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Exicom to Provide Li-Ion Batteries for Kinetic Green’s E-Rickshaws

Gujarat Invites EoI for Marketing and Distribution of E-Rickshaws

The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for the authorization of manufacturers for marketing and distribution of battery operated three wheelers (E-Rickshaws) under the state’s ...
Green Climate Fund Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change in Developing Countries

Green Climate Fund Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change in Developing Countries

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved more than $1 billion funding for new projects and programs to help mitigate climate change in developing countries. This is the world’s largest ...
Sri Lanka’s Smart Grid Project to Receive $34 Million from France

Sri Lanka’s Smart Grid Project to Receive $34 Million from France

In an effort to reduce the transmission losses at its state utility Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka is slated to receive ₹2,529 million (~$34.41 million) from French Agency for ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
Key Government Policy Announcements for India’s Renewable Sector in September 2018

Kazakhstan Auctions 202 MW of Solar Projects

Kazakhstan has auctioned 202 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in two separate auctions. To begin with, the Kazakhstan electricity and power market operator (JSC KOREM) has auctioned 30 ...
CERC Proposes Granting Category I Inter-State Trading License to Refex Energy

TSERC Provides Relief to Solar Developer Awaiting Grid Synchronization

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has passed an order asking the state’s distribution licensee to allow the grid synchronization of the project, thereby providing relief to Clean Solar ...

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Skoda Auto Commissions 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Project at its Aurangabad Facility

Skoda Auto India Goes Green, Installs Solar Carport at its Production Facility

Škoda Auto, a Czech Republic based automobile company, has installed 1 MW of rooftop solar project at its production facility in Aurangabad, in the state of Maharashtra. The project is ...
CDPQ Increases its Stake in Azure Power to 40%

CDPQ Increases its Stake in Azure Power to 40%

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a long-term institutional investor, has announced an increase in its stake in Azure Power Global Ltd (Azure Power). Azure Power is a leading ...
MAHAGENCO Tenders 750 MW of Solar Projects for Agricultural Feeders

MERC Directs Reduction in Tariff for Solar Agricultural Feeder Program in Maharashtra

Expressing its disagreement with the solar tariff of ₹3.15 (~$0.043), the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO/MSPGCL) to reduce the price after taking ...
Karnataka Proposes Reduction in BESCOM’S RPO Target from 13% to 12%

Karnataka Proposes Reduction in BESCOM’S RPO Target from 13% to 12%

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has proposed changes to the regulations passed in 2011 with regards to the procurement of energy from renewable sources. The regulation will extend to ...
India and Tanzania Likely to Develop Solar Power Projects Together

India and Tanzania Likely to Develop Solar Power Projects Together

India and Tanzania have agreed to develop solar power projects together in the future as members of International Solar Alliance (ISA). The decision was made during the ninth India-Tanzania Joint ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
SECI Issues Clarification on its 150 MW Rihand Dam Floating Solar Tender

SECI Issues Clarification on its 150 MW Rihand Dam Floating Solar Tender

Answering some of the questions raised by bidders during the pre-bid meeting for floating solar projects at Rihand Dam, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has stated that the ...
Himachal Pradesh Issues Draft Amendment to Rooftop Solar Regulations

Himachal Pradesh Issues Draft Amendment to Rooftop Solar Regulations

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has issued Draft (Rooftop Solar photovoltaic (PV) Grid Interactive System based on Net Metering) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2018. The draft is open for ...
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Zimbabwe to Soon Begin the Development of its Largest 22 MW Solar Project

Zimbabwe will soon begin the construction of its largest independent power producer (IPP) solar PV project. SOVENTIX South Africa, a subsidiary of solar project developer SOVENTIX GmbH has been awarded ...
Brookfield Negotiates with ReneSola for its Distributed Solar Assets in China

NTPC Tenders a 2 MW Grid-Connected Solar Multi-Technology Test Bed

The National thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has tendered a 2 MW grid connected solar PV multi-technology test bed at NTPC Energy Technology research Alliance (NETRA), under domestic competitive bidding. NETRA ...
Rising Competition in India’s Solar Market has Cut Margins to the Bone

Rising Competition in India’s Solar Market has Cut Margins to the Bone: Interview

Mercom India’s news team recently had the opportunity to speak with energy solutions provider GoodWe’s sales head for south and east Asia, James Hou. Hou shed some light on the ...
MAHAGENCO Invites EoI to Set up Solar Manufacturing Unit in Maharashtra

NTPC Issues Tender for 70 MW of Floating Solar PV Projects in Kerala

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for the development of 70 MW of floating solar PV projects at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Project at Kayamkulam, Kerala ...
World Bank Launches Solar Revolving Fund for Expansion of Rooftop Solar in Gaza

World Bank Launches Solar Revolving Fund for Expansion of Rooftop Solar in Gaza

On October 10th, the World Bank officially launched Gaza Solar Revolving Fund, a pilot project with the Palestinian Energy Authority to install rooftop solar in Gaza for residential consumers, businesses, and ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Indian Railways to Become Net-Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030

South Western Railway Installs Solar Panels at 19 of its Buildings

The South Western Railway (SWR) is making strides to go green. In a new development, the railway zone installed solar panels of 3,505 kilowatt-peak (kW) capacity across its multiple buildings, ...
SECI Invites EoIs to Develop 160 MW Solar Wind Hybrid Project with Energy Storage

SECI’s ISTS-Connected Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects’ RfS Reduced to 1,200 MW from 2,500 MW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has amended the RfS for 2,500 MW of ISTS-connected wind-solar hybrid power projects (tranche-I). According to the amendment, the capacity of ISTS-connected wind-solar ...
Mitsui Chemicals to start BIS Certification for Solar Panels in India with PI Berlin

Karnataka Floats Tender for 100 MW of Solar Projects Across Five Talukas

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has issued a tender for the allotment of 100 MW of grid connected solar projects in five talukas across the state. The last ...
Uttar Pradesh Comes up with a 550 MW Solar Tender

Uttar Pradesh Comes up with a 550 MW Solar Tender

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has invited bids for 550 MW of grid connected solar PV power projects through tariff based competitive bidding process. The ...
GRIDCO Asks Bidders to Match Lowest Tariff Quoted at its 200 MW Solar Auction

IFC to Finance 50 MW Solar Project in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Finance has signed a $40 million agreement with the International Finance Corporation, a sister organization of the World Bank, for the development of a 50 MW ...
Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification to extend the date of self-certification of six solar products from September 20, 2018 to January 1, 2019. The ...
USTDA Funds Feasibility Study to Assess Viability of a 100 MW Solar Project in Mozambique

China’s Solar Subsidy Backlog Estimated to be Approximately $17.4 Billion

Many solar power projects in Ningxia, in the northwestern region of China, are finding it difficult to stay afloat, according to a report published by Reuters. These projects may face ...
India Signs MoU with IEA to Enhance Innovation for Clean Energy Transition

NTPC Issues Tender for 60 MW Solar and 130 MW Wind Hybrid Project in Karnataka

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for the development of wind-solar hybrid power project at NTPC, located in Kudgi, Karnataka. The tender is for 60 MW (minimum) ...