Solar Developers Want Government to Penalize Delayed Transmission Projects

Solar Developers Want Government to Penalize Delayed Transmission Projects

Solar power project development slowed down drastically since March when India imposed a lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Solar installations declined more than 80% in Q2. Only 205 MW ...
COVID or Not, Indian EV Startups Continue to Push Forward

COVID or Not, Indian EV Startups Continue to Push Forward

Historically, mobility and fossil fuels have been inextricably linked, and electric vehicles (EVs) have been on the fringes relevant only in a few niche markets. But with climate change taking ...
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Technological Upgrades Imperative for India’s Solar Manufacturing to Take-Off

Technological Upgrades Imperative for India’s Solar Manufacturing to Take-Off

The government of India has been promoting self-reliance and is trying to limit India’s dependence on imports and expand domestic manufacturing capabilities. So far, duties have been the means to ...
As Government Shifts Focus to Solar Manufacturing, RPO Enforcement Becomes More Critical

As Government Shifts Focus to Solar Manufacturing, RPO Enforcement Becomes More Critical

India's push towards transforming the energy sector began a decade ago with the formulation of the National Solar Mission. To enforce policies for renewable energy expansion and create demand, the ...
What it Takes to Ramp Up Solar Manufacturing in India

What it Takes to Ramp Up Solar Manufacturing in India

The Indian solar industry has been dependent on imported solar cells and modules since the inception of the National Solar Mission. The focus so far has been on project development ...
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 ...
C&I Customers Need to Think Below 1 MW Solar Installations to Avoid Net Metering Hurdles

C&I Customers Need to Think of Solar Installations Below 1 MW to Avoid Net Metering Hurdles

India’s rooftop solar capacity stood at 4.6 GW at the end of Q1 2020, against the target of 40 GW by 2022. Out of the total capacity, nearly 70% came ...
Adoption of Solar Through Open Access_ Roadblocks and The Road Ahead

Adoption of Solar Through Open Access: Roadblocks and the Road Ahead

In the Indian power sector, open access means a mechanism in which large consumers have access to the transmission and distribution network so that they are free to obtain power ...
_Electricity Act Amendment Proposals That Could Invigorate the Renewable Energy Sector

Electricity Act Amendment Proposals That Could Invigorate the Renewable Energy Sector

The Electricity Act of 2003 was enacted by the Government of India to govern the country’s power sector with the best interests of all its stakeholders in mind. The Act’s ...
Industry Says Lockdown + 30-Days Extension for Stranded Solar Projects Not Enough

Industry Says Lockdown + 30-Days Extension for Stranded Solar Projects Not Enough

In April, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) came up with a blanket commissioning time extension for all renewable energy projects under construction in the country because of ...
After Andhra, Haryana's Flip-Flop on Solar Development is Costing Developers

After Andhra, Haryana’s Flip-Flop on Solar Development is Costing Developers

The 2022 deadline for India's solar target is looming large, and now is the time when all states should be working cohesively towards enabling solar expansion. Instead, several states in ...
2022 Deadline for ISTS Waiver Not Enough for Solar Projects Stuck in Limbo Amid COVID-19

2022 Deadline for ISTS Waiver Not Enough for Solar Projects Stuck in Limbo Amid COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis has disrupted the momentum in all segments of the renewable industry. The Ministry of Power’s (MoP) waiver on Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) charge is currently only applicable ...
What Value Will ALMM Listing Add to the Solar Industry_

What Value Will ALMM Listing Add to the Solar Industry?

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) proposal to implement its ‘Approved Lists of Models and Manufacturers’ (ALMM) order has raised more questions than it has answered. Why has ...
Renewable Expansion Key to Economic Growth Post-Pandemic

Renewable Expansion Key to Economic Growth Post-Pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, governments across the world have been forced to take stringent measures to curb its spread. The pandemic has had a deep impact on economies around ...
Now is the Time for Smart Meters in India

Now is the Time for Smart Meters in India

The ongoing coronavirus crisis and the poor financial performance of power distribution companies (DISCOMs) have shown that the power sector needs a serious revamp, and smart meters have to become ...
Impact of Basic Customs Duty on Solar Manufacturers Located in India’s SEZs

Impact of Basic Customs Duty on Solar Manufacturers Located in India’s SEZs

The Indian government has introduced several protectionist policies in the recent past to boost domestic manufacturing in the solar sector. Some of these measures include the anti-dumping duty, safeguard duty, ...
India on Pace to Install 65 GW of Solar by 2022, Far Off the 100 GW Goal

India on Pace to Install 65 GW of Solar by 2022, Far Off the 100 GW Goal

The Indian government’s goal of installing 100 GW of solar by the year 2022 is becoming tougher by the day, especially after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The country ...
Bailing Out Power DISCOMs at Every Crisis is Not the Way to Fix Them

Bailing Out Power DISCOMs at Every Crisis is Not the Way to Fix Them

Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) have been a significant strain on the Indian power system. Their poor financial performance has been weighing down the entire sector with their inability to pay power ...
Goodbye Polycrystalline Solar Modules, Hello Mono PERC, HJT, Bifacial

Goodbye Polycrystalline Solar Modules, Hello Mono PERC, HJT, Bifacial

Technology shift in the solar industry has been taking place rapidly across the globe, but India, a notoriously cost-sensitive market, has been slow to adapt and accept newer products. Higher ...
Rooftop Market Needs SBI World Bank Funds to be Disbursed Quickly in Tough Times

Rooftop Solar Market Needs SBI World Bank Funds to be Disbursed Quickly in Tough Times

The rooftop solar has struggled to catch on in India with just over 4 GW installed compared to the government goal of developing 40 GW by 2022. The market declined ...
Cell Manufacturing Capacity Lags Demand from DCR Programs

Solar Cell Manufacturing Capacity Lags Demand from DCR Programs

Solar cell manufacturing in India is yet to ramp up despite the government’s attempts to promote domestic production. While the government has taken initiatives like introducing safeguard duty, domestic content ...
Time is Now for RBI to Categorize Renewables as a Separate Sector, Remove Lending Limits

Time is Now for RBI to Categorize Renewables as a Separate Sector, Remove Lending Limits

The rapidly expanding renewable energy in India accounted for almost 36% of India’s total power capacity mix at the end of the calendar year (CY) 2019. The country’s total installed ...
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 ...
Top Solar and Power-Related Apps to Help Consumers During COVID-19 Lockdown

Top Solar and Power-Related Apps to Help Consumers During COVID-19 Lockdown

The Indian solar industry is shut down because of the nationwide lockdown in place because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Current restrictions have disrupted day-to-day business activities. The Ministry of New ...
Implications of COVID-19 lockdown on Indian solar industry

Implications of COVID-19 Lockdown on Indian Solar Industry

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill, disrupting businesses globally. To fight the outbreak, the Government of India ordered a complete lockdown from March 24, 2020, ...