BIS Certification Can Clean the Solar Market of Small, Weak Players_ Growatt Interview

BIS Certification Can Clean the Solar Market of Small, Weak Players: Growatt Interview

The extension of BIS standards certification for solar inverters was met with mixed responses. Some believe that it was essential because it gave them more time to go through the ...
Inverter Companies Facing Strong Downward Pricing Trends_ Sineng Interview

Solar Inverter Companies Facing Strong Downward Pricing Trends: Sineng Interview

India has significant potential to generate solar energy, thanks to high solar irradiation in most parts of the country. The hurdles mostly lie in the market and policy environment. These ...
Component Manufacturers in Renewable Industry Need More Support

Component Manufacturers in Renewable Industry Need More Support: Sungrow Interview

Solar inverter manufacturers have not had the easiest of times in the Indian market lately, given an uncertain policy environment and rising competition from foreign players. The ambiguity of the ...
TUV Rheinland’s Bengaluru Lab Gets BIS Certificate to Test Solar Inverters and Converters

TUV Rheinland’s Bengaluru Lab to Test Solar Inverters and Converters for BIS Certification

TUV Rheinland’s solar photovoltaic testing laboratory located in Bengaluru has been recognized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) to conduct testing of power ...
/ / Inverters & BOS, Solar
IIT Kharagpur Issues Maintenance Tender for 200 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems

IIT Kharagpur Issues Maintenance Tender for 200 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), has issued a tender for the annual maintenance contract for two rooftop solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 200 kW (2x100 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BIS Certification for Solar Modules: Increasing Cost and Restricting New Technologies

BIS Certification for Solar Modules: Increasing Cost and Restricting New Technologies

Over the past five years, India has become a thriving market for solar component suppliers. Between 2014 and 2019, the installed capacity of solar energy projects has grown at a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Exempts BIS Certification for Replacement of Solar Modules

MNRE Exempts BIS Certification for Replacement of Solar Modules

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification regarding BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification for the replacement of solar modules in old projects. The latest ...
/ / Modules, Solar
MNRE Approves ‘Series’ Guidelines for Quality Testing of Solar Inverters

MNRE Approves ‘Series’ Guidelines for Quality Testing of Solar Inverters

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved the series guidelines for grouping solar inverters. These series guidelines pertain to conducting tests in laboratories for the implementation of ...
/ / Inverters & BOS, Solar
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar and Wind Energy Policy Roundup from May 2019

Solar and Wind Energy Policy Roundup from May 2019

Some of the notable policy highlights in May were regarding provisions related to the generic tariff, net-metering, deviation settlement, and clarification on wheeling charges. This update highlights the key policy ...
MNRE Clarifies Import Conditions for Lead-Acid Batteries Used in Solar Projects

MNRE Clarifies Import Conditions for Lead-Acid Batteries Used in Solar Projects

In its latest notification, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for the import of secondary cells and batteries of lead-acid and nickel-based chemistries that are ...
BHEL Invites Tender to Procure 71 MW of Solar PV Modules

BHEL Invites Tender to Procure 71 MW of Solar PV Modules

State-owned Navaratna enterprise, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), has invited bids from interested vendors for the supply of solar PV modules aggregating 71.177 MW for the development of its solar ...
MNRE Implements Quality Control Measures to Address Low Quality Solar Equipment

To Curb Sub-Standard Products, MNRE Drafts Quality Control Order for Solar Thermal Systems

To address the lack of quality certification in solar components which has become a common concern in the sector, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Industry Sees Many Challenges With BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

UL Completes First Solar Module Certification after Revision in IEC Standards

UL, a global certification company, has completed its first solar module testing and certification after the revision of the IEC standards in March 2016. The new IEC 61215 and IEC ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UL Announces the Launch of its First Mobile Solar Module Testing Laboratory

Deadline for Self-certification of Solar Modules Extended by Another 3 Months

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for the self-certification of solar photovoltaic modules (crystalline and thin film, including bifacial type) by three months. The ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Udaipur Floats Tender for 300 Solar Pumps

MNRE Seeks Stakeholder Comments on BIS Standards for Solar Pumps

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum requesting for views of stakeholders on the BIS standards for solar PV water pumping systems. Earlier, the Bureau ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
ABB, Sungrow and Huawei Named Top Inverter Suppliers for the Indian Solar Market in 2017

Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended by Six Months

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for BIS certification of solar inverters by six months. The new deadline is June 30, 2019. The decision was ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Inverter Suppliers Still Waiting for MNRE to Extend Deadline for BIS Certification

Solar Inverter Suppliers Still Waiting for MNRE to Extend Deadline for BIS Certification

The lingering confusion around the policy and implementation of BIS certification for solar inverters has been a cause for concern in the industry for some time. As the date of ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Confusion Around BIS Certification for Inverters

Confusion Around BIS Certification for Solar Inverters

The Indian solar market has expanded impressively over the past few years and as the market has grown the government has begun to pay attention to quality issues. The concern ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Rising Competition in India’s Solar Market has Cut Margins to the Bone

Rising Competition in India’s Solar Market has Cut Margins to the Bone: Interview

Mercom India’s news team recently had the opportunity to speak with energy solutions provider GoodWe’s sales head for south and east Asia, James Hou. Hou shed some light on the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification to extend the date of self-certification of six solar products from September 20, 2018 to January 1, 2019. The ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Industry Sees Many Challenges with BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

Industry Sees Many Challenges with BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

The rapid pace of solar installations in India has brought the concern for quality of equipment to the forefront. Recognizing the issue at hand, the Ministry of New and Renewable ...
Mobile Solar Module Testing Vans have Higher Uncertainty of Measurement: TUV Rheinland

Mobile Solar Module Testing Vans have Higher Uncertainty of Measurement: TUV Rheinland

Recently, Mercom reported on the lack of testing centers in the country with the rapid expansion of the domestic renewable industry. Conversations with various project developers and manufacturers in the country ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Extends Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules to September 20, 2018

MNRE Extends Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules to September 20, 2018

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the date for self-certification of six products done by solar module manufacturers to September 20, 2018. These six products are ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
No Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports for Now, Says Ministry of Finance

Parliamentary Report Says Solar Jobs Have Been Lost Due to Poor Enforcement of DGAD Findings

A parliamentary standing committee report has alleged that thousands of jobs may have been lost due to dumping of solar panels. The report does not cite a credible source or ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar