Accurate Forecasting of Renewable Generation a Tough Task for Solar & Wind Developers

Accurate Forecasting of Renewable Generation a Tough Task for Solar & Wind Developers

With India’s target to install 175 GW of renewables by 2022, the share of renewables is only going to grow, making the grid integration of these intermittent renewable resources into ...
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Tariff Adoption Delays are Hurting Investments and Jobs in the Solar Sector

Tariff Adoption Delays are Hurting Investments and Jobs in the Solar Sector

According to Section 63 of the Electricity Act 2003, authorities such as the state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) are expected to adopt tariffs that have been discovered through a transparent ...
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Solar MSMEs are Not Benefiting from Safeguard Duty and Domestic Content Rules

Solar MSMEs are Not Benefiting from Safeguard Duty and Domestic Content Rules

Over the past year and a half, the government has launched several policy measures to support the domestic solar manufacturing industry — these range from the imposition of a safeguard ...
Has Safeguard Duty Created a Market for Domestic Small-Scale Solar Manufacturers_

Has Safeguard Duty Created a Market for Domestic Small-Scale Solar Manufacturers?

In July 2018, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) recommended a safeguard duty on cells and modules imported from China and Malaysia, which upended the solar supply chain in ...
Removal of 1 MW Cap on Net Metering Crucial for India’s Rooftop Solar Growth

Removal of 1 MW Cap on Net Metering Crucial for India’s Rooftop Solar Growth

The rooftop solar market in India has been growing steadily over the last five years. According to the recent Q2 2019 India Solar market update published by Mercom India, cumulative ...
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Who Will Drive India’s Two and Three-Wheeled EV Segment_

Who Will Drive India’s Two and Three-Wheeled EV Segment?

India’s electric mobility revolution is just beginning. The electric vehicle (EV) market in India is buoyant amid increasing policy support from the government. The adoption of EVs in the country ...
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Is Unconditional Letter of Credit the Answer to Solar, Wind Payment Issues_

Is Unconditional Letter of Credit the Answer to Solar, Wind Payment Issues?

Cases of payment delays to renewable generators have become common and on the rise. However, the Ministry of Power has given these developers a shot in the arm by introducing ...
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India’s E-Commerce Industry_ Untapped Market for Rooftop Solar

India’s E-Commerce Industry: Untapped Market for Rooftop Solar

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has a solar capacity installation goal of 100 GW by 2022. The target requires 40 GW to be installed using rooftop solar. Currently, ...
Mono PERC Modules are Coming to India; It is Just a Matter of When

Mono PERC Solar Modules are Coming to India; It is Just a Matter of When

With increased acceptance of high-efficiency monocrystalline (mono) technology in solar projects around the world, Chinese cell and module suppliers are swiftly scaling production of these products. This shift is occurring ...
Corporate Social Responsibility Funds Can be an Effective Tool for Solar Expansion

Corporate Social Responsibility Funds Can be an Effective Tool for Solar Expansion

Economic growth has pulled millions of people out of poverty around the world but has also resulted in severe pollution especially in emerging markets like India and China with harmful ...
India’s Transmission Infrastructure Struggles to Keep Up With Wind and Solar Additions

India’s Transmission Infrastructure Struggles to Keep Up With Wind and Solar Additions

With the expected surge in electricity demand over the coming decade and the rapid installation of solar and wind, India’s transmission and distribution system will require significant expansion sooner than ...
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Lack of Insurance for Solar Modules Holding Back Indian-Made Modules

Lack of Insurance for Solar Modules Holding Back India-Made Modules

Indian manufacturers have made solid inroads supplying to the domestic market after the safeguard duty was imposed on imported modules from China, Malaysia, and Taiwan last year, according to Mercom ...
Andhra Pradesh’s Decision to Renegotiate Solar and Wind PPAs Sets Bad Precedent

Andhra Pradesh’s Decision to Renegotiate Solar and Wind PPAs Sets Bad Precedent

In a surprise announcement on July 1, 2019, the Andhra Pradesh government said it was going to review the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed between the state’s electricity distribution companies ...
Low Tariffs Pushing Developers to Cut Costs and Quality of Solar Mounting Structures

Low Tariffs Pushing Developers to Cut Costs and Quality of Solar Mounting Structures

Module mounting structures are the backbone of any solar photovoltaic (PV) energy project. Good quality mounting structures on a ground-mounted or rooftop solar project not only helps maintain the optimum ...
Is Group Captive the Next Attractive Solar Market in 2019?

Is Group Captive the Next Attractive Solar Market in 2019?

On paper, the open access solar is an attractive source of power for large consumers (with a connected load of more than 1 MW). It allows them to procure solar ...
Harsh Penalties for Deviation Settlement is Playing Havoc with Solar, Wind Projects

Harsh Penalties for Deviation Settlement is Playing Havoc with Solar, Wind Projects

India is one of the leading markets for renewable energy generation in the world. It was the third largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market in the first quarter of 2019 behind ...
Tariff Caps are Slowing Solar Auction Activity

Tariff Caps are Slowing Down Solar Auction Activity

The solar market in India is extremely competitive. Reverse auctions have driven tariffs lower and lower, and developers are fighting for every penny to make a decent return on their ...
Land is Still the Biggest Impediment for Large-Scale Solar and Development

Land is Still the Biggest Impediment for Large-Scale Solar Development

The Indian solar energy market has come a long way, from about 3 GW of installed capacity in 2014 to over 30 GW in 2019. The solar industry has been ...
Indian Solar Exports to the US to Incur 25% Safeguard Duty From June 5

India’s Solar Exports to the US to Incur 25% Safeguard Duty from June 5, 2019

The United States President Donald Trump has ended India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country, thereby ending duty-free status of about 2,000 products amounting to approximately $6 billion, including solar ...
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Solar Installations During UPA and NDA Administrations

Solar Installations Jumped from Just 3 GW to 25 GW in 4 Years Under PM Modi

It has been a little over four years since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) administration under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over and it is a good ...
India’s Solar Industry Reacts to Modi Government’s Win in Lok Sabha Elections 2019

India’s Solar Industry Reacts to Modi Government’s Win in Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Stakeholders in India’s renewable energy sector are upbeat about the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) coming back into power for a second term under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...
India’s NBFC Crisis Exacerbating Financing Challenges for Utility-Scale Solar Projects

India’s NBFC Crisis Exacerbating Financing Challenges for Utility-Scale Solar Projects

Since September 2018, India’s Non-Bank Financial Companies (NBFC) have been in a crisis after Infrastructure Leasing, and Financial Services (IL&FS) admitted to defaulting on several payments to its creditors, consequently ...
Payment Security Mechanism for Solar Projects under VGF Program Gets ₹5 Billion Fund

Payment Delays in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu Hit Solar and Wind Developers

Payment delays are becoming a problem again for solar and wind project developers in India especially in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana. Some instances in Madhya Pradesh and a ...
Serious Policy Push Needed to Get India's Rooftop Solar Market to the Next Level

Serious Policy Push Needed to Get India’s Rooftop Solar Market to the Next Level

The rooftop solar segment in India has been growing at a brisk pace, with cumulative installed capacity reaching 3,260 MW as of December 2018. Rooftop installations grew 66% (year-over-year) with ...
Is Inclusion of Large Hydro Power in India’s Renewable Mix a Good Move?

Is Inclusion of Large Hydro Power in India’s Renewable Mix a Good Move?

Large hydro power (LHP) projects are back in the limelight in India, thanks to the recent notification by the Ministry of Power in which such projects were reclassified as renewables ...