Solar MSMEs are Not Benefiting from Safeguard Duty and Domestic Content Rules

Solar MSMEs are Not Benefiting from Safeguard Duty and Domestic Content Rules

Over the past year and a half, the government has launched several policy measures to support the domestic solar manufacturing industry — these range from the imposition of a safeguard ...
A Solar Cell is Domestically Manufactured only if Made in India with Undiffused Silicon Wafer

A Solar Cell is Domestically Manufactured only if Made in India with Undiffused Silicon Wafer

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification stating that if diffused silicon wafer (blue wafer) is imported and is used as a raw material for ...
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Center Mulls 5-Min Time-Block for Deviation Settlement as Renewable Generation Surges

Center Mulls 5-Min Time-Block for Deviation Settlement as Renewable Generation Surges

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) recently organized a conference “Energizing South” in Tamil Nadu’s capital city of Chennai. The conference’s theme was “India at 75: Forging Ahead: Commercially Smart, ...
Industry Organization Recommends Modifications to KUSUM Solar Program

Industry Organization Recommends Modifications to KUSUM Solar Program

The recent launch of the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) program to solarize India’s agriculture industry has been met with mixed responses. While some are lauding the government’s ...
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Maharashtra Floats Tender for Empanelment of Vendors for 7,500 Solar Pumps

Maharashtra Floats Tender for Empanelment of Vendors for 7,500 Solar Pumps

 The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender for the empanelment of vendors to design, manufacture, install, and commission 7,500 solar water pumps of 7.5 HP ...
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MNRE Readies Blueprint for Developing Decentralized Solar Projects

MNRE Readies Blueprint for Developing Decentralized Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued draft guidelines for the development of decentralized solar power projects. The MNRE has called for comments, suggestions, and opinions from ...
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National Solar Federation Says Domestic Content Requirement May Hurt KUSUM Program

National Solar Federation Says Domestic Content Requirement May Hurt KUSUM Program

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) in a consultative session with industry stakeholders held last week, has expressed its concerns regarding the domestic content requirement (DCR) being mandated ...
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Solar Cell Manufacturers Rally in Support of Domestic Cell Usage in KUSUM Program

Solar Cell Manufacturers Rally in Support of Domestic Cell Usage in KUSUM Program

In a letter addressed to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE), the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA), has expressed its support to the government’s decision to utilize indigenous ...
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Only Manufacturers of Solar Pumps and Modules Allowed to Bid Under KUSUM Program

Only Manufacturers of Solar Pumps and Modules Allowed to Bid Under KUSUM Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an amendment to the guidelines for implementing the KUSUM program for India’s farmers, which would help solarize agriculture. Now, the ...
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EESL Tenders 175,000 Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

EESL Tenders 175,000 Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has issued a tender for 175,000 off-grid solar water pumping systems. Apart from the design, manufacture, supply, transport, installation, testing, and commissioning, the scope ...
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MNRE Begins Allocation of Capacities to States Under KUSUM Program for India’s Farmers

MNRE Begins Allocation of Renewable Capacities to States Under KUSUM Program for India’s Farmers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum for state-wise renewable energy capacity allocation under the KUSUM program for the country’s farmers. The capacities have been ...
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KUSUM Program to Get ₹344 Billion to Add Solar Capacity of 26 GW by 2022

KUSUM Program to Get ₹344 Billion to Add Solar Capacity of 26 GW by 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued detailed guidelines to implement the KUSUM program for India’s farmers to solarize agriculture. Solar power is one of the most ...
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Farmers in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha Region to Soon Get Solar Pumps

Farmers in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha Region to Soon Get Solar Pumps

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has initiated the supply of solar pumps to farmers in the state’s Vidarbha region under the Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Pump Yojana (MSKY) ...
Udaipur Floats Tender for 300 Solar Pumps

Udaipur Floats Tender for 300 Solar Pumps

The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of Udaipur has issued a tender for 300 solar-based borewell water pumping systems. To qualify, a bidder must either be an indigenous solar photovoltaic ...
Amid Water Scarcity, Solar Water Pumps Come to Rescue in Cyclone-Hit Odisha

Amid Water Scarcity, Solar Water Pumps Come to Rescue in Cyclone-Hit Odisha

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani that swept across Odisha last week has ravaged homes, uprooted electricity poles and trees, and damaged everything that came in its way. Though the ...
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Industrial and Commercial Consumers to Pay for Solar Pumps for Farmers in Maharashtra

MNRE Issues Blueprint for Testing Solar Pump Controllers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued draft specifications and testing procedures for universal solar pump controllers (USPC). The draft is up for comments up to April ...
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Gujarat to Provide Farmers with Solar Panels to Produce their Own Power

Coming Soon: Program for Farmers to Set Up Solar Pumps and Grid-Connected Solar Projects

With an eye on the distressed agricultural sector of the country, the central government has now approved the launch of the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) program for ...
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Gujarat Village Farmers Embrace Solar Water Pumps

KUSUM Program to Help Install 1.75 Million Solar Pumps, Solarize 1 Million Water Pumps

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the launch of Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) and will provide ₹334.22 billion (~$4.69 billion) in central financial support ...
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Udaipur Floats Tender for 300 Solar Pumps

MNRE Seeks Stakeholder Comments on BIS Standards for Solar Pumps

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum requesting for views of stakeholders on the BIS standards for solar PV water pumping systems. Earlier, the Bureau ...
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1 Million Solar Study Lamps Distributed by Government in Three Indian States

India’s Private Player Distributed Solar Market to be $327 Million by 2023: GOGLA Report

India remains the world’s largest market for portable solar lantern. The Indian private player driven market for solar lanterns and solar home systems is expected to reach ₹26,178 million (~$327 ...
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In Light of Water Shortage, Solar Can be a Game-Changer in India

Solar Pumps Can Help India Reach its 40 GW Distributed Solar Target: Study

If net-metered solar pumps are installed across all states for complete agricultural energy consumption, India would surpass its distributed solar goal of 40 GW by a wide margin, according to ...
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EESL Issues Tender to Procure Solar Pumps

A Total of 96,376 Solar Pumps Approved in FY 2017-18: R.K. Singh

The government is focusing on solar pumps as a way to battle irrigation issues as well as reduce carbon emissions. Talking about the initiatives undertaken by the government in this ...
Gujarat to Provide Farmers with Solar Panels to Produce their Own Power

Gujarat to Provide Farmers with Solar Panels to Produce their Own Power

Gujarat government has announced a program called Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) through which it would provide farmers with solar panels to generate solar power on their lands. According to the ...
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Government Plans to Launch KUSUM Program to Solarize India’s Agriculture Sector

Government Plans to Launch KUSUM Program to Solarize India’s Agriculture Sector

The Government of India is preparing to launch the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) program with an aim to solarize the agricultural sector using solar-powered water pumps and ...
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