UL Launches Mobile OVRT Lab in India for Solar and Wind

UL Launches Mobile OVRT Lab in India for Solar and Wind

Underwriters Laboratories, commonly known as UL, a global safety science company, has come up with India’s first mobile over-voltage ride through (OVRT) laboratory to help solar and wind companies comply ...
/ / Solar, Technology
North-East India Continues to Have the Highest Power Supply Deficit in First Half of FY20

North-East India Continues to Have the Highest Power Supply Deficit in First Half of FY20

India’s power supply deficit stood at 0.5% during the six months between April and September 2019, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). During these six months, 683,389 million units ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Other
Is Unconditional Letter of Credit the Answer to Solar, Wind Payment Issues_

Is Unconditional Letter of Credit the Answer to Solar, Wind Payment Issues?

Cases of payment delays to renewable generators have become common and on the rise. However, the Ministry of Power has given these developers a shot in the arm by introducing ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Month in a Minute: News Snippets from India’s Renewable Sector in August 2019

Month in a Minute: News Snippets from India’s Renewable Sector in August 2019

The month of August saw some important headlines from India’s renewable energy space, with Andhra Pradesh’s ongoing debacle making the biggest headlines. Here is a snapshot of some of the ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Policy Developments in India’s Solar and Other Renewables in August 2019

Policy Developments in India’s Solar and Other Renewables in August 2019

The month of August witnessed policy announcements related to net metering, distributed solar, rooftop solar, and even inverter related regulations. The ministry showed leniency in the solar parks program in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
DISCOMs in the Top Renewable States are the Biggest Defaulters as Dues Reach ₹69 Billion

DISCOMs in the Top Renewable States are the Biggest Defaulters as Dues Reach ₹69 Billion

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) in the top renewable energy generating states of the country are the biggest defaulters when it comes to paying dues for the power procured from renewable projects ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
India’s Solar Power Generation Grows Slower Year-Over-Year Compared to 1H of Last Year

India’s Solar Power Generation Grows Slower Year-Over-Year Compared to 1H of Last Year

In the past few years, solar power generation has increased exponentially in the country, and the electricity generation has crossed over 12 billion units (BUs) in the period between April ...
DISCOMs Across States Owe Nearly ₹30 Billion to Renewable Generators_ CEA

DISCOMs Across States Owe Nearly ₹30 Billion to Renewable Generators: CEA

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has found that distribution companies across the country owe dues totaling ₹30.12 billion (~$420 million) to renewable energy projects aggregating 5,982 MW. Last week, Mercom reported that ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Solar Continues to Shine, Makes Up 8.7% of India’s Total Power Capacity in June 2019

Solar Continues to Shine, Makes Up 8.7% of India’s Total Power Capacity as of June 2019

Renewable energy capacity additions crossed 120 GW mark (including large hydro) and accounted for nearly 35.4% of India’s capacity mix at the end of June 2019. The share of solar ...
India’s Transmission Infrastructure Struggles to Keep Up With Wind and Solar Additions

India’s Transmission Infrastructure Struggles to Keep Up With Wind and Solar Additions

With the expected surge in electricity demand over the coming decade and the rapid installation of solar and wind, India’s transmission and distribution system will require significant expansion sooner than ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Southern and Western Regions of India Recorded Zero Power Supply Deficit in Q1_ CEA

Southern and Western Regions of India Recorded Zero Power Supply Deficit in Q1: CEA

During the first quarter (Q1) of the financial year (FY) 2019-20, India’s power supply increased slightly with the power deficit declining to 0.4% from the 0.6% recorded during the Q1 ...
India Likely to Have 300 GW of Solar and 140 GW of Wind Capacity by 2030: CEA

India Likely to Have 300 GW of Solar and 140 GW of Wind Capacity by 2030: CEA

With its focus on India’s aim to achieve 40% non-fossil fuel generation capacity in the country’s power generation mix by 2030, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has released a draft report on ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
RK Singh Advises Generation Companies to Utilize Renewables to Meet Commitments

RK Singh Advises Generation Companies to Utilize Renewables to Meet Commitments

The Union Power Minister R.K. Singh held a meeting recently in the national capital to discuss the implementation issues regarding the mechanism issued by Ministry of Power for providing flexibility ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
CERC Agrees to Extend Retrofitting Timeframe for Suzlon’s 7.4 GW of Wind Projects

CERC Agrees to Extend Retrofitting Timeframe for Suzlon’s 7.4 GW of Wind Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued an order providing relief to Suzlon which is operating 7,400 MW of wind energy projects which needed retrofitting. Suzlon Energy Limited had ...
/ / Other, Wind
Maharashtra’s 1 GW Solar Tender Gets Enthusiastic Response, Oversubscribed by 400 MW

Solar Power Generation in India Increased by 34% Year-over-Year in Q1 2019

Solar power generation in India has increased substantially over the past few years. According to the data released by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), solar power accounted for over 11.4 ...
Is Inclusion of Large Hydro Power in India’s Renewable Mix a Good Move?

Is Inclusion of Large Hydro Power in India’s Renewable Mix a Good Move?

Large hydro power (LHP) projects are back in the limelight in India, thanks to the recent notification by the Ministry of Power in which such projects were reclassified as renewables ...
Average Peak Power Supply Deficit Rose to 2% Across India During FY 2017-18

India’s Peak Power Deficit During FY 2018-19 Was 0.6%

India’s power supply deficit stood at 0.6% during the financial year (FY) 2018-19, just 0.1% down from the figures reported during FY 2017-18. During FY 2018-19, 1,267,209 million units (MUs) ...
Green Climate Fund Approves $299 Million for Expansion of Renewable Projects in Africa

News Highlights from India’s Renewable Industry in March 2019

The month of March witnessed some important announcements from the Indian government in the renewable energy and e-mobility sectors. For instance, March witnessed the important announcement that the Union Cabinet ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Green Climate Fund Approves $299 Million for Expansion of Renewable Projects in Africa

CEA Projects Rise in Share of Renewables in India to 36% by 2021-2022, Coal to Shrink to 26%

With India’s plan to install 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 grid integration of intermittent renewable energy sources is expected to be a challenge and the Central Electricity Authority ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
CERC Amends Regulations for Open Access in Interstate Transmission

Cross-Border Power Trading Can be the New Frontier for Solar Growth

In the last month of 2018, the Ministry of Power (MoP) issued new guidelines for the import and export of electricity and power trading with neighboring countries, replacing its previous guidelines issued ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Need for Green Energy Corridors Grows as Over 64 GW of Renewables are Connected to the Grid

India Needs to Spend $39 Billion on Transmission Infrastructure Revamp

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with increasing power demand in the coming years. Historically, the country has also been a power deficit with millions ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
SECI Issues Clarification on its 150 MW Rihand Dam Floating Solar Tender

Solar Power Generation in India Recorded Highest Production in Q4 2018

Solar power generation in India continues to increase as more solar is added to the grid every day. According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, solar accounted for around 27.9 ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
News Highlights from India’s Solar Industry in January 2019

News Highlights from India’s Solar Industry in January 2019

The first month of 2019 witnessed some key announcements in the Indian renewable sector. For instance, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR ) issued its final findings for the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Open Access Consumers in Gujarat to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹0.44/kWh

Ministry of Power Sets Committee to Recommend Solutions for Payment Delays by DISCOMs

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has constituted a new committee to study and submit its recommendations into the issue of delayed payments by distribution companies (DISCOMS) to power generating companies ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
According to a Central Electricity Authority (CEA) provisional report, India recorded a power supply deficit of 0.6 percent in the nine-month period between April and December 2018.

India’s Power Supply Deficit Stood at 0.6% During April-December 2018

According to a Central Electricity Authority's (CEA) provisional report, India recorded a power supply deficit of 0.6 percent in the nine-month period between April and December 2018. During this period, ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other