DISCOM Credit Risk is High but Risk Perception has Reduced with SECI and NTPC: Interview

DISCOM Credit Risk is High but Risk Perception has Reduced with SECI and NTPC: Interview

India recently achieved the milestone of  25 GW of installed solar capacity but the market has slowed down after safeguard duty announcement and other risk factors. Mercom sat down with ...
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Haryana: Wheeling, Cross-Subsidy & T&D Charges Waived for Open Access Solar Consumers

Haryana: Wheeling, Cross-Subsidy & T&D Charges Waived for Open Access Solar Consumers

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has issued its guidelines for MW scale ground mounted and rooftop projects, for captive consumption or third party sale, under the Haryana Solar Power ...
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SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 10 GW Solar Tender with 3 GW Manufacturing

Solar Power Developer Penalized for Delay in Project Commissioning

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has issued an order dismissing the petition filed by Marakka Solar Power Project LL.P stating that it is not entitled to any of the reliefs ...
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Key Government Policy Announcements for India’s Renewable Sector in September 2018

Kazakhstan Auctions 202 MW of Solar Projects

Kazakhstan has auctioned 202 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in two separate auctions. To begin with, the Kazakhstan electricity and power market operator (JSC KOREM) has auctioned 30 ...
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Ceiling Tariff of ₹3.10kWh Set for Maharashtra’s Solar Agricultural Feeder Program

Tariff Ceiling of ₹3.10/kWh Set for Maharashtra’s Solar Agricultural Feeder Program

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved the initiation of a district (circle) wise competitive bidding process for the procurement of solar power under Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana ...
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CERC Proposes Granting Category I Inter-State Trading License to Refex Energy

TSERC Provides Relief to Solar Developer Awaiting Grid Synchronization

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has passed an order asking the state’s distribution licensee to allow the grid synchronization of the project, thereby providing relief to Clean Solar ...
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Skoda Auto Commissions 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Project at its Aurangabad Facility

Skoda Auto India Goes Green, Installs Solar Carport at its Production Facility

Škoda Auto, a Czech Republic based automobile company, has installed 1 MW of rooftop solar project at its production facility in Aurangabad, in the state of Maharashtra. The project is ...
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MAHAGENCO Tenders 750 MW of Solar Projects for Agricultural Feeders

MERC Directs Reduction in Tariff for Solar Agricultural Feeder Program in Maharashtra

Expressing its disagreement with the solar tariff of ₹3.15 (~$0.043), the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO/MSPGCL) to reduce the price after taking ...
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Karnataka Proposes Reduction in BESCOM’S RPO Target from 13% to 12%

Karnataka Proposes Reduction in BESCOM’S RPO Target from 13% to 12%

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has proposed changes to the regulations passed in 2011 with regards to the procurement of energy from renewable sources. The regulation will extend to ...
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Himachal Pradesh Issues Draft Amendment to Rooftop Solar Regulations

Himachal Pradesh Issues Draft Amendment to Rooftop Solar Regulations

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has issued Draft (Rooftop Solar photovoltaic (PV) Grid Interactive System based on Net Metering) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2018. The draft is open for ...
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Solar Modules

Zimbabwe to Soon Begin the Development of its Largest 22 MW Solar Project

Zimbabwe will soon begin the construction of its largest independent power producer (IPP) solar PV project. SOVENTIX South Africa, a subsidiary of solar project developer SOVENTIX GmbH has been awarded ...
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Maharashtra Floats a 50 MW Solar Tender Across 30 Districts

Solar Projects Facing Land Challenges in Rajasthan’s Bhadla Park

Solar projects aggregating 750 MW under development in Rajasthan’s Bhadla Solar Park are facing delays due to land procurement issues. According to Mercom’s India Solar PV Project Tracker, the entire ...
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Rising Competition in India’s Solar Market has Cut Margins to the Bone

Rising Competition in India’s Solar Market has Cut Margins to the Bone: Interview

Mercom India’s news team recently had the opportunity to speak with energy solutions provider GoodWe’s sales head for south and east Asia, James Hou. Hou shed some light on the ...
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CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

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

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued an order to compensate solar power developers (SPD) by giving them an upfront lumpsum payment, which they would have incurred as an ...
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Indian Railways to Become Net-Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030

South Western Railway Installs Solar Panels at 19 of its Buildings

The South Western Railway (SWR) is making strides to go green. In a new development, the railway zone installed solar panels of 3,505 kilowatt-peak (kW) capacity across its multiple buildings, ...
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SECI Invites EoIs to Develop 160 MW Solar Wind Hybrid Project with Energy Storage

SECI’s ISTS-Connected Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects’ RfS Reduced to 1,200 MW from 2,500 MW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has amended the RfS for 2,500 MW of ISTS-connected wind-solar hybrid power projects (tranche-I). According to the amendment, the capacity of ISTS-connected wind-solar ...
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GRIDCO Asks Bidders to Match Lowest Tariff Quoted at its 200 MW Solar Auction

IFC to Finance 50 MW Solar Project in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Finance has signed a $40 million agreement with the International Finance Corporation, a sister organization of the World Bank, for the development of a 50 MW ...
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Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification to extend the date of self-certification of six solar products from September 20, 2018 to January 1, 2019. The ...
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USTDA Funds Feasibility Study to Assess Viability of a 100 MW Solar Project in Mozambique

China’s Solar Subsidy Backlog Estimated to be Approximately $17.4 Billion

Many solar power projects in Ningxia, in the northwestern region of China, are finding it difficult to stay afloat, according to a report published by Reuters. These projects may face ...
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India’s Solar Market Share Leaders for First Half of 2018 Revealed

India’s Solar Market Share Leaders for First Half of 2018 Revealed

India’s solar installations recorded in the first half (1H) of calendar year 2018 totaled almost 5 GW and the country’s total installed capacity has exceeded 25 GW. Large-scale solar installations ...
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SolarEdge to Acquire Korean Battery Technology Company Kokam

SolarEdge to Acquire Korean Battery Technology Company Kokam

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (SolarEdge), an energy technology company that develops PV inverters, has announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire a major stake in Kokam Co., Ltd ...
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Hyderabad High Court Stays APERC Order Which Cut Down Incentive for Wind Developers

India Joins Hands with Finland for Environmental Cooperation

The Union Cabinet has approved an agreement between India and Finland on environmental corporation. The memorandum of cooperation will bring in the latest technologies and best practices that will further ...
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Industry Sees Many Challenges with BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

Industry Sees Many Challenges with BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

The rapid pace of solar installations in India has brought the concern for quality of equipment to the forefront. Recognizing the issue at hand, the Ministry of New and Renewable ...
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MNRE Extends Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules to September 20, 2018

B.Grimm Power Enters PPA for a 257 MW Solar Project in Vietnam

Thailand’s B.Grimm Power has entered into a power purchase agreement  (PPA) with Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) for solar projects totaling 257 MW in the country. The project is located in ...
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IFC Provides €40 Million Loan to Tunisia’s Attijari Bank for Renewable Projects

IFC Provides €40 Million Loan to Tunisia’s Attijari Bank for Renewable Projects

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a €40 million (~$46.2 million) subordinated loan to Attijari bank Tunisia, which is a private bank ...
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