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 ...
MNRE Targets 118 MW Under Phase-III of Decentralized Solar Program

MNRE Targets 118 MW Under Phase-III of Decentralized Solar Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is targeting the installation of 118 MW of solar power capacity by March 31, 2020 through off grid solar photovoltaic (PV) applications ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Government Approves Scale Up of Access to Clean Energy Program

Government Approves Scale Up of Access to Clean Energy Program

The Government has approved the launch of "Scale Up of Access to Clean Energy" program for the period financial year (FY) 2018-19 and FY 2019-20. The program is one of ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Month in a Minute: Important Headlines from the Indian Solar Industry in July 2018

Month in a Minute: Important Headlines from the Indian Solar Industry in July 2018

DISCOM ratings, spot power prices, REC trading and other Important headlines from India’s solar and other renewable industries in July 2018: According to the Central Electricity Authority’s (CEA) latest Load ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Urges Ministry of Finance to Exempt Ongoing Solar Projects from Safeguard Duty

MNRE Urges Ministry of Finance to Exempt Ongoing Solar Projects from Safeguard Duty

One of the biggest questions since the announcement of a 25 percent safeguard duty on imported solar modules and cells from China and Malaysia is about the impact on solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Asks Bidders to Revise and Resubmit Bids for 2 GW Solar Tender Due to Safeguard Duty

NTPC Asks Bidders to Revise and Resubmit Bids for 2 GW Solar Tender Due to Safeguard Duty

The sudden imposition of the safeguard duty on solar cell and module imports from China and Malaysia has caught the domestic project developers off-guard. However, in a positive development for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Takes a Tough Stance on Solar and Non-Solar RPO Enforcement

Maharashtra Takes a Tough Stance on Solar and Non-Solar RPO Enforcement

Recently, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) reviewed compliance of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) targets by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) for FY 2016-17. MERC noted that MSEDCL ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Invites Expression of Interest to Study the Biomass Potential in India

MNRE Invites Expression of Interest to Study the Biomass Potential in India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) to assess the potential of biomass power and bagasse cogeneration in India. The final date to ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Will the SECI 3 GW Solar Auction Be Cancelled?

Cancelling 3 GW SECI Solar Auction Could Backfire Due to Safeguard Duty

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)’s 3 GW Interstate Transmission System (ISTS)-connected solar auction stands a chance of being cancelled according to government sources and developers. In the auction, ...
Power Grid Corporation to Install 5 MWp Rooftop Solar across 50 of its Premises

Power Grid Corporation to Install 5 MWp Rooftop Solar across 50 of its Premises

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) is installing 5 MWp rooftop solar PV systems at more than 50 locations of the company across the country, reported PTI. Currently, ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
SECI, Solar, PV, Grid-Connected, Standalone

India Auctioned 6 GW of Solar Projects in July 2018

The month of July saw the highest auction activity in the year so far with 6 GW of solar projects auctioned. The auctioned capacity was more than all of the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Safeguard and Other Major Important Announcements Governmentin Announcements for Solar and Other Renewables in India’s Renewables Sector in Julyne 2018

Safeguard and Other Major Announcements in Solar and Other Renewables in July

July 2018 witnessed some important policy and other announcements in the renewable energy sector, especially solar. After a long period of uncertainty, we also saw a milestone development for the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BEE and AEEE Release State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index

BEE and AEEE Release State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), have released the State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index that assesses state policies and programs aimed at ...
MNRE Approves Program on Energy from Urban, Industrial and Agricultural Wastes

MNRE Approves Program on Energy from Urban, Industrial and Agricultural Wastes

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved a program called “Energy from Urban, Industrial and Agricultural Waste/Residue” with modified terms and conditions from 2017-18 to 2019-20. The ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Recent 1 GW Solar Tender Floated by Uttar Pradesh Stands Annulled

Recent 1 GW Solar Auction by Uttar Pradesh Stands Annulled

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has cancelled the recent auction for the development of 1 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across the state ...
A Total of 96,376 Solar Pumps Approved in FY 2017-18: R.K. Singh

A Total of 96,376 Solar Pumps Approved in FY 2017-18: R.K. Singh

The government is focusing on solar pumps as a way to battle irrigation issues as well as reduce carbon emissions. Talking about the initiatives undertaken by the government in this ...
NSEFI Expresses its Concerns Over Safeguard Duty to Ministry of Commerce and MNRE

NSEFI Expresses its Concerns Over Safeguard Duty to Ministry of Commerce and MNRE

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has written to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) expressing concerns regarding the ...
MNRE Concerned Over Land Approval Delays for Solar Projects in Karnataka

MNRE Concerned Over Land Approval Delays for Solar Projects in Karnataka

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has written to the Karnataka government expressing its concern over delays in granting land approval for various solar projects, affecting the country’s ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Interview: Utilities Need to Enable Prosumers for Rooftop Solar to Flourish

Interview: Utilities Need to Enable Prosumers for Rooftop Solar to Flourish

Rooftop installations in India are well behind utility-scale installations. Only 2 GW of rooftop solar has been installed as of Q1 2018 out of the 40 GW by 2022 target set ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Telangana, Solar Pump, TSREDCO, JNNSM, MNRE

Telangana Issues Tender for Solar-Powered Water Pumps

The Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited (TSREDCO) has invited tender for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of Solar PV water pumping systems across the state. The program ...
UPNEDA Issues Draft Guidelines for Private Solar Parks in Uttar Pradesh

UPNEDA Issues Draft Guidelines for Private Solar Parks in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has issued draft guidelines for setting up private solar park in the state. The draft is open for comments up ...
India Installs LiDAR for Assessment of Offshore Wind Resource in Gujarat

India Installs LiDAR for Assessment of Offshore Wind Resource in Gujarat

The Government of India, through its various ministries and departments is actively pursuing the goal of making India a  cleaner and greener country by expanding the usage of renewable energy ...
/ / Other, Wind
SECI, Solar, PV, Grid-Connected, Standalone

MNRE Extends the Date for Self-Certification of Solar Modules to September 4, 2018

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification stating that the date of self-certification by solar module manufacturers of six products included in the Schedule order ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar