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 ...
Anti Dumping Duty on Solar Glass Has Resulted in Monopoly, Shortage, Price Rise

Anti Dumping Duty on Solar Glass Has Resulted in Monopoly, Shortage, Price Rise

The solar glass shortage in China that started some six months back has started to affect the Indian solar manufacturing industry. This, coupled with the duties on glass, has started ...
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Developers Say ISTS Waiver Extension Inevitable, Highlight Other Pressing Issues

Developers Say ISTS Waiver Extension Inevitable, Highlight Other Pressing Issues

Renewable energy projects commissioned on or before June 30, 2023, have a waiver on inter-state transmission system (ISTS) charges and losses. But most of these projects are yet to sign ...
Solar Inverter, Import Duty, Customs Duty, MNRE, Solar Modules, PV

Is Customs Duty Hike Sufficient to Incentivize Domestic Manufacture of Solar Inverters?

In the Budget 2021, the Finance Minister proposed to raise the customs duty on solar inverters from 5% to 20% and on solar lanterns from 5% to 15% to encourage ...
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These Consumers are Cutting Power Bills By Installing Rooftop Solar on Their Homes

These Consumers are Cutting Power Bills By Installing Rooftop Solar on Their Homes

The adoption of residential solar systems is picking up in India and with greater awareness and tremendous growth potential. To get a first-hand experience, Mercom spoke to several consumers who ...
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Changing Wafer Sizes Will Cost Cell and Solar Module Manufacturers

Changing Wafer Sizes Will Cost Cell and Solar Module Manufacturers

The past few years have witnessed significant changes in solar manufacturing with the introduction of new technologies such as half-cut and even triple-cut, passivated emitter, and rear cell (PERC), bifacial, ...
Banking Charges, Ambiguity on Net Metering Rules Major Glitches in Gujarat Solar Policy

Banking Charges, Ambiguity on Net Metering Rules Major Glitches in Gujarat Solar Policy

The solar industry believes the Gujarat government's new solar policy is a mixed bag of positive and negative initiatives for the sector. The Gujarat government announced the new 'Gujarat Solar ...
Industry Fears Rooftop Market Will Collapse Due to the New Net Metering Policy

Industry Fears Rooftop Solar Market Will Collapse Due to the New Net Metering Policy

The new rules issued by the Ministry of Power mandating net metering for loads up to 10 kW and gross metering for above 10 kW has caused widespread anxiety among ...
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Where Does India’s Rooftop Solar Market Stand Since COVID-19 Lockdown_

Where Does India’s Rooftop Solar Market Stand Since COVID-19 Lockdown?

India's rooftop solar industry has started recovering steadily from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the country returning to normalcy following the easing of lockdown restrictions in phases ...
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Power Sale Agreement Signing Delays Could Slowdown Pace of Solar Installations

Power Sale Agreement Signing Delays Could Slow Down Pace of Solar Installations

The large-scale solar project pipeline in India stood at 44.7 GW, with another 34.6 GW of tendered capacity pending auctions at the end of Q3 2020, according to Mercom India ...
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Residential Rooftop Solar Loans_ All You Need to Know

Residential Rooftop Solar Loans: All You Need to Know

In the fourth article of our series covering all you need to know about rooftop solar systems, we focus on ways to finance your residential rooftop system. This write-up will ...
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CAPEX or OPEX – Ways To Finance Rooftop Solar Systems and Realize Huge Savings

CAPEX or OPEX – Ways to Finance Rooftop Solar Systems and Realize Huge Savings

Rooftop solar systems empower consumers with two distinct benefits – savings on power costs and contribution to the environment by going green. The two most popular models are- OPEX and ...
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Amendments MNRE Needs to Consider for KUSUM Solar Pump Program To Scale

Amendments MNRE Needs to Consider for KUSUM Solar Pump Program to Scale

The government launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) in February last year. The objective of this innovative program is to help farmers achieve financial stability ...
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