SAUBHAGYA Program Launched in Meghalaya

SAUBHAGYA Program Launched in Meghalaya

Meghalaya has become the latest state to become a participant of the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (SAUBHAGYA) program, which aims to provide last-mile connectivity to all willing ...
/ / Grid, Markets & Policy
MNRE to Soon Announce Benchmark Cost for Off-Grid and Rooftop Solar for FY 2018-19

MNRE to Soon Announce Benchmark Cost for Off-Grid and Rooftop Solar for FY 2018-19

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has notified that it is soon going to announce the new benchmark cost for off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and rooftop solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Asks Implementing Agencies to Adhere to Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Guidelines

MNRE Asks Implementing Agencies to Adhere to Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Guidelines

In a new notification, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has asked all the implementing agencies in the country to adhere to the grid-connected rooftop (GCRT) solar guidelines ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Over 80% of Recent Solar Auctions in India Won by Larger Solar Developers

Over 80% of Recent Solar Auctions in India Won by Larger Solar Developers

The solar sector in India is rapidly expanding with increasing participation from a mix of domestic and foreign developers. However, a detailed analysis of the winners of major solar auctions ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan Aims to Cross 3 GW Mark of Installed Solar PV Capacity by April 2019

Rajasthan Aims to Cross 3 GW Mark of Installed Solar PV Capacity by April 2019

Rajasthan is likely to cross 3 GW mark in installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity soon, according to the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RREC). Twenty solar projects aggregating 1.5 GW in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
ReNew Power Fined for Project Commissioning Delay but PPA Not Terminated

ReNew Power Fined for Project Commissioning Delay but PPA Not Terminated

The Supreme Court of India has asked renewable energy project developer ReNew Power to pay a penalty of ₹119 million (~$1,827,700) to the Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NLC India May Lose ₹1.36/kWh for 500 MW of Solar Projects Due to Delays in Commissioning

NLC India May Lose ₹1.36/kWh for 500 MW of Solar Projects Due to Delays in Commissioning

Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India might have to bear a loss of ₹1.36 (~$0.020)/kWh for the 500 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are being developed in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Downing Commissions 20 MW of Open Access Solar Projects in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Downing Commissions 20 MW of Open Access Solar Projects in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

United Kingdom-based investor firm Downing has successfully commissioned 20 MW of open access solar projects in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Downing is working in collaboration with ...
Update: MNRE Clarifications on Change in Law for Solar Projects

Update: MNRE Clarifications on Change in Law for Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently issued a clarification on the August 2017 guidelines for the tariff-based competitive bidding process for  grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. However, ...
Lack of Clarity in Safeguard Duty Pass-Through Option is Stifling Solar Project Development

Lack of Clarity on Safeguard Duty Pass-Through Option is Stifling Solar Project Development

The current widespread sentiment in the country’s solar industry is that of discontent and uncertainty, with sprinkles of hope. While the government’s ambitious solar trajectory is inching closer to its ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tamil Nadu Sets ₹2.86/kWh as the New Levelized Generic Tariff for Wind Projects

Tamil Nadu Sets ₹2.86/kWh as the New Levelized Generic Tariff for Wind Projects

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a new levelized generic tariff for the procurement of wind-based power in the state for the financial year (FY) 2018-19. The ...
Madras High Court Dismisses Petition Filed Against Levy of Safeguard Duty

Madras High Court Dismisses Petition Filed Against Levy of Safeguard Duty

The Madras High Court has dismissed the writ petition filed by domestic project developer Shapoorji & Pallonji against the levy of 70 percent safeguard duty for 200 days as prescribed ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Commissions a 6 MW Solar Project in Karnataka

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Commissions 6 MW of Solar Projects

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), a subsidiary of India’s state Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), has commissioned solar photovoltaic (PV) projects aggregating 6.063 MW within the MRPL refinery ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
APTEL Dismisses Petitions Against New Solar and Non-Solar REC Pricing Issued by CERC

APTEL Dismisses Petitions Against New Solar and Non-Solar REC Pricing Issued by CERC

The Appellate Tribunal of Electricity (APTEL) has dismissed petitions filed by stakeholders against the issue of new forbearance and floor prices for solar and non-solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) by ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UL Interview_ New quality standards for solar modules will help consolidate growth in the Indian solar sector

UL Interview: New Quality Standards for Solar Modules Will Help Consolidate Growth in the Indian Solar Sector

The government’s recently introduced Quality Control Order has received mixed reactions from domestic solar sector stakeholders. A plethora of project developers are unhappy with the timing of the order, though ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Modules with Bypass Diodes Exempt From 7.5 Percent Port Duty in India

Solar Modules with Bypass Diodes Exempt From 7.5 Percent Port Duty in India

Solar modules equipped with bypass diodes will now be exempt from paying an additional duty of 7.5 percent at Indian ports, according to a new order issued by the central ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat to Develop India’s Largest 5 GW Solar Park

Gujarat to Develop India’s Largest 5 GW Solar Park

Gujarat will soon have the largest solar park at a single location in India as the state government has approved the establishment of a 5,000 MW in Dholera Special Investment ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Karnataka is the Top Solar State in India with 5 GW in Cumulative Installed Capacity

Karnataka is the Top Solar State in India with 5 GW in Cumulative Installed Capacity

Karnataka’s solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity crossed the 5 GW mark in the first quarter of 2018 to transform it into India’s top solar PV state. So far in 2018, Karnataka ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
DGAD Initiates Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar EVA Sheet Imports

DGAD Initiates Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar Imports of EVA Sheets

The office of Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has initiated an investigation on import of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) sheets for solar modules imported from China PR, Malaysia, ...
MNRE Utilized ₹36.13 Billion from NCEEF Fund in FY 2017-18

MNRE Utilized ₹36.13 Billion from NCEEF in FY 2017-18

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had not utilized the entire budget allocated to it by the National Clean Energy and Environment Fund (NCEEF) during financial year (FY) ...
News Highlights from March 2018_ Key Developments in India’s Renewable Sector

News Highlights from March 2018: Key Developments in India’s Renewable Sector

There was a range of activity from stakeholders in India’s solar sector during the month of March. Here is a quick recap of the important data points and headlines: The ...
Interview: Government Should Strike the Right Balance When it Comes to Safeguard Duty

Interview: Government Should Strike the Right Balance When it Comes to Safeguard Duty

The domestic solar sector is in need of help, but the recommendation to impose a 70 percent safeguard duty, in all likelihood, is going to roil the sector, according to ...
Uttar Pradesh Cuts Cross Subsidy, Wheeling and Transmission Charges for Solar Projects

Uttar Pradesh Cuts Cross Subsidy, Wheeling and Transmission Charges for Solar Projects

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has amended its Captive and Renewable Energy Generating Projects (CRE) Regulations 2014 with changes that are expected to reduce the cost of solar ...
UPERC Approves RfP and PPA for UPNEDA’s 1 GW Solar Tender

UPERC Approves RfP and PPA for UPNEDA’s 1 GW Solar Tender

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved a request for procurement (RfP) and a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 1 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. The ...
MNRE Entitles Solar Project Developers to Compensation in Case of Change in Law

MNRE Entitles Solar Project Developers to Compensation in Case of Change in Law

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding process for  procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. To remove any ...