MNRE to Soon Announce Benchmark Cost for Off-Grid and Rooftop Solar for FY 2018-19

MNRE to Soon Announce Benchmark Cost for Off-Grid and Rooftop Solar for FY 2018-19

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has notified that it is soon going to announce the new benchmark cost for off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and rooftop solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Asks Implementing Agencies to Adhere to Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Guidelines

MNRE Asks Implementing Agencies to Adhere to Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Guidelines

In a new notification, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has asked all the implementing agencies in the country to adhere to the grid-connected rooftop (GCRT) solar guidelines ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Update: MNRE Clarifications on Change in Law for Solar Projects

Update: MNRE Clarifications on Change in Law for Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently issued a clarification on the August 2017 guidelines for the tariff-based competitive bidding process for  grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. However, ...
Lack of Clarity in Safeguard Duty Pass-Through Option is Stifling Solar Project Development

Lack of Clarity on Safeguard Duty Pass-Through Option is Stifling Solar Project Development

The current widespread sentiment in the country’s solar industry is that of discontent and uncertainty, with sprinkles of hope. While the government’s ambitious solar trajectory is inching closer to its ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UL Interview_ New quality standards for solar modules will help consolidate growth in the Indian solar sector

UL Interview: New Quality Standards for Solar Modules Will Help Consolidate Growth in the Indian Solar Sector

The government’s recently introduced Quality Control Order has received mixed reactions from domestic solar sector stakeholders. A plethora of project developers are unhappy with the timing of the order, though ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Invites Expression of Interest for 1 GW of Offshore Wind Projects in Gujarat

MNRE Invites Expression of Interest for 1 GW of Offshore Wind Projects in Gujarat

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous body formed under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for the development of ...
/ / Other, Wind
Over 3 GW of Solar Tendered and 1 GW Auctioned in March 2018

Over 3 GW of Solar Tendered and 1 GW Auctioned in March 2018

In March 2018, more than 3 GW of solar projects were tendered but just 1 GW of solar projects were auctioned across India according to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker ...
MNRE Utilized ₹36.13 Billion from NCEEF Fund in FY 2017-18

MNRE Utilized ₹36.13 Billion from NCEEF in FY 2017-18

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had not utilized the entire budget allocated to it by the National Clean Energy and Environment Fund (NCEEF) during financial year (FY) ...
News Highlights from March 2018_ Key Developments in India’s Renewable Sector

News Highlights from March 2018: Key Developments in India’s Renewable Sector

There was a range of activity from stakeholders in India’s solar sector during the month of March. Here is a quick recap of the important data points and headlines: The ...
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India’s EV Sector is Slowly Emerging from its Nascent Stage

India’s electric vehicle sector is progressing steadily, thanks to government efforts to procure EVs for various departments and efforts by city transportation corporations to procure e-buses for public transportation. As ...
Uttar Pradesh Cuts Cross Subsidy, Wheeling and Transmission Charges for Solar Projects

Uttar Pradesh Cuts Cross Subsidy, Wheeling and Transmission Charges for Solar Projects

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has amended its Captive and Renewable Energy Generating Projects (CRE) Regulations 2014 with changes that are expected to reduce the cost of solar ...
GCL Poly and SoftBank Form a $930 Million JVC to Enter Indian Manufacturing Sector

GCL and SoftBank Form a $930 Million JVC to Enter Indian Solar Manufacturing Sector

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited and SoftBank have entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint venture company (JVC) for setting up an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
MNRE Entitles Solar Project Developers to Compensation in Case of Change in Law

MNRE Entitles Solar Project Developers to Compensation in Case of Change in Law

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding process for  procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. To remove any ...
Solara Policy Roundup_ Key Announcements by Government Agencies in March 2018

Solar Policy Roundup: Key Announcements by Government Agencies in March 2018

Central and state government agencies made several important announcements in March that were designed to bolster the development of the domestic renewable energy sector. The following are some of the ...
International Solar Alliance Signs Host Country Agreement with India

International Solar Alliance Signs Host Country Agreement with India

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has become a juridical personality following the signing of a Host Country Agreement with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The agreement gives ISA the ...
The ongoing solar anti-dumping case and the 70 percent preliminary safeguard duty proposal are prompting various domestic and international players to announce plans to expand their solar manufacturing capacity in India.

Solar Manufacturers Ramp Up Expansion Plans by 4 GW in Anticipation of Import Tariffs in India

The ongoing solar anti-dumping case and the 70 percent preliminary safeguard duty proposal are prompting various domestic and international players to announce plans to expand their solar manufacturing capacity in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Revises the Enforcement Date of Quality Control Order 2017

MNRE Revises the Enforcement Date of Quality Control Order 2017

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has revised the schedule and the enforcement date for the Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices, and Component Goods (Requirement for Compulsory Registration under ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Government Urges Battery Manufacturers to Set Up Units in India

Government Urges Battery Manufacturers to Set Up Manufacturing Units in India

The Minister for Power, R.K. Singh, recently chaired a meeting with battery manufacturers in New Delhi to discuss the creation of an ecosystem for incentivizing battery manufacturing in India. Officials ...
MNRE Indefinitely Postpones RE-INVEST to Q3 of 2018

MNRE Postpones RE-INVEST to Q3 of 2018

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has further postponed the second edition of the Global Renewable Energy Investors Meet & Expo, RE-INVEST 2018. The event was to be held ...
National Lab Policy May Cause Solar Project Delays Due to Lack of Testing Centers

National Lab Policy May Cause Solar Project Delays Due to Lack of Testing Centers

As India’s solar sector moves forward toward achieving its goal of 100 GW of solar by 2022, the recently announced National Lab Policy is adding a new wrinkle that could ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Waaree Energies Launches Rooftop Solar Kits for India

Waaree Energies Launches Rooftop Solar Kits for India

Indian solar module manufacturer and Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) services provider, Waaree Energies, has come up with a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) rooftop solar kit for India. The launch of the rooftop ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Government Plans to Launch KUSUM Program to Solarize India’s Agriculture Sector

Government Plans to Launch KUSUM Program to Solarize India’s Agriculture Sector

The Government of India is preparing to launch the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) program with an aim to solarize the agricultural sector using solar-powered water pumps and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Amends CFA Guidelines for Utilities Developing Solar Park Evacuation Infrastructure

MNRE Amends CFA Guidelines for Utilities Developing Solar Park Evacuation Infrastructure

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the payment guidelines for the Central Financial Assistance (CFA) received by the state/central transmission utilities (STU/CTU) involved in the development ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
At ISA Conference, India Pledges $1.4 Billion for Solar Projects in Developing Countries

At ISA Conference, India Pledges $1.4 Billion for Solar Projects in Developing Countries

At the inaugural conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) held in New Delhi this weekend, the Government of India pledged $1.4 billion to fund the development of solar projects ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Tenders 2.75 GW Grid-Connected Solar PV Projects to be Developed Across India

NTPC Tenders 2,750 MW Grid-Connected Solar Projects to be Developed Across India

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has tendered a total of 2,750 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed across the country. NTPC has tendered 750 MW ...