Duty on Export of Steel Expected to Bring Down Cost of Solar Module Mounting Structures

Duty on Export of Steel Expected to Bring Down Cost of Solar Module Mounting Structures

The Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) has imposed a duty of 15% on the export of steel. The move is likely to bring down the prices of solar mounting ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
Gujarat’s Largest Rooftop Solar Tender Has an Earnest Money Deposit Problem

Gujarat’s Largest Rooftop Solar Tender Has an Earnest Money Deposit Problem

Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited’s (MGVCL’s) empanelment tender, one of Gujarat’s largest, to install 1 GW of residential rooftop solar systems in urban and rural areas has hit a roadblock ...
Floating Solar May Just be the Key to Unlock India’s Targeted Installed Solar Capacity

Floating Solar May Just be the Key to Unlock India’s Targeted Installed Solar Capacity

As a renewable source of energy, solar power is an essential pillar in India’s efforts to address climate change and achieve the ambitious goal of 280 GW of installed solar ...
ALMM Inclusion Irks Open Access, Rooftop Solar Installers

ALMM Inclusion Irks Open Access, Rooftop Solar Installers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in its recent order, amended the regulations related to the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) of solar modules, extending it ...
Basic Customs Will Not Favor all Solar Manufacturers

Basic Customs Duty Will Not Favor All Solar Manufacturers

With the imposition of Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on solar cells and modules around the corner, the domestic manufacturing sector is uncertain about its impact. In March 2021, the Ministry ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Developers and Manufacturers Weigh in on ALMM and the Solar Demand Supply Gap

Developers and Manufacturers Weigh in on ALMM and the Solar Demand Supply Gap

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), through its 'Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) of Solar Modules Order, 2019'  states that only the models and manufacturers included ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Renewable Energy Industry Mostly Upbeat with Budget 2022 Industry Reactions

Renewable Energy Industry Mostly Upbeat with Budget 2022: Industry Reactions

The Union Budget for the financial year (FY) 2022-23 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sithararman has been well received by the renewable industry. Some of the important points proposed in ...
Tariffs, Tax Breaks, & Incentives Solar Sector Has Big Expectations from 2022 Budget

Tariffs, Tax Breaks, & Incentives: Solar Sector Has Big Expectations from Budget 2022

India is looking at some large capacity additions in the years ahead to reach the target of 300 GW of solar by 2030. The country’s cumulative installed solar capacity at ...
Waiving ISTS Charges Could Catalyze Growth in Renewable Open Access Market

Waiving ISTS Charges Could Catalyze Growth in Renewable Open Access Market

Open access solar project developers believe that inter-state transmission charges (ISTS) waiver on solar projects and other renewable energy projects would widen the scope of open access projects connected to ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Electric Vehicle Sector Lays Out Expectations for Budget 2022

Electric Vehicle Sector Lays Out Expectations for Budget 2022

The Indian electric vehicle (EV) industry is expecting favorable announcements as the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, is set to present that Budget 2022 on February 1. Last year proved ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
EVs Gear Up for a Breakthrough Year in 2022

EVs Gear Up for a Breakthrough Year in 2022

The increasing number of green number plates on Indian roads is the best testament to the new vehicle buyers’ growing inclination towards electric vehicles (EVs). Though the number of vehicles ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Better Tariff Structures and Policies are Driving the Growth of Open Access

Better Tariff Structures and Policies are Driving the Growth of Solar Open Access

India installed 307 MW of open access solar capacity in the third quarter (Q3) of the calendar year (CY) 2021, registering a 47% increase compared to 209 MW installed in ...
India's Solar Industry is Betting BIG on 2022

India’s Solar Industry is Betting BIG on 2022

The challenges during the year notwithstanding, 2021 turned out to be one of the better years for the Indian solar industry. The outlook for 2022 looks promising, according to stakeholders ...
No Compensation for Over Injection of Wind and Solar Power Under Draft DSM Rules

No Compensation for Over Injection of Wind and Solar Power Under Draft DSM Rules

Renewable project developers are wading through multiple challenges in integrating power to the grid efficiently on time. With India setting a target to install a non-fossil energy capacity of 500 ...
Why India Needs More Solar-Wind Hybrid Projects

Why India Needs More Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

The intermittent nature of standalone wind and solar power sources has made it important for policymakers to promote wind-solar hybrid projects that provide a longer-duration power supply and maximize resources ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
What it Will Take for India's Clean Energy Sector to Unlock Billions in Foreign ESG Funds

What it Will Take for India’s Clean Energy Sector to Unlock Billions in Foreign ESG Funds

The Indian renewable energy (RE) market is one of the most attractive destinations for foreign investors. According to the 2020 Climate Transparency report, India is the only G20 nation on ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Share of Battery in Energy Storage Sector in MENA to Jump to 45% from the Current 7%

Round-The-Clock Renewable Energy Projects with Battery Storage are the Future

Renewable energy supply round-the-clock (RTC) with the help of battery storage overcomes the intermittency associated with solar and wind, which generate energy only when there is enough sunshine and wind ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Solar energy projects to be developed in the habitats of the Great Indian Bustard and Lesser Florican in Rajasthan and Gujarat have been stranded awaiting the decision from the Supreme Court.

Solar Projects in Rajasthan Stranded, Awaiting Supreme Court Order on Great Indian Bustard

Solar energy projects to be developed in the habitats of the Great Indian Bustard and Lesser Florican in Rajasthan and Gujarat have been stranded awaiting the decision from the Supreme ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Growth of Domestic Solar Manufacturing Hindered by Global Supply Chain Disruptions

Growth of Domestic Solar Manufacturing Hindered by Global Supply Chain Disruptions

The Indian government has come up with several initiatives to encourage domestic solar manufacturing. In April this year, the Union Cabinet approved the production-linked incentive (PLI) program to push gigawatt-scale manufacturing of ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Rooftop Solar Plus Storage Can Save C&I Consumers from Power Cuts

Rooftop Solar Plus Storage Can Save C&I Consumers from Power Cuts

India is staring at a power crisis as coal stocks at thermal plants are depleting. The Power and Coal ministries, on their part, have said that the fears of a ...
SECI's 97.5 MW Tender for Government Rooftop Solar Projects Shrinks Under Challenges

SECI’s 97.5 MW Tender for Government Rooftop Solar Projects Shrinks Under Challenges

The Solar Energy Corporation of India's (SECI) tender for 97.5 MW of rooftop solar projects on government buildings across India is a story of inordinate delays due to frequent timeline ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Time for Open Access Solar is Now for C&I Segment in the Wake of Coal Crisis

Time for Open Access Solar is Now for C&I Segment in the Wake of Coal Crisis

The power crisis triggered by depleting coal stocks in thermal plants appears to have eased to some extent, but it has provided a wake-up call to the Indian industrial sector ...
Reliance's REC Acquisition Could Reduce Indian Solar Developers' Dependence on Imports

Reliance’s REC Acquisition Could Reduce Indian Solar Developers’ Dependence on Imports

Solar developers and module manufacturers believe Reliance Group's recent solar acquisitions will help India provide an alternative to Chinese products. In June 2021, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, announced that Reliance ...
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 ...