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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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CERC APPC Cost Solar Wind

CERC Sets ₹3.48/kWh as the National Average Power Purchase Cost for Open Access

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has set the national average power purchase cost (APPC) at ₹3.48 (~$0.0542)/kWh, barring a few states for open access. According to CERC the APPC ...
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Jolywood ACME Solar Module Supply India Market

Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Enters India Solar Market

Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology, a Chinese module manufacturer, entered the Indian solar market by signing a supply agreement with ACME Clean-tech Solutions, a renewable energy developer in India. Jolywood will ...
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Shri @PiyushGoyal handing over @MNREIndia to Shri R.K. Singh

After Solid Accomplishments, Piyush Goyal Makes Way for Raj Kumar Singh as India’s New Minister of Power

In a recent cabinet shuffle, Mr. Piyush Goyal was promoted to the position of Minister of Railways and Coal and Mr. Raj Kumar Singh took over his old role as ...
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Exporters Data Extension DGAD

Extensions Given to Solar Module Exporters in DGAD Anti-Dumping Investigation

The office of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) India has extended the time to return responses to the anti-dumping investigation on solar imports from China, Taiwan ...
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RREC REC Mechanism Renewable Projects

Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Suspends Approval of Renewable Energy Projects Under REC Mechanism

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has suspended the approval of all renewable energy (wind, solar) projects under the REC Mechanism in Rajasthan. The RRECL has issued the order ...
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Solar Power Plant

Tata Power and Adani Top the List of India Solar Project Developers

As utility-scale solar in India takes off, two large power conglomerates – Tata Power and Adani – are leading project development activity. Cumulative large-scale solar installations reached ~13.6 GW in ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Better Energy Tata Power Solar Huawei Partnership

Better Energy Teams up with Tata Power Solar and Huawei Technologies for 1 GW of Solar

Tata Power Solar and Huawei Technologies have entered into new supplier and partnership agreements with Better Energy, a Danish company, to develop 1 GW of solar in by 2020. "Better ...
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Rising Chinese Solar Module Price Pose Significant Challenge for India

Rising Chinese Module Prices Pose Significant Short-Term Challenge for India’s Solar Industry

After falling by approximately 5 percent in the second quarter of 2017, for the first time in years, the average selling price (ASP) for Chinese modules is increasing quarter-over-quarter in ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar

Vaisala Expands Indian Operations Amid Growth in Solar and Wind Sectors

To meet rising demand, Finnish environmental and industrial measurement company Vaisala, through its subsidiary 3TIER India, is adding new personnel to its staff as it responds to steadily growing demand ...
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MNRE GIZ RE Grid Integration

MNRE and GIZ Sign Agreement to Improve Grid Integration of Renewable Energies

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of the Government of Germany, signed an agreement on technical cooperation ...
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China Solar Installations AECEA

Solar Installations in China Totalled 35 GW at the End of July, More Than All of 2016

According to recent energy statistics, China installed 34.92 GW of solar from January 2017 to July 2017, exceeding last year’s installation total of 34.54 GW by approximately 380 MW. As a ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
DGAD Solar Exporters Price

Solar Exporters Under Deadline to Furnish Details in the Ongoing Solar Anti-dumping Case in India

The office of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) India as part of the ongoing investigation into the anti-dumping petition against solar imports from China, Taiwan, and ...
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Solar Tempered Glass AntiDumping India

India Imposes Anti-Dumping Duty on Tempered Solar Glass Imported from China

The Indian Ministry of Finance has imposed an anti-dumping duty on tempered glass (solar glass) imported from China in the range of $64.04 per metric ton (MT) to $136.21/MT. The ...
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Solar Anti-Dumping Hearing

Lessons for India from the Suniva Solar Anti-Dumping Case Hearing

On Tuesday, the much-anticipated public hearing by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on the Suniva and SolarWorld Section 201 trade case was held in Washington, D.C., with both sides ...
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