India Installs 521 MW of Rooftop Solar Capacity in Q2 2021, the Highest in a Quarter

India Installs 521 MW of Rooftop Solar Capacity in Q2 2021, the Highest in a Quarter

India marked a 53% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) increase in rooftop solar installations in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021, the highest for any quarter, with 521 MW installations compared to 341 ...
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Peak Power Demand in India Exceeds 200 GW for the First Time

Peak Power Demand in India Exceeds 200 GW for the First Time

Peak power demand reached an all-time high of over 200 GW on July 7, 2021, said R.K. Singh, Union Power Minister, on Twitter. It surpassed the previous all-time high of ...
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MNRE Denies Additional Five-Month Commissioning Date Extension for Renewable Projects

MNRE Denies Additional Five-Month Commissioning Date Extension for Renewable Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification denying requests for another five-month extension for commissioning renewable energy projects, stating that these extensions would not be ...
India’s Power Demand is Almost Back to Pre-COVID Levels_ POSOCO Report

India’s Power Demand is Almost Back to Pre-COVID Levels: POSOCO Report

Data from POSOCO, the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC), has shown that power demand in the country rose after it dipped during the COVID-19-induced nationwide lockdown. The data showed that ...
Renewable Projects Under Development During Lockdown Get Five-Month Extension

Renewable Projects Under Development During Lockdown Get Five-Month Extension

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification saying that all under-development renewable projects as on the date of the lockdown would be given an extension ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Power Consumption in Rural India Plummeted by Nearly 70% During Lockdown_ Interview

Power Consumption in Rural India Plummeted by Nearly 70% During Lockdown: Interview

The lockdown announced in India to curb the virus was one of the longest in the world, and as a result, millions of migrant workers were forced to make their ...
MNRE Clarifies Lockdown Period to be Considered for Renewable Project Extensions

MNRE Clarifies Lockdown Period to be Considered for Renewable Project Extensions

In an important clarification, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that the period of nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 will be considered from March 25, 2020, ...
Tata Power Installs 200,000 Smart Meters in the National Capital

Tata Power Installs 200,000 Smart Meters in the National Capital

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) announced that it installed 200,000 smart meters across its consumer segments. It supplies electricity to a population of seven million in North Delhi, with 1.7 ...
Share of Solar & Wind Rose Despite Depressed Global Power Demand Amid Pandemic_ IEA

Share of Solar & Wind Rose Despite Depressed Global Power Demand Amid Pandemic: IEA

Until mid-April 2020, countries that were under complete lockdown due to coronavirus experienced a decline of 25% in energy demand per week. Whereas, in countries that were under partial lockdown, ...
Deadline Extended for the Review Investigation of Continued Solar Safeguard Duty

Deadline Extended for the Review Investigation of Continued Solar Safeguard Duty

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has announced an extension for filing responses to the questionnaire regarding the review investigation for the continued imposition of safeguard duty on solar ...
Policy Updates for Solar and Other Renewables in April 2020

Policy Updates for Solar and Other Renewables in April 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has grounded the economy to a halt. The pandemic has not only caused enormous economic loss but has killed tens of thousands of people across the ...
MNRE Directs All Stakeholders to Comply with the ALMM Order for Solar Cells and Modules

MNRE Directs All Stakeholders to Comply with the ALMM Order for Solar Cells and Modules

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has reiterated that all stakeholders, including solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and module manufacturers, renewable developers, procurers, and implementing agencies, should align their ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
India’s Ports to Allow Free Storage Time During the Lockdown (1)

India’s Ports to Allow Free Storage Time During the Lockdown

The Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has issued a notice directing all major ports of the country to allow free storage time to all port users for the lockdown period. India ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Amid Lockdown, Goa and Union Territories Reduce Late Payment Surcharge to 1% Per Month

Amid Lockdown, Goa and Union Territories Reduce Late Payment Surcharge to 1% Per Month

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories (UTs) has reduced the late payment surcharge (LPS) from 2% to 1% per month. The Commission ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Implications of COVID-19 lockdown on Indian solar industry

Implications of COVID-19 Lockdown on Indian Solar Industry

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill, disrupting businesses globally. To fight the outbreak, the Government of India ordered a complete lockdown from March 24, 2020, ...
CERC Defers Real-Time Power Market Implementation to June 2020 Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

CERC Defers Real-Time Power Market Implementation to June 2020 Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in India, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has decided to defer implementing the real-time power market (RPM) until June 1, 2020. In January 2020, ...
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Mercom Coronavirus Live Updates_ Effect on Clean Energy in India

Mercom Coronavirus Live Updates: Effect on Clean Energy in India

The impact of Coronavirus has finally reached the Indian clean energy sector. Mercom had forecasted solar installations in India to grow by 17% year-over-year due to a strong pipeline of ...
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COVID-19 Lockdown_ MNRE Extends Deadline for All Renewable Projects Under Construction

COVID-19 Lockdown: MNRE Extends Deadline for All Renewable Projects Under Construction

All renewable energy projects currently under implementation will be given an extension of time in light of the ongoing lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Anand Kumar, Secretary of the ...