African Development Bank Approves $21.7 Million for Solar Pumps in Sudan

African Development Bank Approves $21.7 Million for Solar Pumps in Sudan

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $21.78 million (~₹1.54 billion) grant to the government of Sudan to promote the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps in the country. The ...
Andhra Pradesh Seeks Suppliers for Bidirectional Solar Net Meters

Andhra Pradesh Seeks Suppliers for Bidirectional Solar Net Meters

The Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) has invited bids for bidirectional solar net meters to be installed in the state. The tender calls for the supply of ...
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JA Solar Lists on Shenzhen Stock Exchange

JA Solar Lists on Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Beijing-based solar module manufacturer JA Solar has announced that it has successfully listed its common stock on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) and has started trading from December 13, 2019. The company ...
Maharashtra Approves Tariff of ₹2.99_kWh for 50 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Approves Tariff of ₹2.99/kWh for 50 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has allowed the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to procure solar power at rates ...
Mercom India’s Most Read Articles of 2019

Mercom India’s Most Read Articles of 2019

The Indian solar industry did not fare as well as expected in 2019. The year saw some state-level policy upheavals, auction delays and cancelations, and a sluggish economy, among a ...
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CERC Grants Extension to Solar Projects in Rajasthan for Delay in Road Construction

CERC Grants Extension to Solar Projects in Rajasthan for Delay in Road Construction

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has agreed with a petition that argued that the holdup in road construction by the state government delayed the project commissioning, which was beyond ...
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Maharashtra’s 1,350 MW Solar Auction Receives Poor Response and a Single Bid of 5 MW

Maharashtra’s 1,350 MW Solar Auction Receives Poor Response and a Single Bid of 5 MW

MSEDCL had floated 30 district wise tenders on August 31, 2019, to procure 1,350 MW of solar power in 30 circles with project sizes ranging from 25 MW to 50 ...
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Court Asks Andhra DISCOMs to Clear Solar and Wind Power Dues in a Month

Court Asks Andhra DISCOMs to Clear Solar and Wind Power Dues in a Month

Coming down heavily on the state distribution companies, the Andhra Pradesh High Court at Amravati has directed the Andhra Pradesh distribution companies (DISCOMs) to clear the dues of solar and ...
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Rajasthan Targets 30 GW of Solar Capacity by 2025 in its New Policy

Rajasthan Targets 30 GW of Solar Capacity by 2025 in its New Policy

Rajasthan has released its Solar Energy Policy, 2019, which aims to achieve a target of 30 GW of solar power by financial year (FY) 2024-25. Of this, utility or grid-scale ...
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2019_ A Lost Year for India’s Solar Sector

Year in Review: 2019 A Lost Year for India’s Solar Sector

The year largely failed to live up to the expectations with solar installations expected to cross 7 GW for the year. Inconsistent policy implementation, trade policies, a slowing economy, and ...
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Chhattisgarh Commission Lays Out Tariff Terms for Renewable Projects in the State

Chhattisgarh Commission Lays Out Tariff Terms for Renewable Projects in the State

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has specified the terms and conditions of tariffs for renewable energy sources for the sale of power to distribution licensees. The renewable projects ...
Solar RPO Target of 13.5% by 2024-25 Stiff and Unachievable, Says Maharashtra DISCOM

Solar RPO Target of 13.5% by 2024-25 Stiff and Unachievable, Says Maharashtra DISCOM

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) has suggested revisions to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (MERC) draft regulations on renewable purchase obligations (RPO). As reported previously by Mercom, ...
AMEA Power Signs PPA with EETC for Renewable Projects in Egypt

AMEA Power Signs PPA with EETC for Renewable Projects in Egypt

Dubai-based AMEA Power, a subsidiary of Al Nowais Investment (ANI), has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for a 200 MW solar PV ...
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Solar Developers’ Rift with Maharashtra’s Draft Order on Net Metering Intensifies

Solar Developers’ Rift with Maharashtra’s Draft Order on Net Metering Intensifies

The tussle between the rooftop solar industry and the distribution companies (DISCOMs) has intensified in Maharashtra, with both sides adamant on not ceding their ground. Now, the Maharashtra Solar Sangathan ...
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Long-Term Open Access Customers Get Highest Priority in Uttar Pradesh

Long-Term Open Access Customers Get Highest Priority in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has come up with open access regulations, termed as the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (terms and conditions for open access) Regulations, 2019 ...
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Haryana DISCOM Ordered to Pay Dues for Power from Captive Solar Project With Interest

Haryana DISCOM Ordered to Pay Dues for Power from Captive Solar Project With Interest

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has issued an order directing the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) to pay its dues to Merino Panel Products Limited for power injected ...
MNRE Issues Guidelines for DISCOMs Procuring Power from Decentralized Solar Projects

MNRE Issues Guidelines for DISCOMs Procuring Power from Decentralized Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines to develop decentralized solar power projects in the country. “The draft guidelines were placed on the ministry’s website for ...
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Maharashtra DISCOMs Adamant on Doing Away With Net Metering Regulations

Maharashtra DISCOMs Adamant on Doing Away With Net Metering Regulations

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has submitted its comments regarding the state commission’s suggestion to roll back net metering for all segments except residential. The Maharashtra Electricity ...
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China, US, and India Added 9.4 GW of Solar in Q3 2019

China, US, and India Added 9.4 GW of Solar in Q3 2019

The top 3 solar markets in the world - China, the U.S., and India collectively added 9.4 GW of solar in Q3 of 2019. The U.S. solar market installed 2.6 ...
CERC Dismisses SECI’s Petition Seeking Termination of Solar PPA Signed with Welspun

CERC Dismisses SECI’s Petition Seeking Termination of Solar PPA Signed with Welspun

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has dismissed a review petition filed by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The petition had asked for the review of the commission’s ...
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Committee on Energy Sceptical of India’s Ability to Achieve its Solar Target for 2022

Committee on Energy Sceptical of India’s Ability to Achieve its Solar Target for 2022

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy has expressed its concerns about the performance of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the country’s ability to achieve its 100 ...
CERC Accepts Two-Day Delay, Allows Issue of Pending RECs to ITC

CERC Accepts Two-Day Delay, Allows Issue of Pending RECs to ITC

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued an order directing the National Load Despatch Center (NLDC) to accept a procedural delay and allow the issue of 1,585 Renewable Energy ...
Airports in Assam, Bihar, and Maharashtra Go Solar

Airports in Assam, Bihar, and Maharashtra Go Solar

Vikram Solar has announced the commissioning of new solar projects at three airports for the Airports Authority of India. The three projects have been installed at Dibrugarh in Assam, Gaya ...
Karnataka Promotes Third-Party Investment for Rooftop Solar Projects

Karnataka Promotes Third-Party Investment for Rooftop Solar Projects

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has decided to encourage third-party investments in solar rooftop projects on consumers’ rooftops in a bid to accelerate capacity additions in the rooftop solar ...
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MNRE Amends Guidelines for Dispute Resolution Mechanism for Wind and Solar Developers

MNRE Amends Guidelines for Dispute Resolution Mechanism for Wind and Solar Developers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the order related to the Dispute Resolution Mechanism to resolve disputes between solar, wind developers, and the Solar Energy Corporation ...
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