MNRE Readies Blueprint for Developing Decentralized Solar Projects

MNRE Readies Blueprint for Developing Decentralized Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued draft guidelines for the development of decentralized solar power projects. The MNRE has called for comments, suggestions, and opinions from ...
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State Should Not Revisit Solar, Wind PPAs Based on ‘Apprehensions’_ RK Singh to Andhra CM

State Should Not Revisit Solar, Wind PPAs Based on ‘Apprehensions’: RK Singh to Andhra CM

In yet another letter to the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Power Minister R.K. Singh has urged Jaganmohan Reddy not to revisit power purchase agreements (PPA) for solar and wind ...
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Andhra Court Quashes Government Order Asking Solar and Wind Developers to Reduce Tariff

Andhra Court Quashes Government Order Asking Solar and Wind Developers to Reduce Tariff

In a much-needed relief for the renewable developers, the Andhra High Court has quashed the state government’s order and letter issued to renewable developers to reduce their quoted tariffs. Considering ...
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Bharat Electronics Seeks Bidders to Procure Monocrystalline Solar Cells

Bharat Electronics Seeks Bidders to Procure Monocrystalline Solar Cells

The government-owned electronics manufacturer and supplier, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has issued a request for quotation (RfQ) for the procurement of 798,430 monocrystalline silicon solar cells. The government undertaking has ...
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Bihar Asks Developers to Reduce Tariff for 250 MW of Solar Projects

Bihar Asks Developers to Reduce Tariff for 250 MW of Solar Projects

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has rejected a petition filed by Bihar State Power Holding Company (BSPHCL) on behalf of North Bihar Power Distribution Company (NBPDCL), and South Bihar ...
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MNRE Issues Blueprint for Dispute Resolution Committee for Solar & Wind Projects

MNRE Issues Blueprint for Dispute Resolution Committee for Solar & Wind Projects

The Indian solar market has grown from a 3 GW installed capacity in 2014 to 35 GW in 2019. With the rapid expansion of solar and wind sectors, the disputes involving the ...
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Solar Industry Stakeholders Want Stable Policy Environment to Tide Over Turbulent Times

Solar Industry Stakeholders Want Stable Policy Environment to Tide Over Turbulent Times

A consistent and stable policy environment is the need of the hour to stabilize and nurture the solar industry back to health was the consensus arrived at the panel discussion ...
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NTPC to Enlist Vendors for Topographical Survey for Renewable Projects

NTPC to Enlist Vendors for Topographical Survey for Renewable Projects

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids to enlist vendors for conducting topographical surveys for renewable energy projects. The surveys would be conducted on plain land, desert, or ...
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India’s Move to Cut Corporate Tax from 30% to 22% Likely to Boost Domestic Solar Companies

India’s Move to Cut Corporate Tax from 30% to 22% Likely to Boost Domestic Solar Companies

The finance ministry of India has passed an ordinance bill to give the Indian economy a fiscal stimulus of $20.4 billion by way of reducing corporate tax rates from 30% ...
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MNRE Proposes Basic Customs Duty on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

MNRE Proposes Basic Customs Duty on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

The Minister of Power R.K. Singh has proposed that basic customs duty (BCD) be imposed on imported solar cells and modules from April 2021 in a letter to the finance ...
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Gujarat Relaxes its Solar Policy to Benefit MSMEs

Gujarat Relaxes its Solar Policy to Benefit MSMEs

In a welcome move, the Gujarat government has relaxed the state’s solar policy to allow micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) to install solar projects that are more than 100% ...
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Uttarakhand Extends Benchmark Capital Cost and Generic Tariff for 52 MW of Solar Projects

Uttarakhand Extends Benchmark Capital Cost and Generic Tariff for 52 MW of Solar Projects

The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has approved the extension of benchmark capital cost and generic tariff for the financial year 2019-20 (up to October 2020) for the upcoming solar ...
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India’s Gift to the United Nations_ 193 Solar Panels for Every Member State

