MNRE Invites Proposals for Research and Development in Solar Technology

MNRE Invites Proposals for Research and Development in Solar Technology

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited proposals for research and development (R&D) and demonstration in the field of solar energy. The proposals have been sent to ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Central Electronics Calls for Empanelment Solar Pump Manufacturers Under KUSUM Program

Central Electronics Calls for Empanelment of Solar Pump Manufacturers Under KUSUM Program

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public-sector enterprise of the central government, has invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) for empanelment of manufactures of solar water pumps in tenders under ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
A Recap of Policy Highlights from India’s Renewables and Solar Industry in July 2019

A Recap of Policy Highlights from India’s Renewables and Solar Industry in July 2019

The month of July was filled with announcements on policy amendments and regulations. Some of the important policy announcements included the deviation settlement mechanism (DSM), solar park program, standardization issues, ...
MNRE Clarifies Renewables Fixed Charges Calculation for Payment Security Mechanism

MNRE Clarifies Renewables Fixed Charges Calculation for Payment Security Mechanism

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification regarding fixed charges in the newly issued payment security mechanism regulations. The ministry has stated that in the case ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Solar Continues to Shine, Makes Up 8.7% of India’s Total Power Capacity in June 2019

Solar Continues to Shine, Makes Up 8.7% of India’s Total Power Capacity as of June 2019

Renewable energy capacity additions crossed 120 GW mark (including large hydro) and accounted for nearly 35.4% of India’s capacity mix at the end of June 2019. The share of solar ...
India’s Transmission Infrastructure Struggles to Keep Up With Wind and Solar Additions

India’s Transmission Infrastructure Struggles to Keep Up With Wind and Solar Additions

With the expected surge in electricity demand over the coming decade and the rapid installation of solar and wind, India’s transmission and distribution system will require significant expansion sooner than ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Central Grants to be Repaid with Interest If Solar Parks Are Not Developed on Time

Central Grants to be Repaid with Interest If Solar Parks Are Not Developed on Time

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued new guidelines incorporating changes in the project timelines for the development of solar parks in the country. These guidelines are ...
IPGCL Invites Bidders for 5 MW of Solar Rooftop Projects Under Open Category

IPGCL Invites Bidders for 5 MW of Solar Rooftop Projects Under Open Category

The Indraprastha Power Generation Company (IPGCL) has floated a tender under the open category for 5 MW  of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects of various capacities across Delhi. The IPGCL ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Nearly 4,604 MW of Small Hydro Projects Commissioned in India Until June 2019

Nearly 4,604 MW of Small Hydro Projects Commissioned in India Until June 2019

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announces small hydropower (SHP) programs from time to time to provide central financial assistance (CFA) to both government and private sectors involved ...
/ / Other, Water
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 ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Solar Federation Writes to RK Singh for Creation of a Fund to Provide Liquidity to DISCOMs

Solar Federation Writes to RK Singh for Creation of a Fund to Provide Liquidity to DISCOMs

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has written to the Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh, seeking the creation of a fund for providing liquidity to ...
Nearly ₹29 Billion Allotted for Off-Grid Renewable Generation in Last 3 Years

Nearly ₹29 Billion Allotted for Off-Grid Renewable Generation in Last 3 Years

A corpus of ₹29.37 billion (~$0.43 billion) has been provided for off-grid renewable energy generation sources in the past three consecutive budgets, beginning with the financial year (FY) 2016-17 and ...
Andhra Pradesh’s Decision to Renegotiate Solar and Wind PPAs Sets Bad Precedent

Andhra Pradesh’s Decision to Renegotiate Solar and Wind PPAs Sets Bad Precedent

In a surprise announcement on July 1, 2019, the Andhra Pradesh government said it was going to review the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed between the state’s electricity distribution companies ...
SECI Amends 2 GW Solar Tender; Extends Commissioning Deadline from 18 Months to Two Years

SECI Amends 2 GW Solar Tender; Extends Commissioning Deadline from 18 Months to Two Years

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has introduced an amendment in the Request for Selection (RfS) for the 2,000 MW grid-connected solar tender it had floated under the second ...
Oil India Limited Seeks Bidders for 100 MW of Solar Projects Under CPSU Program

Oil India Limited Seeks Bidders for 100 MW of Solar Projects Under CPSU Program

Oil India Limited (OIL), a Navaratna enterprise, has invited prospective bidders to develop 100 MW (AC) of solar project capacity anywhere in India. The projects will be tendered under the ...
Lender Can Substitute Promoter in Case of Solar Generator Default_ Amended Guidelines

Lender Can Substitute Promoter in Case of Solar Generator Default: Amended Guidelines

The Ministry of Power has amended the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. This is the third time these guidelines have been amended. The ...
/ / Uncategorized
Andhra Pradesh Government Justifies its Stance on Revisiting of Solar & Wind PPAs

Andhra Pradesh Government Justifies its Stance on Revisiting of Solar & Wind PPAs

Justifying its decision to renegotiate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for solar and wind projects signed by the previous government led by Chandrababu Naidu, the new government of Andhra Pradesh has ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
96,376 Solar Pumps for Farmers Have Been Approved in 2 Years

96,376 Solar Pumps for Farmers Have Been Approved in 2 Years

The Government of India has a target of adding over 10,000 MW of solar capacity to solarize the agriculture sector. Solar power is one of the most versatile forms of ...
MNRE Relaxes Land-Owning Criteria in its Solar Park Program for CPSUs

MNRE Relaxes Land-Owning Criteria in its Solar Park Program for CPSUs

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum modifying certain provisions of its solar park program for the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) units. According to the MNRE, ...
Andhra Government Summons Wind Power Developers for Retrospective Tariff Negotiation

Andhra Government Summons Wind Power Developers for Retrospective Tariff Negotiation

Continuing with its decision to renegotiate the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for wind and solar power projects signed during the former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s tenure, the present government of ...
/ / Other, Wind
NTPC Gets Category I License for Inter-State Trading of Electricity

NTPC Gets Category I License for Inter-State Trading of Electricity

In a significant development for the country’s power sector, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has granted a ‘Category I Electricity Trading License’ to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to September 2019

Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to September 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for the Bureau of Indian Standards certification of solar inverters. Considering that the series guidelines for inverters are ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Budgetary Allocation for Solar Increased by 1% While Coal Gets a 48% Boost in 2019-20

Budgetary Allocation for Solar Increases by 1% While Coal Gets a 48% Boost in 2019-20

In the recently announced budget for FY 2019-2020, there is a very slight increase in the budgetary allocation of funds for the solar energy sector when compared to the allocation ...
13 GW of Solar Projects Tendered in June as Procurement Activity Surges Post Elections

13 GW of Solar Projects Tendered in June as Procurement Activity Surges Post Elections

The month of June 2019 witnessed a big surge in tender announcements, compared to just 119 MW tendered in May 2019. Solar project auction activity also increased slightly in the ...
MNRE Details Role and Responsibilities of DISCOMs Under the 12 GW Solar CPSU Program

MNRE Details Roles and Responsibilities of DISCOMs Under the 12 GW Solar CPSU Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification regarding the modalities and role of distribution companies (DISCOMs) to ensure the smooth implementation of the second phase ...