CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

Make in India Products Compulsory for Government Developed Renewable Energy Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum for the implementation of public procurement in renewable energy sector giving preference to ‘Make in India’ products. This ...
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Bihar Sets Solar PV Generic Tariff at ₹4.17/kWh for FY 2018-19

Gujarat’s 700 MW Solar Tender Oversubscribed by Over Two Times

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL)’s 700 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) tender has been oversubscribed by over two times. A GUVNL official informed Mercom that bids aggregating 1,750 ...
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Jammu & Kashmir to get 23 GW of Solar Projects Starting With 2.5 GW in Kargil and 5 GW in Leh

NLCIL Could Face 31% Tariff Cut for its 400 MW of Delayed Solar Projects

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has rejected the plea made by Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL) for a tariff protection of ₹4.41 (~$0.062)/kWh for 400 MW solar ...
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Japan’s Proposal to Rollback on Solar Subsidy Angers Investors and Operators

15 GW of Solar Capacity Slated to be Developed by NTPC Under NSM Now Reduced to 3 GW

The 15,000 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity to be developed under National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s state-specific bundling program has been reduced to just 3,000 MW. The Minister for ...
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Haryana Electricity Regulator Approves PPA with Deviations for a 10 MW Solar Project

India’s ISA and European Union Join Hands to Expand Solar Power

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint declaration for cooperation on solar energy. The declaration was inked at the 24th conference of United Nations ...
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MERC Approves PPAs for Solar Projects Totaling 235 MW in Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s 1,400 MW Solar Tender Undergoes Changes in RfS Provisions and PPA

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has amended a number of provisions in its request for selection (RfS) and power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 1,400 MW solar ...
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Gujarat Decides to Implement Solar Agricultural Feeder Program on Pilot Basis

MNRE Amends VGF Guidelines for 2 GW of Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of its program under which the government aims to develop 2 GW of solar photovoltaic ...
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Average Peak Power Supply Deficit Rose to 2% Across India During FY 2017-18

World Bank and AFD to Launch Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative in Emerging Economies

The World Bank and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France’s public development bank, have announced that they are jointly working on a Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI) to improve solar energy deployment in some ...
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Intersolar Bangalore Day 1: Solar Industry Still in a Funk from Safeguard duty and GST

Intersolar Bangalore Day 1: Solar Industry Still in a Funk from Safeguard duty and GST

The Indian solar sector is still experiencing a hangover from the safeguard duty imposition and Goods and Services Tax (GST). This appeared to be the popular sentiment of solar project ...
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Seraphim to Open a 500 MW Solar Cell Factory in South Africa

Seraphim to Open a 500 MW Solar Cell Factory in South Africa

Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System, a solar product manufacturer, has announced to open 500 MW solar cell factory in the Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The cell factory based in Coega Industrial ...
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Safeguard and Other Major Important Announcements Governmentin Announcements for Solar and Other Renewables in India’s Renewables Sector in Julyne 2018

To Meet India’s 2022 Solar Target, MNRE Plans to Tender 60 GW of Projects by March 2020

With the goal to accelerate the expansion of solar and wind power to replace fossil fuel-based power and meet its 2022 target, India has now declared a trajectory that aims ...
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Azure Power and Maheswari Mining Win APDCL Tender for 85 MW of Solar Projects in Assam

MNRE Amends VGF Program Guidelines for Solar Projects Yet Again

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of its scheme under which the government aims to develop 5 GW of solar projects ...
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Oman Calls for Proposals for Technical Consultancy for its Third Large-Scale Solar Project

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 ...
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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 ...
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Solar PV Deployed at CAGR of 38% from 1998 to 2015: United Nations Report

Solar PV Deployed at CAGR of 38% from 1998 to 2015: United Nations Report

Global emissions have witnessed a mercurial rise in the recent years. In order to bridge the emissions gap, innovation in the use of existing technologies, promotion of investment in new ...
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World Bank Helps Chart Plan to Bring Electricity Access to All Kenyans by 2022

World Bank Helps Chart Plan to Bring Electricity Access to All Kenyans by 2022

The Kenyan government has launched a new program called Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES). The ambitious program has been developed in partnership with the World Bank and it aims to provide a ...
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Uttar Pradesh Invites Bids for 200 MW in its Private Sector Owned Solar Park

GST Compensation for Solar Projects and Other Policy Highlights from November 2018

The month of November witnessed a series of orders in the renewable energy sector, especially from the State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERC). One of the important orders that made headlines ...
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Decrease in Cost of Solar by 50% can Increase Solar Penetration by 8 Times: NITI Aayog

African Development Bank Approves $220 Million Loan for a Solar Project in South Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a senior loan of ZAR 3 billion (~$220.3 million) to the 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power project. The project is located in the ...
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Dispute Over One Day Commissioning Delay Causes 30% Solar Tariff Reduction in Karnataka

MNRE Asks Lenders to Insist on BIS Certification of Solar Modules Rather than Tier-1 List

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum concerning the importance of following BIS certification when it comes to quality of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.  According to ...
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Power Sale Agreements for 302 MW of Solar Projects Approved in Maharashtra

Power Sale Agreements for 302 MW of Solar Projects Approved in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved power sale agreements (PSAs) for grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 302 MW under the Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Yojana. MERC was reviewing ...
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Ceiling Tariff of ₹3.10/kWh Set for Maharashtra’s Solar Agricultural Feeder Program

Month in a Minute: Notable Renewable Energy and Solar News from India in November 2018

November 2018 witnessed some key announcements in the Indian renewable sector. Indian solar imports spiked considerably in the third quarter (Q3) of calendar year (CY) 2018. According to the latest ...
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Bihar DISCOMs Liable to Pay Penalty in Case of Non-fulfillment of Solar RPO

Bihar DISCOMs Liable to Pay Penalty in Case of Non-fulfillment of Solar RPO

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has revised the draft regulations pertaining to Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) compliance and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) framework implementation. According to the new provisions, ...
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Gujarat Decides to Implement Solar Agricultural Feeder Program on Pilot Basis

Andhra Pradesh: Solar Projects Get ₹3/kWh Tariff After a 20-Month Delay in Commissioning

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has set ₹3 (~$0.042)/kWh as the tariff for three grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the state, aggregating 82 MW. The APERC was ...
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SECI Amends RfS Guidelines for 2 GW ISTS-Connected Wind Tranche-IV Tender

Torrent Power Gets Approval for Deviation in Guidelines to Procure Solar and Wind Power

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved Torrent Power’s petitions for the acceptance of deviations from the Ministry of Power (MoP)’s guidelines for the procurement of solar and wind ...
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SECI’s 1,200 MW Wind Tender Receives Bids Totaling 2,190 MW

Solar REC Trading Slumps While Non-Solar REC Trading Spikes in November 2018

With both solar and non-solar renewable energy certificate (REC) trading undergoing a reversal in the demand-supply situation, trading of solar RECs has witnessed a huge slump even as trade in ...
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