96,376 Solar Pumps for Farmers Have Been Approved in 2 Years

96,376 Solar Pumps for Farmers Have Been Approved in 2 Years

The Government of India has a target of adding over 10,000 MW of solar capacity to solarize the agriculture sector. Solar power is one of the most versatile forms of ...
MNRE Relaxes Land-Owning Criteria in its Solar Park Program for CPSUs

MNRE Relaxes Land-Owning Criteria in its Solar Park Program for CPSUs

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum modifying certain provisions of its solar park program for the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) units. According to the MNRE, ...
RK Singh Asks Andhra Pradesh CM to Exercise Restraint in Solar & Wind PPA Renegotiations

RK Singh Asks Andhra Pradesh CM to Exercise Restraint in Solar & Wind PPA Renegotiations

The Minister for Power R. K. Singh has written to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy, cautioning him to practice restraint when it comes to renegotiations of power purchase agreements ...
BHEL Seeks BoS Vendors for 5 MW of Floating Solar Projects in West Bengal

BHEL Seeks BoS Vendors for 5 MW of Floating Solar Projects in West Bengal

State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued a tender for the supply of Balance of System (BoS) items needed for the installation of the 5 MW of floating solar ...
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Low Tariffs Pushing Developers to Cut Costs and Quality of Solar Mounting Structures

Low Tariffs Pushing Developers to Cut Costs and Quality of Solar Mounting Structures

Module mounting structures are the backbone of any solar photovoltaic (PV) energy project. Good quality mounting structures on a ground-mounted or rooftop solar project not only helps maintain the optimum ...
China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has approved 22.78 GW of feed-in tariff (FiT) based solar projects. These solar PV projects are expected to be grid-connected by December 2019. They have been approved under China’s first national unified bidding for solar projects seeking feed-in-tariffs. A total of 4,338 solar PV projects with a combined capacity of 24.55 GW were proposed to be developed, but only 3,921 projects totaling 22.78 GW have received the official approval. Apart from these, 417 proposed solar projects with a capacity of approximately 1.77 GW have not been approved. Out of the approved projects, 366 are ground-mounted utility-scale solar projects with a total capacity of 18.12 GW. Moreover, 473 of them are distributed generation solar projects totaling 0.56 GW while 3,082 are self-generation or excess capacity solar projects totaling 4.10 GW. The feed-in-tariffs approved range from RMB 0.2795 ($0.0406)/kWh to RMB 0.55 ($0.08)/kWh. The average submitted tariff was RMB 0.3281 ($0.0478)/kWh, and the official deadline of the approved 22.78 GW is set for December 31, 2019. If the grid connection takes place in 2020, the approved tariffs will be reduced by RMB 0.01 ($0.001)/kWh each quarter up to the second quarter of 2020. If solar PV projects are connected after June 30, 2020, the approved feed-in-tariff will be revoked, and the projects would stand canceled. In May 2019, the Price Bureau of China’s National Development and Reform Commission had announced the level of solar FiT payments for large-scale projects. For the ease of implementation, the country had been broadly categorized into three regions: Region 1, 2, and 3. In the 2019 bidding process, 23 provinces had participated. The most favored destination is Guizhou Province with more than 3.6 GW, followed by Shaanxi Province with more than 3 GW, and 13 other provinces, each with more than 1 GW to be installed. Gansu Province and Xinjiang Autonomous Region were not allowed to participate due to the prevailing grid curtailment issues. Heilongjiang, Jilin, Yunnan, and Hainan did not join this bidding process, mainly due to limited grid capacities. According to Frank Haugwitz of Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA), larger projects were allowed to submit competitive tariffs with the lowest at RMB 0.2795. “Given the 2019 results, it appears that the single most important evaluation criterion was the feed-in-tariff submitted by the developers. It is possible that during the 2020 bidding, other factors might be taken into account when evaluating submitted bids in an attempt to increase the share of distributed projects,” he added. According to Frank’s communique, “In light of the 22.78 GW of feed-in-tariff supported projects approved, AECEA has increased its 2019 full-year guidance from 32-34 GW to 38-42 GW, thus still representing a decline of approximately 5-14% year-over-year. AECEA’s forecast takes into account the feed-in-tariff, grid-parity, residential, poverty alleviation, top-runner, and demonstration projects along ultra-high voltage long-distance transmission lines. According to China’s National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) data, between January and May 2019, a total of 7.61 GW of solar PV projects were installed, representing a decrease of 44% year-over-year (YoY). Ground-mounted utility-scale projects amounted to 3.83 GW (+9% YoY), and distributed projects totaled 3.27 GW (-61% YoY). In May, only 1.43 GW of solar capacity was installed, a decline of 42% YoY. The CNREC estimates that in June, possibly 5 GW could be installed, leading to approximately 12.6 GW during the first half of 2019. Compared with the 24.30 GW capacity installed during the same period in 2018, this will represent a decrease of approximately 52% YoY. At the end of May 2019, China was home to 182.07 GW of total installed solar power generation capacity comprising 127.68 GW (70.2%) of ground-mounted utility-scale projects and 54.39 GW (29.8%) of distributed generation. Mercom recently reported that China installed 5.2 GW of solar PV capacity in the first quarter of 2019. When compared to Q1 2018, this was nearly a 40% decline in the installation numbers in which China had installed 9.65 GW of solar PV capacity.

China Approves Nearly 23 GW of Solar Projects Based on Feed-in Tariff Mechanism

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has approved 22.78 GW of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) based solar projects. These solar PV projects are expected to be grid-connected by December 2019. They ...
Rajasthan Budget Targets 1.4 GW of Wind, 4.9 GW of Solar in the Next Five Years

Rajasthan Budget Targets 1.4 GW of Wind, 4.9 GW of Solar in the Next Five Years

The revised 2019-2020 budget for Rajasthan has introduced various grants for the renewable energy sector. The chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, in his budget speech, mentioned that the new ...
Solar EPC Company Sterling and Wilson Solar Receives SEBI's Approval for its IPO

Solar EPC Company Sterling and Wilson Solar Receives SEBI’s Approval for its IPO

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has given its approval to Sterling and Wilson Solar Limited (SWSL) to float its proposed initial public offering that is estimated to ...
Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to September 2019

Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to September 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for the Bureau of Indian Standards certification of solar inverters. Considering that the series guidelines for inverters are ...
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Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc in Madhya Pradesh, Damage a 250 MW Solar Project

The onslaught of monsoon and severe weather has caused significant damage to a 250 MW solar PV project in Madhya Pradesh. Heavy rainfall and lightning accompanied by storm with wind ...
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Budgetary Allocation for Solar Increased by 1% While Coal Gets a 48% Boost in 2019-20

Budgetary Allocation for Solar Increases by 1% While Coal Gets a 48% Boost in 2019-20

In the recently announced budget for FY 2019-2020, there is a very slight increase in the budgetary allocation of funds for the solar energy sector when compared to the allocation ...
GAIL Issues Tender for Operation and Maintenance of a 5 MW Solar Project in Jaisalmer

GAIL Issues Tender for Operation and Maintenance of a 5 MW Solar Project in Jaisalmer

The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has issued an annual domestic bidding contract for the operation and maintenance of a 5 MW solar PV project at Ramgarh, Jaisalmer. The ...
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ABB

ABB to Quit Solar Inverter Business, FIMER to Take Over

Switzerland-headquartered ABB and Italian company FIMER have signed an agreement under which FIMER will acquire ABB’s solar inverter business. The transaction is expected to enhance the prospects of the solar ...
NTPC Invites EPC Vendors to Enlist for Solar Projects Between 10-50 MW

NTPC Invites EPC Vendors to Enlist for Solar Projects Between 10-50 MW

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued tender inviting applications from eligible vendors for the enlistment of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) bidders to develop floating or ground-mounted solar ...
Is Group Captive the Next Attractive Solar Market in 2019?

Is Group Captive the Next Attractive Solar Market in 2019?

On paper, the open access solar is an attractive source of power for large consumers (with a connected load of more than 1 MW). It allows them to procure solar ...
PPA for 12 MW Waste Gas-Based Captive Project Approved in West Bengal

PPA for 12 MW Waste Gas-Based Captive Project Approved in West Bengal

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has approved the power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 12 MW waste gas-based power generation project in the state. The commission had received ...
Budget 2019

Promising Budget 2019 Instills Hope in India’s Renewable Industry and E-Mobility Segment

The new budget is here and it sounds promising for the country’s fledgling non-conventional energy sector. This year’s budget shows a marked increase in the budgetary allocations for renewable energy ...
NSEFI Cautions MNRE Against Anti-Dumping Duty on Solar Mounting Structure Products

NSEFI Cautions MNRE Against Anti-Dumping Duty on Solar Mounting Structure Products

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has written to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) expressing its concerns over the levy of anti-dumping duty on aluminum and ...
BHEL Seeks Module Cleaning System Supplier for 129 MW of Solar Projects in Telangana

BHEL Seeks Module Cleaning System Supplier for 129 MW of Solar Projects in Telangana

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a public sector undertaking, has floated a tender for the supply, instrumentation, and construction (I&C) of a module cleaning system for 129 MW of solar ...
MNRE Details Role and Responsibilities of DISCOMs Under the 12 GW Solar CPSU Program

MNRE Details Roles and Responsibilities of DISCOMs Under the 12 GW Solar CPSU Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification regarding the modalities and role of distribution companies (DISCOMs) to ensure the smooth implementation of the second phase ...
Important News Snippets from India’s Renewable Industry in June 2019

Important News Snippets from India’s Renewable Industry in June 2019

In the month of June 2019, the most important news development in India’s renewable industry came from the United States with President Trump ending India’s designation as a beneficiary developing ...
Andhra Pradesh to Issue Recovery Notices to Solar, Wind Projects for Loss Caused to DISCOM

Andhra Pradesh to Issue Recovery Notices to Solar, Wind Projects for Loss Caused to DISCOM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy held a review meeting with the state’s energy department to deliberate on the recent decision to revisit the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) of the ...
Solar Developers Seek Transparency in DISCOM Payments, Approvals and Grid Curtailment

Solar Developers Seek Transparency in DISCOM Payments, Approvals and Grid Curtailment

In the recent strategic meeting held by the Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA), the key industry stakeholders deliberated upon major issues affecting the developers ranging from deviation settlement issues to ...
Gujarat’s New Budget Emphasizes on the Growth of Rooftop Solar Sector

Gujarat’s New Budget Emphasizes on the Growth of Rooftop Solar Sector

In the Gujarat state’s budget announced for the current financial year (FY) 2019-2020, a recalibrated target of 30 GW of renewable capacity by 2022 has been announced. This target includes ...
Policy Highlights from India’s Solar Industry and Other Renewables in June 2019

Policy Highlights from India’s Solar Industry and Other Renewables in June 2019

The month of June saw important policy announcements by the central as well as the state agencies. The policy highlights covered various issues like for module registration, tariffs, net metering, ...