Ministry of Power Proposes Allowing Net Metering for Rooftop Solar up to 500 kW

Ministry of Power Proposes Allowing Net Metering for Rooftop Solar up to 500 kW

The Ministry of Power has issued a draft amendment to Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020, which allows net metering for rooftop solar systems of loads up to 500 kW ...
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Mercom India Solar Awards 2021 Winners Announced

Mercom India Solar Awards 2021 Winners Announced

Mercom India, a subsidiary of U.S.-based Mercom Capital Group and leading clean energy communications and consulting firm, announced the winners of the Solar Awards 2021 on the second day of ...
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PLI Program_ Higher the Efficiency of Solar Modules, Higher the Incentive

PLI Program: Higher the Efficiency of Solar Modules, Higher the Incentive

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown capped off a turbulent 2020 for the Indian solar sector. The pandemic affected the solar supply chain and brought the solar industry ...
Deferring New Solar Bids Until Backlog of Unsigned PSAs is Cleared the Way Forward

Deferring New Solar Bids Until Backlog of Unsigned PSAs is Cleared the Way Forward

Deferring new bids until the backlog of unsigned power sale agreements (PSAs) with the distribution companies (DISCOMs) is cleared by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) may be the ...
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Maharashtra Sets Generic Tariff of ₹2.90/kWh for Rooftop Solar Projects

Maharashtra Sets Generic Tariff of ₹2.90/kWh for Rooftop Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has set ₹2.90 (~$0.039)/kWh as the generic tariff for surplus power procured at the end of the financial year from rooftop solar projects for ...
Where is the Solar Market Headed: Changing Face of the Indian Solar Sector

Where is the Solar Market Headed: Changing Face of the Indian Solar Sector

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant nationwide lockdown capped off a turbulent 2020 for the Indian solar sector. The pandemic affected the solar supply chain and brought the solar industry ...
'Change in Law' Clause in PPAs Signed by Small Scale Distributed Solar Projects Approved

‘Change in Law’ Clause in PPAs Signed by Small Scale Distributed Solar Projects Approved

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved the incorporation of 'change of law' in the proposed power purchase agreements (PPAs) by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam. These PPAs are ...
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Smoothening the Rough Ride from Tenders and Auctions to Signing Power Sale Agreements

Smoothening the Rough Ride from Tenders and Auctions to Signing Power Sale Agreements

According to the Q4 & Annual, 2020 India Solar Market Quarterly Update, in 2020, about 32.5 GW of tenders were announced by various agencies, and over 22 GW of projects ...
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Can Rooftop Solar Come out of Ground-Mount's Shadow and Be the Next Big Thing_

Can Rooftop Solar Come out of Ground-Mount’s Shadow and Be the Next Big Thing?

Cumulative rooftop solar installations crossed the 5 GW mark at the end of 2020 but still make up a small portion of the 40 GW of solar installed in the ...
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No Net Metering Facility for Open Access Solar Consumers in Haryana

No Net Metering Facility for Open Access Solar Consumers in Haryana

Open access solar consumers will not have the net metering facility in Haryana, according to the regulations for net and gross metering in the state proposed by the Haryana Electricity ...
Solar Project Development in India_ A Long Road Towards an Ambitious Target

Solar Project Development in India: A Long Road Towards an Ambitious Target

India's cumulative installations breached the 40 GW mark, according to Mercom India Research. The total installations comprised 34.9 MW of utility-scale solar installations, and the rooftop segment accounted for 5.1 ...
DGTR Initiates Anti-Dumping Probe Into Import of Fluoro Backsheet Used in Solar Modules

DGTR Initiates Anti-Dumping Probe Into Import of Fluoro Backsheet Used in Solar Modules

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has initiated an anti-dumping probe on 'fluoro backsheet' imported from China. Fluoro backsheet is a polymer-based component used in the manufacture of solar ...
Germany Installed 351 MW of New Solar Capacity in February 2021

Germany Installed 351 MW of New Solar Capacity in February 2021

Germany installed 351 MW of solar capacity in February 2021, an increase of 4% compared to the same period last year, according to the data released by the Federal Network ...
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Solar Supply Chain and Mitigating Market Surprises

Solar Supply Chain and Mitigating Market Surprises

Over the past year, the one certain thing in the solar industry has been the 'uncertainty.' Starting with the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent closing down of markets, labor challenges, ...
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Karnataka Regulator Approves Tariff of ₹8.40/kWh for a Delayed Solar Power Project

Karnataka Regulator Approves Tariff of ₹8.40/kWh for a Delayed Solar Project

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has approved a tariff of ₹8.40 (~$0.115)/kWh as per the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed between Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) and the ...
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How Policy Flip Flops Hamper Growth of Solar Sector

How Policy Flip Flops Hamper Growth of Solar Sector

India has set some lofty targets for renewable energy, including 175 GW of renewables by 2022 (100 GW from Solar) 450 GW of renewables by 2030 (unofficial). India is also ...
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Domestic Solar Manufacturing Amid Shortage of Raw Materials, Price Rise and Duties

Domestic Solar Manufacturing Amid Shortage of Raw Materials, Price Rise and Duties

India installed just about 3.2 GW of solar capacity in the calendar year (CY) 2020, a 56% decline compared to 7.3 GW in 2019, according to the latest 2020 Q4 & ...
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KUSUM

Ceiling Tariff of ₹3.10/kWh Set for Small Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved several deviations in the request for selection (RfS) and power purchase agreement (PPA) for procurement of power from the small capacity ...
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Defer Bids Until Power Sale Agreements Backlog is Cleared – Solar Developers to Minister

Defer Bids Until Power Sale Agreements Backlog is Cleared – Solar Developers to Minister

The Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) has written to Union Power Minister R.K. Singh asking to stop new auction activity for solar projects until the backlog of power sale agreements ...
Supreme Court Upholds NCLT's Stay of Termination of GUVNL's PPA with Solar Developer

Supreme Court Upholds NCLT’s Stay of Termination of GUVNL’s PPA with Solar Developer

The Supreme Court, in a recent order, has said that the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) had correctly stayed the termination of ...
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APTEL Directs GUVNL to Maintain Status Quo in the 700 MW Scrapped Solar Auction

APTEL Directs GUVNL to Maintain Status Quo in the 700 MW Scrapped Solar Auction

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has asked the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) to maintain the status quo in the scrapped 700 MW solar auction until further orders ...
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The Ministry of Power has directed the state governments and the governments of union territories (UT) to provide relaxation in performance security

Ministry Asks States to Relax Performance and Bid Security for Power Project Bids

The Ministry of Power has directed the state governments and the governments of union territories (UT) to relax performance security, earnest money deposits requirements for power project bids. It has ...
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West Bengal Allows Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Installed Before June 30, 2021

West Bengal Allows Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Installed Before June 30, 2021

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has ruled that consumers who install solar photovoltaic systems before June 30, 2021, will be eligible for net metering facilities. Background  The Commission ...
Andhra Pradesh Regulator Denies Relief for a 25 MW Solar Project Claiming Force Majeure

Andhra Pradesh Regulator Denies Relief for a 25 MW Solar Project Claiming Force Majeure

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has rejected a solar developer’s plea for relief for the delayed commissioning of a 25 MW solar power project at Gurramkonda in the ...
Solar Industry Weighs in on the Basic Customs Duty Implications

Solar Industry Weighs in on the Basic Customs Duty Implications

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently imposed a basic customs duty (BCD) of 40% on solar modules and 25% on solar cells, starting April 1, 2022. The ...
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