CERC waives ISTS

CERC Waives Inter-State Transmission Charges for Solar Projects

In a welcome move for the solar project developers in the country, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has waived the transmission charges for using the Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) ...
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SAUBHAGYA Household Electrification Program Launched in Madhya Pradesh

SAUBHAGYA Household Electrification Program Launched in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh recently became the third state after Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir to join the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) program. Through the SAUBHAGYA rural electrification ...
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Indian Solar Developers Need Accurate Data Sets to Reduce Financing Costs

Interview: Indian Solar Developers Need Accurate Data Sets to Reduce Financing Costs

Solar project developers can reduce the financing costs for their projects by obtaining quality solar irradiance data and accurate generation estimates, according to two executives at companies that provide these ...
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ISA Discusses Recommendations with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Ahead of Next Budget

ISA Discusses Recommendations with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Ahead of Next Budget

In a recent meeting with a delegation from the Indian Solar Association (ISA) and the Finance Minister of India, the ISA voiced its concerns over an anti-dumping duty and the ...
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L&T Interview_ Government Should Focus More on Decentralized Solar

L&T Interview: Government Should Focus More on Decentralized Solar

The Indian solar sector has witnessed exponential growth in the past few years, thanks to supportive policies and the increasing experience of implementing agencies. The country has set an impressive ...
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ISMA Files Petition Seeking Imposition of Safeguard Duty on Imported Solar Cells

ISMA Files Petition Seeking Imposition of Safeguard Duty on Imported Solar Cells

The Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) has filed a petition with the Directorate General of Safeguards that seeks to impose a Safeguard Duty on imported solar cells from China, Malaysia, ...
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US Says India Failed to Comply with WTO Ruling in Solar DCR Case

India Failed to Comply with WTO Ruling in Solar DCR Case: US

In the ongoing saga of the World Trade Organization (WTO) solar Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) case between the U.S. and India, the U.S. has communicated to the WTO that India ...
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Interview - Now is the Time to Invest in Solar Cell Manufacturing Lines in India

Interview: Now is the Time to Invest in Solar Cell Manufacturing Lines in India

With domestic solar module manufacturing capacity announcements on the rise and an anti-dumping investigation pending, now is an opportune time to start new solar cell manufacturing lines in India, according ...
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MERC Okays MSEDCL Plan to Procure Renewable Power with Competitive Bidding

MERC Okays MSEDCL Plan to Procure Renewable Power with Competitive Bidding

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has won approval to procure wind, solar, and bagasse‑based cogeneration power at a rate discovered through a tariff‑based competitive bidding process. Rates ...
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MNRE Approves TANGEDCO’s Solar Park in Tamil Nadu

MNRE Approves TANGEDCO’s 500 MW Solar Park in Tamil Nadu

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has given its in-principle approval to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) for the development of a 500 MW solar ...
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Government Fixes Misclassification Issue of Solar Modules at Ports

Government Fixes Misclassification Issue of Solar Modules at Ports

Providing relief to solar project developers in the country, the government has put in place the much-required remedial measures to resolve the issue of misclassification of solar modules at country’s ...
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SECI Invites Expression of Interest to Set Up Solar Manufacturing

SECI Invites Expression of Interest to Set Up 20 GW of Solar Manufacturing

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) from prospective manufacturers to set up an integrated solar manufacturing facility in India within a three-year time-frame ...
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Bihar Draft Rooftop Solar Net and Gross Metering Regulations

Bihar Releases Draft Rooftop Solar Net and Gross Metering Regulations

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has released a draft document for rooftop net metering regulations that is open to comments and suggestions until January 5, 2018. The regulations are ...
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Interview - Government needs to ‘Handhold’ Local Solar Manufacturing for 5 to 10 Years

Interview: Government needs to ‘Handhold’ Local Solar Manufacturing for 5 to 10 Years

India’s domestic solar manufacturing sector is finding it difficult to cope with the falling prices of modules globally. In order to expand their businesses, local manufacturers need the government to ...
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India Solar Anti-dumping DGAD Oral Hearing

Both Sides Present Their Arguments at DGAD Hearing on Solar Anti-Dumping Investigation

The Office of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping (DGAD) held an oral hearing regarding the anti-dumping petition filed by the Indian Manufacturers Association (ISMA) against cells and modules from China, ...
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Indian Solar Imports Drop 40 Percent in Q3 but Still Up Significantly Year-over-Year

Indian Solar Imports Drop 40 Percent in Q3 but Still Up Significantly Year-over-Year

Import and export activity in the Indian solar sector dropped by $464.15 million (~₹30 billion) quarter-over-quarter to $776.08 million (~₹49.9 billion) in the third quarter of calendar year 2017. By ...
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Not Disheartened by Cancellation of Energy Storage Tenders in India_ IESA Director

Not Disheartened by Cancellation of Energy Storage Tenders in India: IESA Director

There is a growing market for battery and energy storage in India, but the pace of that growth is manifesting in a slow and steady manner as sector participants await ...
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MNRE Renewable Energy Testing and Certification

MNRE Issues National Lab Policy for Renewable Energy Testing and Certification

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a new National Lab Policy (NLP) to improve the quality and reliability of renewable energy projects in India. The policy, ...
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Madhya Pradesh Retains Must-Run Status for Solar and Wind

Madhya Pradesh Retains Must-Run Status for Solar and Wind

By keeping the must-run status Madhya Pradesh is sending a positive signal to developers and the investment community The Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has kept the must-run status ...
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New Goa Solar Policy Targets 150 MW of Solar by 2021

New Goa Solar Policy Targets 150 MW of Solar by 2021

The government and cabinet of ministers of Goa have approved the state’s Draft Solar Policy 2017, which sets a target of achieving 150 MW of solar by 2021. The policy ...
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Uttar Pradesh State Cabinet Approves Solar Policy 2017

Uttar Pradesh State Cabinet Approves Solar Policy 2017

The policy creates a 10‑year electricity duty exemption for sale of electricity from solar projects in the state Uttar Pradesh’s cabinet of ministers have approved the state’s Draft Solar Policy ...
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HDFC Ergo Launches the First Solar Energy Shortfall Insurance Policy in India

HDFC Ergo Launches the First Solar Energy Shortfall Insurance Policy in India

HDFC Ergo General Insurance Company a joint venture between HDFC Ltd., and ERGO International an insurance entity of Munich Re Group has launched the first solar energy shortfall insurance policy ...
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ISA Poised to Become a Treaty-Based International Intergovernmental Organization

ISA Poised to Become a Treaty-Based International Intergovernmental Organization

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is poised to become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organization on December 6, 2017, once Guinea ratifies the organization’s framework agreement. Guinea will become the fifteenth ...
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India Solar and Renewable Energy Policies Announced in November 2017

India Solar and Renewable Energy Policies Announced in November 2017

Central and state government agencies across India announced important new policies and made changes to some existing policies during the month of November. Here are some highlights. National The Government ...
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Luminous India Sees Big Growth for Residential Solar and Back-Up Power

Luminous India Interview: Residential Solar With Back-up Power Will See the Fastest Growth

The rapid growth in India’s solar sector is creating new avenues for companies to grow. In particular, the integration of solar with power back-up technology at the residential level is ...
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