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Outlook for Indian Solar Industry in 2023: A New Manufacturing Era Begins

Outlook for Indian Solar Industry in 2023: A New Manufacturing Era Begins

As we enter 2023, a new era is beginning in the Indian solar industry - a move toward domestic manufacturing and supply chain independence. The solar industry in India experienced ...
Karnataka Tariff Hike Proposal to Deter Consumers from Availing Open Access

Karnataka Tariff Hike Proposal to Deter Consumers from Availing Open Access

Power distribution companies (DISCOMs) of Karnataka have proposed revised tariffs for low-tension (LT) and high-tension (HT) consumers, which include grid support charges for captive open access power consumers. Apart from ...
/ / Market & Policy, Solar
BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 5 MW Solar Project in Tamil Nadu

BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 5 MW Solar Project in Tamil Nadu

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of a 5 MW solar power project at its facility in Ranipet, Tamil Nadu. The last ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Kerala’s ANERT Invites Bids to Procure 1,000 Smart Energy Meters

Kerala’s ANERT Invites Bids to Procure 1,000 Smart Energy Meters

The Agency for New & Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has invited bids to procure 1,000 smart energy meters as part of the Solar City Project being implemented by ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
Kerala Invites Bids for 1.08 MW Rooftop Solar Systems

Kerala Invites Bids for 1.08 MW Rooftop Solar Systems

The Agency for New & Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has invited bids for the installation and commissioning of 1.076 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems on eight public ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Karnataka Regulator Cuts Permissible Deviation for Wind and Solar Projects

Karnataka Regulator Cuts Permissible Deviation for Wind and Solar Projects

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has said that the permissible deviation for all wind and solar generators will be in the band of 10% of the scheduled energy injection ...
/ / Grid, Renewable Energy
Regulator Refrains DISCOM from Coercive Action against a Solar Developer

Regulator Restrains DISCOM from Coercive Action Against a Solar Developer

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) to refrain from taking any coercive action against a solar power generator until the dispute ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Seeks Bids for 500 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program

Maharashtra Seeks Bids for 500 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) has invited bids to procure 500 MW of power from decentralized solar projects under Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Regulator Allows Solar Developer’s Compensation Claim Due to GST Imposition

Regulator Allows Solar Developer’s Compensation Claim Due to GST Imposition

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has ruled that Tata Power Renewable Energy (TPREL) is entitled to compensation for the increased expenses incurred due to the imposition of Goods and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BESCOM Floats Tender for Solarization of Agricultural Feeders Under KUSUM

BESCOM Floats Tender for Solarization of Agricultural Feeders Under KUSUM

Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has invited bids to install and commission grid-connected distributed solar power systems for the solarization of agricultural feeders covering 262,331 pump sets under Component C ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Karnataka Floats Bids For Solarization of Agricultural Feeders Under KUSUM

Karnataka Invites Bids for Solarization of Agricultural Feeders Under KUSUM

Karnataka Renewable Energy Development (KREDL) has invited bids for the installation and commissioning of grid-connected distributed solar power systems for the solarization of agricultural feeders covering 75,000 individual pump sets ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Punjab Regulator Allows DISCOM to Carry Forward RPO Shortfall to FY 2023-24

Punjab Regulator Allows DISCOM to Carry Forward RPO Shortfall to FY 2023-24

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has allowed the state distribution company (DISCOM) to carry forward its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) shortfall for the financial year (FY) 2021-22 and ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Central Regulator Approves Peak Tariffs for Inter-State Renewable Projects

Central Regulator Approves Peak Tariffs for Inter-State Renewable Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently adopted the off-peak power tariff of ₹2.88 (~$0.035)/kWh for 1,200 MW of interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected renewable energy projects (ISTS VII) with assured ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Asian Development Bank Proposes Business Models for Rooftop Solar in India

Asian Development Bank Proposes Business Models for Rooftop Solar in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has suggested various business models for the deployment of rooftop solar systems in India on a larger scale with utilities as the primary stakeholders. It ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Tamil Nadu Invites Bids for 20 MW Rooftop Solar Systems

Tamil Nadu Invites Bids for 20 MW Rooftop Solar Systems

The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) has invited bids for the installation and commissioning of 20 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems on government buildings, state-run industrial units, and ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
FDI Inflows into India’s Renewable Sector Fell by 51% QoQ in Q2 FY 2023

FDI Inflows into India’s Renewable Sector Fell by 51% QoQ in Q2 FY 2023

Foreign Direct investment (FDI) in India’s renewable energy sector stood at $461.51 million (~₹38.22 billion) in the second quarter (Q2) of the financial year (FY) 2023, a 51% fall compared ...
CERC Allows Renewable Generator to Receive RECs Despite Compliance Delays

CERC Allows Renewable Generator to Receive RECs Despite Compliance Delays

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) allowed a renewable power generator to receive renewable energy certificates (RECs) despite a delay in the compliance procedure undertaken by the firm. The commission ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
New Electricity Rules Curb Arbitrary Hikes in Open Access Surcharge

New Electricity Rules Curb Arbitrary Hikes in Open Access Surcharge

The Ministry of Power has made changes to the Electricity Rules, 2005. According to the notification, the surcharge that open access consumers must pay, as determined by the state commissions, ...
Maharashtra Floats Consultancy Tender for 10 MW of Distributed Solar Projects

Maharashtra Floats Consultancy Tender for 10 MW of Distributed Solar Projects

Mahatma Phule Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Technology (MAHAPREIT) has invited bids to empanel consultants to develop 10 MW of distributed solar power projects under the Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Allows Hydropower Contracts in Green Term-Ahead Market on HPX

CERC Allows Hydropower Contracts in Green Term-Ahead Market on HPX

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved Hindustan Power Exchange’s (HPX) plea for the introduction of hydropower contracts in the Green Term-Ahead Market (GTAM) beyond T + 11 days ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Adani DISCOM Invites Bids for 1.5 GW of Round-the-Clock Power Procurement

Adani DISCOM Invites Bids for 1.5 GW of Round-the-Clock Power Procurement

Adani Electricity Mumbai (AEML) has invited bids to procure 1,500 MW (750 MW along with an additional 750 MW under the greenshoe option) of round-the-clock (RTC) power from grid-connected renewable ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Welspun to Procure Renewable Power from CleanMax Under Captive Model

Welspun to Procure Renewable Power from CleanMax Under Captive Model

Textile company Welspun India has acquired a 26% stake in CleanMax Thanos (CTPL) for ₹38 million (~$458,713) to procure renewable energy through open access under the captive model. The remaining ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up: L&T Bags EPC Contract for SJVN's 90 MW Floating Solar Project

Daily News Wrap-Up: L&T Bags EPC Contract for SJVN’s 90 MW Floating Solar Project

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: SJVN announced that it had entered into an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract with Larsen & ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Bihar Regulator Approves Procurement of 600 MW Solar Power at ₹2.50/kWh

Bihar Regulator Approves Procurement of 600 MW Solar Power at ₹2.50/kWh

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has approved the procurement of 600 MW of solar power (Tranche VIII) by the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) from the Solar Energy Corporation of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Top States for Rooftop Solar Installations in 2022

Top States for Rooftop Solar Installations in 2022 [Infographics]

India’s cumulative rooftop solar installations reached ~8.3 GW at the end of the January-September period (9M), according to Mercom India Research’s latest available data. The full-year numbers for 2022 will ...