Indian Solar Installations Grew by 123% to Reach a Record 9.6 GW in 2017

Indian Solar Installations Grew by 123% to Reach a Record 9.6 GW in 2017

Indian solar installations in calendar year 2017 grew exponentially with the addition of 9,629 MW in new large-scale and rooftop solar capacity. The installation total was more than double the ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
India Launches Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar Glass Imports from Malaysia

India Launches Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar Glass Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia is now under the scanner of Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) for export of textured tempered glass (solar glass), whether coated or uncoated, from Malaysia to ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
January 2018 Policy Wrap-up: Key Announcements Made by Government for Solar Sector

January 2018 Policy Wrap-Up: Key Government Announcements for the Solar Sector

Government agencies unveiled a slew of new policies for India’s solar sector in January. While some of the announcements were welcomed by the key industry players, there were a few ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Modules Exempt from U.S. Anti-Dumping Duty on Solar Imports

Indian Modules Exempt from US Anti-Dumping Duty on Solar Imports

The United States has exempted India from the levy of a 30 percent anti-dumping duty on its solar imports. India is one among the hundred countries including Brazil, South Africa, ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
President Trump Imposes 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Cells and Modules, Now It’s India’s Turn

President Trump Imposes 30 Percent Tariff on Solar Cells and Modules, Now It’s India’s Turn

President Trump today revealed the much-anticipated anti-dumping tariffs on imported solar cells and modules at 30 percent for the first year, which will gradually decline in five percent increments over a ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Market Forces Should Determine Solar Growth in India Without Subsidies

Interview: Market Forces Should Determine Solar Growth in India Without Subsidies

In line with the government’s ambitious renewable energy targets, India has seen an impressive increase in the rate at which these energy sources are being tapped for utilization. But given ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
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, ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
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, ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Anti-Dumping Duties Will Not Affect Auctioned Solar Projects in India

Anti-Dumping Duties Will Not Affect Auctioned Solar Projects in India

Several key players in India’s solar industry met recently to discuss the impact of the investigation into imported solar goods and possible effects of anti-dumping duty recommendation. This is the ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Solar Installations Totaled a Record 2.2 GW in Q3

Indian Solar Installations Totaled a Record 2.2 GW in Q3 as Uncertainties Loom

Indian solar installations totaled 2,247 MW in Q3 2017, up 300 MW from Q2 according to the recently released India Solar Market Update by Mercom India Research. However, like in ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
REC Solar Exec: Shift Towards Quality is Fueling Our Growth

REC Solar Exec: Shift Towards Quality is Fueling Our Growth

Anti-dumping investigations are underway in the U.S. and India – two of the world’s largest solar markets – and it appears likely to result in the imposition of tariffs. The ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
India Solar Auction Activity in September

India Solar Auction Activity Increases in September, Tender Announcements Fall

In September 2017, solar auction activity increased in India. Compared to the 76 MW auctioned in August, 602 MW of solar were auctioned in September. Meanwhile solar tender announcements witnessed ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Delayed PPA Signing and Subsidy Reimbursement

Delayed PPA Signing and Subsidy Reimbursement Not Helping the Indian Solar Sector: Interview

As the Indian sector continues to grow there are challenges everywhere but PPA renegotiation and delayed PPA signing, delay in reimbursement of subsidies are particularly troubling. Here is an excerpt ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Meeting Between Solar Industry Stakeholders and Minister of Power

What Happened in the Meeting Between Solar Industry Stakeholders and Minister of Power

Minister of Power R.K. Singh called a meeting yesterday with solar project developers and manufacturers to understand the state of the solar industry in India. In the meeting, Singh discussed ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
India Renewable Energy September 2017

India Renewable Energy News and Policy Roundup for September 2017

Several important renewable energy policies especially in solar were announced last month in India. Notable news was the Rewa payment guarantee announcement from Madhya Pradesh. State Agencies The Rajasthan Renewable ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar India

Anti-Dumping Tariff, Consistent Tenders Needed to Support Solar Manufacturing in India

The following is from a conversation Mercom India had with Sunil Rathi, director of sales and marketing for Waaree Energies on the current state of Indian solar market. What do ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Anti-Dumping Tariff

The Chances for Solar Anti-Dumping Tariff Recommendation Just Got Higher in India

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has found that crystalline silicon modules imported into the United States caused serious injury to domestic manufacturers, increasing the chances that a similar finding ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Mercom REI Panel

Tariff and GST Uncertainty Are Only a Temporary Drag on India’s Solar Market

Tax confusion, uncertainty about anti-dumping tariffs, and stagnant demand are all affecting India’s solar sector, which witnessed relatively smooth growth in the last three-to-four years until the hiccup that began ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Tata Power Solar

Tata Power Solar CEO Says India’s Solar Manufacturing Sector Needs Support to Become Competitive

The following is from a conversation Mercom India had with Tata Power Solar CEO Ashish Khanna at the Renewable Energy Expo 2017 in Greater Noida, India. This is the first ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Renewable Energy Expo 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Renewable Energy Expo 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Renewable Energy Expo 2017 As India’s largest cleantech conference opens, there are a lot of unanswered questions that everyone wants answers to. Here ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Power in Q2 2017

India Generated 5.5 Billion Units of Solar Power in Q2 2017, an 87 Percent Increase Over Q2 2016

Solar in India accounted for 5.5 billion units of electricity produced in the country during the second quarter (Apr-Jun) of 2017, an 87 percent increase over the second quarter of ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale