Startup Skilancer Solar Receives Funding from Alfa Ventures to Scale its Operations

Startup Skilancer Solar Receives Funding from Alfa Ventures to Scale its Operations

Alfa Ventures, a venture capital fund, along with serial entrepreneur Dhianu Das, has announced an investment of an undisclosed amount in Skilancer Solar, a startup that manufactures robotic cleaning equipment ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Land is Still the Biggest Impediment for Large-Scale Solar and Development

Land is Still the Biggest Impediment for Large-Scale Solar Development

The Indian solar energy market has come a long way, from about 3 GW of installed capacity in 2014 to over 30 GW in 2019. The solar industry has been ...
RK Singh Rallies for Removal of Priority Sector Lending Limit for Renewable Projects

RK Singh Rallies for Removal of Priority Sector Lending Limit for Renewable Projects

Union Power Minister R.K. Singh held a meeting recently in the national capital to review the issues affecting the renewable energy sector. The meeting was attended by various stakeholders including ...
NTPC Issues EPC Tender for 1 GW of Solar Projects Under Phase-II of CPSU Program

NTPC Issues EPC Tender for 1 GW of Solar Projects Under Phase-II of CPSU Program

The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) is on the lookout for engineering procurement construction (EPC) contractors to set up 1 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects under Phase-II ...
Centre Advises Andhra Pradesh Government Against Revisiting Solar, Wind PPAs

Centre Advises Andhra Pradesh Government Against Revisiting Solar, Wind PPAs

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has written a letter to the chief secretary of the government of Andhra Pradesh LV Subramanyam, expressing its serious concerns over the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
After April’s Lull, India Auctions 1.7 GW of Solar Capacity in May 2019

After April’s Lull, India Auctions 1.7 GW of Solar Capacity in May 2019

The auction activity picked up in May after the conclusion of the general elections which saw the beginning of NDA government’s second term under the leadership of PM Modi. During ...
Solar and Wind Energy Policy Roundup from May 2019

Solar and Wind Energy Policy Roundup from May 2019

Some of the notable policy highlights in May were regarding provisions related to the generic tariff, net-metering, deviation settlement, and clarification on wheeling charges. This update highlights the key policy ...
RK Singh Returns as the Union Power Minister Under PM Modi’s New Cabinet

RK Singh Returns as the Union Power Minister Under PM Modi’s New Cabinet

Former IAS officer turned bureaucrat politician R.K. Singh has returned as the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) under team Modi 2.0. He ...
MNRE Asks Developers to Use Robotics for Efficient Use of Water in Solar Projects

MNRE Asks Developers to Use Robotics for Efficient Use of Water in Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a letter recommending efficient utilization of water for cleaning utility-scale solar projects. The ministry has said that project developers are ...
Month in a Minute: Major News Highlights from India’s Solar Industry in May 2019

Month in a Minute: Major News Highlights from India’s Solar Industry in May 2019

There was a lag in the rapid pace of activities in the renewable energy sector during the month of May. The ongoing Lok Sabha elections had slowed down the tenders ...
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for its 2 GW Solar Tender

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for its 2 GW Solar Tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended its bid submission deadline for the selection of solar power developers for 2,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects in India ...
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) ...
MNRE Invites Preliminary Proposals for Gravity-Based Storage Project

MNRE Invites Preliminary Proposals for Gravity-Based Storage Project

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued invitations requesting proposals to develop gravity storage projects and also to utilize solar photovoltaic (PV) to produce hydrogen from seawater ...
MNRE Cancels Proposal for Central Financial Assistance to 53 Small Hydro Projects

MNRE Cancels Proposal for Central Financial Assistance to 53 Small Hydro Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification announcing the cancellation of 53 proposals submitted to the Ministry for central financial assistance (CFA) for small hydropower ...
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Old Off-Grid Solar Projects Could Soon Be Grid-Connected

MNRE’s NISE to Hold Workshop for Startups Specializing in Solar Technology in June 2019

The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), is set to organize the fifteenth edition of its workshop on ...
Old Off-Grid Solar Projects Could Soon Be Grid-Connected

Old Off-Grid Solar Projects Could Soon Be Grid-Connected

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has received requests from state nodal agencies and implementing agencies for connecting old off-grid solar projects sanctioned under MNRE’s program to the ...
PGCIL Proposes Blueprint for Solar and Wind Power Evacuation from Western Region

PGCIL Proposes Blueprint for Solar and Wind Power Evacuation from Western Region

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has come up with a detailed proposal for establishing a transmission system for the evacuation of power from potential solar and wind ...
MNRE Clarifies Import Conditions for Lead-Acid Batteries Used in Solar Projects

MNRE Clarifies Import Conditions for Lead-Acid Batteries Used in Solar Projects

In its latest notification, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for the import of secondary cells and batteries of lead-acid and nickel-based chemistries that are ...
The United Kingdom Joins International Solar Alliance

The United Kingdom Joins International Solar Alliance

The United Kingdom is the latest entrant to the International Solar Alliance (ISA), joining hands with India and 73 other member nations toward a common goal of sustainability. The United ...
BHEL Invites Tender to Procure 71 MW of Solar PV Modules

BHEL Invites Tender to Procure 71 MW of Solar PV Modules

State-owned Navaratna enterprise, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), has invited bids from interested vendors for the supply of solar PV modules aggregating 71.177 MW for the development of its solar ...
MNRE Targets 118 MW Under Phase-III of Decentralized Solar Program

Indian Army’s Project Roshni Lights Up Remote Villages in J&K with Solar Lights

Under project Roshni, the Indian Army’s Bhaderwah-based counter-insurgency unit Rashtriya Rifles has installed solar lights in poor and remote villages of Thanhala and Ganori-Kahara located in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda ...
Delhi High Court Directs GST Council to Review Tax Structure for Solar Projects

Delhi High Court Directs GST Council to Review Tax Structure for Solar Projects

After reviewing a petition filed by the Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) that challenges the new tax formulation structure for solar projects, a bench of the Delhi High Court has ...
Solar and Other Renewable Policy Highlights from April 2019

Solar and Other Renewable Policy Highlights from April 2019

In April 2019, many important policies were announced to streamline India’s renewable energy sector. Some of the policies highlighted include generic tariff, net-metering, deviation settlement, testing guidelines among others. Here ...
SECI Likely to Issue RfS for 2.5 GW of Solar in Kargil by December 31, 2018

Solar Auction Cancellations Need a Fix for Market Sentiment to Improve

India’s quest to reach 100 GW of solar installations by 2022 has been made a little more challenging with government agencies canceling auctions after results have been announced. Since the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Wind PPA Honor MNRE SERC

Tariff a Bone of Contention Between Indian Wind Stakeholders and Government Agencies

India’s wind energy sector has come a long way since the introduction of reverse auctions. In 2016, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) carried out the first-ever wind auction in ...
/ / Other, Wind