SECI's Green Energy Open Access Foray Worries Private Developers 

SECI’s Green Energy Open Access Foray Worries Private Developers 

The government-owned renewable energy intermediary procurer Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will soon enter the market for delivering renewable energy solutions through open access to the commercial and industrial ...
/ / C&I, Mercom Research Focus, Solar
Regulator Directs Captive Solar Power Generator to Pay Transmission Charges

Regulator Directs Captive Solar Power Generator to Pay Transmission Charges

The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) recently directed the Odisha Power Transmission Corporation (OPTCL) and Bharat Electronics (BEL) to finalize the contracted capacity for the transmission of power utilizing the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Karnataka Tariff Hike Proposal to Deter Consumers from Availing Open Access

Karnataka Tariff Hike Proposal to Deter Consumers from Availing Open Access

Power distribution companies (DISCOMs) of Karnataka have proposed revised tariffs for low-tension (LT) and high-tension (HT) consumers, which include grid support charges for captive open access power consumers. Apart from ...
/ / Market & Policy, Solar
Tata Power to Develop Group Captive Solar Project for Condominium in Mumbai

Tata Power to Develop Group Captive Solar Project for Condominium in Mumbai

Tata Power Renewable Energy (TPREL), a subsidiary of Tata Power, signed an agreement with Vivarea Condominium in Mumbai to set up a 3.125 MW group captive solar project to power ...
/ / Consumers, Open Access, Solar
Renewables Help Hospital Group Save ₹40 Million Annually on Power Bills

Renewables Help Hospital Group Save ₹40 Million Annually on Power Bills

Narayana Health, a multi-specialty hospital, heart center, and primary care facility chain with a presence across 18 cities in India, has saved over ₹40 million (~$482,946) in 2021 by adopting ...
New Electricity Rules Curb Arbitrary Hikes in Open Access Surcharge

New Electricity Rules Curb Arbitrary Hikes in Open Access Surcharge

The Ministry of Power has made changes to the Electricity Rules, 2005. According to the notification, the surcharge that open access consumers must pay, as determined by the state commissions, ...
Uttar Pradesh Open Access Market is Attracting New Interest

Uttar Pradesh Open Access Market is Attracting New Interest

Uttar Pradesh has begun to witness an increased interest from solar open access developers and consumers due to the wide-ranging and attractive concessions proposed for the sector in the solar ...
SIDBI Offers 100% Financing for Rooftop Solar at a Reasonable Interest Rate

SIDBI Offers 100% Financing for Rooftop Solar at a Reasonable Interest Rate

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), a bank dedicated to the financial needs of small businesses, offers 100% loans for rooftop solar installations, which can help MSMEs save on ...
/ / C&I, Consumers, Solar
Andhra Pradesh Poised to Carry Solar Open Access Momentum into Future

Market Cautiously Optimistic About Andhra Pradesh’s Open Access Solar Prospects

A revival of interest from the industry in Andhra Pradesh to source solar energy through open access has seen installations surge by 450% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) to 75.3 MW in the ...
Renewable Experts Decode Ways for MSMEs to Go Green at Mercom India’s Event

Renewable Experts Decode Ways for MSMEs to Go Green at Mercom India’s Event

Green energy has become affordable, sustainable, and reliable over the last few years, making it not just a viable option as an energy procurement strategy for businesses but also essential ...
/ / C&I, Renewable Energy
Punjab to Allow Open Access for Sanctioned Power Contract Demand of 100kVA or More

Punjab to Allow Open Access for Sanctioned Power Contract Demand of 100kVA or More

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has notified the draft PSERC (Terms and Conditions for Intra-State Open Access) (10th Amendment) Regulations, 2022. The state’s regulations have incorporated provisions notified ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Karnataka Lead Solar Open Access Installations in Q3 2022

Karnataka Leads Solar Open Access Installations in Q3 2022

Karnataka was the top state for open access solar installations in the third quarter (Q3) of the calendar year (CY) 2022. The state was followed closely by Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, ...
/ / Open Access, Solar
India Adds Over 1.9 GW of Open Access Solar in 9M 2022, Installations Up by 96%

