After April’s Lull, India Auctions 1.7 GW of Solar Capacity in May 2019

After April’s Lull, India Auctions 1.7 GW of Solar Capacity in May 2019

The auction activity picked up in May after the conclusion of the general elections which saw the beginning of NDA government’s second term under the leadership of PM Modi. During ...
Madhya Pradesh Proposes EV Charging Tariff of ₹6 and ₹5.90 for LT and HT consumers

Madhya Pradesh Proposes EV Charging Tariff of ₹6 and ₹5.90 for LT and HT consumers

The Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has proposed the tariff for electric vehicle (EV) and electric rickshaw charging infrastructure in the state. This has been passed in a ...
Maharashtra to Procure 500 MW of Wind Power at a Ceiling Tariff of ₹2.52_kWh

Maharashtra to Procure 500 MW of Wind Power at a Ceiling Tariff of ₹2.52/kWh

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has invited potential bidders for the procurement of 500 MW of wind power on a long-term basis for eight years. The RfS ...
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Tirupati Smart City Invites Tender for 6 MW of Solar Projects

ISA Invites Member Countries to Endorse Organizations for Developing Solar Projects

In a letter to member countries, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) has invited government owned/public sector companies which have an operating solar capacity greater than 250 MW to submit proposals ...
Solar and Wind Energy Policy Roundup from May 2019

Solar and Wind Energy Policy Roundup from May 2019

Some of the notable policy highlights in May were regarding provisions related to the generic tariff, net-metering, deviation settlement, and clarification on wheeling charges. This update highlights the key policy ...
Karnataka Floats Tender for Solar-Powered Lights and Fans in 900 Anganawadi Buildings

Wheeling & Banking Agreement Mandatory to Receive Compensation for Solar Power Supplied

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has ruled against providing any relief to Amplus Power Solutions, the developer of a 34.3 MW solar power project in a solar park located ...
Government Seeks Proposals from States for 5,000 Electric Buses

Government Seeks Proposals from States for 5,000 Electric Buses

The Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) under the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises has invited expressions of interest from state transport departments for the deployment of 5,000 electric ...
CERC Dismisses Adani Green’s Petition Against Power Grid Corporation

Maharashtra Commission Rejects Solar Power Developer’s Petition for GST Compensation

Independent solar power producer Azure Power’s petition to Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), requesting to order Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MSGPCL or MAHAGENCO) to compensate the company for the ...
China Approves Over 20 GW of Subsidy-Free Wind and Solar Projects

NTPC Issues Tender Inviting Government Entities to Procure Power from 1 GW of Solar Projects

The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has issued tender inviting government entities to procure power from 1 GW of solar projects. The projects have been tendered under the DCR ...
Kerala Electricity Board Cancels 200 MW Solar Tender

Kerala Electricity Board Cancels 200 MW Solar Tender

The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) has passed an order for the cancellation of a tender for 200 MW of ground-mounted solar power projects in Kerala. It has also ...
RK Singh Returns as the Union Power Minister Under PM Modi’s New Cabinet

RK Singh Returns as the Union Power Minister Under PM Modi’s New Cabinet

Former IAS officer turned bureaucrat politician R.K. Singh has returned as the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) under team Modi 2.0. He ...
Maharashtra Tenders 1 GW of Solar with a Ceiling Tariff of ₹2.80/kWh

Maharashtra Tenders 1 GW of Solar with a Ceiling Tariff of ₹2.80/kWh

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), has issued a request for selection (RfS), calling for the purchase of power on a long-term basis from 1,000 MW of grid-connected ...
Uttar Pradesh Announces Two New Distributed Solar Project Tenders

Uttar Pradesh Announces Two New Distributed Solar Project Tenders

While one tender would cover various primary schools in the villages of Uttar Pradesh, the other calls for projects at sites decided by Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development ...
Greenko Raises $495 Million to Invest in 2.4 GW of Energy Storage Projects

Greenko Raises $495 Million to Invest in 2.4 GW of Energy Storage Projects

General Insurance Corporation (GIC) and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) have signed an agreement to invest $495 million as primary equity in Greenko Energy Holdings (Greenko), a renewable energy project ...
MNRE Asks Developers to Use Robotics for Efficient Use of Water in Solar Projects

MNRE Asks Developers to Use Robotics for Efficient Use of Water in Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a letter recommending efficient utilization of water for cleaning utility-scale solar projects. The ministry has said that project developers are ...
A Three Member Consortium to Develop an 800 MW Hybrid Solar Project in Morocco

A Three-Member Consortium to Develop an 800 MW Hybrid Solar Project in Morocco

A consortium of EDF Renewables, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and Green of Africa has emerged as the winner of a tender for the design, financing, construction, operation, and ...
Month in a Minute: Major News Highlights from India’s Solar Industry in May 2019

Month in a Minute: Major News Highlights from India’s Solar Industry in May 2019

There was a lag in the rapid pace of activities in the renewable energy sector during the month of May. The ongoing Lok Sabha elections had slowed down the tenders ...
IFC and HSBC Establish Green Bond Fund Focused on Providing Access to Climate Finance

IFC and HSBC Establish Green Bond Fund Focused on Providing Access to Climate Finance

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the financial arm of the World Bank, along with HSBC Global Asset Management, has announced their first global green bond fund aimed at “real economy” ...
Karnataka Proposes Reduction in BESCOM’S RPO Target from 13% to 12%

Uttar Pradesh DISCOMs Ordered to Submit Roadmap for Solar and Non-Solar RPO Fulfilment

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has ordered its electricity distribution company to respond to its suo moto proceedings about meeting renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets as per regulations ...
Madhya Pradesh Issues EoI to Set Up 500 MW of Energy Storage Project

Madhya Pradesh Issues EoI to Set Up 500 MW of Energy Storage Project

The Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) inviting energy storage companies for setting up a 500 MW project in Madhya Pradesh. Bidders ...
Mitsui to Acquire 49% Stake in Mahindra Group’s Cleantech Arm

Mitsui to Acquire 49% Stake in Mahindra Group’s Cleantech Arm

Japanese trading and investment company Mitsui & CO Limited (Mitsui) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Indian engineering, procurement, and construction company (EPC), Mahindra Susten, to ...
Hero Future, Vikram Solar and ACME go to Court Against DGTR Opposing Safeguard Duty

SECI’s 750 MW Rajasthan Solar Tender Oversubscribed by 350 MW

A 750 MW solar tender floated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has been oversubscribed by 350 MW today. A SECI official confirmed the closing of bid submissions ...
SECI, UPNEDA Announce Deadline Extensions for 8 GW of Solar Tenders

SECI, UPNEDA Announce Deadline Extensions for 8 GW of Solar Tenders

Bid submission deadlines for two big solar photovoltaic (PV) tenders of combined capacity 8,000 MW have been extended. The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) had tendered ...
India Added 1.7 GW of Solar PV in Q1 2019, Rooftop Installations Declined

India Added 1.7 GW of Solar PV in Q1 2019, Rooftop Installations Declined

Solar installations in India in Q1 2019 increased slightly at 1,737 MW, 4% growth compared to 1,638 MW installed in Q4 2018. Installations were down by 49% year-over-year (YoY) compared ...
China Allocates $435 Million for Solar Project Subsidies in 2019

China Allocates $435 Million for Solar Project Subsidies in 2019

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has confirmed that it will allocate approximately RMB 3 billion ($435 million) for solar projects this year. This is the first time that the country ...