओं के कारण, जन-साधारण को जोड़ने के प्रयासों का परिणाम है कि आज कई वर्षों के बाद त्रिपुरा और मेघालय पूरी तरह armedforces special power act से मुक्‍त हो गए हैं।

अरुणाचल प्रदेश के भी कई जिले इससे मुक्‍त हो गए हैं। गिने-चुने जिलों में अब ये स्थिति बची है। left wing extremism, माओवाद देश को रक्‍त से रंजित कर रहा है। आए दिन हिंसा की वारदातें करना, भाग जाना, जंगलों में छुप जाना, लेकिन लगातार हमारे सुरक्षाबलों के प्रयासों के कारण, विकास की नई-नई योजनाओं के कारण, जन सामान्‍य को जोड़ने के प्रयासों के कारण जो left wing extremism 126 जिलों में मौत के साये में जीने के लिए मजबूर कर रहा था, आज वो कम हो करके करीब-करीब 90 जिलों तक आ गया है। विकास अब बहुत तेजी से आगे बढ़ रहा है। 

भाइयों-बहनों, जम्‍मू और कश्‍मीरके बारे मेंअटल बिहारी वाजपेयी जी ने हमें रास्‍ता दिखाया है और वही रास्‍ता सही है। उसी रास्‍ते पर हम चलना चाहते हैं। वाजपेयी जी ने कहा था - इंसानियत, जम्हूरियतऔर कश्‍मीरियत, इन तीन मूल मुद्दों को ले करके हम कश्‍मीर का विकास कर सकते हैं -चाहे लद्दाख हो, चाहे जम्‍मू हो या श्रीनगर valley हो, संतुलित विकास हो, समान विकास हो, वहां के सामान्‍य मानवी की आशा-आकांक्षाएं पूर्ण हो, infrastructure को बल मिलेऔर साथ-साथ जन-जन को गले लगा करके चलें, इसी भाव के साथ हम आगे बढ़ना चाहते हैं। हम गोली और गाली के रास्‍ते पर नहीं, गले लगा करके मेरे कश्‍मीर के देशभक्ति से जीने वाले लोगों के साथ आगे बढ़ना चाहते हैं।

भाइयों-बहनों, सिंचाई की परियोजनाएं आगे बढ़ रही हैं। IIT, IIM, AIIMS, का निर्माण कार्य तेजी से चल रहा है। डल झील के पुननिर्माण का, पुनर्रोद्धार का काम भी हम चला रहे हैं। सबसे बड़ी बात है, आने वाले दिनों में जम्‍मू-कश्‍मीर के गांव का हर इंसान मुझसे एक साल से मांग कर रहे थे, वहां के पंच मुझसे सैंकड़ों की तादाद में आ करके मिलते थे और वो मांग कर रहे थे कि जम्‍मू-कश्‍मीर में हमें पंचायतों के स्‍थानीय निकायों के चुनाव दीजिए।किसी न किसी कारण से वो रुका हुआ था। मुझे खुशी है कि आने वाले कुछ ही महीनों में जम्‍मू–कश्‍मीर में गांव के लोगों को अपना हक जताने का अवसर मिलेगा। अपना स्‍वयं व्‍यवस्‍था खड़ी करने का अवसर मिलेगा। अब तो भारत सरकार से इतनी बड़ी मात्रा में जो पैसे सीधे गांव के पास जाते हैं तो गांव को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए वहां के चुने हुए पंच के पास ताकत आएगी। इसलिए निकट भविष्‍य में पंचायतों के चुनाव हों, स्‍थानीय नगर-निकायों के चुनाव हों, उस दिशा में हम आगे बढ़ रहे हैं।

भाइयों-बहनों, हमें देश को नई ऊंचाइयों पर ले जाना है। हमारा मंत्र रहा है ‘सबका साथ, सबका विकास’। कोई भेदभाव नहीं, कोई मेरा-तेरा नहीं, कोई अपना-पराया नहीं, कोई भाई-भतीजावाद नहीं, सबका साथ यानि सबका साथ। और इसलिए हम ऐसे लक्ष्‍य तय करके चलते हैं। और मैं आज फिर एक बार इस तिरंगे झंडे के नीचे खड़े रह करके, ला‍लकिले की प्राचीर से कोटि-कोटि देशवासियों को उन संकल्‍पों को दोहराना चाहता हूं, उन संकल्‍पों का उद्घोष करना चाहता हूं, जिसके लिए हम अपने-आपको खपा देने के लिए तैयार हैं।

हर भारतीय के पास अपना घर हो - housing for all. हर घर के पास बिजली कनेक्‍शन हो - Power for all. हर भारतीय को धुंए से मुक्ति मिलेरसोई में, और इसलिए cooking gas for all. हर भारतीय को जरूरत के मुताबिक जल मिलेऔर इसलिए water for all. हर भारतीय को शौचालय मिले और इसलिए sanitation for all, हर भारतीय को कुशलता मिले और इसलिये skill for all, हर भारतीय को अच्छी और सस्ती स्वास्थ्य सेवाएं मिले, इसलिये health for all, हर भारतीय को सुरक्षा मिले,सुरक्षा का बीमा सुरक्षा कवच मिले और इसलिए insurance for all, हर भारतीय को इंटरनेट की सेवा मिलें और इसलिए connectivity for all, इस मंत्र को ले करके हम देश को आगे बढ़ाना चाहते है।

मेरे प्‍यारे भाइयों-बहनों, लोग मेरे लिए भी कई बातें करते है लेकिन जो कुछ भी कहा जाता हो, मैं आज सार्वजनिक रूप से कुछ चीजों को स्वीकार करना चाहता हूँ कि मैं बेसब्र हूँ, क्योंकि कई देश हमसे आगे निकल चुके है, मैं बेसब्र हूँ मेरे देश को इन सारे देशों से भी आगे ले जाने के लिए बेचैन हूँ। मैं बेचैन हूं, मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, मैं बेसब्र भी हूं, मैं बेचैन भी हूं। मैं बेचैन हूं, क्‍योंकि हमारे देश के बच्‍चों के विकास में, कुपोषण एक बहुत बड़ी रुकावट बना हुआ है। एक बहुत बड़ा bottleneck बना हुआ है। मुझे मेरे देश को कुपोषण से मुक्‍त कराना है इसलिए मैं बेचैन हूं। मेरे देशवासियों, मैं व्‍याकुल हूं ताकि गरीब तक, समुचित health cover प्राप्त हो, इसके लिए मैं बेचैन हूं ताकि मेरे देश का सामान्‍य व्‍यक्ति भी बीमारी से लड़ सके, भिड़ सके।

भाइयों-बहनों, मैं व्‍याकुल भी हूं, मैं व्‍यग्र भी हूं। मैं व्‍यग्र हूं ताकि अपने नागरिक को quality of life, ease of living का अवसर प्रदान हो, उसमें भी सुधार आए।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, मैं व्‍याकुल भी हूं, मैं व्‍यग्र हूं, मैं अधीर भी हूं। क्योंकि चौथी औद्योगिक क्रांति है, जो ज्ञान के अधिष्ठान पर चलने वाली चौथी औद्योगिक क्रांति है उस चौथी औद्योगिक क्रांति का नेतृत्‍व आईटी जिसके उंगलियों पर है, मेरा देश उसकी अगुवाई करे उसके लिए मैं अधीर हूं।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, मैं आतुर हूं क्‍योंकि चाहता हूं कि देश अपनी क्षमता और संसाधनों का पूरा लाभ उठाए और विश्‍व में गर्व के साथ हम आगे बढ़े।

मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, जो हम आज हैं, कल उससे भी आगे बढ़ना चाहते है। हमें ठहराव मंज़ूर नहीं है, हमें रुकना मंज़ूर नहीं है, और झुकना तो हमारे स्‍वभाव में नहीं है। ये देश न रुकेगा, न झुकेगा, ये देश न थकेगा, हमें नई ऊंचाइयों पर आगे चलना है, उत्तरोत्तर प्रगति करते चलना है।

भाइयों-बहनों, वेद से वर्तमान तक विश्‍व की चिरपुरातन विरासत के हम धनी हैं। हम पर इस विरासत का आर्शीवाद है। उस विरासत की जो हमारे आत्‍मविश्‍वास की बदौलत है। उसको ले करके हम भविष्‍य में और आगे बढ़ना चाहते है। और मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों, हम सिर्फ भविष्‍य देखने तक रहना नहीं चाहते है। लेकिन भविष्‍य के उस शिखर पर भी पहुंचना चाहते हैं।भविष्‍य के शिखर का सपना लेकर हम चलना चाहते हैं और इसलिए मेरे प्‍यारे देशवासियों मैं आपको एक नई आशा एक नया उमंग, एक नया विश्‍वास देश उसी से चलता है देश उसी से बदलता है और इसलिए मेरे प्‍यारे देश‍वासियों......

अपने मन में एक लक्ष्‍य लिए,

अपने मन में एक लक्ष्‍य लिए,

मंजिल अपनी प्रत्‍यक्ष लिए,

अपने मन में एक लक्ष्‍य लिए,

मंजिल अपनी प्रत्‍यक्ष लिए हम तोड़ रहे है जंजीरें,

हम तोड़ रहे हैं जंजीरें,

हम बदल रहे हैंतस्वीरें,

ये नवयुग है, ये नवयुग है,

ये नवभारत है, ये नवयुग है,

ये नवभारत है।

“खुद लिखेंगे अपनी तकदीर, हम बदल रहे हैं तस्वीर,

खुद लिखेंगे अपनी तकदीर, ये नवयुग है, नवभारत है,

हम निकल पड़े हैं, हम निकल पड़े हैं प्रण करके,

हम निकल पड़े हैं प्रण करके, अपना तनमन अर्पण करके,

अपना तनमन अर्पण करके, ज़िद है, ज़िद है, ज़िद है,

एक सूर्य उगाना है, ज़िद है एक सूर्य उगाना है,

अम्बर से ऊंचा जाना है, अम्बर से ऊंचा जाना है,

एक भारत नया बनाना है, एक भारत नया बनाना है।।”

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियों, फिर एक बार आज़ादी के पावन पर्व पर आपको अनेक- अनेक शुभकामनाएं देते हुए, आइए जय हिंद के मंत्र के साथ उच्च स्वर से मेरे साथ बोलेंगे, जय हिंद, जय हिंद, जय हिंद, जय हिंद, भारत माता की जय, भारत माता की जय, भारत माता की जय, वन्दे मातरम, वन्दे मातरम, वन्दे मातरम, वन्दे मातरम, वन्दे मातरम, वन्दे मातरम।।

 

*****

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day.

Asserting that India is today brimming with self-confidence, the Prime Minister mentioned developments such as the success of Navika Sagar Parikrama by six young women naval officers, and the achievements of young Indian sportspersons from humble backgrounds. He mentioned the blooming of Neelakurinji flowers in the Nilgiri hills, a phenomenon that occurs once every 12 years. He said that the recently concluded session of Parliament, was one dedicated to the cause of social justice. He noted that India is now the world’s sixth largest economy.

The Prime Minister paid homage to the freedom fighters and martyrs. He saluted the jawans of the security forces and police forces. He recalled in particular, the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which happened on Baisakhi day in 1919. He offered condolences to people affected by floods in some parts of the country.

He quoted poet Subramaniam Bharti to say that India will show the world the path to freedom from all kinds of shackles. He said such dreams were shared by countless freedom fighters. And an inclusive Constitution was drafted by Babasaheb Ambedkar to achieve this dream of a nation where there is justice for the poor, and equal opportunities for all to move forward. He said that Indians are now coming together to build the nation. He gave examples of the pace of development in various fields such as toilet construction, electricity reaching villages, LPG gas connections, house construction etc.

He said that the Union Government had taken decisions which had been pending for long, including higher MSP for farmers, GST, and One Rank – One Pension. He said this has become possible because the Union Government has kept national interest supreme.

The Prime Minister mentioned how international organizations and agencies were looking at India very differently today, as compared to 2013. He said that from a time of “policy paralysis”, India had moved to “Reform, Perform, Transform.” He said India is now a member of several important multilateral organizations, and is leading the International Solar Alliance.

The Prime Minister said that the North-East is today in the news for achievements in sports, for connecting the last unconnected villages with electricity, and for becoming a hub of organic farming.

The Prime Minister mentioned 13 crore loans being disbursed under the Mudra Yojana, and four crore loans out of this number, being disbursed to first time beneficiaries of such loans.

The Prime Minister said that India is proud of its scientists. He announced “Gagan-Yaan” a manned space mission, to be undertaken by India by 2022, using its own capabilities. He said India would become the fourth nation in the world to do so.

Reiterating the vision to double farmers’ incomes by 2022, the Prime Minister asserted that the aim is to accomplish tasks which seem extremely difficult. He said initiatives such as Ujjwala Yojana and Saubhagya Yojana are providing dignity to the people. He said organizations such as the WHO have appreciated the progress made in the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Shri Narendra Modi announced the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan on 25th September this year – the anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. It is high time we ensure that the poor of India get access to good quality and affordable healthcare, he asserted. He said this scheme would positively impact 50 crore people.

The Prime Minister explained how better targeting of government benefits has been achieved by weeding out about 6 crore fake beneficiaries. The honest taxpayer of India has a major role in the progress of the nation, he said, adding that it is due to them that so many people are fed, and the lives of the poor are transformed.

The Prime Minister asserted that the corrupt, and those who have black money would not be forgiven. He said that Delhi’s streets are now free from power brokers, and the voice of the poor is heard.

The Prime Minister announced that women officers of Short Service Commission in the Indian Armed Forces would now be eligible for permanent commission through a transparent selection process.

Noting that the practice of Triple Talaq has caused great injustice among Muslim women the Prime Minister assured Muslim women that he will will work to ensure that justice is done to them.

The Prime Minister spoke of the decline in Left Wing Extremism in the country. He reiterated former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s vision of “Insaniyat, Jamhooriyat, Kashmiriyat,” for the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

He emphasized on the vision of Housing for All, Power for All, Clean Cooking for All, Water for All, Sanitation for All, Skill for All, Health for All, Insurance for All, and Connectivity for All.

He said that he is impatient, anxious and keen to see India progress, eliminate malnutrition, and to see Indians get a better quality of life.

*****

AKT/VJ/PB

The index for this major group rose by 0.1 percent to 117.4 (provisional) from 117.3 (provisional) for the previous month. The groups and items which showed variations during the month are as follows:-


The index for ‘Manufacture of Food Products’ group rose by 0.4 percent to 129.0 (provisional) from 128.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of gram powder (besan) (8%), maida, castor oil, sugar and mustard oil (4% each), sooji (rawa) (3%), gur, wheat flour (atta), manufacture of processed ready to eat food and manufacture of cocoa, chocolate & sugar confectionery (2% each) and cotton seed oil, basmati rice, groundnut oil, manufacture of macaroni, noodles, couscous & similar farinaceous products, processed tea, manufacture of prepared animal feeds, manufacture of bakery products, rice bran oil, vanaspati and manufacture of health supplements (1% each).  However, the price of molasses (21%), coffee powder with chicory, instant coffee and salt (3% each), powder milk, rice products, honey, palm oil and ice cream (2% each) and copra oil, rice [non-basmati], spices (including mixed spices), ghee, chicken/duck [dressed- fresh/frozen], butter, processing & preserving of fruit & vegetables and processing & preserving of fish, crustaceans & molluscs & products thereof (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Beverages’ group declined by 0.3 percent to 119.6 (provisional) from 119.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of aerated drinks/soft drinks (incl. soft drink concentrates) (2%). However, the price of bottled mineral water (2%) and country liquor, rectified spirit and wine (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Tobacco Products’ group declined by 0.7 percent to 149.3 (provisional) from 150.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of other tobacco products (4%).  However, the price of cigarette (2%) moved up.


The index for ‘manufacture of Textiles’ group rose by 1.0 percent to 117.1 (provisional) from 115.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of manufacture of knitted & crocheted fabrics (2%) and cotton yarn, synthetic yarn,  weaving & finishing of textiles, woollen yarn, viscose yarn and manufacture of cordage, rope, twine & netting (1% each).


The index for ‘Manufacture of Wearing Apparel’ group declined by 0.7 percent to 138.2 (provisional) from 139.2 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of manufacture of knitted & crocheted apparel (3%).


The index for ‘Manufacture of Leather and Related Products’ group rose by 0.9 percent to 123.0 (provisional) from 121.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of vegetable tanned leather (6%), belt & other articles of leather and chrome tanned leather (2% each) and plastic/pvc chappals, leather shoe, canvas shoes and harness, saddles & other related items (1% each).


The index for ‘Manufacture of Wood and of Products of Wood and Cork’ group declined by 0.8 percent to 132.0 (provisional) from 133.1 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of wooden box/crate (2%) and wooden panel, lamination wooden sheets/veneer sheets and wood cutting, processed/sized (1% each).  However, the price of wooden block-compressed or not and timber/wooden plank, sawn/resawn (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Paper and Paper Products’ group rose by 0.9 percent to 121.8 (provisional) from 120.7 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of paper bag including craft paper bag (11%), paper carton/box (4%), corrugated paper board, duplex paper, base paper and laminated paper (2% each) and corrugated sheet box, bristle paper board, pulp board and newsprint (1% each).


The index for ‘Printing and Reproduction of Recorded Media’ group declined by 0.8 percent to 145.3 (provisional) from 146.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of printed books (2%) and printed labels/posters/calendars (1%).  However, the price of hologram (3d) (2%) and journal/periodical, sticker plastic and printed form & schedule (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Chemicals and Chemical Products’ group rose by 0.1 percent to 118.1 (provisional) from 118.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of menthol (17%), fungicide, liquid (7%), hydrogen peroxide (5%), sulphuric acid and carbon black (4% each), shampoo, ammonium sulphate and toilet soap (3% each), organic surface active agent, aromatic chemicals, nitrogenous fertilizer, others, di ammonium phosphate, acrylic fibre, ammonium phosphate, phthalic anhydride, printing ink and adhesive tape (non-medicinal) (2% each) and additive, polyester chips or polyethylene terepthalate (pet) chips, ethyl acetate, organic solvent, amine, superphospate/phosphatic fertilizer, others, detergent cake, washing soap cake/bar/powder, plasticizer, polyester film (metalized), alkyl benzene, other petrochemical intermediates, polystyrene, expandable and ammonia liquid (1% each).   However, the price of mosquito coil (10%), nitric acid (5%), caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) and varnish (all types) (4% each), gelatine and paint (2% each) and adhesive excluding gum, camphor, polyethylene, perfume/scent, sodium silicate, insecticide & pesticide, tooth paste/tooth powder, explosive, agro chemical formulation, mono ethyl glycol and alcohols (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Chemical and Botanical Products’ group declined by 0.1 percent to 121.8 (provisional) from 121.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of anti allergic drugs (2%) and medical accessories and antiseptics & disinfectants (1% each).  However, the price of antipyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory formulations (5%), vaccine for hepatitis-B (3%), antidiabetic drug excluding insulin (i.e. tolbutam), plastic capsules, sulpha drugs and antioxidants (2% each) and cotton wool (medicinal) and anti-retroviral drugs for HIV treatment (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Rubber and Plastics Products’ group rose by 0.4 percent to 109.4 (provisional) from 109.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of plastic button (9%), polythene film and polyester film (non-metalized) (4% each), rubber cloth/sheet, conveyer belt (fibre based), elastic webbing and rubber crumb (3% each), solid rubber tyres/wheels (2%) and plastic tube (flexible/non-flexible), 2/3 wheeler rubber tube, plastic film, plastic tank, acrylic/plastic sheet, V belt, rubberized dipped fabric, polypropylene film, medium & heavy commercial vehicle tyre, plastic furniture and plastic bottle (1% each). However, the price of PVC fittings & other accessories (2%) and tractor tyre, processed rubber and plastic box/container (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products’ group rose by 0.4 percent to 115.7 (provisional) from 115.2 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of graphite rod (6%), non ceramic tiles (3%), pozzolana cement (2%) and railway sleeper, ordinary portland cement, marble slab, glass bottle, asbestos corrugated sheet and white cement (1% each).  However, the price of porcelain sanitary ware (8%), toughened glass (4%) and ceramic tiles (vitrified tiles), slag cement and plain bricks (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Basic Metals’ group declined by 0.8 percent to 112.1 (provisional) from 113.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of steel forgings-rough (7%), stainless steel pencil ingots/billets/slabs (6%), alloy steel castings (4%), MS pencil ingots and stainless steel coils, strips & sheets (3% each), aluminium ingot, mild steel (MS) blooms, brass metal/sheet/coils, MS bright bars and aluminium metal (2% each) and pig iron, stainless steel tubes, aluminium powder, aluminium shapes-bars/rods/flats, alloy steel wire rods, aluminium alloys, angles, channels, sections, steel (coated/not), ferromanganese, silicomanganese, MS castings and cold rolled (CR) coils & sheets, including narrow strip (1% each).  However, the price of galvanized iron pipes (3%), rails and ferrochrome (2% each) and alumnium foil, MS wire rods, stainless steel bars & rods, including flats, aluminium disk and circles, lead ingots, bars, blocks, plates, sponge iron/direct reduced iron (DRI) and hot rolled (HR) coils & sheets, including narrow strip (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery and Equipment’ group rose by 0.5 percent to 114.6 (provisional) from 114.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of forged steel rings (5%), hand tools (4%), steel drums and barrels, bracket and steel structures (2% each) and bolts, screws, nuts & nails of iron & steel, steel container and stainless steel tank (1% each). However, the price of sanitary fittings of iron & steel (14%), electrical stamping- laminated or otherwise (4%), steel door (2%) and stainless steel razor (1%) declined.

 

The index for ‘Manufacture of Computer, Electronic and Optical Products’ group declined by 0.4 percent to 110.9 (provisional) from 111.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of colour TV, capacitors and air conditioner (1% each). However, the price of electro-diagnostic apparatus, used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences and electronic printed circuit board (pcb)/micro circuit (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Electrical Equipment’ group rose by 0.1 percent to 111.7 (provisional) from 111.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of ACSR conductors and connector/plug/socket/holder-electric (2% each) and fibre optic cables, light fitting accessories, fan, electric switch, refrigerators, electric switch gear control/starter and electric wires & cables (1% each).  However, the price of solenoid valve and aluminium wire (3% each), electric & other meters (2%) and electrical resistors (except heating resistors), insulator, electrical relay/conductor, pvc insulated cable, washing machines/laundry machines and rubber insulated cables (1% each) declined.


 

 

The index for ‘Manufacture of Machinery and Equipment’ group rose by 0.2 percent to 110.5 (provisional) from 110.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of drilling machine and packing machine (3% each), printing machinery, open end spinning machinery, cranes, oil pump and machinery for plastic products-extruded (2% each) and water purifier, agriculture implements, soil preparation & cultivation machinery (other than tractors), hydraulic pump, agricultural tractors, grinding or polishing machine, precision machinery equipment/form tools, lathes, centrifugal pumps and conveyors-non-roller type (1% each).  However, the price of solar power system (solar panel & attachable equipment) and pressure vessel & tank for fermentation & other food processing (6% each), chillers (5%), pump sets without motor (3%) and injection pump, chemical equipment & system, roller mill (raymond), pneumatic tools, hydraulic equipment, gasket kit, excavator, air gas compressor including compressor for refrigerator, pharmaceutical machinery and mining, quarrying & metallurgical machinery/parts (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Motor Vehicles, Trailers and Semi-Trailers’ group rose by 0.5 percent to 112.5 (provisional) from 111.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of brake pad/brake liner/brake block/brake rubber, others (4%), crankshaft (3%), cylinder liners (2%) and passenger vehicles, minibus/bus, piston ring/piston & compressor, gear box and parts, body (for commercial motor vehicles), head lamp and chain (1% each).   However, the price of seat for motor vehicles (2%) and release valve (1%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Other Transport Equipment’ group rose by 0.3 percent to 110.8 (provisional) from 110.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of auto rickshaw/tempo/matador/three wheelers (2%) and scooters, propellers & blades of boats/ships  and bicycles of all types (1% each).

 

The index for ‘Manufacture of Furniture’ group declined by 1.9 percent to 125.1 (provisional) from 127.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of foam and rubber mattress (11%) and hospital furniture (1%).  However, the price of wooden furniture (1%) moved up.

 

The index for ‘Other Manufacturing’ group declined by 2.1 percent to 104.7 (provisional) from 106.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of playing cards, silver and cricket ball (4% each), stringed musical instruments (incl. santoor, guitars, etc.) and intraocular lens (3% each), gold & gold ornaments (2%) and carrom board and football (1% each). However, the price of sports goods of rubber (incl. balls) (1%) moved up.

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said the rollout of the Smart City projects will help New Delhi emerge as a world class city. Inaugurating a slew of Smart City projects undertaken by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) here today, Shri Rajnath Singh said the NDMC has set an example before other aspiring Smart Cities in the country to follow. He recalled that New Delhi was among the 20 cities included in January, 2016 in the First Phase of the Smart City Mission announced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

The various projects inaugurated by Shri Rajnath Singh include Smart Poles, Solar Tree, Ideation Centre, 50 LED interactive screens, Ambedkar Vatika and two hi-tech nurseries, four mechanical road sweepers, two litter picking machines and ten auto tippers. He also launched MTNL’s hi-speed Broadband on Optical Fiber & Hi-Speed Wi-Fi in Connaught Place.

Union Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, Union MoS (I/C) Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Anil Baijal and Lok Sabha MP, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi were present on the occasion.

******

BB/NK/PK/KGS/SS

 

आज 11 अगस्त है। 110 वर्ष पहले देश की आज़ादी के लिए आज के ही दिन, खुदीराम बोस ने मातृभूमि के लिए अपना सर्वस्व त्याग कर दिया था। मैं उस वीर क्रान्तिकारी को नमन करता हूं, देश की तरफ से उन्हें श्रद्धांजलि देता हूं।

 

साथियों,

आज़ादी के लिए जिन्होंने प्राण दिए, अपना सबकुछ समर्पित किया , वो अमर हो गए, वो प्रेरणा के मूर्ति बन गए | लेकिन हम लोग हैं जिन्हें आज़ादी के लिए मरने का सौभाग्य नहीं मिला, लेकिन हमारा यह भी सौभाग्य हैं की हम आज़ाद भारत के लिए जी सकते हैं, हम देश के आज़ादी को राष्ट्र के नवनिर्माण के लिए जी करके जिन्दगी का एक नया लुत्फ़ उठा सकते है। आज मैं अपने सामने, आप के भीतर, आपके चेहरे पर जो उत्साह देख रहा हूं, जो आत्मविश्वास देख रहा हूँ, वो आश्वस्त करने वाला है कि हम सही रास्ते पर आगे बढ़ रहे हैं।

 

साथियों,

IIT Bombay स्वतंत्र भारत के उन संस्थानों में है जिनकी परिकल्पना टेक्नॉलॉजी के माध्यम से राष्ट्रनिर्माण को नई दिशा देने के लिए की गई थी। बीते 60 वर्षों से आप निरंतर अपने इस मिशन में जुटे हैं। 100 छात्रों से शुरु हुआ सफर आज 10 हज़ार तक पहुंच चुका है। इस दौरान आपने खुद को दुनिया के टॉप संस्थानों में स्थापित भी किया है। यह संस्थान अपनी हीरक जयंति मना रहा हैं, डायमंड जुबली । पर उससे अधिक महतवपूर्ण हैं वे सभी हीरे, जो यहाँ मेरे सामने बठे हैं, जिन्हें आज दीक्षा प्राप्त हो रही हैं, और जो यहाँ से दीक्षा पाकर, पूरी दुनिया में भारत का नाम रोशन कर रहे हैं। आज इस अवसर पर सबसे पहले मैं डिग्री पाने वाले देश-विदेश के विद्यार्थियों को , और उनके परिवारों को हृदयपूर्वक बधाई देता हूं, उनका अभिनंदन करता हूं। आज यहां डॉक्टर रोमेश वाधवानी जी को डॉक्टर ऑफ साइंस की उपाधि भी दी गई है। डॉक्टर वाधवानी को भी मेरी तरफ से बहुत-बहुत बधाई। रमेश जी ने टेक्नॉलॉजी को जन सामान्य की आवश्यकताओं से जोड़ने के लिए उम्रभर काम किया है। वाधवानी फाउंडेशन के जरिए इन्होंने देश में युवाओं के लिए रोज़गार निर्माण, Skill, Innovation और Enterprise का माहौल तैयार करने का बीड़ा उठाया है। एक संस्थान के बतौर ये आप सभी के लिए भी गर्व का विषय है कि यहां से निकले वाधवानी जी जैसे अनेक छात्र-छात्राएं आज देश के विकास में सक्रिय योगदान दे रहे हैं। बीते 6 दशकों की निरंतर कोशिशों का ही परिणाम है कि IIT Bombay ने देश के चुनिंदा Institutions of Eminence में अपनी जगह बनाई है। और अभी आपको बताया गया कि आपको अब एक हज़ार करोड़ रुपए की आर्थिक मदद मिलने वाली है जो आने वाले समय में यहां इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर के विकास में काम आने वाला है। इसके लिए भी मैं आपको और पूरी इस टीम को बहुत-बहुत बधाई।

 

The nation is proud of the IITs, and what IIT graduates have achieved. The success of the IITs led to the creation of several engineering colleges around the country. They were inspired by the IITs, and this led to India becoming one of the world’s largest pools of technical manpower. The IITs have built Brand India globally. And they did it over the years. IIT graduates went to America and excelled there: first as students in Universities and then as technology experts, entrepreneurs, executives and in academics. It was a large number of IIT students who built the IT sector in India, brick by brick..or I should say, click by click. Earlier Indians with the IT sector were considered hard working and intelligent - but mainly in other nations, mainly in the US. Now India has become the destination for IT development.

 

And today, IIT graduates are at the forefront of some of the best start-ups in India. These are start-ups that are also at the forefront of solving so many national problems. To those working in the start-up movement or are planning to start one after College, please do remember that the biggest corporations of today were start-ups of yesterday. They were the result of idealism combined with hard-work and diligence. Keep at it, do not give up, and you will succeed.

You are fortunate to have lived in a campus like this, in a city like Mumbai. You have a lake on one side, and the hills too. Occasionally, you share your campus with crocodiles and leopards. It is still August, but I am sure the mood is indigo today! I am sure the last four years were a wonderful learning experience for you all.

 

There is so much to look back and remember the college festivals, inter hostel sports, student-faculty associations. Did I mention some studies as well? You have received what can be called the best that our education system has to offer. Students here represent the diversity of India. From different states, speaking different languages, from different backgrounds, you merge here in pursuit of knowledge and learning.

 

साथियों ,

IIT Bombay देश के उन संस्थानों में से है जो New India की New Technology के लिए काम कर रहा है। आने वाले दो दशकों में दुनिया का विकास कितना और कैसा होगा, ये Innovation और नई टेक्नॉलॉजी तय करेगी। ऐसे में आपके इस संस्थान का, IIT का रोल बहुत महत्वपूर्ण हो जाता है। चाहे 5G ब्रॉडबैंड टेक्नॉलॉजी हो, Artificial Intelligence हो, Block Chain Technology हो, Big Data Analysis हो या फिर Machine Learning, ये वो तकनीक है जो आने वाले समय में Smart Manufacturing और Smart Cities के विजन के लिए महत्वपूर्ण सिद्ध होने वाली है।

 

अब से कुछ देर बाद जिस नई बिल्डिंग का उद्घाटन होगा, वो भी इस दिशा में अहम साबित होने वाली है। Department of Energy Science and Engineering और Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering इस नई बिल्डिंग में काम करने वाले हैं। ये देखते हुए कि Energy और Environment देश और दुनिया के लिए सबसे बड़ी चुनौती हैं, और मुझे विश्वास है कि आने वाले समय में यहां इन दोनों क्षेत्रों में रिसर्च के लिए बेहतर माहौल बनेगा।

 

मुझे बताया गया है कि इस बिल्डिंग में एक Solar Lab भी स्थापित की जा रही है, जिससे छात्रों को Solar Energy से जुड़ी रिसर्च में सुविधा होगी। Solar Energy के अलावा Biofuel भी आने वाले समय में Clean Energy का एक बहुत बड़ा source सिद्ध होने वाला है। मैंने कल दिल्ली में World Biofuel Day के अवसर पर भी कहा था कि इससे जुड़ी टेक्नॉलॉजी को लेकर इंजीनियरिंग के छोटे से लेकर बड़े संस्थान में पढ़ाई हो, Research हो।

 

साथियों,

IIT को देश और दुनिया Indian Institute of Technology के रूप में जानती है। लेकिन आज हमारे लिए इनकी परिभाषा थोड़ी बदल गई है। ये सिर्फ Technology की पढ़ाई से जुड़े स्थान भर नहीं रह गए हैं, बल्कि IIT आज India’s Instrument of Transformation बन गए हैं। हम जब Transformation की बात करते हैं तो Start Up की जिस क्रांति की तरफ देश आगे बढ़ रहा है, उसका एक बहुत बड़ा Source हमारे IIT हैं। आज दुनिया IIT को Unicorn Start Ups की नर्सरी के रूप में मान रही है। यानि वो स्टार्ट अप अभी भारत में शुरू हो रहे हैं जिनकी भविष्य में Value एक अरब डॉलर से अधिक की होने की संभावना जताई जाती है। ये एक प्रकार से तकनीक के दर्पण हैं, जिसमें दुनिया को भविष्य नज़र आता है।

 

साथियों,

आज दुनिया भर में जितने भी बिलियन डॉलर Start Ups हैं, उनमें दर्जनों ऐसे हैं जिनको IIT से निकले लोगों ने स्थापित किया है। आज अपने सामने मैं भविष्य के ऐसे अनेक Unicorn Founders को देख रहा हूं।

 

Friends,

Innovations and Enterprise are going to be the foundation stone for making India a developed economy. A long term sustainable technology-led economic growth is possible on this foundation.

यही कारण है कि हमने Start Up India और Atal Innovation Mission जैसे अभियान शुरु किए हैं जिनके परिणाम अब मिलने लगे हैं। आज भारत Start Up के क्षेत्र में दुनिया में दूसरा सबसे बड़ा Ecosystem है। 10 हज़ार से अधिक Start Ups को देश में nurture किया जा रहा है और फंडिंग की भी एक व्यापक व्यवस्था की जा रही है।

 

साथियों,

आज Innovation Index की रैंकिंग में हम निरंतर ऊपर चढ़ रहे हैं। इसका अर्थ ये है कि Education से लेकर Environment तक की जो हमारी Holistic Approach है उसका परिणाम आज दुनिया के सामने आ रहा है। देश में साइंटिफिक टेंपर विकसित करने, रिसर्च का माहौल बनाने के लिए हायर एजुकेशन में इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर पर विशेष ध्यान दिया गया है।

 

Innovation is the buzzword of the 21st century. Any society that does not innovate will stagnate. That India is a emerging as a hub for start-ups shows that the thrust for innovation is very much there. We must build on this further and make India the most attractive destination for innovation and enterprise. And, this will not happen through Government efforts alone. It will happen through youngsters like you. The best ideas do not come in Government buildings or in fancy offices. They come in campuses like yours, in the minds of youngsters like you.

 

My appeal to you and many other youngsters like you is: Innovate in India, Innovate for humanity.

From mitigating climate change to ensuring better agricultural productivity, From cleaner energy to water conservation, From combating malnutrition to effective waste management. Let us affirm that the best ideas will come from Indian laboratories and from Indian students. On our part, we are doing everything possible to foster a spirit of research and innovation in India.

 

बीते चार वर्षों में 7 नए IIT, 7 नए IIM, 2 IISER और 11 IIIT, स्वीकृत किए गए हैं। इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर को बेहतर बनाने के लिए RISE यानि Revitalisation of Infrastructure and Systems in Education कार्यक्रम शुरु किया गया है। इसके तहत आने वाले चार वर्षों में एक लाख करोड़ रुपए जुटाने का लक्ष्य रखा गया है। नए संस्थान, नया इंफ्रास्ट्र्क्चर आवश्यक हैं लेकिन उससे भी ज़रूरी वहां से तैयार होने वाली skilled power है। सरकार इस पर भी ध्यान दे रही है।

 

साथियों,

देश आज हर वर्ष लगभग 7 लाख इंजीनियर कैंपस में तैयार करता है, लेकिन कुछ लोग सिर्फ डिग्री लेकर ही निकलते हैं। उनमें स्किल क्षमता उतनी विकसित नहीं हो पाती। मैं यहां मौजूद शिक्षकों से, बुद्धिजीवियों से आग्रह करता हूं कि इस बारे में सोचें, कैसे क्वालिटी को सुधारा जाए इस पर सुझाव लेकर आएं। Quantity ही नहीं बल्कि Quality भी उच्च स्तर की हो ये सुनिश्चित करना आप सभी की, हम सभी का सामुहिक जिम्मेदारी है। इसके लिए सरकार प्रयास भी कर रही है।

 

आपकी जानकारी में होगा कि सरकार Prime Minister’s Research Fellows योजना चला रही है। इसके तहत हर वर्ष देशभर के एक हज़ार मेधावी इंजीनियरिंग छात्रों को रिसर्च के लिए संसाधन उपलब्ध कराए जा रहे हैं। इतना ही नहीं इस योजना में चयनित छात्रों को पीएचडी के लिए, IIT और IISc जैसे प्रतिष्ठित संस्थान में ही दाखिला मिलने की व्यवस्था होती है । ये Fellowship आपको देश में रहते हुए ही रिसर्च के लिए बेहतरीन सुविधाएं देने का अवसर उपलब्ध करा रही है। IIT Bombay के छात्र-छात्राओं को भी इसका लाभ उठाना चाहिए।

 

साथियों,

यहां जितने लोग भी बैठे हैं, वो या तो शिक्षक हैं या फिर भविष्य के लीडर हैं। आप आने वाले समय में देश के लिए या किसी संस्थान के लिए पॉलिसी मेकिंग के काम में जुड़ने वाले हैं। आप जैसे टेक्नॉलॉजी और Innovation से नए स्टार्ट अप के लिए खुद को तैयार कर रहे हैं। क्या करना है, कैसे करना है, इसके लिए आपका एक निश्चित विजन भी होगा।

 

साथियों,

पुराने तौर-तरीकों को छोड़ना अकसर आसान नहीं होता। समाज और सरकारी व्यवस्थाओं के साथ भी यह समस्या होती है। कल्पना कीजिए की हज़ारों वर्षों से जो आदतें विकसित हुईं, सैकड़ों वर्षों से जो सिस्टम चल रहा था, उनको बदलाव के लिए convince करना कितना मुश्किल काम है। लेकिन जब आपकी सोच और कर्म के केंद्र में Dedication, Motivation और Aspiration होती है तो आप सारी बाधाओं को पार पाने में सफल होते हैं।

 

आज सरकार आप सभी की, देश के करोड़ों युवाओं की आकांक्षाओं को सामने रखकर काम कर रही है। मेरा आप सभी से भी इतना ही आग्रह है कि अपनी असफलता की उलझन को मन से निकालें, सफलता मिलेगी नहीं मिलेगी, करु ना करु , उलझन को निकाले और Aspirations पर फोकस करें। ऊंचे लक्ष्य, ऊंची सोच आपको अधिक प्रेरित करेगी, उलझन आपके Talent को सीमाओं में बांध देगा।

 

साथियों,

सिर्फ आकांक्षाएं होना ही काफी नहीं है, लक्ष्य भी अहम होता है। आप में से आज जो यहां से बाहर निकल रहे हैं या फिर आने वाले सालों में निकलने वाले हैं, आप सभी किसी ना किसी संस्थान से जुड़ने वाले हैं। किसी नए संस्थान की नींव डालने वाले हैं। मुझे उम्मीद है, ऐसे हर कार्य में आप देश की आवश्यकताओं, देशवासियों की जरूरतों का अवश्य ध्यान रखेंगे। ऐसी अनेक समस्याएं हैं जिनका समाधान आप सभी ढूंढ सकते हैं।

 

साथियों,

सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों के जीवन को आसान बनाने के लिए, Ease Of Living सुनिश्चित करने के लिए आपके हर प्रयास, हर विचार के साथ ये सरकार खड़ी है, आपके साथ चलने को तैयार है । इसलिए मेरी जब भी आप जैसे छात्रों, वैज्ञानिक बंधुओं, उद्मियों से बात होती है तो मैं IIT जैसे तमाम संस्थानों के इर्दगिर्द City Based Clusters of Science की चर्चा ज़रूर करता हूं। मकसद ये है कि Students, Teachers, Industry, Start Up से जुड़े तमाम लोगों को एक ही जगह पर, एक दूसरे की आवश्यकताओं के हिसाब से काम करने, R&D करने का अवसर मिले। अब जैसे मुंबई के जिस इलाके में आपका संस्थान है, उसे ही लीजिए। मुझे जानकारी दी गई है कि यहां ग्रेटर मुंबई में लगभग 800 कॉलेज और Institutes हैं, जिनमें लगभग साढ़े 9 लाख युवा पढ़ाई कर रहे हैं। आज जब हम यहां Convocation के लिए जुटे हैं, ये इस संस्थान का डायमंड जुबली वर्ष भी है, इस अवसर पर आपको मैं एक संकल्प से जोड़ना चाहता हूं। क्या IIT Bombay, City Based Centre of Excellence का केंद्र बन सकता है?

 

साथियों,

आप भली भांति जानते हैं कि सरकार ने इंडियन इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ मैनेजमेंट (IIM) को कानून बनाकर अधिक Autonomy दी है। सरकार ने इस बात पर भी जोर दिया है कि IIM से पढ़कर निकले विद्यार्थी - अलुमनाई, इन संस्थानों में और ज्यादा सक्रिय भूमिका निभाएं। IIM के Board of Governors में भी उनको प्रतिनिधित्व दिया जा रहा है। मैं समझता हूं कि IIT जैसे संस्थानों को भी अपने अलुमनाई के अनुभवों का फायदा उठाने के लिए इस तरह के फैसले पर विचार करना चाहिए। ऐसा होने पर अलुमनाई को भी अपने संस्थान के लिए कुछ बेहतर करने का मौका मिलेगा। मेरे सामने बैठा हर छात्र भविष्य का अलुमनाई है और मेरी इस बात से आप सभी सहमत होंगे कि अलुमनाई एक ऐसी शक्ति है जो इस संस्थान को नई ऊंचाई देने में एक महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभा सकते हैं। मुझे बताया गया है कि सिर्फ IIT Bombay के लिए 50 हजार से ज्यादा अलुमनाई हैं। इनके ज्ञान, इनके अनुभव का बहुत बड़ा फायदा आपको मिल सकता है।

 

साथियों,

यहां पहुंचने के लिए आपने बहुत परिश्रम किया है। आप में से अनेक साथी ऐसे होंगे जो अभावों से जूझते हुए यहां तक पहुंचे हैं। आपमें अद्भुत क्षमता है, जिसके बेहतर परिणाम भी आपको मिल रहा है। लेकिन ऐसे भी लाखों युवा हैं जो यहां आने के लिए परिश्रम करते हैं लेकिन उन्हें सफलता नहीं मिल पाती। उनमें Talent की कमी है ऐसा नहीं है। अवसरों और गाइडेंस के अभाव में उन्हें ये मौका नहीं मिल पाया है। ऐसे अनेक छात्रों के जीवन में, उनका मार्गदर्शन कर आप एक नई शक्ति , नई चेतना , नई रोशनी ला सकते हैं। ये और भी बेहतर होगा अगर IIT Bombay आस-पास के स्कूलों के लिए Outreach Programme बनाए। छोटे-छोटे बच्चों को यहां कैंपस में लाने का प्रबंध हो ताकि वो साइंटिफिक रिसर्च के लिए प्रेरित हों। आपकी जानकारी में होगा कि अब अटल टिंकरिंग लैब का भी एक बहुत बड़ा अभियान देश के स्कूलों में चलाया जा रहा है। जहां Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing जैसी नई टेक्नॉलॉजी से बच्चों को परिचित करवाया जा रहा है। स्कूलों में इस प्रकार की Outreach से इस अभियान को भी मदद मिलेगी। संभव है कि नन्हें मस्तिष्क के नवीन विचारों से कभी कभी हम बड़ो को , आप सभी को भी कुछ नई प्रेरणा मिल जाए।

 

साथियों,

आज जो डिग्री आपको मिली है, ये आपके dedication, लक्ष्य के प्रति आपके समर्पण का प्रतीक है। याद रखिए कि ये सिर्फ एक पड़ाव भर है, असली चुनौती आपका बाहर इंतज़ार कर रही है। आपने आज तक जो हासिल किया और आगे जो करने जा रहे हैं, उससे आपकी अपनी, आपके परिवार की, सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों की उम्मीदें जुड़ी हैं। आप जो करने वाले हैं उससे देश की नई पीढ़ी का भविष्य भी बनेगा और New India भी मजबूत होगा ।

 

करोड़ों उम्मीदों को पूरा करने में आप सफल हों, इसके लिए एक बार फिर बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं, बहुत बहुत बधाई देता हूँ, आप सबके बीच कुछ समय बिताने का अवसर मिला मैं अपनेआप को धन्य मानता हूँ ।

 

बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद !

 

 

 

*****

अतुल कुमार तिवारी/ कंचन पतियाल

Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, has acquired 97.6MWp solar photovoltaic project in Cafayate, Salta Province, Argentina.

The Cafayate Project was awarded in the second public renewable energy tender in Argentina, receiving a USD denominated 20-year Power Purchase Agreement at US$56.28/MWh. Canadian Solar plans to start construction on the plant in July 2018. Once connected to the grid by Q2 of 2019, the plant will generate approximately 235,777 MWh of electricity per year, which will be sold to CAMMESA.

Verano Capital, an American project developer headquartered in Santiago, announced  that the 47 MW solar project they initially developed was selected in Chile’s latest energy tender with a winning bid at $25.38/MWh, the lowest 24/7 block price combining solar and wind ever recorded in the history of energy tenders.

The twin-island state Antigua and Barbuda has taken a leading role in terms of clean energy supply in the Caribbean.

Tamarugal Solar Project in the Tarapacá region will provide reliable, non-intermittent electricity from solar energy 24-hours a day 

SolarXXL is an already well known and successful company for photovoltaics in Europe.

France’s EDF Renewable Energy (EN) has inaugurated the 146 MW Boléro solar plant in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile, according to a press release.

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its plan to release more than 100 new fabrics in 2018 (extending its industry-leading selection of more than 700 SKUs), LuXout Shades today announced a stunning new option for designers looking to tackle harmful UV rays with "Simply Beautiful" aesthetics. Through a proprietary collection of fabrics, the company's new LuXscreen Solar Screens collection allows designers to dial up near limitless options while giving homeowners the ability to fine-tune between openness, privacy, and protection.

New collection allows designers to dial up near limitless options, while giving homeowners the ability to fine-tune between openness, privacy and protection.
New collection allows designers to dial up near limitless options, while giving homeowners the ability to fine-tune between openness, privacy and protection.

"With solar protection, the dilemma for designers often came down to preserving views and room aesthetics, or obtaining maximum protection from things like unwanted radiation, glare, and harmful UV rays, which cause not only squinting, and fading, but also skin damage," says Tony Lovette, president and founder of LuXout Shades. "With our new Solar Screen fabrics, they can now tackle those issues, while adding these stunning looks and textures to their designs."

In the meantime, Lovette says those benefits also shield homeowners from as much as 20 percent of their cooling costs — all of which can be dialed in using the company's Sun Sensor Automation to automatically detect light, while raising or lowering shades to save energy. They also shield designers from the issue of getting "scooped" by internet sources and retailers, because — like all of LuXout Shades' products — they're only available to registered interior designers. Developed for the company's rolldown and roman shades, all Solar Screen fabrics are held in stock for quick fabrication and delivery in as little as two weeks.

"Designers love these latest fabrics because their unique and stylish patterns and weaves provide near limitless options," Lovette says. "It's a win-win for them and their clients."

Designers can check out the latest fabrics, request free swatches and sign up to receive LuXout Shade's newsletter by enrolling in the LuXout Shade program at www.luxoutshades.com/Account/Register.

Media Contact:

Drew Vass

LuXout PR

1221 Admiral Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Tel: 804.316.9546

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About LuXout Products Inc.

LuXout Products Inc. is a Richmond, Va.-based manufacturer and provider of window treatments noted for its high-quality, hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind products, along with quick turnarounds and superior customer service. Founded in 1967 as a "to the trade" drapery workroom, the company now distributes its LuXout Shades internationally on a limited basis to the trade only. For more information, visit www.LuXoutshades.com or call 800-817-1204.

Related Links

Sign up to receive samples:

SOURCE LuXout Shades

Related Links

http://www.luxoutshades.com

BOSTON, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Kearsarge Energy, the Northeast's leading renewable energy project developer and financier based in Boston, Massachusetts, announces its first New York Community Solar Farm. Located on 12 acres in Oppenheim, New York, the 1.94 MW project is developed, owned and operated by Kearsarge.

Through Kearsarge's NY Community Solar Partnership with Common Energy, Capital Region homeowners and renters can add solar energy to their existing National Grid account, save 10 percent on electricity and lower emissions in their community. Enrollment is available today at http://www.commonenergy.us.

"Kearsarge is one of the pioneers in Community Solar," said Andrew Bernstein, managing director of Kearsarge Energy. "Our business has been centered around public-private partnerships offering net metered credits to municipalities, school systems and other public entities. Kearsarge Community Solar brings these same benefits to residential customers in New York."

The Oppenheim site will be a major environmental benefit to all stakeholders, offsetting over 35,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Incorporating 5,544 solar panels, the site will generate 2,300,000 kilowatt hours AC per year which will be fed into the local utility grid. In addition, the Town of Oppenheim will receive tax revenues over the next 20 years from the project.

"Common Energy is excited to partner with Kearsarge to bring lower-cost clean energy to the Capital Region," said Malcolm Bliss, vice president of partnerships at Common Energy. "We believe this project is an important step toward creating a vibrant, clean energy economy in New York State."

Find out more at http://www.kearsargeenergy.com/community/.

About Kearsarge Energy

Kearsarge Energy, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a leading renewable energy project development, finance and asset management company, with a dual mission to help build a more sustainable world and to provide superior returns to stakeholders and the environment. Kearsarge is focused on creating long-term value by working with local communities to meet the growing demand for commercial and utility-scale renewable energy projects. Visit www.kearsargeenergy.com or call (617) 393-4222.

About Common Energy

Common Energy enables homeowners and renters to save money by connecting them to lower-cost clean energy from local solar projects. These projects lower carbon emissions and create clean energy jobs in the community. Common Energy partners with developers to monetize their Community Solar projects. Visit www.commonenergy.us or call (844) 899-8763.

Related Images

community-solar.png

Community Solar

Oppenheim, NY

Related Links

Common Energy

Kearsarge Energy Website

SOURCE Kearsarge Energy

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Thin Film Photovoltaic Cells - Global Strategic Business Report" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2016 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets.

This report analyzes the worldwide markets in US$ Thousand by the following Technologies:

  • Amorphous Silicon
  • Cadmium Telluride
  • Copper Indium Selenide/Copper Indium Gallium Selenide

The report profiles 44 companies including many key and niche players such as:

  • Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (USA)
  • Astronergy/Chint Solar (China)
  • AVANCIS GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
  • First Solar, Inc. (USA)
  • Global Solar Energy, Inc. (USA)
  • Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. (China)
  • Kaneka Corporation (Japan)
  • MiaSol (USA)
  • NexPower Technology Corp. (Taiwan)
  • Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group (USA)
  • Solar Frontier K.K (Japan)
  • Solibro GmbH (Germany)
  • SoloPower Systems, Inc. (USA)
  • Trony Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (China)
  • TSMC Solar Limited (Taiwan)

Key Topics Covered

1. Introduction, Methodology & Product Definitions

2. Industry Overview

3. Growth Drivers, Market Trends & Issues

4. Photovoltaic Industry - An Overview

  • Solar Power - The Major Application Area of Thin Film PV Cells
  • Growing Focus on Renewable Sources of Energy Favors Market Growth
  • Robust Growth for Solar PV Industry: Potential Growth Opportunities for Thin Films PV Market
  • Increasing Government Investments Drive Growth in the Thin Films Photovoltaic Market
  • Thin Film Technology Moves Ahead
  • Thin Film PV - A Substitute to Crystalline Silicon Technology
  • Comparison between Crystalline Silicon and Thin Film Technologies

5. Product Overview

6. Competitive Landscape

6.1 Focus on Select Players

6.2 Product Innovations/Introductions

6.3 Recent Industry Activity

7. Global Market Perspective

Total Companies Profiled: 44 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries - 51)

  • The United States (14)
  • Canada (1)
  • Japan (3)
  • Europe (16)
    • France (1)
    • Germany (10)
    • Rest of Europe (5)
  • Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (17)

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/xzphw8/global_thin_film?w=4

CHANGZHOU, China, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Trina Solar Limited ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a leading total solutions provider for solar energy, recently released its "2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report". The report elaborates on Trina Solar's ideas, strategies and concrete practices in relation to corporate social responsibility in 2017, covering all factories and operating business units which were under the management control of Trina Solar. It consolidates the reporting on economy, environment, supply chain, people and community.

The current CSR report states that Trina Solar supports and takes actions to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Trina Solar has achieved 'zero' carbon emissions for operations in China since 2016. In 2016 and 2017, the solar power stations owned by Trina Solar in China contributed an additional 1.1 billion kWh of clean solar power to the world, reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 900,000 tons. In the four years from 2014 to 2017, Trina Solar collected a total of 12 million tons of industrial wastewater, and produced and reused 7.6 million tons of new-water (or recycled water), which could meet the annual water consumption for 41,500 households in China.

Trina Solar also pays attention to the social responsibility of its global suppliers and partners. The company continuously reduces carbon emissions in its supply chain by promoting the optimization of packaging methods, transportation modes, and increasing the local supply of products and raw materials, so as to jointly promote sustainable development of the photovoltaic industry. Trina Solar works together with partners to bring long-term benefits to local communities through investing in education, promoting public welfare and implementing volunteer programs.

Trina Solar has compiled and issued CSR reports since 2011, and the previous report was published and issued in August, 2017. The company refers to Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards) to compile the CSR report every year. The GRI Standards are the first and most widely adopted global standards for sustainability reporting.

In 2017, Trina Solar was granted a Gold Recognition Level in Ecovadis' 2017 CSR assessment, a global supplier sustainability ratings organization. The award of Gold Recognition Level in EcoVadis' CSR assessment demonstrates Trina Solar's commitment to promoting sustainable development.

"We believe that a beautiful tomorrow comes from our joint efforts today. Our commitment to corporate social responsibility remains as strong as ever. We will integrate our efforts and practices into the collaborative partnership towards the UN's sustainable development goals. We will make unremitting efforts to forge ahead for a better and sustainable future," said Gao Jifan, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar.

The report is written in both Chinese and English, and is retrievable on the company's official website (www.trinasolar.com).

About Trina Solar

Trina Solar is a leading global total solutions provider for solar energy. Founded in 1997, Trina Solar develops proprietary smart PV solutions for large power stations as well as commercial and residential solutions, energy storage systems and photovoltaic modules. As the world's leading provider of integrated solar energy solutions, Trina Solar has taken the lead in evolving into a brand in the world of energy IoT (internet of things) and is committed to becoming a global leader in this new and emerging sector. For more information, please visit www.trinasolar.com.

SOURCE Trina Solar Limited

Related Links

http://www.trinasolar.com

The project started in a lab in Melbourne, Australia, where industrial designer Alex Goad of Reef Design Lab used sophisticated computing modeling to design reef structures similar to the coral reefs found naturally in the Maldives. 

A large 3-D printer whirred away for 24 hours to print moulds of the reef structures. These moulds were cast in ceramic -- an inert substance, similar to the calcium carbonate found in coral reefs. The ceramic moulds were shipped to the Maldives, and filled with concrete on the beach at Summer Island. 

220 ceramic, concrete filled moulds were then slotted together, like a giant LEGO set, to create the new reef. 

The new reef sits in seven metres of water, close to the resort's existing coral nursery. Fragments of coral from the nursery are being transplanted onto the 3-D reef, where they will grow and colonise the structure. 

As Alex explains: "3-D printing technology helps us to develop more innovative ways of protecting coral reefs. The technology allows us to mimic the complexity of natural reef structures, so we can design artificial reefs that closely resemble those found in nature. We hope this will be a more effective way of growing and restoring corals."  

In a year or two, when the corals have grown over the 3-D reef, the resort hopes to have a new, natural looking reef, teeming with fish and marine life. 

If the 3-D printing technology proves more successful at growing corals than existing coral propagation methods, it could be a novel way of helping coral reefs survive a warming climate. 

The Maldives is one of the world's most climate-vulnerable nations. Rising sea temperatures pose a grave threat to the world's coral reefs, and mass bleaching events are becoming more common and more severe.

Summer Island Maldives has implemented a number of recent environmental initiatives, including the adoption of solar energy, a ban on the use of plastic straws, phasing out imported drinking water, and coral conservation projects.

Summer Island Resort Manager Mari Shareef explains: "Projects like the 3-D printed reef are popular among guests, who like that we protect our environment. And it's not only for the guests. Our staff, most of whom are Maldivian, want to protect their environment. Ultimately, we want to help promote a culture of environmental stewardship, not just at Summer Island, but across the Maldives."

YouTube Video:

NOTES TO EDITORS

For media or scientific enquires, and for information about the project including photos and video footage, please contact Aminath Shauna: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Follow us on: Instagram, Facebook and YouTube

Related Links:

http://www.summerislandmaldives.com/

SOURCE Summer Island Maldives

Related Links

http://www.summerislandmaldives.com/

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Aug. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP) ("NEP") today announced that it anticipates that the resale registration statement on Form S-3, previously filed by NEP with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") on July 3, 2018 (the "resale registration statement"), will be declared effective by the Commission on or about Sept. 7, 2018. The resale registration statement will register NEP's common units issuable upon conversion of its previously issued $300.0 million principal amount of 1.50 percent convertible senior notes due 2020 (the "notes"). The notes were originally sold on Sept. 8, 2017. At the same time, a registration rights agreement was entered into between NEP and the initial purchaser of the notes, which required the filing of the resale registration statement.

In order for a beneficial owner of the notes to be named as a selling securityholder and to have its common units included in the resale registration statement at the time of effectiveness, the beneficial owner must complete and deliver a selling securityholder notice and questionnaire on or before Aug. 23, 2018, to:

NextEra Energy Partners, LP

700 Universe Boulevard

Juno Beach, FL 33408

Attention: Corporate Secretary

Phone: 561-694-4700

Fax: 561-691-7702

The selling securityholder notice and questionnaire, and further information, may be obtained from NEP as specified above.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction.

NextEra Energy Partners, LP

NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP) is a growth-oriented limited partnership formed by NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). NextEra Energy Partners acquires, manages and owns contracted clean energy projects with stable, long-term cash flows. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy Partners owns interests in wind and solar projects in the U.S., as well as natural gas infrastructure assets in Texas. The renewable energy projects are fully contracted, use industry-leading technology and are located in regions that are favorable for generating energy from the wind and sun. The seven natural gas pipelines in the portfolio are all strategically located, serving power producers and municipalities in South Texas, processing plants and producers in the Eagle Ford Shale, and commercial and industrial customers in the Houston area. The NET Mexico Pipeline, the largest pipeline in the portfolio, provides a critical source of natural gas transportation for low-cost, U.S.-sourced shale gas to Mexico. For more information about NextEra Energy Partners, please visit: www.NextEraEnergyPartners.com.

SOURCE NextEra Energy Partners, LP

Related Links

http://www.nexteraenergypartners.com

SHANGHAI, Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Total solar module shipments were 2,794 megawatts ("MW") (including 200 MW to the Company's overseas downstream segment for which no revenue has been recognized), an increase of 38.7% from 2,015 MW in the first quarter of 2018 and a decrease of 3.1% from 2,884 MW in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Total revenues were RMB6.06 billion (US$915.9 million), an increase of 32.7% from the first quarter of 2018 and a decrease of 23.5% from the second quarter of 2017.
  • Gross margin was 12.0%, compared with 14.4% in the first quarter of 2018 and 10.5% in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Income from operations was RMB94.6 million (US$14.3 million), compared with RMB125.0 million in the first quarter of 2018 and RMB85.3 million in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Net income attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders was RMB99.0 million (US$15.0 million) in the second quarter of 2018, compared with RMB3.6 million in the first quarter of 2018 and RMB47.4 million in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Diluted earnings per American depositary share ("ADS") were RMB2.512(US$0.408) in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Non-GAAP net income attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders in the second quarter of 2018 was RMB106.7 million (US$16.1 million), compared with RMB11.0 million in the first quarter of 2018 and RMB61.2 million in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS were RMB2.728(US$0.412) and RMB2.708(US$0.408) in the second quarter of 2018, compared with RMB0.300 and RMB0.296 in the first quarter of 2018 and RMB1.908 and RMB1.892 in the second quarter of 2017.

Mr. Kangping Chen, JinkoSolar's Chief Executive Officer commented, "We delivered a strong quarter with module shipments hitting 2,794 MW while generating total revenue of US$915.9 million. Leveraging our cutting-edge technologies, strong global sales network, and industry leading cost structure, I'm confident in our ability to generate sustainable profits and growth going forward."

"Growth during the quarter was strong and we expect this momentum to continue into the second half of the year despite the impact from the new policies issued by the Chinese government on May 31 as shipments to overseas markets are expected to continue growing and account for an increasing proportion of our shipments. We believe these new policies will have a relatively limited impact on our operations over the short-term and are optimistic about our future prospects. We expect demand from Top Runner Program, poverty alleviation projects, local government subsidies, and self-contained DG projects to continue to drive the growth in the Chinese market, especially in regions with ample sunlight and high commercial power prices."

"We already have good visibility of our order book for the entire year which is predominantly made up of overseas orders to markets which are growing rapidly and will generate significant opportunities ahead. We are taking full advantage of our market leading position and production facility in Florida to expand our presence in the US market. Demand in emerging markets continues to grow, especially in Latin American and the Middle East and North Africa. We are devoting our resources there towards securing large long-term orders through our mature sales network which spans a number of markets there. We believe the Indian solar sector will maintain its long-term growth trajectory despite the short-term impact of recently announced tariffs and will continue to explore opportunities there."

"We continued to develop high-efficiency technologies while optimizing the cost structure of our products. We made significant progress in improving wafer efficiency and reducing both oxygen content and light induced degradation. We are increasing our mono PREC cell capacity which will reach 4.2GW by the end of year. We are also investing in N type technology, especially HOT double sided cell technology. The falling cost of raw materials and our deep experience in rapidly rolling out new technologies will allow us to further optimize our cost structure going forward and help us increase market share by providing clients with high-efficiency products at cost effective prices."

"Despite some industry headwinds, we believe those challenges also create opportunities for us to further strengthen our position as a global leader in the solar PV industry. On one hand they will push the industrial upgrading and accelerate the industry's consolidation by phasing out outdated production capacities and replacing them with high efficiency ones; On the other hand, it will push the rapidly falling cost of solar, making solar more competitive and stimulating the global demand. We are now in a good position and are fully prepared for these new opportunities to continue to expand our market share and further consolidate our leading position in the industry."

Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Total Revenues

Total revenues in the second quarter of 2018 were RMB6.06 billion (US$915.9 million), an increase of 32.7% from RMB4.57 billion in the first quarter of 2018 and a decrease of 23.5% from RMB7.92 billion in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules in the second quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to a decline in the average selling price of solar modules and a slight decrease in the shipment of solar modules in the second quarter of 2018.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin

Gross profit in the second quarter of 2018 was RMB727.6 million (US$110.0 million), compared with RMB656.1 million in the first quarter of 2018 and RMB834.8 million in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential increase was mainly attributable to an increase in the shipment of solar modules in the second quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease was mainly attributable to a decline in the average selling price of solar modules and a slight decrease in the shipment of solar modules, which was partially offset by a decrease in solar module cost in the second quarter of 2018.

Gross margin was 12.0% in the second quarter of 2018, compared with 14.4% in the first quarter of 2018 and 10.5% in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential decrease was mainly attributable to a decline in the average selling price of solar modules. The year-over-year increase was mainly attributable to a decrease in solar module cost, which was partially offset by a decrease in solar module shipments and a decline in the average selling price of solar modules in the second quarter of 2018.

Income from Operations and Operating Margin

Income from operations in the second quarter of 2018 was RMB94.6 million (US$14.3 million), compared with RMB125.0 million in the first quarter of 2018 and RMB85.3 million in the second quarter of 2017. Operating margin in the second quarter of 2018 was 1.6%, compared with 2.7% in the first quarter of 2018 and 1.1% in the second quarter of 2017.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2018 were RMB633.0 million (US$95.7 million), an increase of 19.2% from RMB531.1 million in the first quarter of 2018 and a decrease of 15.5% from RMB749.5 million in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential increase was mainly due to an increase in shipping cost as a result of an increase in solar module shipments, an increase in bad debt expenses and an occurrence of provision for impairment of property, plant and equipment for certain damaged equipment of South Africa manufacturing facilities. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to a decrease in shipping costs.

Total operating expenses accounted for 10.4% of total revenues in the second quarter of 2018, compared to 11.6% in the first quarter of 2018 and 9.5% in the second quarter of 2017.

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense in the second quarter of 2018 was RMB80.6 million (US$12.2 million), a decrease of 5.6% from RMB85.4 million in the first quarter of 2018 and an increase of 0.1% from RMB80.6 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Exchange Gain / (Loss), Net and Change in Fair Value of Forward Contracts

The Company recorded a net exchange gain (including change in fair value of forward contracts) of RMB20.8 million (US$3.1 million) in the second quarter of 2018, compared to a net exchange loss of RMB90.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 and a net exchange loss of RMB34.2 million in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential gain was primarily due to the appreciation of the US dollar against the RMB during the quarter.

Change in Fair Value of Derivatives

The Company entered into Interest Rate Swap agreements with several banks for the purpose of reducing interest rate exposure. The Company recorded a gain of RMB14.3 million (US$2.2 million) in the second quarter of 2018, compared to a gain of RMB21.1 million in the first quarter of 2018 and a loss of RMB16.4 million in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential and year-over-year changes were primarily due to an increase in the LIBOR rate.

Equity in Income of Affiliated Companies

The Company indirectly holds 20% equity interest of Sweihan PV Power Company P.J.S.C, which develops and operates solar power projects in Dubai and accounts for its investments using the equity method. The Company also holds 30% equity interest in Jiangsu Jinko-Tiansheng Co., Ltd, which processes and assembles PV modules as OEM manufacturer and accounts for its investments using the equity method. The Company recorded equity in income of affiliated companies of RMB 28.0 million (US$ 4.2 million) in the second quarter of 2018, compared with a loss of RMB 5.2 million in the first quarter of 2018 and a loss of RMB 0.2 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Income Tax Benefit, Net

The Company recorded an income tax benefit of RMB10.0 million (US$1.5 million) in the second quarter of 2018, increased from RMB3.3 million in the first quarter of 2018 and decreased from RMB32.5 million in the second quarter of 2017. The sequential increase was mainly due to the additional 2017 income tax deduction for R&D costs approved by the local tax bureau in the second quarter of 2018.

Net Income and Earnings per Share

Net income attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders was RMB99.0 million (US$15.0 million) in the second quarter of 2018, compared with RMB3.6 million in the first quarter of 2018 and RMB47.4 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were RMB0.633(US$0.096) and RMB0.628(US$0.095), respectively during the second quarter of 2018. This translates into basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB2.532(US$0.384) and RMB2.512(US$0.380), respectively.

Non-GAAP net income in the second quarter of 2018 was RMB106.7 million (US$16.1 million), compared with RMB11.0 million in the first quarter of 2018 and RMB61.2 million in the second quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ordinary share were RMB0.682(US$0.103) and RMB0.677(US$0.102), respectively during the second quarter of 2018. This translates into non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per ADS of RMB2.728(US$0.412) and RMB2.708(US$0.408), respectively.

Financial Position

As of June 30, 2018, the Company had RMB2.56 billion (US$386.5 million) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, compared with RMB2.86 billion as of March 31, 2018.

As of June 30, 2018, the Company's accounts receivables due from third parties were RMB4.77 billion (US$720.7 million), compared with RMB4.18 billion as of March 31, 2018.

As of June 30, 2018, the Company's inventories were RMB5.89 billion (US$890.2 million), compared with RMB4.71 billion as of March 31, 2018.

As of June 30, 2018, the Company's total interest-bearing debts were RMB9.29 billion (US$1.40 billion), compared with RMB8.38 billion as of March 31, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Operational Highlights

Solar Module Shipments

Total solar module shipments in the second quarter of 2018 were 2,794 MW, including 200 MW to the Company's overseas downstream segment.

Solar Products Production Capacity

As of June 30, 2018, the Company's in-house annual silicon wafer, solar cell and solar module production capacity was 9.0 GW, 5.0 GW and 9.0 GW, respectively.

Recent Business Developments

  • In June 2018, JinkoSolar announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. has entered into a three-year agreement to supply 1.43GW of high efficiency modules to sPower, a leading renewable energy independent power producer.
  • In June 2018, JinkoSolar announced that it has supplied 275.4 MWdc of high efficiency modules to Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd for use in the Bungala Solar Farm near Port Augusta, South Australia, which is owned by a joint venture between Enel Green Power and Dutch Infrastructure Fund.
  • In July 2018, JinkoSolar announced that JinkoSolar Japan K.K., a subsidiary of the Company, has signed a JPY5.3 billion syndicated loan agreement up to two years with a bank consortium led by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
  • In July 2018, JinkoSolar announced that it will supply 86 MW of solar modules for a PV Plant that will be located in the Cesar, northern Colombia.
  • In July 2018, JinkoSolar announced that it is ranked 278th on the 2018 Fortune 500 Companies in China and 1st among solar manufacturers.

Operations and Business Outlook

Third Quarter and Full Year 2018 Guidance

For the third quarter of 2018, the Company estimates total solar module shipments to be in the range of 2.8 GW to 3.0 GW.

For the full year 2018, the Company estimates total solar module shipments to be in the range of 11.5 GW to 12 GW.

Conference Call Information

JinkoSolar's management will host an earnings conference call on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m.Beijing / Hong Kong the same day).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

Hong Kong / International:

+852 3027 6500

U.S. Toll Free:

+1 855-824-5644

Passcode:

55864212#

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available 2 hours after the conclusion of the conference call through 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time, August 20, 2018. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International:

+61 2 8325 2405

U.S.:

+1 646 982 0473

Passcode:

319295377#

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar's website at www.jinkosolar.com.

About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 9.0 GW for silicon wafers, 5.0 GW for solar cells, and 9.0 GW for solar modules, as of June 30, 2018.

JinkoSolar has over 12,000 employees across its 8 productions facilities globally, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.

To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial results presented in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), JinkoSolar uses certain non-GAAP financial measures including, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per Share, and non-GAAP earnings per ADS, which are adjusted from the comparable GAAP results to exclude certain expenses or incremental ordinary shares relating to share-based compensation, convertible senior notes and capped call options:

  • Non-GAAP net income is adjusted to exclude the expenses relating to interest expenses of convertible senior notes, exchange gain on the convertible senior notes, and stock-based compensation; given these Non-GAAP net income adjustments above are either related to the Company or its subsidiaries incorporated in Cayman Islands, which are not subject to tax exposures, or related to those subsidiaries with tax loss positions which result in no tax impacts, therefore no tax adjustment is needed in conjunction with these Non-GAAP net income adjustments; and
  • Non-GAAP earnings per Share and non-GAAP earnings per ADS are adjusted to exclude interest expenses of convertible senior notes and exchange gain on the convertible senior notes, and stock-based compensation.

The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP information is useful for analysts and investors to evaluate JinkoSolar's current and future performances based on a more meaningful comparison of net income and diluted net income per ADS when compared with its peers and historical results from prior periods. These measures are not intended to represent or substitute numbers as measured under GAAP. The submission of non-GAAP numbers is voluntary and should be reviewed together with GAAP results.

Currency Convenience Translation

The conversion of Renminbi into U.S. dollars in this release, made solely for the convenience of the readers, is based on the noon buying rate in the city of New York for cable transfers of Renminbi as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as of June 29, 2018, which was RMB6.6171 to US$1.00. No representation is intended to imply that the Renminbi amounts could have been, or could be, converted, realized, or settled into U.S. dollars at that rate or any other rate. The percentages stated in this press release are calculated based on Renminbi.

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends, "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company's operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:
Sebastian Liu
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 21-5183-3056
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christian Arnell
Christensen
Tel: +86-10-5900-2940
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the U.S.:
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Christensen
Tel: +1-480-614-3004
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD. 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except ADS and Share data)


For the quarter ended


For the six months ended


June 30, 2017


March 31, 2018


June 30, 2018


June 30, 2017


June 30, 2018


RMB


RMB


RMB


USD


RMB


RMB


USD

 Revenues from third parties 

7,908,533


3,671,345


5,618,862


849,143


13,661,612


9,290,207


1,403,969















 Revenues from related parties 

15,555


895,491


441,769


66,762


39,279


1,337,260


202,092















 Total revenues 

7,924,088


4,566,836


6,060,631


915,905


13,700,891


10,627,467


1,606,061















 Cost of revenues 

(7,089,255)


(3,910,775)


(5,333,000)


(805,942)


(12,217,034)


(9,243,775)


(1,396,953)















 Gross profit 

834,833


656,061


727,631


109,963


1,483,857


1,383,692


209,108















 Operating expenses: 














   Selling and marketing 

(550,823)


(313,897)


(366,077)


(55,323)


(964,635)


(679,974)


(102,760)

   General and administrative 

(125,029)


(130,831)


(170,509)


(25,768)


(240,979)


(301,340)


(45,539)

   Research and development 

(73,694)


(86,382)


(81,907)


(12,378)


(136,180)


(168,289)


(25,432)

   Impairment of long-lived assets 

-


-


(14,548)


(2,199)


-


(14,548)


(2,199)

 Total operating expenses 

(749,546)


(531,110)


(633,041)


(95,668)


(1,341,794)


(1,164,151)


(175,930)















 Income from operations 

85,287


124,951


94,590


14,295


142,063


219,541


33,178

 Interest expenses, net 

(80,572)


(85,411)


(80,636)


(12,186)


(137,693)


(166,047)


(25,093)

 Change in fair value of derivatives 

(16,394)


21,104


14,284


2,159


(16,018)


35,388


5,348

 Subsidy income 

49,038


36,581


2,619


396


104,229


39,200


5,924

 Exchange (loss)/gain 

(29,810)


(91,413)


42,389


6,406


(36,149)


(49,024)


(7,409)

 Change in fair value of forward contracts 

(4,341)


585


(21,618)


(3,267)


(3,235)


(21,033)


(3,179)

 Other income, net 

11,773


8,678


9,444


1,427


23,716


18,122


2,739

 Loss on disposal of subsidiaries 

-


(9,425)


-


-


-


(9,425)


(1,424)

 Income before income taxes

14,981


5,650


61,072


9,230


76,913


66,722


10,084

 Income tax benefit 

32,460


3,293


10,003


1,512


30,933


13,296


2,009

 Equity in income of affiliated companies 

(194)


(5,240)


28,024


4,235


(194)


22,784


3,443

 Net income 

47,247


3,703


99,099


14,977


107,652


102,802


15,536

 Less: Net (loss)/income attributable to non-controlling
          interests 

(121)


107


117


18


(290)


224


34

 Net income attributable to JinkoSolar
 Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders 

47,368


3,596


98,982


14,959


107,942


102,578


15,502















 Net income attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s
 ordinary shareholders per share: 














   Basic 

0.369


0.025


0.633


0.096


0.846


0.680


0.103

   Diluted 

0.366


0.024


0.628


0.095


0.838


0.672


0.102















 Net income attributable to JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.'s
   ordinary shareholders per ADS: 














   Basic 

1.476


0.100


2.532


0.384


3.384


2.720


0.412

   Diluted 

1.464


0.096


2.512


0.380


3.352


2.688


0.408















 Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding: 














   Basic 

128,247,292


145,540,445


156,457,441


156,457,441


127,556,967


150,894,845


150,894,845

   Diluted 

129,493,716


147,793,780


157,574,069


157,574,069


128,859,633


152,579,390


152,579,390















 Weighted average ADS outstanding: 














   Basic 

32,061,823


36,385,111


39,114,360


39,114,360


31,889,242


37,723,711


37,723,711

   Diluted 

32,373,429


36,948,445


39,393,517


39,393,517


32,214,908


38,144,848


38,144,848















UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME





















 Net income 

47,247


3,703


99,099


14,977


107,652


102,802


15,536

 Other comprehensive income: 














   -Foreign currency translation adjustments 

(22,391)


(33,351)


47,966


7,249


(39,954)


14,615


2,209

 Comprehensive income/(loss) 

24,856


(29,648)


147,065


22,226


67,698


117,417


17,745

 Less: Comprehensive (loss)/income attributable to non-
controlling interests 

(121)


107


117


18


(290)


224


34

 Comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to JinkoSolar
Holding Co., Ltd.'s ordinary shareholders 

24,977


(29,755)


146,948


22,208


67,988


117,193


17,711











































 Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Results 



























 1. Non-GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP
earnings per ADS 




























 GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders 

47,368


3,596


98,982


14,959


107,942


102,578


15,502















 4% of interest expense of convertible senior notes 

1


1


1


-


1,556


1


-















 Exchange loss/(gain) on convertible senior notes 

(1)


(2)


3


-


843


1


-















 Stock-based compensation expense 

13,822


7,376


7,700


1,164


31,224


15,076


2,278















 Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary

shareholders 

61,190


10,971


106,686


16,123


141,565


117,656


17,780















 Non-GAAP earnings per share attributable to ordinary
shareholders - 














   Basic 

0.477


0.075


0.682


0.103


1.110


0.780


0.118

   Diluted 

0.473


0.074


0.677


0.102


1.099


0.771


0.117















 Non-GAAP earnings per ADS attributable to ordinary
shareholders - 














   Basic 

1.908


0.300


2.728


0.412


4.440


3.120


0.472

   Diluted 

1.892


0.296


2.708


0.408


4.396


3.084


0.468















 Non-GAAP weighted average ordinary shares
outstanding  














   Basic 

128,247,292


145,540,445


156,457,441


156,457,441


127,556,967


150,894,845


150,894,845

   Diluted 

129,493,716


147,793,780


157,574,069


157,574,069


128,859,633


152,579,390


152,579,390















 Non-GAAP weighted average ADS outstanding  














   Basic 

32,061,823


36,385,111


39,114,360


39,114,360


31,889,242


37,723,711


37,723,711

   Diluted 

32,373,429


36,948,445


39,393,517


39,393,517


32,214,908


38,144,847


38,144,847

JINKOSOLAR HOLDING CO., LTD. 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)


December 31, 2017


June 30, 2018


RMB


RMB


USD

ASSETS






Current assets:






  Cash and cash equivalents

1,928,303


2,299,826


347,558

  Restricted cash 

833,072


257,955


38,983

  Restricted short-term investments

3,237,773


4,037,172


610,112

  Short-term investments

2,685


4,642


702

  Accounts receivable, net - related parties

2,113,042


2,163,388


326,939

  Accounts receivable, net - third parties

4,497,635


4,768,733


720,668

  Notes receivable, net - third parties

571,232


350,504


52,969

  Advances to suppliers, net - third parties

397,076


441,902


66,782

  Inventories, net

4,273,730


5,890,591


890,207

  Other receivables - related parties

46,592


73,237


11,068

  Derivative assets

-


10,133


1,531

  Prepayments and other current assets

1,706,717


1,360,476


205,601

Total current assets

19,607,857


21,658,559


3,273,120







Non-current assets:






  Restricted cash

248,672


506,529


76,549

  Project Assets

473,731


1,314,267


198,617

  Long-term investments

22,322


52,972


8,005

  Property, plant and equipment, net

6,680,187


7,132,508


1,077,890

  Land use rights, net

443,269


580,725


87,761

  Intangible assets, net

25,743


26,179


3,956

  Deferred tax assets 

275,372


300,989


45,487

  Other assets - related parties

146,026


112,360


16,980

  Other assets - third parties

713,226


1,197,993


181,045

Total non-current assets

9,028,548


11,224,522


1,696,290







Total assets

28,636,405


32,883,081


4,969,410







LIABILITIES






Current liabilities:






  Accounts payable - related parties

5,329


40,546


6,128

  Accounts payable - third parties

4,658,202


4,991,274


754,299

  Notes payable - related parties

-


14,000


2,116

  Notes payable - third parties

5,672,497


4,976,512


752,068

  Accrued payroll and welfare expenses

721,380


694,786


104,999

  Advances from related parties

37,400


35,158


5,313

  Advances from  third parties

748,959


2,169,672


327,889

  Income tax payable

27,780


41,126


6,215

  Other payables and accruals

1,804,799


2,056,294


310,755

  Other payables due to related parties

12,333


13,214


1,997

  Forward contract payables

4,521


21,618


3,267

  Derivative liability

26,486


-


-

  Bond payable and accrued interests

10,257


21,373


3,230

  Short-term borrowings from third parties,
     including current portion of long-term bank
     borrowings

6,204,440


7,639,625


1,154,528

  Guarantee liabilities to related parties

28,034


33,161


5,011

Total current liabilities

19,962,417


22,748,359


3,437,815







Non-current liabilities:






  Long-term borrowings

379,789


855,562


129,296

  Accrued income tax - non current

6,041


6,041


913

  Long-term payables

538,410


471,215


71,212

  Bond payables

298,425


298,950


45,178

  Accrued warranty costs - non current

571,718


543,971


82,207

  Convertible senior notes

65


66


10

  Deferred tax liability

70,122


63,783


9,639

  Long-term liabilities of equtiy investment

-


7,537


1,139

  Guarantee liabilities to related parties 
   - non current

120,154


98,517


14,888

Total non-current liabilities

1,984,724


2,345,642


354,482







Total liabilities

21,947,141


25,094,001


3,792,297







SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Ordinary shares (US$0.00002 par value,
500,000,000 shares authorized, 132,146,074
and 156,457,441 shares issued and
outstanding as of  December 31, 2017
and June 30, 2018, respectively)

19


22


3

Additional paid-in capital

3,313,608


3,996,004


603,890

Statutory reserves

516,886


516,886


78,114

Accumulated other comprehensive income

23,296


37,911


5,729

Treasury stock, at cost; 1,723,200 ordinary
shares as of  December 31, 2017 and June
30, 2018

(13,876)


(13,876)


(2,097)

Accumulated retained earnings

2,849,341


2,951,919


446,105







Total JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
shareholders' equity

6,689,274


7,488,866


1,131,744







Non-controlling interests

(10)


300,214


45,369







Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

28,636,405


32,883,081


4,969,410

Cision View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jinkosolar-announces-second-quarter-2018-financial-results-300695888.html

SOURCE JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

SHANGHAI, July 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced that it plans to release its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 before the open of U.S. markets on Monday, August 13, 2018.

JinkoSolar's management will host an earnings conference call on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (8:00 p.m.Beijing / Hong Kong the same day).

Dial-in details for the earnings conference call are as follows:

Hong Kong / International:

+852 3027 6500

U.S. Toll Free:

+1 855-824-5644

Passcode:

55864212#

Please dial in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and provide the passcode to join the call.

A telephone replay of the call will be available 2 hours after the conclusion of the conference call through 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time, August 20, 2018. The dial-in details for the replay are as follows:

International:

+61 2 8325 2405

U.S.:

+1 646 982 0473

Passcode:

319295377#

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of JinkoSolar's website at http://www.jinkosolar.com.

About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 9 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 5 GW for solar cells, and 9 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2018.

JinkoSolar has over 12,000 employees across its 8 productions facilities globally, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.

To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends, "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company's operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Mr. Sebastian Liu
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 21-5183-3056
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Christian Arnell
Christensen
Tel: +86 10 5900 2940
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the U.S.:

Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Christensen, Scottsdale, Arizona
Tel: +1-480-614-3004
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cision View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jinkosolar-to-report-second-quarter-2018-results-on-august-13-2018-300687673.html

SOURCE JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

SHANGHAI, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the photovoltaic (PV) industry, today announced that it is ranked 278th on the 2018 Fortune 500 Companies in China and 1st among solar manufacturers.

Fortune China's annual ranking of the top 500 Chinese companies in 2018 reflects the achievements China's largest listed companies have made over the past year. JinkoSolar ranked 330th in 2016 and 284th in 2017.

"We are excited to see our ranking on the Fortune 500 companies in China steadily increase over the past three years," commented Mr. Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar. "Our ranking on the list demonstrates the rapid growth we have experienced over the past few years and our leading position in the industry. I remain confident in the long-term prospects of the solar industry and our ability to take full advantage of our brand, technology, and global infrastructure to further consolidate our leading position in the industry."

About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 9 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 5 GW for solar cells, and 9 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2018.

JinkoSolar has over 12,000 employees across its 8 productions facilities globally, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.

To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends, "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company's operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:
Mr. Sebastian Liu
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 21-5183-3056
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cision View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jinkosolar-ranked-among-the-2018-fortune-500-companies-in-china-300681187.html

SOURCE JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

Application Blocked!

You have attempted to use an application which is in violation of your internet usage policy.

HTTP.BROWSER

Category: Web.Client

URL: http://apps.shareholder.com/rss/rss.aspx?channels=390

Client IP: 23.216.10.12

Server IP: 206.200.251.6

User name:

Group name:

Policy: 5e8b65a2-4572-51e6-e3c0-b7bc4f997a73

FortiGate Hostname: US02FGTFW01

Application Blocked!

You have attempted to use an application which is in violation of your internet usage policy.

HTTP.BROWSER

Category: Web.Client

URL: http://apps.shareholder.com/rss/rss.aspx?channels=1832

Client IP: 23.216.10.11

Server IP: 206.200.251.6

User name:

Group name:

Policy: 5e8b65a2-4572-51e6-e3c0-b7bc4f997a73

FortiGate Hostname: US02FGTFW01

SHANGHAI, July 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced that it will supply 86 MW of solar modules for a PV Plant that will be located in the Colombian department of Cesar, northern Colombia.

The project will be composed by 250,000 Jinko Solar Monocrystalline Standard Modules 345Watt - 1500V and will generate an average of 176 GWh of clean energy per year.

"We are pleased to work on this remarkable project in Colombia," commented Mr. Alberto Cuter, General Manager LATAM of JinkoSolar. "Actually the Colombian market is mainly depending by hydro power, which could be an issue during dry season. PV solar will be a good solution to integrate the energy matrix of the country. While we are expecting Colombian PV market to grow rapidly, we will continue working closely with local developers to build sustainable partnerships where they will be able to maximize their return on their investment from the superior performance of JinkoSolar's products."

About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 9 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 5 GW for solar cells, and 9 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2018.

JinkoSolar has over 12,000 employees across its 8 productions facilities globally, 15 oversea subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and United Arab Emirates, and global sales teams in United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama and Argentina.

To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends, "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. Among other things, the quotations from management in this press release and the Company's operations and business outlook, contain forward-looking statements. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in JinkoSolar's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Mr. Sebastian Liu
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 21-5183-3056
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cision View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jinkosolar-will-supply-86-mwdc-of-solar-modules-for-the-largest-pv-plant-in-colombia-300676437.html

SOURCE JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

Abstract

State-owned enterprises play an important role in economic growth and the delivery of critical public services such as health, education, water, and energy. The underperformance of state-owned enterprises can lead to significant challenges in overall ... See More + State-owned enterprises play an important role in economic growth and the delivery of critical public services such as health, education, water, and energy. The underperformance of state-owned enterprises can lead to significant challenges in overall national growth and competitiveness and pose a fiscal risk to the government. Consequently, improving the performance of state-owned enterprises remains an important issue for policy makers and development practitioners. More recently, efforts to strengthen corporate governance have been gaining international momentum as a means to improve the performance of state-owned enterprises. This study aims to examine the relationship between corporate governance and the performance of state-owned enterprises. Using data from 320 state-owned enterprises in the Republic of Korea, the study examines the effects of corporate governance on various measures of state-owned enterprise performance, including performance evaluation results, customer satisfaction, and financial performance. The empirical results indicate that board size, corporatization, and transparency and disclosure are positively related to the performance of state-owned enterprises, suggesting that they have an impact on the efficiency of state-owned enterprises. Independence of the board of directors and separation between the positions of board chair and chief executive officer have an insignificant or negative impact on specific measures of performance. These results suggest that a larger board, corporatization of state-owned enterprises, and more transparent disclosure practices can be beneficial for the performance of state-owned enterprises.  See Less -

Abstract

Too often, academics and policy makers interpret formality as a binary choice and formalization as an irreversible process. Yet, formalization has many facets and shades on the business and labor fronts, and firms may not be able or willing to formalize... See More + Too often, academics and policy makers interpret formality as a binary choice and formalization as an irreversible process. Yet, formalization has many facets and shades on the business and labor fronts, and firms may not be able or willing to formalize all at once. This paper explores the joint process of business and labor formalization, using a unique panel data set of Peruvian micro enterprises. The paper finds that business formality does not imply labor formality, and vice versa. Further, there is significant churning in and out of different dimensions of formality within a relatively short period. Using an instrumental variable approach, the paper infers that business formalization affects labor formalization but not the other way around, and that enforcement is a key driver of formalization. Overall, the analysis shows that formalization is a gradual and reversible process, with small entrepreneurs weighing their possibilities in each pathway to business (often) or labor (less often) formalization, but rarely both at the same time.  See Less -

| Source: RGS Energy

DENVER, Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RGS Energy (NASDAQ: RGSE), the exclusive worldwide licensee of POWERHOUSE™, an innovative and visually stunning solar shingle system using technology developed by The Dow Chemical Company, reported results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018 and filed its quarterly report on Form 10-Q. RGS Energy encourages investors to read the filing for a complete report of its results for the second quarter.

Reinvented Company Focused on POWERHOUSE™

RGS believes it will be the first mover and an industry leader of built-in photovoltaic shingles, as the manufacturer of POWERHOUSE™ 3.0. Recent legislation such as the California Solar Mandate places the company in a position to significantly grow revenue. The manufacturing supply chain is in place and the product is progressing towards receiving UL certification. Due to UL closing their facility where POWERHOUSE™ is currently being tested, RGS currently expects to complete UL certification at another facility in October. The company has received over $96 million to-date in written reservations from roofing companies.

“We believe we already have written reservations for future annual revenue for us to operate at a profit,” said Dennis Lacey, CEO of RGS Energy. “Now more than ever, we believe POWERHOUSE™ represents a major game-changer for RGS. Looking ahead, we see strong growth and expect profits in 2019.”

The company needed financial capital to commercially launch POWERHOUSE™ 3.0, which it obtained from an April convertible notes and common stock warrants offering.

New Cash Resulting from the Convertible Note Financing

  Cash  Note Principal and
Additional
Amount
Series Q Common
Stock Warrants
Shares
At closing of the offering on April 9, 2018 $ 5,000,000      $ 11,500,000     9,857,143  
Conversions of notes to Class A common stock     (6,438,000  
Exercises of warrants   112,000       -     (200,000 )
Placement agent fees   (454,197 )     -     -  
As of June 30, 2018   4,657,803       5,062,000     9,657,143  
       
Activity during the period July 1 to August 10, 2018      
Additional amounts arising from shareholder approval reset   -       25,577,431     -  
Exercises of warrants   8,166,667         (7,191,667 )
Conversions of notes to Class A common stock   1,672,956       (16,039,109 )  
Placement agent fees   (117,107 )     -     -  
As of August 10, 2018   14,380,319       14,600,322     2,465,476  
       
Expected future activity:      
Series Q common stock warrants   -       -     (1,735,317 )
Placement agent common stock warrants   -       -     (730,159 )
Funding of remaining balance on Investor Notes   3,327,044       (3,327,044 )   -  
Conversions of notes to Class A common stock   -       (13,057,278 )   -  
Placement agent fees   (232,893 )     -     -  
Expected net cash from the 2018 Convertible Note Offering $ 17,474,470     $ 0     0  
 
 

Accounting for the Convertible Notes and Series Q Warrants

The 2018 convertible notes and Series Q common stock warrants include terms that are derivatives under generally accepted accounting principles.  The company engaged an independent third party appraiser to value the convertible notes and related common stock warrants. 

The company expects to ultimately receive cash from the convertible note financing as follows:

Gross proceeds received through August 10, 2018 $  14,951,623  
Expected proceeds from Convertible Note   3,327,044  
Gross cash proceeds from Convertible Note and Series Q common stock warrants     18,278,667  
Fees and expenses related to the 2018 Convertible Note Offering   (804,197 )
Expected net cash from the 2018 Convertible Note Offering $  17,474,470  

               
Ultimately, the company expects it will record an increase in shareholders’ equity equal to the net cash of $17.5 million. However, due to the recording of non-cash derivative items, the financing will be reflected separately in the statement of operations and the statement of shareholders’ equity and in different accounting periods as follows:

($000’s omitted) Through
June 30, 2018
July 1, 2018 -
Aug 10, 2018
Future
Periods
Total
         
Statement of Operations:        
Derivative loss, assuming average stock price in future periods of $1.00 through April 9, 2019  $ 4,564      $ 9,800      $ 7,300     $  21,664  
Reflected in statement of operations $ (4,564   $ (9,800   $ (7,300    $ (21,664
         
Statement of Shareholders’ Equity:        
Issuance of Class A shares for convertible notes and warrants $ 4,204     $ 19,590     $ 15,344     $ 39,138  
Reflected in statement of operations   (4,564 )     (9,800 )     (7,300 )     (21,664 )
Change in shareholders’ equity from 2018 Note Offering $ (360 )   $ 9,790      $ 8,044      $ 17,474  

2nd Quarter Financial Summary

The company expects revenue from POWERHOUSE™ to begin during the fourth quarter of 2018 and, accordingly, the results for the second quarter do not reflect what the company believes the reinvented company will operate at in future periods.

($000’s omitted) Q2 2018 Q2 2017
Operational Data:    
Net sales $ 4,997   $ 4,991  
Total Revenue   3,630     2,997  
Backlog (at quarter end)   15,683     9,685  
     
Financial Data:    
Cash $ 1,541   $ 9,745  
Convertible Debt   290     1  
Shareholders’ (deficit) equity*   (123 )   13,904  
Operating cash outflow   (3,379 )   (4,212 )
Net loss   (7,762 )   (4,034 )
Working capital   2,300     12,743  

*The Company’s Stockholders’ Equity at June 30, 2018 reflects the recording of a non-cash derivative loss of $4.6 million.  From July 1, 2018 through August, 10, 2018, the company has recorded an increase in shareholders’ equity of $9.8 million arising from issuances of class A common shares, net of non-cash derivative losses.

Updated Company Financial Model

Presented below are hypothetical examples of earnings per share at varying degrees of future market share in succeeding years, ranging from a low of one-quarter of one percent of the addressable market to a full one percent of the addressable market.

  Reservations
through
Aug 13, 2018
One Quarter of
One Percent
One Half of
One Percent
One Percent
POWERHOUSE™ annual revenue $ 96,000,000   $ 250,000,000   $ 500,000,000   $ 1,000,000,000
Anticipated gross profit percentage   28%     31%     34%     37%
POWERHOUSE™ gross profit   26,676,366     77,500,000     170,000,000     370,000,000
Anticipated POWERHOUSE™ Division expenses   (3,447,199)     (6,750,000)     (12,000,000)     (22,000,000)
POWERHOUSE™ license fee   (2,341,686)     (5,829,000)     (11,405,000)     (22,644,000)
Contribution from Solar Division   0     0     0     0
Corporate segment expenses   (7,200,000)     (7,200,000)     (7,200,000)     (7,200,000)
Pre-tax income   13,687,480     57,721,000     139,395,000     318,156,000
Taxes @ 25%   (3,421,870)     (14,430,250)     (34,848,750)     (79,539,000)
Hypothetical net income $ 10,265,610   $ 43,290,750   $ 104,546,250   $ 238,617,000
         
Hypothetical Fully Diluted Shares Outstanding:        
Shares outstanding as of August 13, 2018   45,100,000     45,100,000     45,100,000     45,100,000
Convertible Note   47,200,000     47,200,000     47,200,000     47,200,000
Common stock warrants   8,000,000     8,000,000     8,000,000     8,000,000
Employee stock options   1,300,000     1,300,000     1,300,000     1,300,000
Fully diluted shares outstanding   101,600,000     101,600,000     101,600,000     101,600,000
         
Hypothetical EPS $ 0.10   $ 0.43   $ 1.03   $ 2.35
         
Hypothetical Cash from exercise of common stock warrants   $ 19,000,000
 

The financial model above is not a forecast or a projection but a mathematical demonstration of financial information with hypothetical future revenue from written reservations received to-date and different future hypothetical levels of market penetration of the annual reroof market. Additionally:

  • Gross margins include the cost of the Section 201 and 301 tariffs on imported materials.
     
  • The hypothetical maximum cash from exercise of common stock warrants is the mathematical result of the number of warrant shares times the respective exercise price per share. The hypothetical results are premised upon an increase in the future trading value of the company’s common stock resulting in the exercise of common stock warrants. It further assumes all investors, except the Series Q warrant holder elect cash exercises (not cashless exercises) and warrant exercise prices are not reduced or reset to a lower amount. The majority of common stock warrants have exercise prices at or below $3.10 per share.

Conference Call

RGS Energy will hold a conference call tomorrow to discuss its current financial results and position.

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (2:30 p.m. Mountain time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-800-289-0438
International dial-in number: 1-323-794-2423
Conference ID: 3269302
Webcast: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=130978

The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay via the investor relations section of the company's website at RGSEnergy.com.

Please call the conference telephone number five minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact CMA at 1-949-432-7566.

A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 22, 2018.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 3269302

About RGS Energy

RGS Energy (Nasdaq: RGSE) is America’s Original Solar Company providing solar, storage and energy services whose mission is clean energy savings. The company is the exclusive manufacturer of POWERHOUSE™, an innovative in-roof solar shingle using technology developed by The Dow Chemical Company. RGS Energy also sells, designs and installs solar systems for residential homeowners, commercial businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities. 

For more information, visit RGSEnergy.com and RGSPOWERHOUSE.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RGSEnergy and on Twitter at twitter.com/rgsenergy. Information on such websites and the websites referred to above in this press release is not incorporated by reference into this press release.

RGS Energy is the company’s registered trade name. RGS Energy files periodic and other reports with the SEC under its official name “Real Goods Solar, Inc.”

POWERHOUSE™ is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company, used under license.

Forward-Looking Statements and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding RGS Energy’s results of operations and financial positions, and RGS Energy’s business and financial strategies.  Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they provide our current beliefs, expectations, assumptions, forecasts, and hypothetical constructs about future events, and include statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, business strategy, budgets, projected costs, plans and objectives of management for future operations. The words “believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “future,” “may,” “will” and similar expressions as they relate to us are intended to identify such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all.  Forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward looking statements.  Therefore, RGS Energy cautions you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements.

Key risks and uncertainties that may cause a change in any forward-looking statement or that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include: RGS Energy’s ability to successfully implement its revenue growth strategy, achieve its target level of sales, generate cash flow from operations, and achieve break-even and better results; RGS Energy’s current capital resources being sufficient to implement its revenue growth strategy; RGS Energy’s ability to successfully and timely commercialize POWERHOUSE™ 3.0; the ability to obtain requisite UL certification of POWERHOUSE™ 3.0; the adequacy of, and access to, capital necessary to commercialize POWERHOUSE™ 3.0; RGS Energy’s ability to satisfy the conditions and obligations under the POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 license agreement; RGS Energy’s ability to manage supply chain in order to have production levels and pricing of the POWERHOUSE™ 3.0 shingles to be competitive; the ability of RGS Energy to successfully expand its operations and employees and realize profitable revenue growth from the sale and installation of POWERHOUSE™ 3.0, and to the extent, anticipated; competition in the built-in photovoltaic solar system business;  RGS Energy’s ability to realize revenue from sales of POWERHOUSE™ arising from the California Energy Commissions’ mandate for solar systems with new home building commencing in 2020; RGS Energy’s ability to realize revenue from written reservations for initial POWERHOUSE™ deliveries; and RGS Energy’s ability to obtain future written reservations for POWERHOUSE™ deliveries; the continuation and level of government and utility subsidies and incentives for solar energy; changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including tariffs on imported solar cells and changes in the financial markets; RGS Energy’s stock price and shareholders’ equity; the performance of the Solar Division; RGS Energy’s ability to satisfy the conditions to receive additional funds underlying the investor promissory notes received in the 2018 convertible note offering; the number of shares of Class A common stock actually issued under the 2018 convertible notes; whether RGS Energy will receive any proceeds from the exercise of warrants; and other risks and uncertainties included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should read the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 30, 2018 and June 30, 2018, each of which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which identify certain of these and additional risks and uncertainties.  Any forward-looking statements made by us in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Investor Relations Contact
Ron Both
Managing Partner, CMA
Tel 1-949-432-7566
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

| Source: RGS Energy

DENVER, Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RGS Energy (NASDAQ: RGSE), the exclusive worldwide manufacturer of the POWERHOUSE™ solar shingle system, will hold a conference call on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. The financial results will be issued in a press release prior to the call.

RGS Energy management will host the presentation.

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern time (2:30 p.m. Mountain time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-800-289-0438
International dial-in number: 1-323-794-2423
Conference ID: 3269302
Webcast: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=130978

The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay via the investor relations section of the company's website at RGSEnergy.com.

Please call the conference telephone number five minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact CMA at 1-949-432-7566.

A replay of the call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 22, 2018.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 3269302

About RGS Energy 

RGS Energy (NASDAQ: RGSE) is America’s Original Solar Company providing solar, storage and energy services whose mission is clean energy savings. The company is the exclusive manufacturer of POWERHOUSE™, an innovative in-roof solar shingle using technology developed by The Dow Chemical Company. RGS Energy also sells, designs and installs traditional retrofit solar systems for residential homeowners, commercial businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities. 

For more information, visit RGSEnergy.com and RGSPOWERHOUSE.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RGSEnergy and on Twitter at twitter.com/rgsenergy. Information on such websites and the websites referred to above in this press release is not incorporated by reference into this press release.

RGS Energy is the company’s registered trade name. RGS Energy files periodic and other reports with the SEC under its official name “Real Goods Solar, Inc.”

POWERHOUSE™ is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company, used under license.

Investor Relations Contact

Ron Both
Managing Partner, CMA
Tel 1-949-432-7566
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract

The Afghanistan Development Update is a twice-annual publication providing analysis of recent developments and presenting the World Bank team’s most-recent macroeconomic projections. The August 2018 edition focuses on the state of the economy in the context... See More + The Afghanistan Development Update is a twice-annual publication providing analysis of recent developments and presenting the World Bank team’s most-recent macroeconomic projections. The August 2018 edition focuses on the state of the economy in the context of upcoming elections, and the potential for a loss of recent momentum as confidence declines. Special topics address: i) the potential for trade to underpin development in Afghanistan; ii) recent trends in poverty and welfare; and iii) priorities for improving education quality and coverage. Afghanistan has experienced slow growth since 2014, with the draw-down of international security forces, accompanying reductions in international grants, and a worsening security situation (growth has averaged 2.3 percent between 2014-2017). Following a period of political instability after the 2014 elections, the economy has slowly regained momentum as reforms have been implemented and confidence restored. From a low of 1.5 percent in 2015, real GDP growth accelerated to 2.3 percent in 2016, and is estimated at 2.7 percent for 2017. Building momentum now appears to be at some risk, with increasing election-related violence, declining business confidence, worsening drought conditions, and some apparent slowing of economic activity. Growth is projected at 2.4 percent in 2018, with substantial downside risks arising from the prospects of political instability around upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. Risks can be partly mitigated and recent momentum maintained through: i) continued reform progress, demonstrating to investors that the deterioration in governance seen in 2014 will not be repeated; and ii) continued donor commitment to sustained grant support.  See Less -

| Source: Eguana Technologies Inc.

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eguana Technologies (TSX.V:EGT)(OTCQB:EGTYF) and Nu-NRG Group are pleased to announce that the two companies have entered an agreement to bring the Evolve – Home Energy Storage System to Eastern Canada.

Nu-NRG Group is focused on bringing new energy technologies to their network of home builders, product specifiers, government agencies, product installers and end-users. Their product portfolio includes: intelligent solar systems, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and, now, advanced residential energy storage systems.

The company will begin to offer the Evolve system to its network of partners with a focus on new and existing residential solar installations as well as new home construction opportunities. The primary applications for the Evolve system are solar self-consumption and backup power. Ontario’s ‘time of use’ rate structure illustrates the potential for energy storage in the behind-the-meter segment of the market.

“We are excited to be offering a Canadian developed product to our growing network across Canada. The Evolve product complements our existing product offering and initial feedback from channel partners has been positive,” said Patrick Carew, COO at Nu-NRG Group. “We are already seeing demand arise from home builders and utilities throughout Eastern Canada and look forward to completing several high-profile installations this Fall.” 

“We view Canada as a high-growth opportunity in the next years for both our Evolve and our Elevate product lines — we are now executing a sales strategy that ensures we are positioned as a leader in our home market,” said Livio Filice, Director of Residential Sales, North America. “We are working closely with Nu-NRG to bring the Evolve system to their growing roster of clients, all of whom are seeking the most innovative energy solutions.”

Nu-NRG will become an Eguana-certified installer and complete their initial Evolve installations in September. First projects have already been identified and product orders have been placed. Evolve systems will continue to be deployed throughout the balance of this year.

Evolve – Home Energy Storage Systems

Evolve is a fully-integrated residential energy storage system that includes the company’s proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5KW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39kWh in storage capacity. The NEMA 3R wall-mounted package is suitable for indoor and outdoor installations. The package is backed by a 10-year standard warranty.

The Evolve supports grid-connected solar self-consumption, time of use, and backup power. It is now available in the United States and in Caribbean markets, with certification standards matching UL1741, California’s Rule 21, and Hawaii’s Rule 14H.

Interested parties may contact:

Eguana Technologies
Livio Filice
Director of Residential Sales, North America
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+1.905.929.7522

Nu-NRG Group Inc.
Patrick Carew
C.O.O
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+1.416.543.0011

About Nu-NRG Group

Nu-NRG Group Inc., Headquartered in Toronto, ON. is a complete Sustainability Solution Provider to the Canadian marketplace.  We source Green Technology Solutions globally to enable our Commercial and Consumer clients reduce their Carbon footprint and empower Clean Energy production through advanced turnkey alternative energy solutions.  We provide Canadian representation for Innovative Global Solutions such as Smartflower Solar, Eguana Technologies, Sunflower by Shadecraft, EVoCharge and Elby e-Bike.  For more information, visit www.nu-nrg.ca or follow us @NuNRGGroup on Twitter.

About Eguana Technologies Inc.

Based in Calgary, Alberta Canada, Eguana Technologies (EGT: TSX.V) (OTCQB: EGTYF) designs and manufactures high performance residential and commercial energy storage systems. Eguana has two decades of experience delivering grid edge power electronics for fuel cell, photovoltaic and battery applications, and delivers proven, durable, high quality solutions from its high capacity manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America.

With thousands of its proprietary energy storage inverters deployed in the European and North American markets, Eguana is one of the leading suppliers of power controls for solar self-consumption, grid services and demand charge applications at the grid edge.

To learn more, visit www.EguanaTech.com or follow us on Twitter @EguanaTech

Forward Looking Information

The reader is advised that some of the information herein may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning assigned by National Instruments 51-102 and other relevant securities legislation. In particular, we include: statements pertaining to the value of our power controls to the energy storage market and statements concerning the use of proceeds and the Company's ability to obtain necessary approvals from the TSX Venture Exchange.

Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and involves a number of risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements, or future events or developments, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information, which speaks only as of the date hereof. Readers are also directed to the Risk Factors section of the Company’s most recent audited Financial Statements which may be found on its website or at sedar.com. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking information contained herein to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

solar projects, solar capacities, ISMA, SECI, PSU, National Solar Mission As per Crisil’s analysis, a 25 per cent safeguard duty entails a rise in capital costs by 15-20 per cent, which would have a 30-40 paise per unit impact on bid tariffs so as to maintain the same rates of return. (Reuters)

Imposition of safeguard duty is likely to result in some delay in project implementation of nearly 12,000 MW of under-construction solar capacities, rating agency Crisil Research said. As per Crisil’s analysis, a 25 per cent safeguard duty entails a rise in capital costs by 15-20 per cent, which would have a 30-40 paise per unit impact on bid tariffs so as to maintain the same rates of return. “We expect some delay in project implementation on account of the duty as the ‘change in law’ clause is expected to be sought for 12,000 MW of under-construction projects,” it said in a statement issued here.

Following a petition filed by the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) in December 2017, seeking imposition of safeguard duty directorate general of trade remedies (DGTR) had recommended a 70 per cent safeguard duty in January 2018. On July 16, DGTR reviewed the recommendations and imposed 25 per cent duty for the first year followed by 20 per cent in the first half of the second year and 15 per cent for the rest part of the year.

“The imposition of the duty could cause some procedural delays as developers would have to approach the appropriate authorities (electricity regulatory commissions) to approve the new tariffs with pass-through of costs,” it said. According to the agency, solar power capacity addition is likely to ramp up to 56,000-58,000 MW between fiscals 2019 and 2023, compared with 20,000 GW between fiscals 2014 and 2018, which will be driven by capacities allocated/tendered under the National Solar Mission, state solar policies, other schemes driven by SECI and PSUs.

“Logically, domestic module manufacturers would become the main suppliers to solar developers in India. However, their supply capacities are far short of the annual demand of the sector. Hence, we expect a rise in capital costs over the near-term due to the duty as even domestic module manufacturers are likely to charge a premium on their products in the event of a surge in demand,” the report said.

The agency further said that as domestic capacities expand and integrated foreign players set up units in India, costs could drop again. “A weakening rupee will cause additional cost pressure with increased foreign exchange volatility faced by importers unless they have hedged in advance. This could amp up the cost pressure slightly,” it added.

State owned GAIL India has sought shareholder nod to amend the charter of the company to invest...

electric vehicle, Paris Agreement, technology, carbon dioxide, International Energy Agency  In order to achieve emission targets, overhauling the transport sector is a key imperative, as it accounts for about 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions (as per IEA).

Rising global concerns and the need for clean technology as enumerated by 194 signatories to the Paris Agreement require that emission of carbon dioxide be gradually reduced to limit the global temperature increase below 2-degree Celsius. Viewed from a global and domestic perspective, over the longer term, this is bound to act as a disruptor for the oil and gas industry in general and oil refining and marketing companies in particular. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has projected the global oil demand to reach 105 million barrels per day (MBPD) by 2040, which is a 7.5% increase from the 97.7 MBPD level in 2017. Oil demand is likely to reach a saturation point in the next decade and a half, given the global environmental concerns and the steps taken by global auto majors to gradually shift to alternate and cleaner energy sources.

In order to achieve emission targets, overhauling the transport sector is a key imperative, as it accounts for about 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions (as per IEA). The global car fleet currently runs on about 19 MBPD of equivalent crude oil, which is one-fifth of the current crude oil consumption of 97.7 MBPD. In this regard, electric vehicles (EVs), both battery EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs, are seen as the silver lining, for they can help reduce carbon footprint, lower operating costs and are more energy-efficient. Globally, EV sales have already surpassed 1 million in numbers, up by 50% year-on-year in CY2017, supported by their growing familiarity, improvements in driving range, fall in battery prices, along with the availability of tax and other incentives.

Albeit, this is just 1% of global demand, it has the potential to grow by 40% per annum in the medium term. What would drive this growth? A major cost of EVs, which is the battery, has fallen to almost one-fourth—to about $208/kWh in CY2017 from $800/kWh in CY2011. This battery cost is expected to continue to fall to as low as $70/kWh by 2030. This will make EVs cost-competitive over the next decade—even as EVs are very expensive today and beyond the reach of a majority of retail customers. Further, strong incentives by countries/governments such as lower taxes and toll exemptions auger well for EV growth. Nonetheless, the main challenge to growth is the need to build adequate infrastructure for charging EVs, which is bound to take time.

As far as India is concerned, domestic refining and marketing companies are investing in brownfield and greenfield expansion of refineries to cater to the rising demand for petroleum products as the economy progresses. They are also looking over the horizon as to what will happen to their margins and profitability as the demand for EVs shows signs of picking up momentum in India, with various governmental initiatives encouraging institutional customers (state road transport organisations and government departments) to adopt EVs. Since auto fuels (diesel and petrol) form around 50% of total product volumes derived from every tonne of crude oil processed, any impact on demand of auto fuels could have a significant bearing on the demand growth of crude oil and gross refining margins of refineries.

Further, substitutes in the form of domestic gas and LNG could slow down the demand of other petroleum products like naphtha, furnace oil and LPG, which could put more pressure on profitability. Moreover, reduced project returns for new projects in the sector, in the absence of fiscal support, can be a deterrence even as existing players with their depreciated assets base remain better placed. While many of the above risks will play out over the next decade, greater diversification to petrochemicals and other forms of energy—including natural gas chain, EV infrastructure and renewable energy—will be imperative for Indian refining and marketing companies in order to mitigate the disruptive potential of EVs over the longer term.

K Ravichandran

Group Head, Corporate Sector Ratings, ICRA Ltd

thermal poer plants, delhi Gas-fired power plants can play a role balancing the grid by maintaining uninterrupted electricity supply, especially when solar-fired generation peters out in the evenings and coal plants take time to ramp up. (Reuters)

India will test a plan to operate its underutilized natural gas-fired power generators as “peaker” plants that can switch on quickly when there’s high demand, according to the country’s power planning body. The project will start with four NTPC Ltd. plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 gigawatts that will run only in the evenings, Central Electricity Authority Chairman Pankaj Batra said in New Delhi.

The agency envisions 20 gigawatts of gas-fired capacity being used as peaking stations to even out supply fluctuations from the large amount of renewable energy that’s set be built by 2022, he said.

“The government will start testing the plan this month by operating one of NTPC’s gas-based power plants as a peaking station” for nearly four hours in the evening, Batra said in an interview last week, adding that the three other plants will be online by the end of the year. State-owned GAIL India Ltd. has agreed to supply gas to the four plants, he said.

India has an ambitious goal of installing 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, or a little more than the country’s current peak demand, as part of its Paris climate pledge to cut carbon emissions. Gas-fired power plants can play a role balancing the grid by maintaining uninterrupted electricity supply, especially when solar-fired generation peters out in the evenings and coal plants take time to ramp up.

The gas facilities will be run on fuel produced in India, which is in short supply, and running them as peakers will optimize use of the fuel, Batra said. A shortage of domestic gas has kept the utilization of India’s 25 gigawatts of gas-fired plants at about a fifth of total capacity, according to CEA data. The cost of gas imports for India makes the fuel uncompetitive with other sources of baseload power.

Advertisement

Translator

Advertisement
Advertisement

SolarQuarter Tweets

Follow Us For Latest Tweets

SolarQuarter Announcing: Participating Companies At India's Largest Electric Vehicle & Smart Mobility Event_ Grab Your Passes No… https://t.co/5bvIrR19N1
About 20 hours ago
SolarQuarter Meet 2018 Award Winners: Solar PV ModuleTECH Awards 2018_Heartiest Congratulations! - https://t.co/4cBviyv7wb
Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:52
SolarQuarter EMobility Week India 2018 Only 36 Seats Remain! Secure Your Spot! 23 Aug 2018_New Delhi - https://t.co/mmAuUGkxCd
Saturday, 11 August 2018 08:23

Advertisement