India Adds Around 1.9 GW of Open Access Solar in 9M 2022, Installations Up by 96%

India installed around 1.9 GW of open access solar capacity in the first nine months (9M) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, an increase of 96% year-over-year (YoY), according to ...
Mercom’s Clean Energy Meet Expands Awareness on Cost Savings, Increasing Brand Value

Mercom’s Clean Energy Meet Expands Awareness on Cost Savings, Increasing Brand Value

Green energy adoption is indisputably good for businesses despite a less than conducive regulatory environment and the recent spike in the input cost for solar installation, industry experts said at ...
Haryana Sets Additional Surcharge of ₹0.78/kWh for Open Access Consumers

Haryana Sets Additional Surcharge of ₹0.78/kWh for Open Access Consumers

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has approved an additional surcharge of ₹0.78 (~$0.009)/kWh for open access consumers who avail power from any source other than the distribution companies (DISCOMs) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Additional Surcharge for Open Access Projects in Uttarakhand Raised to ₹1.14kWh

Additional Surcharge for Open Access Projects in Uttarakhand Raised to ₹1.14/kWh

Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has revised the additional surcharge to ₹1.14 (~$0.013)/kWh for consumers sourcing power through open access from October 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023. This is ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Chennai’s C&I Sector Looks to Adopt Solar to Meet Energy Demand as ROIs Improve

Chennai’s C&I Sector Looks to Adopt Solar to Meet Energy Demand as ROIs Improve

Mercom India’s recently concluded C&I Clean Energy Meet 2022 in Chennai addressed commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers’ concerns on the viability of solar open access as an alternative energy source ...
/ / C&I, Solar
CERC Postpones Commencement of Certain Sections of GNA Regulations

CERC Postpones Commencement of Certain Sections of GNA Regulations

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has postponed the commencement dates of various sub-rules of the CERC (Connectivity and General Network Access to the Inter-State Transmission System) Regulations, 2022, that ...
Future Uncertain but Open Access and Net Metering Projects Still Attractive Despite ALMM

Future Uncertain but Open Access and Net Metering Projects Still Attractive Despite ALMM

The widely expected relief for net metering and open access projects has failed to materialize after the September 30 deadline was allowed to expire without an extension from the government ...
MNRE Clarifies ALMM Order Exceptions for Open Access and Net Metering Projects

MNRE Clarifies ALMM Order Exceptions for Open Access and Net Metering Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has clarified that open access and net metering renewable energy projects that have applied for approval before October 1, 2022, will not ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up: Fashion Retailer H&M Group Signs 90 MW Solar PPA

Andhra Pradesh Sets Renewable Power Purchase Obligation Targets Until 2026-27

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has announced the renewable power purchase obligation (RPPO) targets until the financial year (FY) 2026-27. The RPPO targets are 18% for FY 2022-23, ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Gujarat Increases Additional Surcharge for Open Access Consumers to ₹0.31/kWh

Gujarat Increases Additional Surcharge for Open Access Consumers to ₹0.31/kWh

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has increased the additional surcharge payable by open access consumers to the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) to ₹0.31 (~$0.0038)/kWh. The new additional surcharge will ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Electricity Tariff Hike Could Nudge Tamil Nadu C&I Entities to Adopt Solar Open Access

Electricity Tariff Hike Could Nudge Tamil Nadu C&I Entities to Adopt Solar Open Access

Commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers in Tamil Nadu are considering switching to solar open access projects under captive and group captive mode as opposed to buying power from the state-owned ...
APTEL Asks Regulator to Revisit Cross-Subsidy Surcharge for Open Access Power Projects

APTEL Asks Regulator to Revisit Cross-Subsidy Surcharge for Open Access Power Projects

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) recently ruled that the state regulatory commission should revisit the subject of cross-subsidy surcharge on open access projects in Rajasthan as and when it ...
/ / Open Access, Solar
Tender Issued for 20 GWh of Solar Power Via Open Access by Tamil Nadu Milk Co-operative

Tender Issued for 20 GWh of Solar Power Via Open Access by Tamil Nadu Milk Co-operative

The Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (Aavin) has issued a tender to procure 20 GWh of solar power per year through open access projects for five years. The contracted ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions