Accurate Forecasting of Renewable Generation a Tough Task for Solar & Wind Developers

Accurate Forecasting of Renewable Generation a Tough Task for Solar & Wind Developers

With India’s target to install 175 GW of renewables by 2022, the share of renewables is only going to grow, making the grid integration of these intermittent renewable resources into ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
EBRD Extends $15 Million Loan to Boost Lending for Energy Efficiency in Egypt

EBRD Extends $15 Million Loan to Boost Lending for Energy Efficiency in Egypt

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has decided to provide a loan of $15 million (~₹1.07 billion) to the Arab African International Bank (AAIB) for fostering energy efficiency ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Singapore’s Temasek Partners with Swedish EQT to Build Solar & Wind Farms in India

Singapore’s Temasek Partners with Swedish EQT to Build Solar & Wind Farms in India

Temasek, a Singapore-based Holdings company, has partnered with EQT, a Swedish private equity company, to launch a renewable energy platform in India. The platform, called 02 Power, aims to construct wind ...
Tariff Adoption Delays are Hurting Investments and Jobs in the Solar Sector

Tariff Adoption Delays are Hurting Investments and Jobs in the Solar Sector

According to Section 63 of the Electricity Act 2003, authorities such as the state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) are expected to adopt tariffs that have been discovered through a transparent ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
CERC Seeks Consultants to Develop Tariff Regulations for Renewable Sources

CERC Seeks Consultants to Develop Tariff Regulations for Renewable Sources

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has invited Terms of Reference (ToR) to engage consultants who will help them frame the regulations for renewable energy (RE) tariff determination starting April ...
Solar Power Generation Dipped in the Third Quarter of 2019 By Nearly 14%

Solar Power Generation Dipped in the Third Quarter of 2019 By Nearly 14%

Solar power generation numbers declined by 14% quarter over quarter (QoQ) in the third (Q3) quarter of 2019. Solar power generation in India stood at 10,530 million units (MUs), according ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Tenders Announced for 328 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

Tenders Announced for 328 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

The Rural and Panchayat Raj Department in the state of Tamil Nadu has issued tenders for the procurement of 328 battery operated carts for solid waste management in the village ...
/ / Other, Tenders & Auctions
ADB Approves $6 Million Grant to Tuvalu to Increase its Renewable Energy Generation

ADB Approves $6 Million Grant to Tuvalu to Increase its Renewable Energy Generation

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $6 million grant for the Government of Tuvalu (located in the south Pacific) to help it shift away from fossil fuels and to ...
Solar Imports to India Declined by 39% in Q2 2019

Solar Imports to India Declined by 39% in Q2 2019

India’s solar imports declined significantly in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2019. Solar modules and cells worth $399 million (~₹27.75 billion) were imported by India in ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Solar Auction Activity Increased in October with 1.3 Gigawatts

Solar Auction Activity Increased in October with 1.3 Gigawatts

Auction activity increased in October 2019 while tender announcements decreased compared to the previous month, according to Mercom India solar tender tracker. About 2.7 GW of solar tenders were floated ...
/ / 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
Trading Platform for International Renewable Energy Certificates Started in Singapore

Trading Platform for International Renewable Energy Certificates Started in Singapore

Singapore-based SP Group, one of the leading names in the energy utility business, has now become the first authorized local issuer of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) in the Asia ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tamil Nadu Floats Tender to Procure 117 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

Tamil Nadu Floats Tender to Procure 117 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, has issued a tender for 117 battery-operated carts for solid waste management in the village panchayats of Vellore district ...
/ / Other, Tenders & Auctions
Solar MSMEs are Not Benefiting from Safeguard Duty and Domestic Content Rules

Solar MSMEs are Not Benefiting from Safeguard Duty and Domestic Content Rules

Over the past year and a half, the government has launched several policy measures to support the domestic solar manufacturing industry — these range from the imposition of a safeguard ...
U.S. Begins Year-Long Withdrawal Process from Paris Climate Change Accord

U.S. Begins Year-Long Withdrawal Process from Paris Climate Change Accord

The United States government has said that it has submitted its formal notification of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement to the United Nations, starting the one-year-long process. President ...
Month in a Minute_ News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in October 2019

Month in a Minute: News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in October 2019

Compared to the previous month, there was a lull in India’s renewable energy sector mainly due to the long festive season in October. However, there were some important highlights and ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Bengaluru-based Fuel Cell Startup Log 9 Materials Gets $3.5 Million in Series A Funding

Bengaluru-based Fuel Cell Startup Log 9 Materials Gets $3.5 Million in Series A Funding

Bengaluru-based fuel cell startup Log 9 Materials has announced that it has secured $3.5 million in the latest Series A round of funding led by Exfinity Venture Partners and Sequoia ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
ABB Set to Acquire Majority Stake in Chinese E-Mobility Company

ABB Set to Acquire Majority Stake in Chinese E-Mobility Company

Switzerland-headquartered ABB is set to acquire a 67% share stake in Shanghai Chargedot New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese e-mobility solution provider. According to the company statement, the ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
North-East India Continues to Have the Highest Power Supply Deficit in First Half of FY20

North-East India Continues to Have the Highest Power Supply Deficit in First Half of FY20

India’s power supply deficit stood at 0.5% during the six months between April and September 2019, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). During these six months, 683,389 million units ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Other
Government’s New Transportation Fuel Guidelines Promote the Use of Biofuels

Government’s New Transportation Fuel Guidelines Promote the Use of Biofuels

In a significant move that is bound to pave the way for the entry of new players in the fuel marketing space, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Madhya Pradesh Orders Solar and Wind Generators to Appoint QCAs Within 2 Months

Madhya Pradesh Orders Solar and Wind Generators to Appoint QCAs Within 2 Months

The Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has published the first amendment of its 2018 regulations for forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement mechanism for wind and solar projects. The regulations ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Other
SECI Revises Tariff Ceiling for its 1,200 MW Wind Tender to ₹2.93_kWh

SECI Revises Tariff Ceiling for its 1,200 MW Wind Tender to ₹2.93/kWh

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued an amendment revising the tariff ceiling for a 1,200 MW wind tender that it had floated last month. In September 2019, SECI ...
/ / Other, Wind
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, ...
Has Safeguard Duty Created a Market for Domestic Small-Scale Solar Manufacturers_

Has Safeguard Duty Created a Market for Domestic Small-Scale Solar Manufacturers?

In July 2018, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) recommended a safeguard duty on cells and modules imported from China and Malaysia, which upended the solar supply chain in ...
Rajasthan Regulator to Issue Notices to Companies for Non-Compliance of RPO

Rajasthan Regulator to Issue Notices to Companies for Non-Compliance of RPO

In one of the toughest moves to enforce the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) order, the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has said that nine companies will be issued notices for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Other