CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued an order to compensate solar power developers (SPD) by giving them an upfront lumpsum payment, which they would have incurred as an ...
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Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification to extend the date of self-certification of six solar products from September 20, 2018 to January 1, 2019. The ...
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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 ...
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MNRE Urges Ministry of Finance to Exempt Ongoing Solar Projects from Safeguard Duty

Wind and Solar Auctions with Unreasonable Bids Will be Cancelled: R.K. Singh

The government will continue to cancel solar and wind auctions if it finds that the prices discovered through reverse bidding are high. "We will accept bids which are reasonable. If ...
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Infographic: India Installed 1 MW of Solar Every Hour During the First Half of 2018

Infographic: India Installed 1 MW of Solar Every Hour in the First Half of 2018

India has crossed 25 GW in terms of total installed solar capacity, inching its way closer to the 2022 target of 100 GW. In the first half of 2018, about ...
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ONGC Commissions 10 MW Solar Project at Hazira in Gujarat

CERC Provides One Time Approval for Change in Law Due to Enactment of GST

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued an order stating that the enactment of GST laws is covered as Change in Law under Article 12 of the power purchase ...
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India Auctioned 2 GW of Solar Projects in August 2018

Banks Don’t want to be Blamed for not Lending to Solar Projects Due to Risks Taken by Others

It is common knowledge that the solar industry in India has several important issues that need to be resolved for the industry to keep growing. The Ministry of New and ...
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Karnataka Exempts Rooftop Solar Projects below 1 MW from CEIG Clearance

MPUVNL Conducts Pre-Bid Meeting for its 8.6 MW Rooftop Solar Tender

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has issued tender for 8.6 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar under RESCO II model at more than 13 locations across Madhya Pradesh ...
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Solar Project Developers Request Government to Reconsider Proposal on Tariff Caps

Solar Project Developers Request Government to Reconsider Proposal on Tariff Caps

Raising concern over the recent proposal by the government to impose caps on solar tariffs, the Solar Projects Developers Association (SPDA) has written to the government cautioning against the move ...
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India Crosses Yet Another Milestone: 25 GW of Solar Capacity Installed

India Crosses Yet Another Milestone: 25 GW of Solar Capacity Installed

India has reached yet another milestone in installed solar capacity. The country recently marked 25 GW of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to Mercom India Research. In the past ...
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Proposed Reductions in Solar Project Commissioning Timelines Not Enough to Reach 100 GW

Proposed Reductions in Solar Project Commissioning Timelines Not Enough to Reach 100 GW

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has recently proposed to reduce the commissioning timelines of solar projects to meet the country’s target of 100 GW of solar capacity ...
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MNRE Extends Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules to September 20, 2018

MNRE Extends Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules to September 20, 2018

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the date for self-certification of six products done by solar module manufacturers to September 20, 2018. These six products are ...
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Gujarat Invites EoI to Develop 1,000 MW of Solar Projects at Dholera Solar Park

MNRE Proposes Reducing Commissioning Timelines for Solar Projects

A proposal has been made once again to amend the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. This time around, the Ministry of ...
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Karnataka Exempts Rooftop Solar Projects below 1 MW from CEIG Clearance

Key Government Policy Announcements for India’s Renewable Sector in August 2018

August 2018 witnessed some important policy announcements in the renewable energy sector, especially solar. The sudden imposition of 25 percent safeguard duty on solar imports and then the deference of ...
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Month in a Minute: Important News from the Indian Solar Industry in August 2018

Month in a Minute: Important News from the Indian Solar Industry in August 2018

The month of August saw a spate of developments in the Indian solar industry amid regulatory uncertainties, especially in the face of growing ambiguity surrounding safeguard duty. Here is a ...
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India Auctioned 2 GW of Solar Projects in August 2018

India Auctioned 2 GW of Solar Projects in August 2018

The auction activity in the month of August plummeted to almost a third of July, which saw the highest auction activity in the year with 6 GW of solar projects ...
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MNRE Extends Commissioning Deadline for 7,750 MW of VGF Solar Projects

MNRE Extends Commissioning Deadline for 7,750 MW of Solar Projects Under VGF Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has once again amended the guidelines for the implementation of the viability gap funding (VGF) program for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects under ...
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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 ...
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MNRE Asks SECI to Set Upper Ceiling for Solar Tariff at ₹2.50/kWh Without Safeguard Duty

MNRE Asks SECI to Set Upper Ceiling for Solar Tariff at ₹2.50/kWh Without Safeguard Duty

In a significant development, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a letter (reviewed by Mercom) directing Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to set the maximum ...
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CEA Issues Guidelines to Authorize Chartered Electrical Safety Engineers

CEA Issues Guidelines to Authorize Chartered Electrical Safety Engineers

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has issued guidelines for the authorization of a Chartered Electrical Safety Engineers (CESE). The decision was made after deliberations during the second meeting held by ...
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MNRE Drafts Schedule for Issue of Solar Tenders to Ensure Sustained Activity

MNRE Drafts Schedule for Issue of Solar Tenders to Ensure Sustained Activity

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has written to the central and state governments as well as public sector implementing agencies, asking them to follow a set timetable ...
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Government Mulls Subsidizing of EV Charging Infrastructure to Boost E-Mobility

Government Mulls Subsidizing of EV Charging Infrastructure to Boost E-Mobility

To speed up India’s electric vehicle (EV) revolution, the government of India is planning to subsidize EV charging infrastructure. A Press Trust of India (PTI) report quoted the power secretary ...
MNRE Broadens the Definition of ‘Storage’ in its Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

MNRE Broadens the Definition of ‘Storage’ in its Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy to remove the word ‘battery’ from the relevant clauses in order to broaden the definition ...
Himachal Pradesh Approves ₹2.24 Billion Program for Agricultural Solar Pumps

Himachal Pradesh Approves ₹2.24 Billion Program for Agricultural Solar Pumps

In a bid to promote renewable energy and expand the usage of solar power in irrigation, the Himachal Pradesh cabinet has approved ₹2.24 billion (~$32.6 million) for its ‘Saur Sinchayee ...
India Working Towards a National Energy Storage Mission

India Working Towards a National Energy Storage Mission

To keep pace with the changing dynamics of the energy markets, India is now working toward a National Energy Storage Mission (NESM). In February 2018, a committee with representatives from ...