Utility-scale Solar Project

DISCOM and Developers Agree on Renegotiated Tariff of ₹4.95 (~$0.0762)/kWh in Jharkhand to Develop 685 MW of Solar Projects

Mercom has confirmed that in Jharkhand, power purchase agreements (PPAs) for a total of 685 MW of solar projects out of 1.1 GW will be signed over the next few ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
Mercom REI Panel

Tariff and GST Uncertainty Are Only a Temporary Drag on India’s Solar Market

Tax confusion, uncertainty about anti-dumping tariffs, and stagnant demand are all affecting India’s solar sector, which witnessed relatively smooth growth in the last three-to-four years until the hiccup that began ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Tata Power Solar

Tata Power Solar CEO Says India’s Solar Manufacturing Sector Needs Support to Become Competitive

The following is from a conversation Mercom India had with Tata Power Solar CEO Ashish Khanna at the Renewable Energy Expo 2017 in Greater Noida, India. This is the first ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Modules

Enphase Energy and Waaree Energies Join Forces to Develop AC Modules in India

Enphase Energy, a US-based solar microinverter company, and Waaree Energies, an Indian module manufacturer and engineering procurement construction (EPC) company, have formed a partnership to develop AC solar modules for ...
/ Modules, Solar
Gujarat Government Agencies Push the Low Bid to ₹2.65/kWh in 500 MW GUVNL Auction in India

Gujarat Government Agencies Push the Low Bid to ₹2.65/kWh in 500 MW GUVNL Auction in India

A low tariff of ₹2.65 (~$0.0413)/kWh was quoted in the recently held Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) 500 MW solar auction with aggressive bidding by Gujarat government agencies. The ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Renewable Energy Expo 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Renewable Energy Expo 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Renewable Energy Expo 2017 As India’s largest cleantech conference opens, there are a lot of unanswered questions that everyone wants answers to. Here ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
India Solar Market Survey 2017

India Solar Market Survey 2017

The Indian solar sector has witnessed incredible growth since the inception of the National Solar Mission in 2010. The sector went from 0 to 16 gigawatts in seven years with ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Anti-Dumping Investigation May Drag on for a Year

Anti-Dumping Investigation May Drag on for a Year

The anti-dumping investigation on solar imports from China, Taiwan and Malaysia may drag on for a year. The deadline to submit data pertaining to solar exports to India by companies ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Azure Power Govt Building Rooftop Solar

Azure Power to Develop 50 MW of Rooftop Solar to Electrify Government Buildings

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has awarded Azure Power with a contract to develop 50 MW of rooftop solar in India. Azure Power will be developing rooftop projects ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
DC Solar System

MNRE Clarifies DC Solar Systems Guidelines for Off-grid and Grid Connected Applications

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued clarification for DC system configurations applicable to Off-grid and Grid-connected Solar PV applications. The MNRE indicated that a clause in ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Rooftop Solar in India

Ujaas Energy Wins Contracts to Develop Over 22 MW of Rooftop Solar in India

Ujaas Energy has won contracts to develop a total of 22.03 MW of grid-connected solar across India through three different tenders. The company received a letter of award (LOA) from ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
Charanka Solar Park in Gujarat

Vikram Solar Commissions 80 MW of Solar at Charanka Solar Park in Gujarat

Vikram Solar commissioned 80 MW of solar at Gujarat’s Charanka Solar Park for Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited (GIPCL). The capacity comprises two projects of 40 MW each. These projects ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
Indian Solar Market as of Q2 2017

Top Five Inverter Manufacturers Accounted for Over 70 Percent of the Indian Solar Market as of Q2 2017

As of Q2 2017, the top five solar inverter manufacturers accounted for over 70 percent of India’s solar inverter market, led by ABB India with a 20 percent market share ...
/ Inverters & BOS, Solar
Solar Projects in India

Punjab National Bank to Provide $500 Million to Finance Rooftop Solar Projects in India

The Punjab National Bank (PNB) will finance rooftop solar projects in India through a customized program and will provide up to $500 million (~₹32 billion) in term loans to developers ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
MNRE De-empanels Rooftop Partners

MNRE De-Empanels 26 Rooftop Installers for One Year

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has de-empaneled 26 firms and agencies active in the rooftop solar sector in India. The MNRE re-instated 45 rooftop installers that were ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
Solar Power in Q2 2017

India Generated 5.5 Billion Units of Solar Power in Q2 2017, an 87 Percent Increase Over Q2 2016

Solar in India accounted for 5.5 billion units of electricity produced in the country during the second quarter (Apr-Jun) of 2017, an 87 percent increase over the second quarter of ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
RelyOn Solar

26.9 MW of Small Solar Tenders Announced in India

Over 26.9 MW of solar tenders were announced in India during the week ending September 08, 2017, from 36.4 MW of solar tenders unveiled a week earlier. The largest tender ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
ACME commissions 100 MW in Telangana

ACME Commissions Two Solar Projects Totaling 100 MW in Telangana

ACME Cleantech Solutions commissioned two solar projects totaling 100 MW in Telangana. The solar project developer commissioned a 50 MW project at Nirmal substation in the Adilabad district and another ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
MNRE Guidelines VGF

MNRE Amends Guidelines for Solar Viability Gap Funding Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guideline for implementation of the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) program for solar under the National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase-II ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Imports and Exports

Solar Imports Fell by 9 Percent Quarter-over-Quarter in Q2 2017, Ahead of Anti-Dumping Recommendations

In the second quarter (Apr-Jun) of 2017, export and import activity totaling $1.24 billion (~₹ 79.9 billion) was registered in the Indian solar sector. This was $124.08 million (~₹11.1 billion) ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Component

MNRE Issues New Order to Crackdown on Solar Component Quality

As solar project developers look to procure the cheapest possible components to bid at the lowest tariff in auctions, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Auctions Activity

Solar Auction Activity in India Falls of a Cliff in August

In August, solar auctions fell precipitously in India. Compared to the robust auction activity in June, solar auctions by MWs fell by 95% in August with only 76 MW. Solar ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Panel

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Cancels PPAs for 100 MW of Solar

The Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has cancelled power purchase agreements (PPAs) for two 50 MW solar projects in Madhya Pradesh. These projects were being developed by a ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
PV Module

Trina Solar was the Top Solar Module Supplier to India as of the Second Quarter of 2017

The Indian solar dream is being fueled to a large extent by solar imports, with majority of solar panels coming to India from Chinese companies. Trina Solar was the single ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
CEEW Study Solar PHCs

Solar Power Drastically Improves Healthcare Systems in Chhattisgarh: CEEW

In a study, the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) found that solar-powered primary healthcare centers (PHCs) in Chhattisgarh admitted over 50 percent more patients and conducted almost twice ...
/ Off-grid, Solar