13% of Indian Households Still Don't Have Access to Grid-Connected Electricity: Survey

13% of Indian Households Still Don’t Have Access to Grid-Connected Electricity: Survey

A recently-released survey suggests that nearly 87% of the country's population has access to grid-based electricity, while 13% either use non-grid sources for electricity and lighting or don't use any ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Maharashtra Pushes For Open Tenders for its Solar Program

Maharashtra Pushes For Open Tenders for its Solar Program

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to file a modified request for selection (RfS) for floating open tenders under the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Industry Hopes Penalizing DISCOMs for Net Metering Connection Delays Can Drive Growth

Industry Hopes Penalizing DISCOMs for Net Metering Connection Delays Can Drive Growth

Residential rooftop solar developers welcomed the Ministry of Power’s (MoP) move to penalize distribution licensees (DISCOMs) for any delay in rooftop solar systems' connection agreement. Last month, the Ministry of ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Solar Developer in Uttar Pradesh Penalized for Not Complying with Commission's Order

Tariff Reduced From ₹3.57 to ₹2.95/kWh for 400 MW of Solar Projects in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has announced a new tariff of ₹2.95 (~$0.039)/kWh for 400 MW of solar projects in Ananthapuram II ultra-mega solar park that were supplying ...
Solar Imports in Q3 Down 77% From Last Year

Solar Imports in Q3 Down 77% From Last Year

According to the latest trade data, India’s solar imports were 77% lower than the same period last year, which saw $598.1 million (~$42.2 billion) of imports. However, solar imports rose ...
Should Solar Generators Worry About SECI Amid Rising Dues from DISCOMs_

Should Solar Generators Worry About SECI Amid Rising Dues from DISCOMs?

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has started reimbursing renewable developers' claims falling under the 'change in law' clause. These reimbursements have been filed for the additional costs incurred by ...

MNRE Releases Competitive Bidding Draft Guidelines for Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released draft guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding process for solar projects. Here are some key points from the draft proposal - ...

CERC Reduces Floor Price of Solar RECs to Rs.1,000/MWh

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued new forbearance and floor prices for Renewable Energy Certificates (REC). The CERC has announced that the forbearance price of solar RECs will ...
Policy Roundup

India Solar Policy Roundup: February 2017

Here is a renewable energy policy roundup from central, state and government agencies in India for the month of February 2017. Solar Park Capacity Doubled to 40 GW The increase ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
rooftop solar

Andaman & Nicobar Electricity Department Tenders 2 MW of Rooftop Solar

The electricity department of Andaman & Nicobar has tendered 2 MW of rooftop solar in the union territory. The bid-submission deadline is March 20, 2017. The electricity department has regulated ...
1 MW Solar

Numaligarh Refinery Tenders 1 MW Solar Project in Assam

Numaligarh Refinery, a group company of Bharat Petroleum Corporation, has tendered a 1 MW solar project to be developed at the Numaligarh Refinery facility located in Golaghat, Assam. The bid-submission ...
Solar PV

MNRE Reduces Solar Tariffs for Defense VGF Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed amendments to the guidelines for the implementation of Defense Viability Gap Funding (VGF) Program. The fixed tariff for these projects ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale

PGCIL Secures $500 Million from ADB to Develop the Green Energy Transmission Corridor

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $500 million (~Rs.33.4 billion) loan to Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) for the development of Green Energy Corridor, according to a ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy

Mercom Exclusive: One Year After Launch, UDAY Yet to Make a Big Impact

Dismal DISCOM (distribution company) credit profiles due to high debt, heavy losses and poor operational efficiencies affects every aspect of the Indian power sector and is directly responsible for large ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Tata Power Telangana

Tata Power Renewable Energy Begins Commercial Operation of 15 MW Solar Project in Telangana

Tata Power Renewable Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has begun commercial operation of a 15 MW solar project in Telangana. The company announced the synchronization of its ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
20 MW Solar

India Power Green Utility and Punj Lloyd to Co-Develop 20 MW of Solar in Uttarakhand

