MNRE Issues Advisory

MNRE Issues Advisory Asking States to Extend Project Commissioning Timeline for Select Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has advised states to extend project commissioning timelines for select solar projects. The extension will be applicable to solar projects that have ...
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Mercom India Solar Market Update

India Installs 4.8 GW of Solar in the First Half of 2017, Eclipsing All of 2016

1.9 GW installed in Q2 2017, over 10 GW projected in 2017 The Indian solar market added 1,869 megawatts (MW) in the second quarter of 2017, bringing installations in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
loan to DISCOMs

Haryana DISCOMs to Get Rs.7.5 Billion (~$116 Million) Under UDAY Program

The Haryana government will provide Rs.7.5 billion (~$116.38 million) loan to distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Haryana at a concessional rate of interest (about 3 percent lower than the market rate) ...
GAT Update

GST UPDATE: Confusion Reigns around GST for Solar Systems, MNRE Wants 5 Percent Rate for All Components

There is still a lot of confusion around GST for solar systems, which has created a lot of uncertainty in the solar sector. Tender activity has come to a standstill ...
Solar Anti Dumping

China to Cooperate With India to Resolve Solar Anti-Dumping Issue

China wants an amicable resolution to the solar anti-dumping issue with India at the same time raising concerns that the levy of a duty might hinder the growth of the ...
India Solar Anti-dumping Case Initiation

India’s Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar Imports from China, Taiwan and Malaysia Underway

The office of the Directorate General of Anti-dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) India, has started the investigation into the anti-dumping petition - filed by the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) ...
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India, China Anti-dumping

UPDATE: DGAD’s Office Initiates Anti-Dumping Proceedings Against Solar Imports

The office of the Directorate General of Anti-dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) India, has notified the Chinese Embassy in India that they have received a petition for investigation regarding the ...
Government of Mizoram

Government of Mizoram Issues Solar Power Policy 2017 with Focus on Ensuring Sustainable Energy Mix for the State

The State Government of Mizoram has issued the Mizoram Solar Power Policy 2017. The policy is aimed at ensuring reliable power supply and a sustainable energy mix for the state ...
MNRE Solar Project

MNRE Issues Advisory to States to Utilize Spare Space Near Substations to Develop Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an advisory asking state governments to utilize available spare space near substations and prioritize construction of solar projects based on ...
solar project

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission Proposes Net Metering Changes for Rooftop Solar

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has proposed changes to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, Net Metering for Roof-top Solar Photo Voltaic Systems Regulations, 2015. The new regulations will be ...
Goa Energy Development Agency Releases Draft Solar Policy 2017

Goa Energy Development Agency Releases Draft Solar Policy 2017

The Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) released Draft Solar Policy 2017. The draft is open for comments up to July 14, 2017. The agency stated, “Goa being eco-sensitive, no thermal ...
Gujarat Releases Solar Net-Metering Regulations

Gujarat Releases Solar Net-Metering Regulations

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) released the GERC Net-Metering Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive Systems (First Amendment) Regulations 2017. The regulations will be in effect from the date of ...
Policy Roundup

India Renewable Energy Policy Roundup: June 2017

Mercom’s renewable energy policy roundup from central, state and government agencies in India for the month of June 2017: The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) issued a levelized generic tariff ...
Month in a Minute

Month in a Minute: Important Headlines and Data Points from the Indian Renewable Energy Sector in June 2017

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) de-empaneled 71 channel partners fromits grid-connected rooftop and small solar power projects program. These agencies had not entered any installation data or ...
DCR Category to Officially End in December 2017

DCR Category to Officially End in December 2017

The United States and India have agreed that December 14, 2017 will be the last day for domestic content requirement (DCR) category. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Article ...
UPNEDA Policy

Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency Issues Draft Solar Power Policy 2017

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has issued the ‘Draft Solar Power Policy-2017’ for Uttar Pradesh. When made official, the policy will remain in operation for ...
MNRE VGF

MNRE Amends Guideline for Implementation of 5,000 MW VGF Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of 5,000 MW viability gap funding (VGF) program for solar under National Solar Mission (NSM) ...
Indian Solar Imports Grow 36 Percent Year-over-Year, Exports Decline 60 Percent in FY 2016-17

Indian Solar Imports Grow 36 Percent Year-over-Year, Exports Decline 60 Percent in FY 2016-17

In the financial year (FY) 2016-17, import and export activity totaling $3.27 billion (~Rs.218.8 billion) was registered in the Indian solar sector according to Department of Commerce data. This was ...
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SOP

Delhi Lt. Governor Directs Power Department to Prepare a Standard Operating Procedure for Promoting Solar Power

The Delhi Lt. Governor has directed the power department to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) as well as a roadmap for promoting installation of solar power panels in the ...
Where Are We With GST

It’s Official: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Confirms 5 Percent GST for Solar

India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, confirmed a solar GST rate of 5 percent at the 15th meeting of the GST Council held today. This official clarification ends a week of ...
Month in a Minute

Month in a Minute: Important Headlines and Data Points from the Indian Renewable Sector in May 2017

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $100 million (~Rs.6.46 billion) loan to the Punjab National Bank (PNB) to finance large solar rooftop systems on industrial and commercial buildings across ...
GST

Revenue Secretary Says Solar Module GST Rate To Be 5 Percent

The Revenue Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Hasmukh Adhia, has tweeted that “all solar equipments and its parts would attract 5 percent GST only.” He has given statements ...
Where Are We With GST

UPDATED: Where Are We with Solar GST in India

The government of India released the Goods and Services Tax (GST) schedule on May 18th, listing commodities in respective tax slabs of zero, 5 percent, 12 percent, 18 percent and ...
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auction

Appellate Tribunal Directs TNERC to Hear Adani’s Plea Over Curtailment

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has directed the Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) to hear Adani Group's plea over solar power curtailment issues faced by ...
Solar Imports Grew by 34 Percent Year-over-Year, Exports Declined 58 Percent in the First 11 Months of Financial Year 2016-17

Solar Imports Grew by 34 Percent Year-over-Year, Exports Declined 58 Percent in the First 11 Months of Financial Year 2016-17

In the 11 months from April to February in financial year (FY) 2016-17, export and import activity totaling $2.61 billion (~Rs.175.7 billion) was registered in the Indian solar sector, according ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar