Demand for Rooftop Solar Substantially Higher Than the Pre-COVID Times Interview

Demand for Rooftop Solar Substantially Higher Than the Pre-COVID Times: Interview

The government of India has a bold target of 40 GW by 2022 for rooftop solar installations in the country. However, the cumulative installations as of March 31, 2021, are ...
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MERC Directs DISCOM to Allow Gross Metering for a Stalled Rooftop Solar System

MERC Directs DISCOM to Allow Gross Metering for a Stalled Rooftop Solar System

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), in a recent order, asked the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to remove restrictions on a rooftop solar system immediately. MSEDCL is ...
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Rajasthan Flouts Policy Levies ₹0.60kWh Electricity Duty on Captive Solar Projects

Rajasthan Flouts Policy, Levies ₹0.60/kWh Electricity Duty on Captive Solar Projects

The Chairman of the Rajasthan distribution companies (DISCOMs) and the Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited have issued an order, levying electricity duty of ₹0.60 (~$0.00081)/kWh on the consumption of power ...
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Punjab Issues Draft Regulations for Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar and Net Metering

Punjab Issues Draft Regulations for Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar and Net Metering

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has issued the draft Grid-Interactive Rooftop Solar Regulations, 2021. The regulations will come into force from the date of publication in the official ...
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Gujarat Not to Allow Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kWGujarat Not to Allow Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW

Gujarat Not to Allow Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has proposed amendments to the 'Net Metering Rooftop Solar Grid-Interactive Systems Regulations, 2016'. As per the proposed amendments, net metering will be permitted for ...
Rajasthan Extends Net Metering Facility for Rooftop Projects Until September 15, 2021

Rajasthan Extends Net Metering Facility for Rooftop Solar Projects Until September 15, 2021

Taking cognizance of the disruptions caused by the second surge of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued a notification, stating that rooftop and small solar ...
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Government Approves Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Up to 500 kW Capacity

Government Approves Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Up to 500 kW Capacity

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has finally issued the much-awaited amendment to the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) 2020 Rules concerning net metering for rooftop solar installations. The amendment permits net ...
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Growing Demand for Rooftop Solar Expected to Offset Adverse Impact of Cap on Net Metering

Growing Demand for Rooftop Solar Expected to Offset Adverse Impact of Cap on Net Metering

Net metering, one of the vital policy drivers for rooftop solar adoption, has witnessed a series of revisions in India in the past few months. Net metering for rooftop solar ...
Surplus Solar Power Generated by MSMEs in Gujarat to be Compensated at ₹2.25kWh

Surplus Solar Power Generated by MSMEs in Gujarat to be Compensated at ₹2.25/kWh

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) partly allowed a petition seeking amendments in the tariff framework to procure solar power by distribution licensees (DISCOMs) and others. It passed a series ...
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Kerala DISCOM Directed to Process Net Metering Request for a 1 MW Solar Project

Kerala DISCOM Directed to Process Net Metering Request for a 1 MW Solar Project

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC), in a recent order, directed the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to process Kerala Health Care’s request for the connectivity of 1 MW ...
Haryana Releases Draft Solar Power Policy, Invites Suggestions

Haryana Releases Draft Solar Power Policy, Invites Suggestions

The New and Renewable Energy Department, Haryana, has issued the draft ‘Haryana Solar Power Policy, 2021,’ and requested government stakeholders to send their comments within 15 days from the date ...
Tata Power Solar, Fourth Partner, Prozeal Infra - Top Rooftop Solar Installers in 2020

Tata Power Solar, Fourth Partner, Prozeal Infra – Top Rooftop Solar Installers in 2020

Tata Power Solar, Fourth Partner Energy, and Prozeal Infra emerged as the top solar rooftop installers in India in the calendar year (CY) 2020, according to Mercom’s India Solar Market Leaderboard 2021 ...
Rooftop Solar Cannot Thrive in a Restrictive Policy Environment

Rooftop Solar Cannot Thrive in a Restrictive Policy Environment

Rooftop solar has immense growth potential in India. However, the rooftop segment has been slow to get off the ground, thanks to inconsistent and restrictive government policy. A total of ...
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Ministry of Power Proposes Allowing Net Metering for Rooftop Solar up to 500 kW

Ministry of Power Proposes Allowing Net Metering for Rooftop Solar up to 500 kW

The Ministry of Power has issued a draft amendment to Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020, which allows net metering for rooftop solar systems of loads up to 500 kW ...
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No Net Metering Facility for Open Access Solar Consumers in Haryana

No Net Metering Facility for Open Access Solar Consumers in Haryana

Open access solar consumers will not have the net metering facility in Haryana, according to the regulations for net and gross metering in the state proposed by the Haryana Electricity ...
How Policy Flip Flops Hamper Growth of Solar Sector

How Policy Flip Flops Hamper Growth of Solar Sector

India has set some lofty targets for renewable energy, including 175 GW of renewables by 2022 (100 GW from Solar) 450 GW of renewables by 2030 (unofficial). India is also ...
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Rajasthan Extends Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Until June 30, 2021

Rajasthan Extends Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Until June 30, 2021

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has clarified that the net metering facilities for rooftop and small grid-connected solar systems will be valid up to June 30, 2021. Under the ...
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West Bengal Allows Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Installed Before June 30, 2021

West Bengal Allows Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Installed Before June 30, 2021

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has ruled that consumers who install solar photovoltaic systems before June 30, 2021, will be eligible for net metering facilities. Background  The Commission ...
Bids Invited to Connect Existing Non-Functional Solar Projects to Grid with Net Metering

Bids Invited to Connect Existing Non-Functional Solar Projects to Grid with Net Metering

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has issued a tender to connect and synchronize existing non-functional off-grid solar projects at state government institutions. Bidders must submit an earnest ...
Distribution Companies Must Honor Power Purchase Agreements: Mercom Webinar

Distribution Companies Must Honor Power Purchase Agreements: Mercom Webinar

Mercom India hosted a webinar to discuss the key takeaways from the Indian Solar market in 2020 and the outlook for 2021. N.L. Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of SJVN, ...
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ITI Invites Bids for 1.2 MW of Solar Projects with Net Metering in Kerala

ITI Invites Bids for 1.2 MW of Solar Projects with Net Metering in Kerala

ITI Limited, a government-owned telecommunication equipment manufacturer, has invited bids for the survey, supply, installation, and commissioning of 1.2 MW grid-connected rooftop or ground-mounted solar power projects with net metering ...
Kerala Regulator Allows Net Metering for a 100 kW Solar System at a Housing Society

Kerala Regulator Allows Net Metering for a 100 kW Solar System at a Housing Society

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC), in a recent ruling, has ruled that distribution licensees should allow group housing societies to avail supply at low tension (LT) voltage levels ...
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Gadkari Urges R K Singh to Reconsider Net Metering Restriction for Rooftop Solar

Gadkari Urges R K Singh to Reconsider Net Metering Restriction for Rooftop Solar

The Minister of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Nitin Gadkari, has brought the attention of the Minister of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), R K Singh, to a representation ...
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Gross Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW Proposed in Karnataka

Gross Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW Proposed in Karnataka

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has proposed allowing net metering for rooftop solar projects between 1 kW and 10 kW and gross metering for capacity over 10 kW. The ...
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Maharashtra Needs Stable Policy to Meet Solar Targets_ Industry Reacts

Maharashtra Needs Stable Policy to Meet Solar Targets: Industry Reacts

The solar industry is optimistic about achieving the Maharashtra government's target of installing 13 GW of solar projects by 2025 and has called for creating an investment-friendly environment and proactive ...
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