India Power Green Utility Private Limited (IPGUPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of India Power Corporation Limited, will co-develop 20 MW of solar in Uttarakhand in partnership with Punj Lloyd. The ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale

ArcelorMittal Proposes 600 MW Solar Farm in Karnataka

ArcelorMittal is planning to construct a 600 MW solar farm in Karnataka. ArcelorMittal had planned constructing a six-million-ton steel plant with a captive 750 MW power project in Karnataka and ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission Proposes New Benchmark Solar Tariff for FY 2017-18

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has proposed a new benchmark solar tariff of Rs.4.50 ($0.0673)/kWh with accelerated depreciation and a tariff of Rs.4.41 (~$0.0659)/kWh without accelerated depreciation for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UDAY Sikkim

Sikkim Becomes 22nd UDAY Signatory

Benefits of ~Rs.2.07 Billion ($0.03101 Billion) to be Realized by the State Sikkim has become the 21st Indian state to join the Ujwal DISCOM (distribution company) Assurance Yojana program. Sikkim ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
NTPC Commissions 115 MW Solar Bhadla

NTPC Commissions 115 MW of Solar in Rajasthan’s Bhadla

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has commissioned projects aggregating 115 MW at the Bhadla Solar Power Project being developed in Rajasthan. The NTPC, through a Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
SECI Auctions 1,000 MW Wind

SECI Auctions 1,000 MW of Wind

Wind Tariff of Rs.3.46 (~$0.051)/Unit Discovered in India The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) successfully auctioned 1,000 MW of wind in India. This was the first time that competitive ...
/ / Other, Wind
Solar Park 40 GW

Solar Park Installed Capacity Target Increased to 40,000 MW

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved an increase in solar park installed capacity target from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW for projects to be development in solar parks ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale

PGCIL Wins Bid to Develop 765 kV Transmission Project to Strengthen Eastern Grid

The Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has won the bid to construct a 765 kV transmission project in India’s Eastern Region (ERSS-XVIII). They won the bid through competitive bidding ...
/ / Grid, T&D

MNRE to Reduce Minimum Solar Project Size Under VGF Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed amendments to the guidelines for implementation of the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) program, reducing the minimum project size of special ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
REC Jharkhand

Rural Electrification Corporation Signs MoU Worth Rs.151.5 Billion (~$2.25 billion) in Jharkhand to Connect State to the Grid

The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government of Jharkhand worth Rs.151.5 billion (~$2.25 billion). An MoU was signed with Jharkhand Bijli ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Solar Tender

Another TANGEDCO Tender Sees Tepid Response: Bids for 300 MW Received on a 500 MW Tender

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO), which had tendered 500 MW of solar to meet its renewable purchase obligation (RPO), has received technical bids to develop 300 MW ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Solar Panel

Mercom Exclusive: Can Domestic Manufacturers Capture a Larger Piece of the Growing Indian Solar Market?

Solar installations in India reached 4 GW in 2016, and are expected to surpass 9 GW in 2017, an incredible pace of growth considering India installed just 883 MW in ...
Indian port

CERC Releases Draft Renewable Energy Tariff Regulations for 2017-2020

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) released their draft tariff regulations for 2017 to 2020. The public hearing on the draft will be held on March 15, 2017, and the ...
/ / Other Energy
mobile app

IREDA Launches Mobile Apps for Managing Vendor Payments, Wind and Solar Generation Based Incentives

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has launched mobile apps for managing vendor payments and wind and solar generation based incentives. These apps are expected to help IREDA provide ...
/ / Solar, Technology
ReNew Power

Japan’s JERA Invests $200 Million in ReNew Power

JERA, a joint venture company of two of Japan’s largest utility companies – Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, invested $200 million for a 10 percent stake in India’s ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
REC Group to Supply 45 MW of Panels for Rooftop Solar Projects in India

Jammu & Kashmir Approves Solar Rooftop Policy to Install 450 MW by 2022

The state cabinet of Jammu & Kashmir has approved the 2016 draft policy for grid-connected rooftop power projects with net-metering. Under the policy, rooftop solar projects aggregating 450 MW are to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar