The first month of 2018 kickstarted the year with a flood of activity in India’s renewable energy sector, with a series of announcements by government agencies and industry players alike adding further impetus to the country’s clean energy ambitions.
Here is a quick recap of the green energy developments that transpired in January:
India achieved a milestone of 20 GW in cumulative solar installations. According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, this total was comprised ~18.4 GW in utility-scale installations and ~1.6 GW in rooftop solar.
Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) amended the regulations for 860 MW of planned grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that were tendered in December 2017 for 43 taluks in the state.
The trade tiff between India and the United States concerning the Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) was referred to arbitration and New Delhi requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) set up a compliance panel to settle the dispute.
AES India and Mitsubishi Corporation began the construction of India’s first utility-scale energy storage system in the national capital. The 10 MW energy storage system will serve the grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) in New Delhi.
Punjab and Haryana became the latest states to announce draft regulations for the deviation charges of solar and wind power generation. Earlier in the month, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) also released draft regulations which said TNERC would impose deviation charges on developers for the under injection of power.
China’s CETC Renewable Energy Technology Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to set up a solar photovoltaic (PV) cell manufacturing plant in the state.
The New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) issued a tender to procure and set up 5,000 solar-powered water pumps in the state as part of the Off-Grid and Decentralized Solar Applications program.
Vector Green Energy, a portfolio company of India Infrastructure Fund II (IIF), completed the refinancing of two solar projects with 223 MW of combined capacity in Telangana.