Solar Developers Are Struggling to Receive Compensation Under Change in Law

Solar Developers are Struggling to Receive Compensation Under Change in Law

Many ‘Change in Law’ petitions on safeguard duty filed in 2018 are still pending disposal DISCOMs drag on litigations for years Unresolved petitions restrict cash flow and make loans more ...
Smaller Solar Manufacturers are Diving Into EPC Business to Utilize Their Own Modules

Smaller Solar Manufacturers are Diving Into EPC Business to Utilize Their Own Modules

Manufacturers see better margins with in-house EPC for small solar projects About 40 small manufacturers have either just started or plan to begin EPC services Small module makers find EPC ...
Uniform Solar Tariff Idea Faces Pushback from Intermediaries like SECI, NVVN

Uniform Solar Tariff Plan Expected to Expedite Power Purchase Agreements

(The article has been modified based on new information) The proposed system for a ‘Uniform Solar Tariff’ under a central pool (ISTS-connected projects) is aimed at persuading reluctant state-owned power ...
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Developers Fear Unfair State-Specific Levies will Make Solar More Expensive

Developers Fear Unfair State-Specific Levies will Make Solar More Expensive

Madhya Pradesh's new levy on solar developers selling power to entities other than the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) has confirmed the industry's fear that more states are formulating laws to ...
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CERC Yet to Act on ISTS Charges Waiver for Open Access Solar Proposed by Ministry of Power

CERC Yet to Act on ISTS Charges Waiver for Open Access Renewables Proposed by Ministry of Power

Nearly a year after the Ministry of Power (MOP) extended the timeline and widened the scope for waiver of the interstate transmission system (ISTS) charges for renewable energy projects, the ...
Pooling Wind Power Bids a Good Idea but More Clarity Needed

Pooling Wind Power Bids a Good Idea but More Clarity Needed

The government is contemplating pooling of bids across the states to boost wind energy installations which have fallen off since 2017. Falling tariffs under the reverse auction regime have pushed ...
Government Shuts Door on Solar Projects Hoping for Concessional Import Duty

Government Shuts Door on Solar Projects Hoping for Concessional Import Duty

The government has amended the Project Import Regulations, 1986 to specifically exclude solar power projects from the purview of the law, effectively shutting down a legal route for developers to ...
Smaller Solar Module Manufacturers Find it Challenging to Raise Capital

Smaller Solar Module Manufacturers Find it Challenging to Raise Capital

Module manufacturers are scrambling to add capacity and upgrade technology after the government effectively barred imports. While large and established companies say capital is available in the market for expansion, ...
Future Uncertain but Open Access and Net Metering Projects Still Attractive Despite ALMM

Future Uncertain but Open Access and Net Metering Projects Still Attractive Despite ALMM

The widely expected relief for net metering and open access projects has failed to materialize after the September 30 deadline was allowed to expire without an extension from the government ...
Virtual PPA Market Yet to Gain Traction Amid Regulatory Confusion

Virtual PPA Market Yet to Gain Traction Amid Regulatory Confusion

Almost a year after a jurisdictional dispute involving two regulators was settled, virtual power purchase agreements (VPPA) have not quite hit the ground running despite their promise. VPPAs, which don’t ...
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Daily Wrap-Up: India’s Pennar Wins NTPC’s EPC Tender for a 500 MW Solar Project

After Global Supply Chain Woes, Domestic Supply Deficit Hits Solar Developers in India

The government's move to cut dependence on China and promote local manufacturing of modules for solar installations has hindered developers as domestic supply is substantially short of demand. At the ...
State-Owned DISCOMs Continue to Impede Renewables Growth

State-Owned DISCOMs Continue to Impede Renewables Growth

After at least two decades of bailouts and reform programs, the state-owned power distribution companies (DISCOMs) continue to be a massive drag on not only the upstream segments (generation and ...
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Electricity Tariff Hike Could Nudge Tamil Nadu C&I Entities to Adopt Solar Open Access

Electricity Tariff Hike Could Nudge Tamil Nadu C&I Entities to Adopt Solar Open Access

Commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers in Tamil Nadu are considering switching to solar open access projects under captive and group captive mode as opposed to buying power from the state-owned ...
BIS Certification Must be Updated and Expedited to Keep Pace with Solar Technologies

BIS Certification Must be Updated and Expedited to Keep Pace with Solar Technologies

Solar module manufacturers have urged the government to update the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for photovoltaic systems and other related -equipment to align with international norms revised last year ...
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Why Mandatory Standards for Solar Module Mounting Structures are a Priority

Why Mandatory Standards for Solar Module Mounting Structures are a Priority

The absence of mandatory standards for module mounting structures in solar projects often leads to hidden costs for developers, bringing down the projects' efficiency in the long run while allowing ...
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Daily News Wrap-Up: KP Energy to Build Wind Projects for Aditya Birla

Why India’s Wind Potential Still Remains Largely Untapped

The National Institute of Wind Energy, NIWE's recent resource assessment indicates a gross wind power potential of 302 GW in the country at 100-meter hub height and 695.50 GW at ...
Will Closed Bidding in Place of E-Reverse Auctions Boost the Indian Wind Sector

Will Closed Bidding in Place of E-Reverse Auctions Boost the Indian Wind Sector?

Five years after it was introduced, the government has decided to consider alternative options for e-reverse auctions following complaints from the industry that it is leading to unviable tariffs due ...
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Policy Tweaks Necessary to Achieve India’s Solar Target of 280 GW by 2030

Policy Tweaks Necessary to Achieve India’s Solar Target of 280 GW by 2030

Last year was a banner year for the Indian solar sector, with capacity additions breaking the 10 GW for the first time, raising hopes of India achieving the 500 GW ...
Agrivoltaics Could Solve the Land Scarcity Problem for Solar Installations

Agrivoltaics Could Solve the Land Scarcity Problem for Solar

In India, agriculture plays a critical role in the economy, with nearly 60% of its land under farming and almost 300 days of sunshine every year. The country has an ...
Rupee Depreciation Adds to Renewable Energy Sector's Woes

Rupee Depreciation Adds to Renewable Energy Sector’s Woes

The Indian rupee's recent fall against the U.S. dollar has added to the domestic renewable industry's woes which is already struggling with rising prices, duties, and supply chain issues. The ...
Solar and Wind Developers Fret Over Cost of Undergrounding Power Lines in the GIB Habitat

Solar and Wind Developers Fret Over Cost of Undergrounding Power Lines in the GIB Habitat

The fate of renewable energy projects in the Great Indian Bustard habitat in Rajasthan and Gujarat hangs in the balance as a section of developers is concerned about the costs ...
MNRE Approves 61 Solar Parks Totaling 40 GW Amidst Land Acquisition Challenges

MNRE Approves 61 Solar Parks Totaling 40 GW Amidst Land Acquisition Challenges

India has set a lofty target of 280 GW of solar capacity by 2030. Achieving the target appears daunting, going by the progress made so far. Solar project development activity ...
Duty on Export of Steel Expected to Bring Down Cost of Solar Module Mounting Structures

Duty on Export of Steel Expected to Bring Down Cost of Solar Module Mounting Structures

The Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) has imposed a duty of 15% on the export of steel. The move is likely to bring down the prices of solar mounting ...
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Gujarat’s Largest Rooftop Solar Tender Has an Earnest Money Deposit Problem

Gujarat’s Largest Rooftop Solar Tender Has an Earnest Money Deposit Problem

Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited’s (MGVCL’s) empanelment tender, one of Gujarat’s largest, to install 1 GW of residential rooftop solar systems in urban and rural areas has hit a roadblock ...
Floating Solar May Just be the Key to Unlock India’s Targeted Installed Solar Capacity

Floating Solar May Just be the Key to Unlock India’s Targeted Installed Solar Capacity

As a renewable source of energy, solar power is an essential pillar in India’s efforts to address climate change and achieve the ambitious goal of 280 GW of installed solar ...