India’s Gift to the United Nations: 193 Solar Panels for Every Member State

In its recent gesture of support for renewable energy, India has gifted 193 solar panels to the United Nations (UN). These solar panels are for each of UN’s 193 member ...
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India Was the Third Largest Solar Market Globally in Q2 2019 Behind China and the US

India Was the Third Largest Solar Market Globally in Q2 2019 Behind China and the US

India held on to its position as the third-largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019. The United States was the second-largest market behind China. According ...
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Mercom India Research Releases White Paper on Indian Solar Market at REI Expo

Mercom India Research Releases White Paper on Indian Solar Market at REI Expo

Mercom India Research, the research arm of Mercom India has released a whitepaper ‘India Solar Market – An Overview,’ in partnership with the Renewable Energy India Expo and Conference. The ...
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National Solar Federation Says Domestic Content Requirement May Hurt KUSUM Program

National Solar Federation Says Domestic Content Requirement May Hurt KUSUM Program

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) in a consultative session with industry stakeholders held last week, has expressed its concerns regarding the domestic content requirement (DCR) being mandated ...
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Rajasthan Solar Policy 2019 Sets Target of Achieving 25 GW Capacity by FY 2020-21

Rajasthan Solar Policy 2019 Sets Target of Achieving 25 GW Capacity by FY 2020-21

The Rajasthan government, through the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), has launched its Solar Energy Policy 2019. The policy aims to deploy 25 GW of solar energy capacity in ...
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Uttarakhand DISCOM Asked to Amend its Draft PPA for 200 MW of Solar Projects

Uttarakhand DISCOM Asked to Amend its Draft PPA for 200 MW of Solar Projects

The Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) recently approached the Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) seeking its approval for the model power purchase agreement (PPA) between the petitioner and the selected ...
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Intent Is Not to Terminate Solar and Wind PPAs but to Arrive at Mutually Agreed Tariff_ Andhra

Intent Is Not to Terminate Solar & Wind PPAs but to Arrive at Mutually Agreed Tariff: Andhra

On Friday, September 13, 2019, the Andhra Pradesh High Court heard arguments from legal representatives of the state government and developers in the matter of the state government’s attempt to ...
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Rajasthan Proposes Purchase of Excess Power Generated by Solar Pumps at ₹3.44_kWh

Rajasthan Proposes Purchase of Excess Power Generated by Solar Pumps at ₹3.44/kWh

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued a draft order inviting suggestions and comments for to determine pre-fixed levelized tariff and the rate of purchase of excess electricity by ...
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Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Trading Reduces by Half in August 2019

Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Trading Reduces by Half in August 2019

In the August 2019 renewable energy certificate (REC) trading session, there was a significant fall in the number of solar and non-solar RECs that were traded compared to July. A ...
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REIL Issues 3 Tenders to Procure Solar Cells and Module Mounting Structures

REIL Issues 3 Tenders to Procure Solar Cells and Module Mounting Structures

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), the government-owned manufacturer of electronic products, has issued three separate notices inviting tenders for rate contracts for the procurement of 4.5 watts (W) ...
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Maharashtra Commission Approves a Tariff of ₹3.10_kWh for 7 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Commission Approves a Tariff of ₹3.10/kWh for 7 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) recently approached the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) seeking its approval for the adoption ...
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Centre for Science and Environment Takes Solar to Schools in Himachal Pradesh

Centre for Science and Environment Takes Solar to Schools in Himachal Pradesh

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based research body, recently launched an initiative called ‘Solar in Schools,’ in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. To highlight the importance of solar ...
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Third Edition of Global RE-INVEST Meet and Expo Postponed Indefinitely

Third Edition of Global RE-INVEST Meet and Expo Postponed to 2020

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has postponed the third edition of its global Renewable Energy Investors’ meet and expo (3rd RE-INVEST), citing “unavoidable reasons”. The 3rd RE-INVEST ...
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