Implications of COVID-19 lockdown on Indian solar industry

Implications of COVID-19 Lockdown on Indian Solar Industry

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill, disrupting businesses globally. To fight the outbreak, the Government of India ordered a complete lockdown from March 24, 2020, ...
Kenya Calls Bids to Set Up Solar Module Manufacturing Facility

Kenya Calls Bids to Set Up Solar Module Manufacturing Facility

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has issued a tender for the design, supply, installation, training, commissioning of a solar module manufacturing unit with an expected yearly production capacity ...
NTPC to Empanel Consultants for Third-Party Quality Inspection of 1.5 GW of Solar Panels

NTPC to Empanel Consultants for Third-Party Quality Inspection of 1.5 GW of Solar Panels

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued a notice inviting applications for empaneling consultants for third party quality inspection and testing of up to 1,500 MW of solar panels ...
CEL Floats Tender for Supply of 3 MW of Multi-Crystalline Solar Modules

CEL Floats Tender for Supply of 3 MW of Multicrystalline Solar Modules

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise, has floated a tender for 3 MW of multicrystalline solar modules. Each of these modules must be rated for a minimum ...
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To Curb Misuse, MNRE to Take Action Against Those Importing Solar Cells for DCR Projects

To Curb Misuse, MNRE to Take Action Against Those Importing Solar Cells for DCR Projects

The Ministry of new and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has decided that strict action will be taken against those solar project developers that are using imported solar cells and modules to ...
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No Basic Customs Duty to be Levied on Imported Solar Cells and Modules for Now

No Basic Customs Duty on Imported Solar Cells and Modules for Now

The basic customs duty on the import of solar cells and modules into the country will remain 'zero', for now, an official of the Ministry of Finance confirmed to Mercom ...
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Uncertainty Around Proposed Basic Customs Duty of 20% on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

Uncertainty Around Proposed Basic Customs Duty of 20% on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

In a surprising development, the government in an amendment has split the earlier tariff item 8541 40 11 (solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels) into two; ...
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Central Electronics Limited Tenders for 1 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells (1)

Central Electronics Limited Tenders for 1 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Sahibabad-based public sector enterprise, Central Electronics Limited (CEL), has announced a tender for the supply of one million multi-crystalline solar cells on a fixed price basis. According to the tender, ...
Kerala Issues Tender for 282 Monocrystalline PERC Solar Modules

Kerala Issues Tender for 282 Monocrystalline PERC Solar Modules

The Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON) has floated a tender for the supply of 360 W monocrystalline passivated emitter and rear contact (PERC) solar modules at its production ...
NTPC Extends Bid Submission Deadline for its 1 GW Solar Tender

NTPC Extends Bid Submission Deadline for its 1 GW Solar Tender

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has extended the bid submission date of its 1 GW solar tender. The tender was issued in October 2019. The revised date for bid ...
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BHEL Issues Tender for Solar Powered Classrooms in Karnataka as Part of its CSR

BEL Issues Tender for Solar Powered Classrooms in Karnataka as Part of its CSR

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for setting up 122 solar-powered smart class facilities in government high schools of Yadgir district of Karnataka. The project ...
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MNRE Issues Framework for Installing Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

MNRE Issues Framework for Installing Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines to implement Component-C of Pradhan Mantri Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM KUSUM) program that aims at promoting solar ...
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Jinko Solar Signs 240 MW Solar Module Supply Deal in Vietnam

LONGi Solar Bags 200 MW Module Supply Deal in Vietnam

LONGi Solar, a Chinese manufacturer of high-efficiency mono-crystalline solar cells and modules, has inked a supply deal with Hexagon Peak, the project development arm of Hexagon Holdings. Under the agreement, ...
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LONGi Solar Records 41% YoY Revenue Growth In the First Half of 2019

LONGi Solar Records 41% YoY Revenue Growth In the First Half of 2019

Chinese module supplier, LONGi Solar, has announced its financial results for the first half (1H) of 2019. The company’s operating revenue in the 1H of 2019 reached ¥14.11 billion ($2.08 ...
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Mercom Research Focus, Q2 2019, 1H 2019, India Solar Installations, India Solar Market, Renewables, Rooftop Solar, GST, Safeguard Duty, Modules, Export Import, Cumulative Solar Installations, Tariff Caps, Tender and Auction, State Installations, Utility-scale, New Power Addition

1.5 GW of Solar Capacity Installed in India During Q2 2019

Solar installations in India in Q2 2019 witnessed a slight decline with 1,510 MW, a 14% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) decrease compared to 1,761 MW installed in Q1 2019. Installations were down ...
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Solar Cell Manufacturers Rally in Support of Domestic Cell Usage in KUSUM Program

Solar Cell Manufacturers Rally in Support of Domestic Cell Usage in KUSUM Program

In a letter addressed to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE), the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA), has expressed its support to the government’s decision to utilize indigenous ...
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Mono PERC Modules are Coming to India; It is Just a Matter of When

Mono PERC Solar Modules are Coming to India; It is Just a Matter of When

With increased acceptance of high-efficiency monocrystalline (mono) technology in solar projects around the world, Chinese cell and module suppliers are swiftly scaling production of these products. This shift is occurring ...
Further Reduction in Indian Solar Module Price Unlikely_ Adani Interview

Adani Interview: Further Reduction in Indian Solar Module Price Unlikely

In a recently-released report, Mercom observed that in Q1 2019, the average selling price of domestic solar modules declined by about 3.5% from $0.277 (~₹19)/W to $0.268 (~₹18)/W. Indian modules ...
Carbon Nanotubes Could Help Increase Efficiency of Solar Modules

Carbon Nanotubes Could Help Increase Efficiency of Solar Modules

Rice University scientists are designing arrays of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes to channel mid-infrared radiation (heat) and significantly raise the efficiency of solar energy systems. According to the research, carbon ...
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Lack of Insurance for Solar Modules Holding Back Indian-Made Modules

Lack of Insurance for Solar Modules Holding Back India-Made Modules

Indian manufacturers have made solid inroads supplying to the domestic market after the safeguard duty was imposed on imported modules from China, Malaysia, and Taiwan last year, according to Mercom ...
BHEL to Procure 36 MW of Domestically Manufactured Solar Cells

BHEL to Procure 36 MW of Solar Cells

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited’s (BHEL), electronics division in Bengaluru has issued a request for quotation (RfQ) inviting interested parties to submit their applications for the manufacturing and supply of solar ...
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Important News Snippets from India’s Renewable Industry in June 2019

Important News Snippets from India’s Renewable Industry in June 2019

In the month of June 2019, the most important news development in India’s renewable industry came from the United States with President Trump ending India’s designation as a beneficiary developing ...
India’s Solar Imports Declined by 40% in Q1 2019

India’s Solar Imports Declined by 40% in Q1 2019

India’s solar imports witnessed significant decline year-over-year (YOY) in the first quarter (Q1) of the calendar year (CY) 2019, according to the latest trade data. Solar modules and cells of ...
With No Buyers, Moser Baer Solar Heads Towards Liquidation Process

With No Buyers, Moser Baer Solar Heads Towards Liquidation

The process for liquidation of assets of Moser Baer Solar has been initiated, and the stakeholders of the company have been asked by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to ...
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Total Solar Module Defects Up By 34% YoY Globally in 2018: DuPont Survey

Total Solar Module Defects Up By 34% YoY Globally in 2018: DuPont Survey

A recent report based on a survey by DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions has found that the overall rate of module defects globally has increased by 34% in 2018. The report points ...