Delhi Residents May Soon be Paid for Unscheduled Power Cuts

Delhi Residents May Soon be Paid for Unscheduled Power Cuts

The Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi, Anil Baijal, has approved the proposal put forward by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government regarding compensation for residents in case of unscheduled power cuts ...
Tamil Nadu Sets ₹2.86/kWh as the New Levelized Generic Tariff for Wind Projects

Tamil Nadu Sets ₹2.86/kWh as the New Levelized Generic Tariff for Wind Projects

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a new levelized generic tariff for the procurement of wind-based power in the state for the financial year (FY) 2018-19. The ...
BERC Sets ₹4.16/kWh as Average Power Purchase Cost for Bihar DISCOMs

BERC Sets ₹4.16/kWh as Average Power Purchase Cost for Bihar DISCOMs

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has fixed ₹4.16 (~$0.064)/kWh as the average power purchase cost (APPC) for the state’s distribution companies (DISCOMs) during financial year 2018-19. The APPC does ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Top Four Indian Solar States

Four States Accounted for 75 Percent of India’s Utility-Scale Solar Installations in 2017

With the addition of 9.6 GW of new solar capacity, 2017 was a banner year for solar in India. At the end of the year, India’s cumulative solar installations stood ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Union Territory of Lakshadweep Joins Government’s UDAY Program

Union Territory of Lakshadweep Joins Government’s UDAY Program

The union territory of Lakshadweep has become the latest signatory to the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program which has been implemented by the government of India to assist in ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Development Banks Loaned to Indian Solar Rooftops in 2017

Development Banks Loaned $1.4 Billion to Indian Solar Rooftops in 2017

Various development banks made substantial concessional loans to assist the Indian government in its plans to expand solar rooftop installations in 2017. According to a new report by the Ministry ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
MNRE Financial Assistance to DISCOMs to Boost Rooftop Solar in India

MNRE Announces $3.7B in Financial Assistance to DISCOMs to Boost Rooftop Solar in India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a new proposal to overhaul the existing rooftop solar implementation mechanism by making it the responsibility of distribution companies (DISCOMs) ...
/ / Rooftop, 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
CERC Releases Inter-State Transmission Connectivity Draft Regulations for Solar and Wind Projects

CERC Releases Inter-State Transmission Connectivity Draft Regulations for Solar and Wind Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has released draft regulations for granting Inter-State Transmission Connectivity to solar and wind projects. The proposal, entitled “Grant of Connectivity and General Network Access ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Kadapa Solar PPA Not Yet Signed

PPA Still Not Signed for 250 MW Kadapa Solar Park Project

The power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 250 MW grid-connected solar project at Kadapa Solar Park has not yet been signed, adding to the increasing uncertainty in India’s solar sector ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
KERC Order Requiring state to Approve Wind PPAs

Karnataka Government Annuls KERC Order Requiring State to Approve Wind PPAs

The Karnataka State Government has annulled a Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) order requiring them to sign wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the state. The Karnataka State Government in ...
/ / Other, Wind
Power Ministry to Amend Laws Making PPAs & RPOs Mandatory

Power Ministry to Amend Laws Making PPAs & RPOs Mandatory

The Indian government is expected to soon amend laws making obligations under power purchase agreements (PPA) statutory binding, to ensure that all power distribution companies (DISCOMs) have PPAs to cover ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
KERC Directs State Distribution Companies to Submit Wind PPAs for Approval

KERC Directs State Distribution Companies to Submit Wind PPAs for Approval

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has directed the state distribution companies (DISCOMs), BESCOM (Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company), and HESCOM (Hubli Electricity Supply Company) to submit power purchase agreements (PPAs) ...
/ / Other, Wind
L&T Wins EESL Contract to Supply Smart Meters

Larsen & Toubro Wins EESL Contract to Supply Smart Meters

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has won contract to supply 2.5 million smart meters to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Joint Venture company of Public Sector Units of Ministry of ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
TANGEDCO Solar Tender Cancelled

TANGEDCO: ₹4/kWh Tariff Does Not Make Sense, 500 MW Solar Tender Cancelled

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has cancelled a 500 MW solar tender it had issued in January 2017. A TANGEDCO official confirmed the cancellation of the 500 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Lowers TANGEDCO’s Pooled Cost of Power Purchase

Solar Lowers TANGEDCO’s Pooled Cost of Power Purchases to ₹3.70/kWh

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has fixed the pooled cost of power purchases for Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) at ₹3.70 (~$0.056)/kWh for the financial year ...
/ / 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
RREC REC Mechanism Renewable Projects

Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Suspends Approval of Renewable Energy Projects Under REC Mechanism

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has suspended the approval of all renewable energy (wind, solar) projects under the REC Mechanism in Rajasthan. The RRECL has issued the order ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Telangana DISCOMs

Telangana DISCOMs Petition TSERC for Surcharge on Open Access Consumers for FY 2017-18

The Northern Power Distribution Company of Telangana (TSNPDCL) and Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana (TSSPDCL) have petitioned the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) to set an additional surcharge ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Mercom India Solar Market Update

India Installs 4.8 GW of Solar in the First Half of 2017, Eclipsing All of 2016

1.9 GW installed in Q2 2017, over 10 GW projected in 2017 The Indian solar market added 1,869 megawatts (MW) in the second quarter of 2017, bringing installations in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Policy Roundup

India Renewable Energy Policy Roundup: July 2017

Mercom’s renewable energy policy roundup from central, state and government agencies in India for the month of July 2017: Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) released the GERC Net-Metering Rooftop Solar ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission Solar RPO

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission Issues Draft Regulations for RPOs and RECs for Financial Years 2017-2020

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has issued the Draft DERC (Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Framework Implementation) Regulations 2017. The DERC has asked stakeholders to ...
Power Generated in Solar Parks

State DISCOMs to Buy Minimum 20 Percent of Power Generated in Solar Parks

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an order explaining the rules for state distribution companies (DISCOMs) to purchase power produced in solar parks in the state ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
loan to DISCOMs

Haryana DISCOMs to Get Rs.7.5 Billion (~$116 Million) Under UDAY Program

The Haryana government will provide Rs.7.5 billion (~$116.38 million) loan to distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Haryana at a concessional rate of interest (about 3 percent lower than the market rate) ...