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

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
Andhra Proposes to Raise Deviation Settlement Charges for Renewable Projects

Andhra Proposes to Raise Deviation Settlement Charges for Renewable Projects

The Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (APTRANSCO) has issued a notice to the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) seeking amendments to the existing regulations for forecasting, scheduling, and deviation ...
Researchers Claim Climate Costs Could be Less if Global Warming is Limited to 2°C

Researchers Claim Climate Costs Could be Less if Global Warming is Limited to 2°C

The researchers at the University of Potsdam have claimed that the climate costs are likely to be less if the temperature increase because of global warming is limited to two ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Impact of Basic Customs Duty on Solar Cells and Modules: Winners and Losers

Impact of Basic Customs Duty on Solar Cells and Modules: Winners and Losers

Basic customs duty (BCD) on the import of solar cells and modules was announced at 20% in the Union Budget for 2020-21. While the exemption on this duty remains in ...
Greenko Seeks EPC Contractors for a 1,260 MW Pumped Hydro Storage Project in Karnataka

Greenko Seeks EPC Contractors for a 1,260 MW Pumped Hydro Storage Project in Karnataka

Greenko Solar Energy Private Limited has invited bids for the installation of electro-mechanical equipment from the main inlet valve to a 400 kV gas-insulated switchgear at one of its project ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
African Development Fund Offers Over $34 Million for Liberia’s Renewable Expansion

African Development Fund Offers Over $35 Million for Liberia’s Renewable Expansion

The African Development Fund has approved a $34.74 million grant to boost renewable energy access and promote investment climate in Liberia. Under the first project called Renewable Energy for Electrification ...
MERC Rejects Biomass Developer’s Plea for Compensation After EPA Termination

MERC Rejects Biomass Developer’s Plea for Compensation After EPA Termination

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected Spark Green Energy Limited’s plea for relief and compensation after the termination of the energy purchase agreement (EPA) by Brihanmumbai Electric Supply ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
West Bengal Approves PPA for a 16 MW of Waste Gas-Based Captive Project

West Bengal Approves PPA for a 16 MW of Waste Gas-Based Captive Project

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has approved a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the purchase of surplus power from a waste gas-based generating project. The PPA was signed ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Solar Imports Declined, Exports Surged in 2019

Solar Imports Declined, Exports Surged in 2019

In the calendar year (CY) 2019, India imported solar cells and modules worth $2.17 billion, a drop of almost 16% compared to CY 2018. In CY2018, the Indian solar sector ...
/ / 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
Solar Tender and Auction Activity Surged in January 2020

Solar Tender and Auction Activity Surged in January 2020

Tender activity in January 2020 saw an increase of over 70% from the previous month with over 4 GWs of solar projects announced, according to Mercom India’s Solar Tender Tracker, ...
Telecom Department Directs Service Providers to Use Renewable Energy

Telecom Department Directs Service Providers to Use Renewable Energy

The Department of Telecommunications has issued directions to the telecom service providers to use of renewable energy solutions and energy-efficient technologies. The move could open up another segment of the ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Andhra SLDC Files Review Petition Against POSOCO in Renewable Curtailment Case

Andhra SLDC Files Review Petition Against POSOCO in Renewable Curtailment Case

The Andhra Pradesh State Load Dispatch Center (APSLDC) has filed a review petition before the state’s high court against Power System Operation Corporation Limited’s (POSOCO) appointment to look into the ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in January 2020

News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in January 2020

The beginning of the year 2020 witnessed some exciting developments in the renewable energy sector. There were several major company and government updates in January. Here is a recap of ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
NTPC Raises $750 Billion Syndicated Loan to Reduce Emissions from Power Projects

NTPC Raises $750 Million Syndicated Loan to Reduce Emissions from Power Projects

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) announced that it had raised a syndicated loan worth $750 million (~₹53.5 billion) in Japanese Yen to fund capital expenditure for the installation of ...
/ / Other Energy
POSOCO to Examine Renewable Energy Curtailment Issue in Andhra Pradesh

POSOCO to Examine Renewable Energy Curtailment Issue in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh High Court at Amaravati has asked the Power System Operation Limited (POSOCO) to look into the reasons behind the curtailment of renewable power in the state. The ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Rajasthan Electronics Seeks to Empanel Agencies for Setting Up EV Charging Stations

Rajasthan Electronics Seeks to Empanel Agencies for Setting Up EV Charging Stations

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a public-sector enterprise operating in the electronics, information technology, and renewable energy segment, has floated an expression of interest (EoI) to empanel agencies ...
Robotic Cleaning of Solar Modules Gaining Traction in India Amid Water Scarcity

Robotic Cleaning of Solar Modules Gaining Traction in India Amid Water Scarcity

Water is a scarce commodity in a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, and the use of water in energy generation is a big concern. The rise of solar and ...
Economic Survey 2020_ India on Track to Meet its Renewable Target

Economic Survey 2020: India on Track to Meet its Renewable Target

The Ministry of Finance’s Economic Survey for 2020 highlighted the government’s efforts to push for renewable energy and fight climate change in 2019. It, however, did not make any comments ...
Budget 2020 Allocates ₹220 Billion to Power & Renewable Energy Sector, Empowers Consumers

Budget 2020 Allocates ₹220 Billion to Power & Renewable Energy Sector, Empowers Consumers

Amid the ongoing economic slowdown, the Union Budget 2020-21 has tried to instill hope in the investors and taxpayers. The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2020-21 in ...
MNRE Releases List of Technically Qualified Organizations for Biogas Study

MNRE Releases List of Technically Qualified Organizations for Biogas Study

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a list of technically qualified organizations for independent third-party evaluation study for the New National Biogas and Organic Manure Program ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Yellow Door to Help APICORP Install Solar and Energy-Efficient Technologies in Saudi Arabia

Yellow Door to Help APICORP Install Solar and Energy-Efficient Technologies in Saudi Arabia

The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution, has signed two agreements with Yellow Door Energy to install a rooftop solar system at APICORP’s headquarters in Dammam ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Change in Legal Status Calls for Fresh Registration for Renewable Energy Certificates

Change in Legal Status Calls for Fresh Registration for Renewable Energy Certificates

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has dismissed the plea of Weizmann Limited and Karma Energy Limited with regards to issuing renewable energy certificates (RECs). The Commission observed that the ...
/ / Other, Wind
AfDB Sponsored Off-Grid Energy Access Fund Successfully Raises $59 Million

AfDB Sponsored Off-Grid Energy Access Fund Successfully Raises $59 Million

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently announced that the Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI OGEF) reached its final equity close target of $59 million (~₹4.17 billion) ...
What the Indian Solar Industry Wants from Budget 2020

What the Indian Solar Industry Wants from Budget 2020

On February 1st, the NDA government will present its 2020 budget. Considering the present state of the economy and the renewable industry, the upcoming budget can be a great opportunity ...