India’s Power Demand is Almost Back to Pre-COVID Levels_ POSOCO Report

India’s Power Demand is Almost Back to Pre-COVID Levels: POSOCO Report

Data from POSOCO, the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC), has shown that power demand in the country rose after it dipped during the COVID-19-induced nationwide lockdown. The data showed that ...
Pharma and FMCG Companies Could Lead the C&I Market Recovery in Rooftop Solar

Pharma and FMCG Companies Could Lead the C&I Market Recovery in Rooftop Solar Segment

As the economy dwindles, industries worldwide are looking frantically at cost-saving measures to keep profit margins from getting thinner. While some segments of the commercial and industrial sector witnessed a ...
Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to December 31, 2020

Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to December 31, 2020

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for the self-certification of solar inverters to December 31, 2020. The earlier deadline was June 30, 2020. The ...
Power Consumption in Rural India Plummeted by Nearly 70% During Lockdown_ Interview

Power Consumption in Rural India Plummeted by Nearly 70% During Lockdown: Interview

The lockdown announced in India to curb the virus was one of the longest in the world, and as a result, millions of migrant workers were forced to make their ...
Renewable Energy Association Asks MNRE to Inspect Solar Modules Online Amid COVID-19

Renewable Energy Association Asks MNRE to Inspect Solar Modules Online Amid COVID-19

The Renewable Energy Association of Rajasthan (REAR) has written to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), asking for it to start conducting online pre-dispatch inspections (PDI) of the ...
COVID Crisis Will Drive the Digital Transformation of Solar Companies_ Huawei Interview

COVID Crisis Will Drive the Digital Transformation of Solar Companies: Huawei Interview

Power is an essential service, and the renewable industry has been one of the saviors of the power sector in this crisis. Solar, in particular, has shown that it is ...
6 Month Moratorium to Renewable Generators Can Bring Huge Relief_ ReNew Interview

Six Month Moratorium to Renewable Generators Can Bring Huge Relief: ReNew Interview

The global coronavirus crisis has disrupted production processes and supply chains across sectors, and the solar industry is no exception. In India, the lockdown is still in place, and social ...
155 Major MNCs Ask World Governments to Develop Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery Policies

155 Major MNCs Ask World Governments to Develop Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery Policies

In all, 155 multinational corporations (MNC) from across the world have signed a statement asking governments to integrate the latest climate science developments into their efforts to help their respective ...
Renewable Energy Generation More Resilient to COVID-19 Challenges than Others_ Report

Renewable Energy Generation More Resilient to COVID-19 Challenges than Others: Report

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has said that global renewable installations might fall for the first time in 20 years due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Still, it can pick ...
RBI Cuts Repo Rate, Extends Relief on Loan Repayment by Another 3 Months Amid COVID-19

RBI Cuts Repo Rate, Extends Relief on Loan Repayment by Another 3 Months Amid COVID-19

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the third round of monetary measures to boost the economy amid the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. During the press briefing, the ...
COVID-19 Disrupts India’s Solar Growth, Installations Decline to 1.1 GW in Q1 2020

COVID-19 Disrupts India’s Solar Growth, Installations Decline to 1.1 GW in Q1 2020

India installed 1,080 MW of solar capacity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, a 43% decline quarter-over-quarter (QoQ), compared to 1,897 MW installed in Q4 2019. The findings were ...
Government to Inject ₹900 Billion to Help Ailing Power DISCOMs Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Government to Inject ₹900 Billion to Help Ailing Power DISCOMs Amid Coronavirus Crisis

In a press conference in New Delhi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced that power distribution companies (DISCOMs) would receive ₹900 billion (~$12.03 billion) as part of the Government of India’s ...
Karnataka DISCOMs to Pay Lower Late Payment Surcharge Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Karnataka Power DISCOMs to Pay Lower Late Payment Surcharge Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has issued an order lowering the late payment surcharges (LPS) by distribution companies (DISCOMS) to generation companies and transmission licensees in light of the ...
Renewables Can Play Key Role in COVID-19 Response Strategies_ IRENA

Renewables Can Play Key Role in COVID-19 Response Strategies: IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Coalition for Action has asked governments to take effective response measures to address the immediate and long-term impacts of the global COVID-19 crisis. The ...
2.07 GW of Wind Power Capacity Installed in India During FY 2019-20

2.07 GW of Wind Power Capacity Installed in India During FY 2019-20

Wind power installations in India rose to 2.07 GW in the financial year (FY) 2019-20, a 31% increase as compared to 1.58 GW in the FY 2018-19. The cumulative installations ...
Chhattisgarh Cuts Late Payment Surcharge to 0.75% to Help DISCOMs

Chhattisgarh Cuts Late Payment Surcharge to 0.75% to Help DISCOMs

To deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused economic disruptions across the board, the Chhattisgarh Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has issued an order reducing the payment of the ...
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Ministry of Power Permits Laying of Transmission Lines During COVID-19 Lockdown

Ministry of Power Permits Laying of Transmission Lines During COVID-19 Lockdown

The Ministry of Power (MOP) has issued a notice asking the states and union territories to allow the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and other private interstate transmission ...
/ / Grid, T&D
MNRE Scraps Second Phase of AJAY Solar Streetlights Program Due to COVID-19

MNRE Scraps Second Phase of AJAY Solar Streetlights Program Due to COVID-19

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notice stating that it is shutting down Phase II of the Atal Jyoti Yojana (AJAY) program due to the ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Rajasthan Issues Measures to Help DISCOMs, Consumers Through COVID-19 Crisis

Rajasthan Issues Measures to Help DISCOMs, Consumers Through COVID-19 Crisis

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued an order directing stakeholders to adopt measures to ease the burden on power consumers, generators, transmission licensees, and distribution companies (DISCOMs) in ...
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Punjab Mulls Reducing Renewable Purchase Obligations Drastically Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Punjab Mulls Reducing Renewable Purchase Obligations Amid COVID-19 Crisis

The Punjab State Electricity Commission (PSERC) has invited comments, objections, and suggestions for a proposal by the state government to lower the renewable purchase obligations (RPOs) of power establishments for ...
MNRE Grants Blanket Extension of Lockdown Period Plus 30 Days for Renewable Projects

MNRE Grants Blanket Extension of Lockdown Period Plus 30 Days for Renewable Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a blanket commissioning time extension for all renewable energy projects under construction in the country on account of the nationwide ...
MNRE and SECI Address Manufacturing, DISCOMs, Payments, in the Indian Solar Industry

MNRE and SECI Address Manufacturing, DISCOM Payments, in the Indian Solar Industry

Mercom Communications India hosted a webinar on the key trends in the renewable energy market, with a focus on the Indian solar sector. It included findings from across the supply ...
Punjab DISCOM Receives ₹350 million In Advance Payment Against Power Bills

Punjab DISCOM Receives ₹350 Million in Advance Payment Against Power Bills

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has introduced an innovative plan calling on all its consumers to make payment in advance towards their estimated electricity bills up to March ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
MNRE Asks States and Ports to Locate Land for Renewable Manufacturing and Export Hubs

MNRE Asks States and Ports to Locate Land for Renewable Manufacturing and Export Hubs

All states and ports in the country are expected to identify land parcels ranging between 50 and 500 acres in size in their regions that can be used to set ...
DISCOMs Collect Power Bills Online But Refuse to Pay Power Generators Amid COVID-19

DISCOMs Collect Power Bills Online But Refuse to Pay Power Generators Amid COVID-19

The grave economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is being felt across all segments of the power sector, including renewable energy. To try and slow the spread of Coronavirus, a ...
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