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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Why Rooftop Solar Makes Sense for C&I Businesses During COVID-19

Why Rooftop Solar Makes Sense for C&I Businesses During COVID-19

The global Coronavirus pandemic has made commercial and industrial customers realize that going solar is one of the best ways to cut down operational costs. Energy costs account for around ...
Cost to Install Solar System on a Residential Rooftop Can Range from ₹45,000 to ₹85,000

Cost to Install a 1 kW Solar System on a Residential Rooftop Can Range from ₹45,000 to ₹85,000

In the third article of our series covering all you need to know about rooftop solar systems, we will focus on the installation process. This quick guide will help you ...
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Here is How Much Money Rooftop Solar Systems Can Save Households (1)

Here is How Much Money Rooftop Solar Systems Can Save for Households

This is the second article in a series that explains all you need to know before installing a solar system on your rooftop. The first article focused on the specifics ...
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Want to Install a Rooftop Solar System on Your Home_ Here's What You Should Know

Want to Install a Rooftop Solar System on Your Home? Here’s What You Should Know

Solar energy is the most flexible form of renewable energy and has become affordable enough for most households. As solar costs keep dropping, the process of installing solar, what to ...
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Is there a Case for Basic Customs Duty on Solar Inverters_

Is there a Case for Basic Customs Duty on Solar Inverters?

To combat the impact of COVID-19, the government has announced various measures, and chief of them was the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” or self-reliant India. One of the main initiatives under this ...
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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 ...