Use of Mislabeled Imported Panels in DCR Projects to be Penalized

Use of Mislabeled Imported Solar Panels in DCR Projects to be Penalized

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an order stating that project developers will be penalized for the utilization of imported solar modules to develop projects under ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Removes DCR Clause from 5 GW Viability Gap Funding Program

MNRE Removes DCR Clause from 5 GW Viability Gap Funding Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) program to develop 5 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Solar Installations Grew by 123% to Reach a Record 9.6 GW in 2017

Indian Solar Installations Grew by 123% to Reach a Record 9.6 GW in 2017

Indian solar installations in calendar year 2017 grew exponentially with the addition of 9,629 MW in new large-scale and rooftop solar capacity. The installation total was more than double the ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Extends Project Commissioning Timeline for NREDCAP’s 30 MW Rooftop Solar Projects

MNRE Extends Project Commissioning Timeline for NREDCAP’s 30 MW Rooftop Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the project commissioning timeframe for 30 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects which are under development in the ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
India’s 100 MW Solar Target is at the Mercy of States and Conflicting Government Policies

India’s 100 GW Solar Target is at the Mercy of States and Conflicting Government Policies

India’s push to promote clean energy development marks an important chapter in its growth story that could create a more sustainable future, but only if its various government agencies can ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
GUVNL Tenders 500 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects to be Developed Across Gujarat

GUVNL Tenders 500 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects to be Developed Across Gujarat

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has tendered 500 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed across the state. GUVNL has announced the tender in order to ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Only $15.82 Million in Funding for India’s Solar Cities Program Approved Since 2014

Only $15.82 Million Funding Approved for India’s Solar Cities Program Since 2014

The government has only approved ₹1,016.4 million (~$15.82 million) for the Solar Cities Program in the past four years. For context, the funding amount would be enough to build a ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Tenders in India Surpassed 5.5 GW While Auction Activity Fizzled in January

Solar Tenders in India Surpassed 5.5 GW While Auction Activity Fizzled in January

India’s solar sector logged unprecedented tender activity in January, with more than 5.5 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects tendered during the month. The capacity tendered was more than double ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Tenders 70MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV in Assam

SECI Tenders 70 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV in Assam

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has tendered 70 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that are set to be developed in the Amguri Solar Park in Assam’s ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
State Determined Feed-In Tariff to Apply to Small Solar and Wind Projects

Feed-In Tariffs to Make a Comeback in India for Small Solar and Wind Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification that calls for procuring power from small solar and wind projects through feed-in tariffs determined by their respective ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
January 2018 Policy Wrap-up: Key Announcements Made by Government for Solar Sector

January 2018 Policy Wrap-Up: Key Government Announcements for the Solar Sector

Government agencies unveiled a slew of new policies for India’s solar sector in January. While some of the announcements were welcomed by the key industry players, there were a few ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Projects Have an Economic Rate of Return of 7.4% according to MNRE Draft Report

Solar Projects have an Economic Rate of Return of 7.4 Percent: MNRE Draft Report

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a draft study report that analyzes the economic rates of return for various renewable energy technologies in India. The draft ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC to Tender 20 GW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Under Developer Mode

NTPC to Tender 20 GW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Under Developer Mode

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced that it will tender 20 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in coming years. The decision was announced at the ninth ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
MNRE to Spend $10 Million to Foster Clean Energy Awareness

MNRE to Spend $10 Million to Foster Clean Energy Awareness

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is planning to spend ₹660 million (~$10.3 million) over the next two financial years on increasing renewable energy awareness in India. “The ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Modules can be Sourced from Anywhere for Operation and Maintenance of DCR Category Solar Projects

Modules can be Sourced from Anywhere for Operation and Maintenance of DCR Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an advisory regarding the procurement of modules for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the desired Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Has Released Funds for Solar Cities Program

MNRE Has Released ₹259.2 Million (~$4.07 Million) in Funds for Solar Cities Program

The solar cities program is being implemented in 60 cities across 26 Indian states The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released ₹259.2 million (~$4.07 million) as funds ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
Grid Infrastructure in India Needs to Scale Rapidly to Keep up with Solar and Wind Tenders

Grid Infrastructure in India Needs to Scale Rapidly to Keep up with Solar and Wind Tenders

Solar and wind tender activity has surged in recent weeks following a long pause, but the sudden surge in planned renewable capacity has many in the industry wondering if India’s ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Small Hydro Projects Gain Momentum in India

Small Hydro Projects Gain Momentum in India, over 4 GW Installed

As India walks towards a greener future, small hydro power projects are gradually gaining traction in the country. As of November 2017, small hydro projects totaling 4,399.35 MW have been ...
/ Other, Renewable Energy
63 Solar Micro Grids Installed in India So Far

Sixty three Solar Micro Grids Installed in India So Far

The government has been seriously pursuing the advancement of solar micro grids in the country. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of Power R.K. Singh apprised the House that ...
/ Off-grid, Solar
December 2017 Wrap-up_ New Developments in India’s Solar and Renewable Energy Sector

December 2017 Wrap-up: New Developments in India’s Solar and Renewable Energy Sector

A rundown of notable news covering everything from auctions and deals to tax developments from the month of December December proved to be a crucial month for India’s renewable energy ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
India Recorded Strong Solar Tender and Auction Activity in December

India Recorded Strong Solar Tender and Auction Activity in December

After a period of lull, the month of December 2017 witnessed a surge in tendering and auction activity in solar sector in the country. Over 2,500 MW of solar was ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Module Misclassification Issue at Ports Only Partially Resolved

Update: Solar Module Misclassification Issue at Ports Only Partially Resolved

The solar module misclassification issue at ports is not fully resolved yet according to Mercom findings. The 7.5 percent (plus cess) duty has still not been eliminated but the government ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Support for Manufacturing and other Policies Announced in India in December 2017

Support for Manufacturing and Other Policies Announced in India in December 2017

Central and state government agencies across India announced important new policies and made changes to a few existing policies during December. Here are some of the highlights. National The government ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Haryana Issues Financial Assistance Guidelines for Rooftops

Haryana Issues Financial Assistance Guidelines for Rooftop Solar Projects

The Renewable Energy Department of Haryana has issued new guidelines for the installation of rooftop solar projects in the state. The guidelines will apply to all rooftop solar projects with ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
Development Banks Loaned to Indian Solar Rooftops in 2017

Development Banks Loaned $1.4 Billion to Indian Solar Rooftops in 2017

Various development banks made substantial concessional loans to assist the Indian government in its plans to expand solar rooftop installations in 2017. According to a new report by the Ministry ...
/ Rooftop, Solar