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About Priya Sanjay

Priya currently serves as the Publisher for MercomIndia.com. With more than a decade of experience working in corporate communications, research, and policy, Priya has deep roots in the Indian energy markets and is regularly in touch with policy makers and industry leaders. Priya received her bachelor’s degree from Vidya Vardhaka College of Arts in Bangalore, India for Political Science and Economics and completed her MBA from Bangalore University. More articles from Priya Sanjay.

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Despite COVID-19, About $7 Billion Worth of Solar Tenders Announced in Q1

Despite COVID-19, About $7 Billion Worth of Solar Tenders Announced in Q1

While the global pandemic continues to affect the solar industry around the world, India announced 14 GW of solar tenders. Despite the pandemic, about 3.5 GW of solar projects were ...
COVID-19 Disrupts India’s Solar Growth, Installations Decline to 1.1 GW in Q1 2020

COVID-19 Disrupts India’s Solar Growth, Installations Decline to 1.1 GW in Q1 2020

India installed 1,080 MW of solar capacity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, a 43% decline quarter-over-quarter (QoQ), compared to 1,897 MW installed in Q4 2019. The findings were ...
DISCOM Privatization and New Power Tariff Policy, Next in Line

DISCOMs in Union Territories to be Privatized, New Tariff Policy in the Making

In the fourth tranche of the economic stimulus package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several significant power sector reforms. The latest announcement comes on the heels of the announcement made ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Mercom Reveals India’s Solar Market Leaders in CY 2019

Mercom Reveals India’s Solar Market Leaders in CY 2019

Mercom India Research has released a data report, India Solar Market Leaderboard 2020, which reveals the solar industry market leaders that emerged during the calendar year (CY) 2019. The report features ...
DISCOMs Collect Power Bills Online But Refuse to Pay Power Generators Amid COVID-19

DISCOMs Collect Power Bills Online But Refuse to Pay Power Generators Amid COVID-19

The grave economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is being felt across all segments of the power sector, including renewable energy. To try and slow the spread of Coronavirus, a ...
With 2,245 MW of Commissioned Solar Projects, World’s Largest Solar Park is Now at Bhadla

With 2,245 MW of Commissioned Solar Projects, World’s Largest Solar Park is Now at Bhadla

The Bhadla Solar Park has become the world’s largest solar park, with 2,245 MW of solar projects commissioned. With Hero Future Energies (HFE), commissioning a 300 MW project at Bhadla-III ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Sizeable Investments Waiting to be Unlocked in India’s Solar Open Access Market

Sizeable Investments Waiting to be Unlocked in India’s Solar Open Access Market

The total installed solar capacity in the open access market reached 3.6 GW at the end of the calendar year (CY) 2019 and the pipeline of projects under development and ...
MNRE Mulls Alternatives for EMD & PBG to Ease Liquidity in the Solar Sector

MNRE Mulls Alternatives for EMD & PBG to Ease Liquidity in the Solar Sector

MNRE is considering alternative arrangements for earnest money deposits (EMDs) and performance guarantees (PBGs) submitted by developers to Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and the National Thermal Power Corporation ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
DGTR To Review Continued Imposition of Safeguard Duty on Solar Cells and Modules Imports

DGTR To Review Continued Imposition of Safeguard Duty on Solar Cells and Modules Imports

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) is initiating a review investigation, for examining the need for the continued imposition of safeguard duty on the import of solar cells and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Solar Industry Optimistic Going Into 2020

At 7.3 GW, India’s Solar Installations in 2019 Declined by 12%

India installed 7,346 MW of solar capacity in the calendar year (CY) 2019, a 12% decline year-over-year (YoY), compared to 8,338 MW in 2018, according to Mercom India Research’s newly ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
MNRE Mulls Removal of Tariff Caps for Solar and Wind Tenders

MNRE Mulls Removal of Tariff Caps for Solar and Wind Tenders

According to industry sources, in a meeting with the developers of solar and wind projects, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed the removal of tariff caps, ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
No Basic Customs Duty to be Levied on Imported Solar Cells and Modules for Now

No Basic Customs Duty on Imported Solar Cells and Modules for Now

The basic customs duty on the import of solar cells and modules into the country will remain 'zero', for now, an official of the Ministry of Finance confirmed to Mercom ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uncertainty Around Proposed Basic Customs Duty of 20% on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

Uncertainty Around Proposed Basic Customs Duty of 20% on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

In a surprising development, the government in an amendment has split the earlier tariff item 8541 40 11 (solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels) into two; ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
India Added 5.4 GW of Solar in 9M 2019, with 2.2 GW Installed in Q3 2019

India Added 5.4 GW of Solar in 9M 2019, with 2.2 GW Installed in Q3 2019

According to Mercom India Research’s newly released Q3 2019 India Solar Market Update, solar installations in India increased 44% in Q3 2019 reaching 2,170 MW, compared to 1,510 MW in ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
India’s Solar Market Leaders Unveiled for First Half of 2019

India’s Solar Market Leaders Unveiled for First Half of 2019

India’s solar installations recorded in the first half (1H) of calendar year 2019 totaled 3.2 GW and the country’s cumulative installed solar capacity has exceeded 31.5 GW. India’s pipeline of utility-scale ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Center Mulls 5-Min Time-Block for Deviation Settlement as Renewable Generation Surges

Center Mulls 5-Min Time-Block for Deviation Settlement as Renewable Generation Surges

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) recently organized a conference “Energizing South” in Tamil Nadu’s capital city of Chennai. The conference’s theme was “India at 75: Forging Ahead: Commercially Smart, ...
Andhra Court Quashes Government Order Asking Solar and Wind Developers to Reduce Tariff

Andhra Court Quashes Government Order Asking Solar and Wind Developers to Reduce Tariff

In a much-needed relief for the renewable developers, the Andhra High Court has quashed the state government’s order and letter issued to renewable developers to reduce their quoted tariffs. Considering ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Asks SECI to Set Upper Ceiling for Solar Tariff at ₹2.50/kWh Without Safeguard Duty

MNRE Asks SECI to Set Upper Ceiling for Solar Tariff at ₹2.50/kWh Without Safeguard Duty

In a significant development, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a letter (reviewed by Mercom) directing Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to set the maximum ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Will the SECI 3 GW Solar Auction Be Cancelled?

Cancelling 3 GW SECI Solar Auction Could Backfire Due to Safeguard Duty

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)’s 3 GW Interstate Transmission System (ISTS)-connected solar auction stands a chance of being cancelled according to government sources and developers. In the auction, ...
Orissa High Court Issues Temporary Stay on Levy of Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports

Orissa High Court Issues Temporary Stay on Levy of Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports

The recommendation made by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR)  to impose a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar imports has displeased both developers and manufacturers for different reasons ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Will the Lowest Bid Breach 2.44/kWh in the Upcoming SECI 3 GW Auction?

Will the Lowest Bid Breach ₹2.44/kWh Mark in the Upcoming SECI 3 GW Solar Auction?

Tariffs are expected to tumble to record lows in the upcoming SECI 3 GW Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS)- connected solar auction.  As of June, the tender was oversubscribed by 2.1 ...
BlackRock Real Assets Acquires 59 MW of Solar Assets from J&V Energy

ACME, Shapoorji, Hero, Mahindra, Azure & Adani Win SECI’s 2 GW Solar Auction

ACME Solar, Shapoorji Pallonji, Hero Solar, Mahindra Susten, Mahoba Solar (Adani), and Azure Power have emerged as the winners in the recently conducted auction by the Solar Energy Corporation of ...
2017 India Solar Market Leaders Revealed After a Record Year

2017 India Solar Market Share Leaders Revealed After a Record Year

India emerged as the third largest solar market in the world behind China and the United States after a record 9.6 GW of solar installations in 2017 - more than ...
ReNew Power Acquires Ostro Energy

ReNew Buys Ostro in One of the Largest Renewable Acquisition Deals in India

Indian renewable energy project developer ReNew Power has announced the acquisition of Ostro Energy Private Limited. The acquisition is valued close to ₹10,600 crores (~$1.63 billion), according to Mercom’s channel ...
Domestic Solar Manufacturers Withdraw Anti-Dumping Petition

BREAKING: Petitioners Withdraw Solar Anti-Dumping Case, to Refile Next Week

In a significant development, Indian solar manufacturers have withdrawn the anti-dumping petition filed with the Ministry of Trade and Commerce against solar cell and module imports from China, Taiwan and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar