Residential Rooftop Karnataka

Installing a Rooftop Solar System on Your Home in Karnataka? Here’s What You Need to Know

Residential rooftop solar installations have been growing in popularity due to the ease of installations and the savings they provide to homeowners. According to Mercom's latest report, India Rooftop Solar ...
Domestic Content Requirement - Helping or Hurting KUSUM Solar Pump Program

Domestic Content Requirement – Helping or Hurting KUSUM Solar Pump Program?

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program was announced by the government to provide financial and water security to farmers by mobilizing solar projects and solar-powered water ...
BESCOM's Empanelment Process is Tedious, Expensive and Unnecessary

BESCOM’s Empanelment Process is Tedious, Expensive and Unnecessary

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) has recently revised its guidelines to empanel inverter manufacturers for government solar programs in Karnataka. Inverter manufacturers feel that the empanelment process is ...
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Developers Worried Over Proposed GST Hike on Solar Modules From 5% to 12%

Developers Worried Over Proposed GST Hike on Solar Components from 5% to 12%

The Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council's recommendation to raise GST on solar components from 5% to 12% has project developers worried about its impact on project costs. The GST ...
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Multi-Year Tariffs Crucial For Visibility and Growth of Open Access Solar Market

Multi-Year Tariffs Crucial for Visibility and Growth of Open Access Solar Market

The open access solar market is steadily growing in India, providing a viable alternative for developers who do not wish to participate in extremely competitive auctions for large-scale projects or ...
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Is the Tariff of ₹2.14kWh Discovered in Neemuch 500 MW Solar Auction an Aberration

Is the Tariff of ₹2.14/kWh Discovered in Neemuch 500 MW Solar Auction an Aberration?

There is a consensus among the stakeholders that the tariffs in the post safeguard duty era with the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) in effect will hover around ...
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Guaranteed Offtake the Reason for Success of MSEDCL’s 500 MW Solar Tender

Guaranteed Offtake the Reason for Success of MSEDCL’s 500 MW Solar Tender

Stakeholders in the solar industry believe that tariffs in upcoming solar auctions are likely to settle around ₹2.50 (~$0.034)/kWh, given the spike in module and commodity prices. Developers are bracing ...
DISCOM Revamp Plan Could Expedite Payments and Strengthen Transmission Network

DISCOM Revamp Plan Could Expedite Payments and Strengthen Transmission Network

The Ministry of Power (MoP) issued detailed guidelines last month for the reform-based result-linked power distribution program over the next five years. The program aims to reduce the aggregate technical and commercial ...
Can Solar Developers Rely on Local Manufacturers for Module Supply Without Disruptions

Can Solar Developers Rely on Local Manufacturers for Module Supply Without Disruptions?

The government's focus lately has shifted strongly towards establishing a domestic solar manufacturing base. The government has levied safeguard duty, Basic Customs Duty (BCD), introduced the approved list of module ...
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Solar Mounting Structures and Projects Impacted by Steel Prices and Iron Ore Shortages

Solar Mounting Structures and Projects Impacted by Steel Prices and Iron Ore Shortages

Manufacturers of mounting structures for solar modules have been facing a severe shortage in a critical raw material – steel. The price volatility of this essential metal and the disruption ...
Solar Developers Finding it Difficult to Bid Below ₹2.50kWh As ALMM Takes Effect

Solar Developers Finding it Difficult to Bid Below ₹2.50/kWh as ALMM Takes Effect

Solar developers are finding it challenging to execute solar projects with a tariff lower than ₹2.50 (~$0.034)/kWh with the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) restrictions. According to the ...
Struggling Solar MSMEs Want a Technology Upgradation Fund for Manufacturing

Struggling Solar MSMEs Want a Technology Upgradation Fund for Manufacturing

While the government has come up with several protectionist policies to give impetus to the manufacturing sector in the solar space, the deck is stacked against the smaller players who ...
Equity Lock-in Period Should be Removed to Boost Foreign Direct Investments in Solar

Equity Lock-in Period Should be Removed to Boost Foreign Direct Investments in Solar

Removing the one-year lock-in period for controlling shareholding could help increase investment flow into the solar market in India, which sorely needs it. A 'controlling shareholding' is the ownership (directly ...
Why Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited's Tender Was a Big Success

Why Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited’s Tender Was a Big Success

The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited's (RUMSL) tenders for 550 MW of solar projects at the Agar Solar Park and 450 MW of solar projects at the Shajapur Solar Park ...
Great Indian Bustard and the Renewable Energy Sector - How to Save Both

Great Indian Bustard and the Renewable Energy Sector – How to Save Both

Uncertainty looms over the future of renewable power projects in Rajasthan following the Supreme Court order which says that power lines in the region be shifted underground, as electrocution was ...
Can Solar Developers Take Advantage of Duty-Free Period Ahead

Can Solar Developers Take Advantage of Duty-Free Period Ahead?

Solar developers in India are facing two important dates - the safeguard duty (15%) set to end on July 29, 2021, and the basic customs duty (BCD) of 40% on ...
Green Power Tariff An Attractive Option for Consumers to Access Solar and Wind Power

Green Power Tariff: An Attractive Option for Consumers to Access Solar and Wind Power

Commercial and Industrial (C&I) consumers have multiple options of going green – setting up large-scale solar projects through open access models, rooftop solar systems, or purchasing renewable energy certificates. For ...
Commodity Prices to Continue Rising, Driving up Solar Component Costs

Commodity Prices to Continue Rising, Driving up Solar Component Costs

Over the last six months, the rising price trends in commodities, including steel, aluminum, and copper, have started to take a toll, increasing the burden on solar developers. In addition, ...
Growing Demand for Rooftop Solar Expected to Offset Adverse Impact of Cap on Net Metering

Growing Demand for Rooftop Solar Expected to Offset Adverse Impact of Cap on Net Metering

Net metering, one of the vital policy drivers for rooftop solar adoption, has witnessed a series of revisions in India in the past few months. Net metering for rooftop solar ...
ALMM Effect: Solar Developers Worried About Supply, Module Makers Unconcerned

ALMM Effect: Solar Developers Worried About Supply, Module Makers Unconcerned

To closely monitor the component solar suppliers and their manufacturing facilities, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has made it mandatory for solar cell and module manufacturers to ...
_Solar Industry Reacts PLI Program Good for Large Manufacturers; MSMEs Left Out

Solar Industry Reacts: PLI Program Good for Large Manufacturers; MSMEs Left Out

India has launched a performance-linked incentive (PLI) program to support vertically integrated, gigawatt-scale manufacturing of high-efficiency solar modules. The implementing agency – the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), has ...
Rooftop Solar The Struggles Continue DesRooftop Solar The Struggles Continue Despite Enormous Potentialpite Enormous Potential

Rooftop Solar: The Struggles Continue Despite Enormous Potential

The energy costs for commercial and industrial (C&I) units in India account for around 30%-40% of the operational expenses.  Embracing solar seems like the most logical step towards saving the ...
Uncertainty Surrounds the Fate of Safeguard Duty After July 2021

Uncertainty Surrounds the Fate of Solar Safeguard Duty After July 2021

The crucial duty of protecting domestic solar cell and module manufacturers in India against imports from China PR, Thailand, and Vietnam is set to end on July 29, 2021. Until ...
Barring DISCOMs With Long Pending Bills to Access Spot Market – Who Will Enforce?

Barring DISCOMs With Long Pending Bills from Accessing Spot Market – Who Will Enforce?

The inordinate delays in distribution companies (DISCOMs) clearing payments have made it difficult for solar and wind energy generators to operate their businesses. Already facing a tough time in the ...
Solar and EV Sectors to Prop Up Silver Demand as Prices Roll Off Eight -Year High Hit in February (1)

Solar and EV Sectors to Prop Up Silver Demand as Prices Roll Off Eight-Year High Hit in February

The solar photovoltaic and electric vehicle sectors have been a steady source of silver demand over the past decade. The demand is expected to continue in the coming years as ...