India Adds 3.2 GW of Solar in 2020 a 56% Decline as COVID Takes a Toll

India Adds 3.2 GW of Solar in 2020, a 56% Decline as COVID Takes a Toll

India installed 3,239 MW of solar capacity in the calendar year (CY) 2020, a 56% decline, compared to 7,346 MW in 2019, according to the latest 2020 Q4 & Annual ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Ground Realities And Market Outlook Amid Rapid Energy Transformation In India

Ground Realities And Market Outlook Amid Rapid Energy Transformation In India

With 38 GW of solar installed, India is one of the leading solar markets in the world. According to Mercom's forecast, 2021 and 2022 could be the two best years ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Bids Invited for the Procurement of 188,000 Smart Meters for Ajmer and Jodhpur DISCOMs

Bids Invited for the Procurement of 188,000 Smart Meters for Ajmer and Jodhpur DISCOMs

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids to procure 188,000 smart meters based on 3G/4G mode for deployment under Ajmer and Jodhpur distribution companies (DISCOMs). The successful bidder ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Budget 2021 Receives Mixed Reactions from Energy Sector Stakeholders

Budget 2021 Receives Mixed Reactions from Energy Sector Stakeholders

The 2021-22 Budget tabled in the Parliament by the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has received a mixed response from stakeholders in the energy sector. While the massive outlay for revamping ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Extension of Power Purchase Agreement for a Wind Project Denied in Rajasthan

Extension of Power Purchase Agreement for a Wind Project Denied in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) dismissed Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited's (RRECL) request to extend the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (RUVNL). The ...
/ / Wind
Tata Power Completes Acquisition of 51% Stake in Odisha DISCOMs

Tata Power Completes Acquisition of 51% Stake in Odisha DISCOMs

Tata Power has announced its takeover of Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha (WESCO) and Southern Electricity Supply Company Of Orissa (SOUTHCO). From now on, WESCO and SOUTHCO will operate ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Power Producers Say TANGEDCO Demanding Heavy Discounts on Pending Dues

Tamil Nadu DISCOM Demanding Heavy Discounts on Pending Dues: Power Producers

The Association of Power Producers (APP) has complained that Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) is forcing them to accept heavy discounts on dues payable. In a letter to ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Mercom India's Most Read News Stories from 2020

Mercom India’s Most Read News Stories from 2020

2020 is almost behind us. The year threw unique challenges at us while some interesting developments took shape in the renewable industry. Mercom revisits announcements and policy developments that interested ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Reasons Behind the Record Low Solar Bid of ₹1.99_kWh in The Gujarat Solar Auction

Reasons Behind the Record Low Solar Bid of ₹1.99/kWh in the Gujarat Solar Auction

The recent auction by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) (Phase XI) for 500 MW of solar projects set a new record for the lowest tariff an auction in India ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Rajasthan Sets a Tariff of ₹6 for Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Rajasthan Sets a Tariff of ₹6 for Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued a draft order for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, tariffs, and other regulatory issues. As per the draft order, a tariff of ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Government Proposes Option for DISCOMs to Exit PPA After Their Tenure

Government Proposes Option for DISCOMs to Exit PPA After Their Tenure

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued draft proposals enabling the distribution companies (DISCOMs) to either continue or exit from the power purchase agreements (PPAs) after the completion of the ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Solar Park Developer Asked Not to Stop Generators from Feeding Excess Energy to the Grid

Solar Park Developer Asked Not to Stop Generators from Feeding Excess Energy to the Grid

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) directed a solar park developer in the state to not obstruct solar power generators from evacuating the generated solar power up to 110% of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Curtailment of Solar and Wind for Commercial Reasons Continues to be a Threat

Curtailment of Solar and Wind for Commercial Reasons Continues to be a Threat

Renewable power generation, especially solar power, has seen phenomenal growth since the inception of the National Solar Mission and has accounted for most new capacity additions over the past three ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
NPAs in Renewable Industry Inevitable If Andhra Doesn’t Resolve Issue Soon

NPAs in Renewable Industry Inevitable If Andhra Doesn’t Resolve Issue Soon

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) and the Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA) have written to the High Court of Andhra Pradesh urging them to expedite pending hearings ...
New Guidelines for Feeder Level Solarization of Pumps Under KUSUM Program

New Guidelines for Feeder Level Solarization of Pumps Under KUSUM Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has decided to include feeder level solarization under Component-C of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) program. Last month, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Telangana Finalizes Demand-Side Management Regulations for Distribution Licensees

Telangana Finalizes Demand-Side Management Regulations for Distribution Licensees

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has released the final regulations for the demand-side management (DSM) initiatives of distribution licensees (DISCOMS). The DSM initiative is designed to encourage consumers ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
New Solar Tariff Record of ₹2_kWh_ Why Did it Go So Low_

New Solar Tariff Record of ₹2/kWh: Why Did it Go So Low?

The recent Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) auction for 1,070 MW of solar projects in the state of Rajasthan (Tranche-III) resulted in India's lowest solar tariff ever of ₹2 ...
Bundling Solar & Hydro Can Bring Down Tariffs_ Interview

Bundling Solar & Hydro Can Bring Down Tariffs: Interview

SJVN Limited is a leading hydropower generator in India. It is a joint venture of the government of India and the state government of Himachal Pradesh. The hydropower generator recently ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
All DISCOMs Asked to Comply with Energy Conservation Act to Cut Electricity Losses

All DISCOMs Asked to Comply with Energy Conservation Act to Cut Electricity Losses

The Ministry of Power (MoP) issued a notification to cover all distribution companies (DISCOMs) under the purview of the Energy Conservation (EC) Act, 2001, to help reduce electricity losses and ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
13% of Indian Households Still Don't Have Access to Grid-Connected Electricity: Survey

13% of Indian Households Still Don’t Have Access to Grid-Connected Electricity: Survey

A recently-released survey suggests that nearly 87% of the country's population has access to grid-based electricity, while 13% either use non-grid sources for electricity and lighting or don't use any ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Industry Hopes Penalizing DISCOMs for Net Metering Connection Delays Can Drive Growth

Industry Hopes Penalizing DISCOMs for Net Metering Connection Delays Can Drive Growth

Residential rooftop solar developers welcomed the Ministry of Power’s (MoP) move to penalize distribution licensees (DISCOMs) for any delay in rooftop solar systems' connection agreement. Last month, the Ministry of ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Should Solar Generators Worry About SECI Amid Rising Dues from DISCOMs_

Should Solar Generators Worry About SECI Amid Rising Dues from DISCOMs?

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has started reimbursing renewable developers' claims falling under the 'change in law' clause. These reimbursements have been filed for the additional costs incurred by ...
Shortage of Solar and Net Meters in the State, Says Rajasthan Renewable Association

Shortage of Solar and Net Meters in the State, Says Rajasthan Renewable Association

The Renewable Energy Association of Rajasthan (REAR) has written to the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), asking it to permit the use of existing energy meters for projects under ...
At Over ₹109 Billion in August, DISCOMs' Dues to Renewable Generators Keep Rising

At Over ₹109 Billion in August, DISCOMs’ Dues to Renewable Generators Keep Rising

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) across the country owed renewable generators ₹109.08 billion (~$1.49 billion) in overdue payments (excluding dues under disputes) spread across 497 invoices at the end of August, as ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Power Ministry Decides to Check Erratic Late Payment Surcharges, Proposes Rules

Power Ministry Decides to Check High Late Payment Surcharges, Proposes Rules

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has proposed Late Payment Surcharge Rules 2020. The government has noticed the extremely high rate of late payment surcharges prevailing in the sector. It has ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy