Inferior Backsheets Will Cut the Life of Solar Projects

Inferior Backsheets Will Cut the Life of Solar Projects

Solar project development in India has always been very competitive due to the reverse auction process and also lately because of tariff caps, which forces developers to bid unrealistically low ...
MNRE Addresses Transmission Infrastructure Delays Facing Solar & Wind Developers

MNRE Addresses Transmission Infrastructure Delays Facing Solar & Wind Developers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum to address the time gap between the commissioning of the transmission system and renewable energy (RE) generating projects ...
/ / Grid, Other
MNRE Adds Municipal Solid Waste-Based Projects in Waste to Energy Program Guidelines

MNRE Adds Municipal Solid Waste-Based Projects in Waste to Energy Program Guidelines

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently issued revised guidelines for its waste to energy program. The new guidelines will supersede the existing guidelines of Waste to Energy ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
CEA Seeks Suggestions From Stakeholders on Renewable Forecasting and Scheduling

CEA Seeks Suggestions From Stakeholders on Renewable Forecasting and Scheduling

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has released a notice inviting comments and suggestions for a proposed stakeholder meeting to help deal with problems surrounding forecasting and scheduling of renewable energy ...
JP Morgan Commits $200 Billion for Sustainability, To Stop Lending to Coal Companies

JP Morgan Commits $200 Billion for Sustainability, To Stop Lending to Coal Companies

U.S.-based JP Morgan Chase, one of the world’s largest banking institutions, announced that it has committed $50 billion (~₹3.59 trillion) towards green initiatives as part of a larger $200 billion (~₹14.37 ...
EESL Tenders Evacuation Bays and Transmission Lines for 300 MW of Solar Projects

EESL Tenders Evacuation Bays and Transmission Lines for 300 MW of Solar Projects

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has floated an invitation for bids (IFB) to construct power evacuation bays and transmission lines for nearly 300 MW of solar projects in the state ...
/ / Grid, Other
India Likely to Stop Coal Imports by 2023-24

India Likely to Stop Coal Imports by 2023-24

The Union Minister of Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi, recently announced India’s plans to stop the import of thermal coal from 2023-2024. Coal-based power makes up the largest share of ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
NTPC Appointed as the Implementing Agency for Long-Term Access in ISTS Network

NTPC Appointed as the Implementing Agency for Long-Term Access in ISTS Network

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has designated National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) as the renewable energy implementing agency to facilitate the application of connectivity and long-term access ...
/ / Grid, Other
India’s Wind Power Installations Flat in 2019 with 2.4 GW

India’s Wind Power Installations Flat in 2019 with 2.4 GW

Wind installations were flat in India with 2.4 GW of wind power capacity added in the calendar year (CY) 2019, compared to 2.3 GW 2018. The cumulative wind power installations ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Sunseap Raises $80 Million to Support Solar Projects Across Asia

Sunseap Raises Over $71 Million to Support Solar Projects Across Asia

Sunseap Group, a Singapore-based renewable solutions provider, has raised 100 million in Singapore dollars (~$71.79 million) in its fourth round of fund-raising from Banpu, a publicly listed company on the ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Andhra Offers 5% Annual Escalation On Base Price of Bagasse-Based Renewable Projects

Andhra Offers 5% Annual Escalation On Base Price of Bagasse-Based Renewable Projects

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has determined the fuel price for biomass and industrial waste-based projects at ₹3,176.72 (~$45)/metric ton for the financial year (FY) 2019-20. The fuel ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
MNRE to Set Up a Renewable Energy Standardization Cell to Ensure Quality Standards

MNRE to Set Up a Renewable Energy Standardization Cell to Ensure Quality Standards

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has decided to set up a Renewable Energy Standardization Cell (RESC). The objectives of the cell are to identify the areas in ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
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
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
Cochin Port Tenders a 350 kW Rooftop Solar Project at its Premises

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