Vedanta’s Odisha Branch Invites Expression of Interest for Procuring Solar Power

Will Recent State Elections Impact India’s Solar Growth Trajectory?

Assembly elections were held in five Indian states - Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram last week. Following the election outcomes, all four states except for Telangana, underwent a ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
New Guidelines Restrict Short-term Equity Investment in Solar Projects

Solar Manufacturing Units in India’s SEZs will Have to Pay Safeguard Duty

Solar module and cell manufacturers in India who are operating in special economic zones (SEZs) will not benefit from the levy of 25 percent safeguard duty on solar imports. These ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Can Solar Kits Propel the Growth of Residential Rooftop Market in India?

India’s Rooftop Solar Market – Where is it Now and Where is it Going?

India’s rooftop solar installations have been growing at a healthy pace so far but could slow down  in the short-term, following the imposition of the safeguard duty earlier this year ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
UK Pledges £100m for Improving Electricity Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

UK Pledges £100m for Improving Electricity Access in Sub-Saharan Africa

The United Kingdom has committed an additional funding of £100 million for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) which aims to give a major boost to Sub-Saharan Africa’s small to ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Confusion Around BIS Certification for Inverters

Confusion Around BIS Certification for Solar Inverters

The Indian solar market has expanded impressively over the past few years and as the market has grown the government has begun to pay attention to quality issues. The concern ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
New Guidelines Restrict Short-term Equity Investment in Solar Projects

Mercom India Research Releases White Paper on Domestic Solar Market at Intersolar India

Mercom India, an exclusive knowledge partner of Intersolar India, has released its whitepaper India Solar Market Drivers and Challenges, in partnership with the Intersolar India conference. The conference will be ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
MNRE Introduces Battery Energy Storage System in its Quality Control Order 2017

Total Global Energy Storage Capacity Could Triple by 2030: IRENA

In a brief prepared for COP24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has underscored the ...
/ / Energy Storage, Other
: Wind, Reverse Auctions, PPA, SECI, ISTS

World Bank Launches New Version of Global Wind Atlas for Onshore and Offshore Wind

The World Bank Group in partnership with the Department of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) has launched the Global Wind Atlas 2.3. The Global Wind Atlas ...
/ / Other, Wind
Solar Installations in India Reach 6.6 GW in the First Nine Months of 2018

Solar Installations in India Reach 6.6 GW in the First Nine Months of 2018

India’s solar installations have reached 6.6 GW year-to-date with large-scale projects making up 5,382 MW and rooftop installations accounting for 1,240 MW. Solar installations in India in Q3 2018 witnessed ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Green Climate Fund Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change in Developing Countries

India Joins Hands with Japan and France for a Sustainable Future

The Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and France in the field of energy efficiency. The MoU is a science and technology agreement, which involves knowledge ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
CEA Asks States to Use 5-10% Biomass Pellets for Power Generation in Thermal Plants

Maharashtra’s MSEDCL to Procure 50 MW of Biomass Power Through Reverse Auction

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved a petition filed by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) for the long-term procurement of 50 MW of biomass power ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
PFC Issues $400 Million of Green Bonds on LSE’s International Securities Market

Namibia Announces Issuance of its First Green Bond

In a first for the country, Namibia recently announced the launch of its green bond. By doing this, Bank Windhoek, a wholly Namibian-owned commercial bank, became the first commercial bank ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
More Project Commissioning Delay Cases in Telangana Ruled in Favor of Project Developers

Cabinet Gives In-Principle Approval to REC Ltd’s Takeover by Power Finance Corporation

The Indian government’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given in-principle approval for the takeover of REC Limited (Formerly, Rural Electrification Corporation of India), a public sector enterprise, by the ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
MNRE Amends Policy for Biomass-Based Cogeneration Projects in India

MNRE Amends Policy for Biomass-Based Cogeneration Projects in India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended two clauses in the policy to support the promotion of biomass-based cogeneration projects in sugar mills and other industries in ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Ministry of Power Issues Revised Proposal for Amendments to the Electricity Act

EBRD to Lend $265 Million to Jordan to Develop its Grid for Renewable Energy Integration

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said it will provide $265 million long-term loan to Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO). The fund will be used to improve ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Brookfield Negotiates with ReneSola for its Distributed Solar Assets in China

Solar Tender and Auction Activity Declined in November with 1.4 GW and 61 MW Respectively

Over 1.4 GW of solar projects were tendered in the month of November, which is nearly half the capacity compared to October, according to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker. This ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Madhya Pradesh Clarifies Cross Subsidy Surcharge Exemption for Captive Power Projects

Madhya Pradesh Clarifies Cross Subsidy Surcharge Exemption for Captive Power Projects

The Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has dismissed two petitions filed by owners of bagasse-based cogeneration projects against the imposition of cross subsidy surcharge for self-consumption of power. Shri ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
ENGIE And STOA Form Joint-Venture to Develop Wind Projects in India

World Bank Pledges $200 Billion to Combat Climate Change

Global financial institution World Bank has pledged a corpus of $200 billion for climate action over a five-year period. The World Bank has set this corpus to meet climate targets set by ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
India’s Solar Installations Decline Quarter-Over-Quarter to 1.6 GW in Q2 2018

African Countries Receive Financial Assistance Against Payment Risk for Renewable Projects

The Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) has signed agreements with five African countries to provide financial assistance to their independent power producers (IPPs) against payment risks, noting that the lack of ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Green Climate Fund Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change in Developing Countries

Green Bank Network to Provide $41 Billion for Green Infrastructure Projects Around the World

Green Bank Network  is expected to mobilize $41 billion in public and private capital for green infrastructure projects around the globe. Green banks are specialised financial institutions that work closely ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
IL&FS Offers to Sell Stakes in its Renewable Energy Assets of Solar and Wind Projects

IL&FS Offers to Sell Stakes in its Renewable Energy Assets of Solar and Wind Projects

In a major development, the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) has announced that it is going to achieve the resolution of the IL&FS group through certain measures, including ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tata Power Distribution Company to Begin Installation of Smart Meters in Delhi

Uttar Pradesh to Soon Begin Installation of Smart Meters in Partnership with EESL

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved a petition filed by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd. (UPPCL) regarding the rollout of smart meters in the state. The UPPCL ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Global Module Suppliers Trina and Canadian Solar Announce World Record Efficiencies

Is the Indian Solar Market Ready to Make the Transition to Mono PERC Modules?

Consensus in the solar industry is that it is gradually shifting towards monocrystalline cell technology from the more common multicrystalline (also called multicrystalline) cells and modules. The introduction of passivated ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Suzlon Signs Agreement with ReNew Power for Development of Wind Project in Karnataka

Tamil Nadu’s TANGEDCO Announces New Tender for 500 MW of Wind Projects

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has issued a tender for 500 MW of wind power projects in the state. The bid-submission deadline is December 28, 2018. TANGEDCO ...
/ / Other, Wind
Sourcing Power from Multiple Generators for Open Access not Permissible

Solar Potential in West Africa Ranges from 8 GW to Over 20 GW by 2030: Report

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in its report “Planning and prospects for renewable power: West Africa” has highlighted scenarios for the growth of renewables in West Africa’s power systems ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy