Bihar Sets Solar PV Generic Tariff at ₹4.17/kWh for FY 2018-19

Gujarat’s 700 MW Solar Tender Oversubscribed by Over Two Times

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL)’s 700 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) tender has been oversubscribed by over two times. A GUVNL official informed Mercom that bids aggregating 1,750 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Japan’s Proposal to Rollback on Solar Subsidy Angers Investors and Operators

15 GW of Solar Capacity Slated to be Developed by NTPC Under NSM Now Reduced to 3 GW

The 15,000 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity to be developed under National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s state-specific bundling program has been reduced to just 3,000 MW. The Minister for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MERC Approves PPAs for Solar Projects Totaling 235 MW in Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s 1,400 MW Solar Tender Undergoes Changes in RfS Provisions and PPA

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has amended a number of provisions in its request for selection (RfS) and power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 1,400 MW solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Decides to Implement Solar Agricultural Feeder Program on Pilot Basis

MNRE Amends VGF Guidelines for 2 GW of Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of its program under which the government aims to develop 2 GW of solar photovoltaic ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Confusion Around BIS Certification for Inverters

Confusion Around BIS Certification for Solar Inverters

The Indian solar market has expanded impressively over the past few years and as the market has grown the government has begun to pay attention to quality issues. The concern ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Solar Installations in India Reach 6.6 GW in the First Nine Months of 2018

Solar Installations in India Reach 6.6 GW in the First Nine Months of 2018

India’s solar installations have reached 6.6 GW year-to-date with large-scale projects making up 5,382 MW and rooftop installations accounting for 1,240 MW. Solar installations in India in Q3 2018 witnessed ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

Make in India Products Compulsory for Government Developed Renewable Energy Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum for the implementation of public procurement in renewable energy sector giving preference to ‘Make in India’ products. This ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
IIT Indore Campus to be Powered Through a 422 kW Rooftop Solar System

IIT Indore Campus to be Powered By a 422 kW Rooftop Solar System

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Indore has joined the league of green campuses in the country by installing 422 kW solar rooftop power system in its premises. The ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Jammu & Kashmir to get 23 GW of Solar Projects Starting With 2.5 GW in Kargil and 5 GW in Leh

NLCIL Could Face 31% Tariff Cut for its 400 MW of Delayed Solar Projects

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has rejected the plea made by Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL) for a tariff protection of ₹4.41 (~$0.062)/kWh for 400 MW solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Haryana Electricity Regulator Approves PPA with Deviations for a 10 MW Solar Project

India’s ISA and European Union Join Hands to Expand Solar Power

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint declaration for cooperation on solar energy. The declaration was inked at the 24th conference of United Nations ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Mumbai’s St Xavier’s High School Turns to Solar, Installs 35 kW Rooftop Solar System

Mumbai’s St Xavier’s High School Turns to Solar, Installs 35 kW Rooftop Solar System

Taking a cue from an increasing number of schools and colleges in the country that are turning to solar power, St Xavier’s High School in Mumbai has installed a 35 ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
SBI Raises $650 Million Via Green Bonds, Announces Plans for Going Solar

ADB to Invest $155 Million in B.Grimm Power’s Green Bonds for Solar Projects in Thailand

The Asian Development Bank (ADB ) has announced that it will invest 5 billion Thai baht ($155 million) in one of Thailand’s largest private power producers, B.Grimm Power through 5-year ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Husk Power Systems Receives $20 Million Investment to Expand Mini-Grid Projects in Asia and Africa

GCF Pledges $27 Million to Install Solar Mini Grids For 100 Villages In Burkina Faso

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has pledged to provide €24.3 million (~$27.54 million) to the Yeleen Rural Electrification Project in the West African country of Burkina Faso. The project will provide ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Average Peak Power Supply Deficit Rose to 2% Across India During FY 2017-18

World Bank and AFD to Launch Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative in Emerging Economies

The World Bank and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France’s public development bank, have announced that they are jointly working on a Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI) to improve solar energy deployment in some ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Off-Grid Solar Solutions Provider ZOLA Gets $32.5 Million to Expand Footprint in Tanzania

Off-Grid Solar Solutions Provider ZOLA Gets $32.5 Million to Expand Footprint in Tanzania

ZOLA Electric, formerly known as Off Grid Electric, an African renewable energy company, has secured $32.5 million in funding from FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank; and Symbiotics, a leading ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
UK Pledges £100m for Improving Electricity Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

UK Pledges £100m for Improving Electricity Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

The United Kingdom has committed an additional funding of £100 million for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) which aims to give a major boost to Sub-Saharan Africa’s small to ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Intersolar Bangalore Day 1: Solar Industry Still in a Funk from Safeguard duty and GST

Intersolar Bangalore Day 1: Solar Industry Still in a Funk from Safeguard duty and GST

The Indian solar sector is still experiencing a hangover from the safeguard duty imposition and Goods and Services Tax (GST). This appeared to be the popular sentiment of solar project ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
JNU Installs 500 kW Rooftop Solar System to Light up its Classrooms

JNU Installs 500 kW Rooftop Solar System to Light up its Classrooms

India’s premier educational institution, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), is going to be powered by solar energy, courtesy a 500 kW rooftop project commissioned by Fourth Partner Energy. The project has ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Seraphim to Open a 500 MW Solar Cell Factory in South Africa

Seraphim to Open a 500 MW Solar Cell Factory in South Africa

Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System, a solar product manufacturer, has announced to open 500 MW solar cell factory in the Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The cell factory based in Coega Industrial ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Safeguard and Other Major Important Announcements Governmentin Announcements for Solar and Other Renewables in India’s Renewables Sector in Julyne 2018

To Meet India’s 2022 Solar Target, MNRE Plans to Tender 60 GW of Projects by March 2020

With the goal to accelerate the expansion of solar and wind power to replace fossil fuel-based power and meet its 2022 target, India has now declared a trajectory that aims ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Azure Power and Maheswari Mining Win APDCL Tender for 85 MW of Solar Projects in Assam

MNRE Amends VGF Program Guidelines for Solar Projects Yet Again

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of its scheme under which the government aims to develop 5 GW of solar projects ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Oman Calls for Proposals for Technical Consultancy for its Third Large-Scale Solar Project

Mercom India Research Releases White Paper on Domestic Solar Market at Intersolar India

Mercom India, an exclusive knowledge partner of Intersolar India, has released its whitepaper India Solar Market Drivers and Challenges, in partnership with the Intersolar India conference. The conference will be ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Report Finds Municipalities Could Boost Rooftop Solar Adoption Using Bonds

SMC’s Plea to Enter New PPA for Rooftop Solar with Torrent Power at ₹11.33/kWh Rejected

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has declined a plea filed by the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) requesting the commission to direct project developer Torrent Power to enter into a ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
MNRE Introduces Battery Energy Storage System in its Quality Control Order 2017

Total Global Energy Storage Capacity Could Triple by 2030: IRENA

In a brief prepared for COP24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has underscored the ...
/ / Energy Storage, Other
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World Bank Launches New Version of Global Wind Atlas for Onshore and Offshore Wind

The World Bank Group in partnership with the Department of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) has launched the Global Wind Atlas 2.3. The Global Wind Atlas ...
/ / Other, Wind
NABARD Inks Pact with GCF to Infuse $100 Million for the Growth of Rooftop Solar in India

NABARD Inks Pact with GCF to Infuse $100 Million for the Growth of Rooftop Solar in India

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has signed an agreement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to infuse $100 million into a project designed to unlock private ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar