South Africa Eyeing Old Solar, Wind Projects to Reduce Tariffs

South Africa Eyeing Old Solar, Wind Projects to Reduce Tariffs

The government of South Africa recently held discussions with power producers to procure cheaper electricity from older renewable energy projects. Although the government has not made any formal proposal to ...
/ / Markets & Policy
Danube Group Partners with CleanMax Solar, Commissions 1,200 kW Solar Projects

Danube Group Partners with CleanMax Solar, Commissions 1,200 kW Solar Projects

CleanMax Solar, a leading rooftop solar developer, has partnered with Danube Group, UAE's diversified conglomerate for a 1,200  kW rooftop solar project at its manufacturing facility in Techno Park, Dubai ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
The Indian Academy Dubai School Installs 192 kW Rooftop Solar System

The Indian Academy Dubai School Installs 192 kW Rooftop Solar System

The Indian Academy, Dubai recently partnered with CleanMax Solar, a rooftop solar developer,  to install a 192 kW rooftop solar project in the school. The project is expected to generate ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Zimbabwe Issues Expression of Interest for 235 MW of Solar Projects at Various Locations

Zimbabwe Issues Expression of Interest for 235 MW of Solar Projects at Various Locations

The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) for a cumulative capacity of 235 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects at seven locations ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Uttarakhand DISCOM Asked to Amend its Draft PPA for 200 MW of Solar Projects

Uttarakhand DISCOM Asked to Amend its Draft PPA for 200 MW of Solar Projects

The Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) recently approached the Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) seeking its approval for the model power purchase agreement (PPA) between the petitioner and the selected ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uttar Pradesh Proposes 6% Banking Charges for Solar and Wind Energy

Uttar Pradesh Proposes 6% Banking Charges for Solar and Wind Energy

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has issued draft regulations for captive and renewable energy generating projects in the state. These regulations will be effective beginning April 1, 2019, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Bloom Energy to Develop the First Natural Gas-Powered Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project in India

Bloom Energy to Develop the First Natural Gas-Powered Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project in India

The U.S.-based Bloom Energy along with real estate developer Atelier Global, India’s leading natural gas companies GAIL (India) Limited and Indian Oil Corporation, and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), recently ...
/ / Energy Storage, Large Scale
After June’s Dip, Spot Power Price Rises Slightly to ₹3.38_kWh in July 2019

After June’s Dip, Spot Power Price Rises Slightly to ₹3.38/kWh in July 2019

In July 2019, the spot power prices witnessed a surge, rising to ₹3.38 (~$0.048)/kWh. This was a 15% increase month-over-month (MoM) when compared to June 2019, in which spot power ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Developers Appeal to APTEL Regarding Solar Projects in Andhra Pradesh

Developers Appeal to APTEL Regarding Solar Projects in Andhra Pradesh

Despite the court’s stay order, Andhra Pradesh government decided to withdraw the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed with 21 wind power projects worth 776.9 MW. In the wake of this ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Gets Category I License for Inter-State Trading of Electricity

NTPC Gets Category I License for Inter-State Trading of Electricity

In a significant development for the country’s power sector, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has granted a ‘Category I Electricity Trading License’ to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Tariff for EV Charging in Chandigarh Set at ₹4/kWh

Tariff for EV Charging in Chandigarh Set at ₹4/kWh

In a bid to encourage the adoption of intelligent mobility among residents, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission has set the tariff for electric vehicle (EV) charging in Chandigarh. The commission ...
Sri Lanka to Develop 28 Small Solar Power Projects

Adani to Remove Domestic Content Requirement for 700 MW Solar Auction

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited’s (AEML) request to initiate the bidding process for 700 MW of solar without the domestic content requirement condition ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Announces New Guidelines for Seamless Cross-Border Trade of Electricity

CERC Announces New Guidelines for Seamless Cross-Border Trade of Electricity

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued new regulations for the cross-border trade of electricity. These regulations will come into force from the date of publication in the Official ...
/ / 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
Bihar DISCOMs Liable to Pay Penalty in Case of Non-fulfillment of Solar RPO

Neighboring Countries Can Now Buy Renewable Energy from Indian Power Generators

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued new guidelines for import and export of electricity and power trading with neighboring countries. The 2018 guidelines will replace the existing guidelines on cross border trade ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
All interested investors or project developers are expected to submit their EoI along with their company profile to MEW on or before December 20, 2018.

Afghanistan Invites Expression of Interest for 2 GW of Solar Projects

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) from developers to set up 2 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the country. All ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Power Generation Jumps by 58% in Q3 of CY 2018

Solar Power Generation Jumps by 58% in Q3 of CY 2018

Solar power generation in India has increased substantially over the past few years. However, there was a decline in solar power generation rate quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) due to seasonal changes. This ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Get Smart_ 5,000 Homes in Varanasi Receive Smart Electricity Meters

Get Smart: 5,000 Homes in Varanasi Receive Smart Electricity Meters

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has successfully completed the pilot phase of its satellite-based smart meter project in a village in Varanasi in which 5,000 households received the meters. This project ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
Hydro Power Developer Wins Case against Maharashtra Transmission Company

Hydro Power Developer Wins Case against Maharashtra Transmission Company

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has passed an order directing the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (MSETCL) to pay a total sum of ₹5.5 million (~ $0.075 million) to a ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
MAHAGENCO Gets Electricity Trading License from MERC

MAHAGENCO Gets Electricity Trading License from MERC

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has awarded electricity trading license to Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO). With this grant of license, MAHAGENCO can now participate in the ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
JERC Issues 2018 Electricity Supply Code Regulations

JERC Issues 2018 Electricity Supply Code Regulations

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories has issued Electricity Supply Code Regulations for 2018, detailing the obligations of distribution licensees (DISCOMs) and ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
India-Nepal Electricity Trade to Grow with the Commissioning of 220 kV Dhalkebar Substation

India-Nepal Electricity Trade to Grow with the Commissioning of 220 kV Dhalkebar Substation

India and Nepal have strengthened their electricity trade with the commissioning of the high-voltage Dhalkebar substation in southern Nepal. This is part of a World Bank-supported Nepal-India Electricity Transmission and ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
Spot Power Price Declines by 7% to ₹3.46/kWh in July but Still Higher than Solar Tariffs

Spot Power Price Declines by 7% to ₹3.46/kWh in July but Still Higher than Solar Tariffs

The spot power price has continued its slump into yet another month. In July 2018, the recorded spot power price was ₹3.46 (~$0.0505)/kWh but was still higher than recent tariffs ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
Siemens and Drax Power Enter £40 Million Contract for Upgradation of Biomass Turbines

Siemens and Drax Power Enter £40 Million Contract for Upgradation of Biomass Turbines

Drax Power and Siemens have signed a £40 million ($52.47 million) contract for the upgrade of turbines on three of Drax Power’s biomass units over the next three years. The ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Indian Railways Continues its Efforts to Go Green with Solar Panels on More Trains

Indian Railways Continues its Efforts to Go Green with Solar Panels on More Trains

Continuing its efforts to solarize the railway lines of the country, the government has now announced that it has installed solar panels on various trains for their electricity requirements. The ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar