US Accepts China’s Invitation to Enter WTO Consultation over its Solar Safeguard Measures

WTO Agrees to Set Up Compliance Panel for the Ongoing India-US Solar Trade Dispute

In a relief for India, the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to set up a panel to look into the ongoing trade conflict ...
Solar Module Prices in India Remained High in Q4 2017

Solar Module Prices in India Remained High in Q4 2017

According to Mercom’s 2017 Q4 and Annual India Solar Market Update,  the average selling price (ASP) of Chinese modules rose to $0.36 (~₹23.45)/W in Q4 2017 from $0.35 (~₹22.80)/W in Q3 ...
After January Slump, Non-Solar REC Trading Spikes in February 2018

After January Slump, Non-Solar REC Trading Spikes in February 2018

The number of non-solar Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) traded in India during February 2018 was roughly double the number traded during January 2018. The increase came as entities pounced on ...
Policy Roundup_ Important Solar Announcements by Government Agencies in February 2018

Policy Roundup: Important Solar Announcements by Government Agencies in February 2018

During the month of February, several important announcements were made by the government to facilitate the country’s transition toward a more sustainable future. The following are some of the key ...
M-KOPA Partners with Mastercard to Provide Off-Grid Solar Solutions in Africa

M-KOPA Partners with Mastercard to Provide Off-Grid Solar Solutions in Africa

M-KOPA Solar, a Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) energy provider to off-grid homes, has partnered with Mastercard to provide electricity access to households in Africa. The partnership will provide Africans living without electricity ...
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Delhi Releases Draft Energy Conservation Building Code to Facilitate Rooftop Solar

Delhi Releases Draft Energy Conservation Building Code to Facilitate Rooftop Solar

The Delhi government has released its draft Delhi Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2018. The draft ECBC aims to create minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design and construction of commercial ...
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Greenko Interview: Recent Low Wind Tariffs Cannot be Compared with Solar

Greenko Interview: Recent Low Wind Tariffs Cannot be Compared with Solar

The introduction of reverse auctions in the wind sector is making the power generation source increasingly competitive with solar and thermal power in India. In a recently concluded 500 MW ...
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Over 2 GW of Solar Tenders Postponed Due to Uncertainty Around Safeguard Duty

Over 2 GW of Solar Tenders Postponed Due to Uncertainty Around Safeguard Duty

More than 2 GW of planned solar tenders have been postponed across three Indian states recently as bidders have been deterred by the ongoing uncertainty around proposed duties on critical ...
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Madras High Court Postpones Safeguard Duty Hearing to March 2, 2018

Madras High Court Postpones Safeguard Duty Hearing to March 2, 2018

The Safeguard Duty case in the Madras High Court will continue to be dragged on for some more time. According to Mercom’s sources in the court, the Madras High Court ...
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Use of Mislabeled Imported Panels in DCR Projects to be Penalized

Use of Mislabeled Imported Solar Panels in DCR Projects to be Penalized

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an order stating that project developers will be penalized for the utilization of imported solar modules to develop projects under ...
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IREDA Gets a Nod from SEBI to Launch IPO

IREDA Gets a Nod from SEBI to Launch IPO

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has received a green signal from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for the launch of its Initial Public Offering (IPO). Now, ...
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MNRE Removes DCR Clause from 5 GW Viability Gap Funding Program

MNRE Removes DCR Clause from 5 GW Viability Gap Funding Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) program to develop 5 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) ...
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Indian Solar Installations Grew by 123% to Reach a Record 9.6 GW in 2017

Indian Solar Installations Grew by 123% to Reach a Record 9.6 GW in 2017

Indian solar installations in calendar year 2017 grew exponentially with the addition of 9,629 MW in new large-scale and rooftop solar capacity. The installation total was more than double the ...
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Afghanistan’s Power Utility Enters PPAs for 30 MW Grid-Connected Solar Projects

Afghanistan’s Power Utility Enters PPAs for 30 MW Grid-Connected Solar Projects

The national power utility of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), has entered Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for the purchase of power from two grid-connected solar PV projects. The two ...
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ReNew Power Signs Pact with Maharashtra Government for Investment Worth $2.17 Billion

ReNew Power Signs Pact with Maharashtra Government for Investment Worth $2.17 Billion

Indian renewable energy project developer ReNew Power has announced that it has inked a pact with the Maharashtra government for a proposed investment of ₹140 billion (~$2.17 billion) for the ...
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AT&C Losses Increased in Many States Under UDAY Program in 2017

AT&C Losses Increased in Many States Under UDAY Program in 2017

The aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses for the states and union territories under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program increased in the past one year, according to government ...
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Maharashtra’s New Textile Policy Promotes Utilization of Renewable Energy Sources

Maharashtra’s New Textile Policy Promotes Utilization of Renewable Energy Sources

The state government of Maharashtra has issued a new textile policy in a bid to make the state’s textile industry more profitable in the coming years. The new textile policy ...
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KSERC Sets ₹3.90/kWh as Interim Tariff for Power Purchased from IREDA

KSERC Sets ₹3.90/kWh as Interim Tariff for Power Purchased from IREDA

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has approved ₹3.90 (~$0.062)/kWh as the interim tariff for the electricity supplied from the 50 MW Kasargod Solar Park set up in Ambalathara ...
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MNRE Extends Project Commissioning Timeline for NREDCAP’s 30 MW Rooftop Solar Projects

MNRE Extends Project Commissioning Timeline for NREDCAP’s 30 MW Rooftop Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the project commissioning timeframe for 30 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects which are under development in the ...
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Odisha Removes Upper Limit of 1 MW for Net-Metered Rooftop Solar Projects

Odisha Removes Upper Limit of 1 MW for Net-Metered Rooftop Solar Projects

Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has removed the upper cap of 1 MW for rooftop solar projects in the state. The removal of the upper ceiling was part of the ...
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Interview: Cancelling Energy Storage Tenders Sends a Wrong Signal to the World

Interview: Cancelling Energy Storage Tenders Sends Wrong Signal to the World

India’s energy storage industry is not yet at the same level as more advanced global players, but the pricing, efficiency, scale, and technology of the country’s domestic manufacturers is undergoing ...
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China Installs Record 53 GW of Solar PV in 2017

China Installs Record 53 GW of Solar PV in 2017

The year 2017 proved to be an outstanding one for China’s solar industry. The country added an astounding 53.06 GW in solar installations a 54 percent Year over Year (YoY) ...
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Cleantech Solar to Develop 27 MW Rooftop Solar PV Projects in Asia

Cleantech Solar to Develop 27 MW Rooftop Solar PV Projects in Asia

Cleantech Solar, a Singapore-based solar project developer, has announced that it will develop rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects aggregating 27 MW in three Asian countries. The company recently inked Power ...
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Ministry of Power Waives ISTS Charges for Wind and Solar Projects Commissioned up to 2022

Ministry of Power Waives ISTS Charges for Wind and Solar Projects Commissioned up to 2022

The Ministry of Power has issued an order stating that no interstate transmission charges and losses will be levied on solar and wind power projects commissioned up to March 31, ...
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Tata Power’s Renewables Business Profit Jumps to ₹720 million in Q3 FY2018

Tata Power’s Renewables Business Profit Jumps to ₹720 Million in Q3 FY2018

Tata Power reported Q3 consolidated net profit of ₹6.12 billion (~$95.32 million), slightly below compared to the same quarter last year of ₹6.19 billion (~$96.41 million). Underlying earnings before interest, ...
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