Industry Sees Many Challenges with BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

Industry Sees Many Challenges with BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

The rapid pace of solar installations in India has brought the concern for quality of equipment to the forefront. Recognizing the issue at hand, the Ministry of New and Renewable ...
Solar and Wind Power Procurement Situation is a Mess

Solar and Wind Power Procurement Situation is a Mess

State-run distribution companies (DISCOMs) and negligent state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) are creating an obstacle in the path of India’s solar story, according to a letter written by R. K ...
Solar Carports: A New Source of Growth for Rooftop Solar?

Solar Carports: A New Source of Growth for Rooftop Solar?

India crossed the milestone of 25 GW of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, as of August 2018. Out of the installed capacity, rooftop solar PV accounts for over 2.5 GW ...
Madhya Pradesh Announces First of its Kind Tender for 33 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Net Metering Policy Continues to be a Drag on India’s Rooftop Solar Sector

Net metering was introduced in India as a measure to make distributed renewable energy more accessible and economical for electricity consumers across the country. Net metering works by calculating the ...
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Solar Companies Flock to Bangalore

Solar Companies Flock to Bangalore

Looking at the rapid pace of solar energy installations across India, one wonders what it would take for a city to be at the heart of it all. Is there ...
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Solar: a Game Changer for India’s Agricultural Sector

Solar: A Game Changer for India’s Agricultural Sector

This article is the second part of a series how solar is affecting different critical sectors in India. The first article addressed solar’s impact on India’s water usage. Solar power ...
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In Light of Water Shortage, Solar Can be a Game-Changer in India

Solar a Solution for India’s Water Woes

India is developing rapidly and with this growth comes an increasing demand for energy. In today’s economy, reliable access to electricity is a key factor for propelling growth. Currently, the ...
Recent Cancellations of Solar Auctions Have Set a Bad Precedent

Recent Cancellations of Solar Auctions Have Set a Bad Precedent

India’s efforts to grow solar energy has suffered some setbacks recently. The solar industry is trying to overcome the recently announced safeguard duty but the recent cancellation of auctions has ...
Status of Solar Glass and Back Sheets after Safeguard Duty

Status of Solar Glass and Back Sheets after Safeguard Duty

With the recent levy of a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar imports from China and Malaysia, the next trade dispute focus is on the anti-dumping case on solar glass ...
Will the SECI 3 GW Solar Auction Be Cancelled?

Cancelling 3 GW SECI Solar Auction Could Backfire Due to Safeguard Duty

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)’s 3 GW Interstate Transmission System (ISTS)-connected solar auction stands a chance of being cancelled according to government sources and developers. In the auction, ...
Land and Transmission Availability May Make or Break India’s Mega Solar Tenders

Land and Transmission Availability May Make or Break India’s Mega Solar Tenders

A plethora of mega tenders have been announced in the domestic solar sector lately. While these huge tender announcements sound exciting and bode well for the country’s ambitious solar target, ...
Will the Lowest Bid Breach 2.44/kWh in the Upcoming SECI 3 GW Auction?

Will the Lowest Bid Breach ₹2.44/kWh Mark in the Upcoming SECI 3 GW Solar Auction?

Tariffs are expected to tumble to record lows in the upcoming SECI 3 GW Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS)- connected solar auction.  As of June, the tender was oversubscribed by 2.1 ...
Some DISCOMs Make Progress Under UDAY Program

Some DISCOMs Make Progress Under UDAY Program

The Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program is helping some state-run distribution companies (DISCOMs) stuck in a debt-rut come out of the vicious spiral. Various DISCOMs across the country were ...
Indian Solar Projects Getting Too Big to Bid: Domestic Developers

Indian Solar Projects Getting Too Big to Bid: Domestic Developers

As the government pushes to meet its target of achieving 100 GW solar capacity by 2022, it has started to increase the maximum project bid size. While the government is ...
India’s Peak Power Supply Deficit Dipped to 0.7% in Q1 FY 2018-19

Will States Comply with the New Solar RPO Target?

The Ministry for Power recently announced revised solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) goals for up to FY 2012-22. RPO is the single most important policy driving renewable energy installations in ...
Madhya Pradesh Clarifies the Impact of Solar Safeguard Duty on 30 MW Rooftop Tender

India’s Rooftop Solar in Dire Need of Innovative Financing Solutions

Four years ago, under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India set a target to install 175 GW of renewable capacity by the year 2022. Of the targeted capacity, 100 ...
Solar Companies Still Waiting for GST Clarity and Refunds

Solar Companies Still Waiting for GST Clarity and Refunds

India introduced its Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1, 2017, hailing the new tax mechanism as the most efficient way to curb rising tax evasion in the country ...
Rupee Depreciation Beginning to Affect Solar Supply Chain in India

Rupee Depreciation Beginning to Affect Solar Supply Chain in India

A volatile rupee is beginning to affect domestic solar developers and solar project component suppliers alike. One U.S. dollar is hovering around ₹68 which is the highest exchange rate in ...
Is India’s Electric Vehicle Push for Real This Time?

Is India’s Electric Vehicle Push for Real This Time?

The shift from fossil-fuel powered vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) has become more important than ever for India. The country has to embrace EVs quickly, if it wants to cut ...
Lack of ISTS Connectivity Results in Postponement of 4 GW of Solar Tenders

Lack of ISTS Connectivity Results in Delay of 7 GW of Solar Auctions

The lack of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) connectivity is hampering the growth of renewables, especially solar in India. In the past few days, the implementing agencies have postponed bid-submission deadlines ...
Storms Affect Solar Assets in North Indian States

Storms Affect Solar Assets in North Indian States

North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and adjoining regions have seen an unusual spate of dust storms recently. In an unfortunate event that cost many lives, the recent ...
String Inverters Making Inroads into the Indian Solar Market

String Inverters Making Inroads into the Indian Solar Market

Choosing an inverter for a large-scale solar project in India has historically been an easy one. However, with the entrance of string inverters, the decision for EPC players and developers ...
Solar Cell and Module Technologies in India Will be on Focus if Duties are Imposed

Solar Cell and Module Technologies in India Will be on Focus if Duties are Imposed

The Indian solar industry currently is consumed by whether a safeguard duty will be imposed or not and all the pros and cons around it. If a safeguard duty is ...
India’s Safeguard Duty Investigation Draws Criticism at WTO

India’s Safeguard Duty Investigation Draws Criticism at WTO

The recommendation to impose safeguard duty on solar imports to India and the ongoing investigation faced criticism at the recently-held meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) safeguard committee. The ...
Over 80% of Recent Solar Auctions in India Won by Larger Solar Developers

Over 80% of Recent Solar Auctions in India Won by Larger Solar Developers

The solar sector in India is rapidly expanding with increasing participation from a mix of domestic and foreign developers. However, a detailed analysis of the winners of major solar auctions ...