DISCOM Credit Risk is High but Risk Perception has Reduced with SECI and NTPC: Interview

DISCOM Credit Risk is High but Risk Perception has Reduced with SECI and NTPC: Interview

India recently achieved the milestone of  25 GW of installed solar capacity but the market has slowed down after safeguard duty announcement and other risk factors. Mercom sat down with ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Haryana: Wheeling, Cross-Subsidy & T&D Charges Waived for Open Access Solar Consumers

Haryana: Wheeling, Cross-Subsidy & T&D Charges Waived for Open Access Solar Consumers

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has issued its guidelines for MW scale ground mounted and rooftop projects, for captive consumption or third party sale, under the Haryana Solar Power ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
A Primer: States that are Poised Lead India’s EV Revolution

EV Adoption Under FAME Program Lagging in Most States

Electric vehicle sales so far has been inconsistent under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) program. While some states have made good progress, many states ...
AP to DISCOMs_ Wind Generators Should Receive Rebates with 25% Late Payment Surcharge

AP to DISCOMs: Wind Generators Should Receive Rebates with 25% Late Payment Surcharge

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has issued an order stating that wind power generating companies should get a rebate under respective Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) along with 25 ...
/ / Other, Wind
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 10 GW Solar Tender with 3 GW Manufacturing

Solar Power Developer Penalized for Delay in Project Commissioning

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has issued an order dismissing the petition filed by Marakka Solar Power Project LL.P stating that it is not entitled to any of the reliefs ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MSEDCL Directed to Pay ₹41.0464 Billion in Dues to Wind Power Generators

MSEDCL Directed to Pay ₹41 Billion in Dues to Wind Power Generators

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to pay ₹41.0464 billion (~$0.56 billion) in dues to wind power generators in Maharashtra. MERC was ...
/ / Other, Wind
Ceiling Tariff of ₹3.10kWh Set for Maharashtra’s Solar Agricultural Feeder Program

Tariff Ceiling of ₹3.10/kWh Set for Maharashtra’s Solar Agricultural Feeder Program

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved the initiation of a district (circle) wise competitive bidding process for the procurement of solar power under Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Floats a 50 MW Solar Tender Across 30 Districts

Solar Projects Facing Land Challenges in Rajasthan’s Bhadla Park

Solar projects aggregating 750 MW under development in Rajasthan’s Bhadla Solar Park are facing delays due to land procurement issues. According to Mercom’s India Solar PV Project Tracker, the entire ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued an order to compensate solar power developers (SPD) by giving them an upfront lumpsum payment, which they would have incurred as an ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Approves 200 MW of Bagasse-Based Projects

Maharashtra Approves 200 MW of Bagasse-Based Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) proposal to procure long-term bagasse-based cogeneration power through competitive bidding. This paves the way for ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
CEA Charts Transmission Infrastructure Plan for 4,950 MW of Wind Projects

Levelized Fixed Cost for Bagasse-based Projects in Telangana to be ₹2.23/kWh

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has passed an order regarding the determination of generic tariff for bagasse-based power plants in Telangana for the control period 2018-2020. The commission ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Wind Generators in Maharashtra to Receive Pending Dues in Two Weeks

Wind Generators in Maharashtra to Receive Pending Dues in Two Weeks

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to pay dues to wind power generators Shah Lulla Estate Developers (SLED) and BLP Wind Project ...
/ / Other, Wind
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 ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
USTDA to Support 41 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Project in Andhra Pradesh

Second Extension Given to SECI’s 160 MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender with Storage

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)  has extended the bid submission deadline yet again for 160 MW of solar-wind hybrid power project with battery energy storage system (BESS) at Ramagiri, ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Modules

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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions