Changing Wafer Sizes Will Cost Cell and Solar Module Manufacturers

Changing Wafer Sizes Will Cost Cell and Solar Module Manufacturers

The past few years have witnessed significant changes in solar manufacturing with the introduction of new technologies such as half-cut and even triple-cut, passivated emitter, and rear cell (PERC), bifacial, ...
Solar Sector Sees Broad-based Recovery, Funding Rises by 24% in 2020

Solar Sector Sees Broad-based Recovery, Funding Rises by 24% in 2020

The global corporate funding into the solar sector - including venture capital (VC), private equity (PE), debt financing, and public market financing - increased 24% to $14.5 billion in 2020 ...
Banking Charges, Ambiguity on Net Metering Rules Major Glitches in Gujarat Solar Policy

Banking Charges, Ambiguity on Net Metering Rules Major Glitches in Gujarat Solar Policy

The solar industry believes the Gujarat government's new solar policy is a mixed bag of positive and negative initiatives for the sector. The Gujarat government announced the new 'Gujarat Solar ...
Industry Fears Rooftop Market Will Collapse Due to the New Net Metering Policy

Industry Fears Rooftop Solar Market Will Collapse Due to the New Net Metering Policy

The new rules issued by the Ministry of Power mandating net metering for loads up to 10 kW and gross metering for above 10 kW has caused widespread anxiety among ...
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Top Five States for Utility-Scale Solar Installations in 2020 [Infographics]

Top Five States for Utility-Scale Solar Installations in 2020 [Infographics]

Cumulative utility-scale solar installations in India at the end of December 2020 stood at 34 GW, according to Mercom India Research. Installations were slow for most of the year due ...
Solar Industry Executives Weigh in On Growth Prospects and Outlook for 2021

Solar Industry Executives Weigh in On Growth Prospects and Outlook for 2021

With a tumultuous year behind it, the Indian solar industry has much to look forward to in 2021. The country has a robust solar project pipeline, and investors are optimistic ...
Companies Expect a Phenomenal Year for Electric Vehicles in 2021_ Industry Reacts

Companies Expect a Phenomenal Year for Electric Vehicles in 2021: Industry Reacts

The manufacturing and sales activity were impacted by COVID-19 in the Electric Vehicle (EV) segment in India in the first half of 2020 due to a lengthy lockdown and exodus ...
Top Developments That Influenced the Rooftop Solar Sector in 2020

Top Developments That Influenced the Rooftop Solar Segment in 2020

Rooftop solar is still one of the easiest ways for consumers to go solar. Compared to utility-scale solar, the rooftop solar segment was especially hard hit from COVID-19 this year, ...
2020 A Look Back_ Developments that Shaped the Solar Sector

2020 A Look Back: Developments that Shaped the Solar Sector

2020 took off with high expectations, with Mercom projecting over 8 GW in solar installations for the year right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. After the lockdown in March, development ...
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5 Lowest Solar Tariffs of 2020

5 Lowest Solar Tariffs of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected project deadlines, availability of labor, and component supplies in 2020. However, solar tariffs continue to fall, with the lowest ever recorded tariffs discovered just this ...
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Here Are 2020’s Top EV Funding Deals

Here Are 2020’s Top Electric Vehicle Funding Deals

In a rough year for businesses, 2020 saw some high points for the Indian electric vehicle (EV) segment in terms of funding. EV companies are betting that the consumer mindset ...
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Top Five Solar Tenders of 2020 [Infographics]

Top Five Solar Tenders of 2020 [Infographics]

According to Mercom India Research, nearly 36.2 GW of solar tenders were floated during the year – a testament to the sector's resilience amid the COVID-19 crisis even as other ...
Major Developments in India's Wind Sector in 2020

Major Developments in India’s Wind Sector in 2020

Project development slowed down to a crawl in the wind sector for most of the year as supply chain issues, transportation restrictions, and workforce shortages weighed down the sector due ...
Top Five Funding Deals of 2020 in the Indian Solar Market

Top Five Funding Deals of 2020 in the Indian Solar Market [Infographics]

After a sluggish start to the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, activity in the solar sector picked up in the third quarter (Q3) of 2020, ...
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Top Five Developments That Shaped the EV Sector in 2020

Top Five Developments That Shaped the EV Sector in 2020

The Indian automobile industry is one of the largest in the world, and it is currently undergoing a transformation with sales of electric vehicles rising year after year. However, like all other ...
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Where Does India’s Rooftop Solar Market Stand Since COVID-19 Lockdown_

Where Does India’s Rooftop Solar Market Stand Since COVID-19 Lockdown?

India's rooftop solar industry has started recovering steadily from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the country returning to normalcy following the easing of lockdown restrictions in phases ...
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Curtailment of Solar and Wind for Commercial Reasons Continues to be a Threat

Curtailment of Solar and Wind for Commercial Reasons Continues to be a Threat

Renewable power generation, especially solar power, has seen phenomenal growth since the inception of the National Solar Mission and has accounted for most new capacity additions over the past three ...
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Mercom India Research Releases White Paper at The Smarter E India 2020 Conference

Mercom India Research Releases White Paper at The Smarter E India 2020 Conference

Mercom India Research, the research arm of Mercom India, has released an exclusive whitepaper, in partnership with ‘The Smarter E India 2020’. The conference will be hosted virtually from December 9 ...
Power Sale Agreement Signing Delays Could Slowdown Pace of Solar Installations

Power Sale Agreement Signing Delays Could Slow Down Pace of Solar Installations

The large-scale solar project pipeline in India stood at 44.7 GW, with another 34.6 GW of tendered capacity pending auctions at the end of Q3 2020, according to Mercom India ...
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After a Lull in Q2, Investments in Indian Solar Sector Up by 170% in Q3 2020

After a Lull in Q2, Investments in Indian Solar Sector Up by 170% in Q3 2020

Investments in the Indian solar sector rose by 170% and stood at approximately $270 million (~₹19.9 billion) in the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 2020), compared to $100 million (~₹7.4 ...
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Cost of Large-Scale and Rooftop Solar Projects Rose Slightly in Q3 2020

Cost of Large-Scale and Rooftop Solar Projects Rose Slightly in Q3 2020

The average cost of large-scale solar projects stood at about ₹34.5 million (~$466,468)/MW as of the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 2020), according to Mercom’s recently released Q3 2020 India Solar ...
Solar Installations in India Picked Up Speed With 438 MW Added in Q3 2020

Solar Installations in India Picked Up Speed With 438 MW Added in Q3 2020

India added 438 MW of solar in the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 2020), a 114% rise over last quarter's 205 MW, according to Mercom India Research's newly released Q3 2020 ...
Sungrow, FIMER, Sineng Were Major Solar Inverter Suppliers to India in 1H 2020

Sungrow, FIMER, Sineng Were Major Solar Inverter Suppliers to India in 1H 2020

Sungrow, FIMER India (formerly ABB), and Sineng Electric were top solar inverter suppliers overall to the Indian solar market in the first half (1H) of the calendar year (CY) 2020, ...
Why Rooftop Solar Makes Sense for C&I Businesses During COVID-19

Why Rooftop Solar Makes Sense for C&I Businesses During COVID-19

The global Coronavirus pandemic has made commercial and industrial customers realize that going solar is one of the best ways to cut down operational costs. Energy costs account for around ...
LONGi, Jinko, Adani_ India's Largest Solar Module Suppliers in First Half of 2020

LONGi, Jinko, Adani: India’s Largest Solar Module Suppliers in First Half of 2020

LONGi Solar, Jinko Solar, and Adani emerged as the top three solar modules suppliers in India in the first half (1H) of the calendar year (CY) 2020. According to Mercom's ...
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