What Value Will ALMM Listing Add to the Solar Industry_

What Value Will ALMM Listing Add to the Solar Industry?

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) proposal to implement its ‘Approved Lists of Models and Manufacturers’ (ALMM) order has raised more questions than it has answered. Why has ...
IESA Rallies for Inclusion of Energy Storage Policy Framework in Electricity Act

IESA Rallies for Inclusion of Energy Storage Policy Framework in Electricity Act

The India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has submitted comments and recommendations to the Ministry of Power (MoP) on the proposed draft for Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020. It has proposed a ...
R.K. Singh Seeks ₹3 Trillion to Revamp Power Sector and DISCOMs Over the Next 5 Years

R.K. Singh Seeks ₹3 Trillion to Revamp Power Sector and DISCOMs Over the Next 5 Years

The Union Minister of Power, R.K. Singh, has sought for the Finance Commission’s support to revamp the Indian power sector at the state level and has asked for ₹3 trillion (~$40.05 billion) ...
Bailing Out Power DISCOMs at Every Crisis is Not the Way to Fix Them

Bailing Out Power DISCOMs at Every Crisis is Not the Way to Fix Them

Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) have been a significant strain on the Indian power system. Their poor financial performance has been weighing down the entire sector with their inability to pay power ...
155 Major MNCs Ask World Governments to Develop Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery Policies

155 Major MNCs Ask World Governments to Develop Sustainable COVID-19 Recovery Policies

In all, 155 multinational corporations (MNC) from across the world have signed a statement asking governments to integrate the latest climate science developments into their efforts to help their respective ...
Cell Manufacturing Capacity Lags Demand from DCR Programs

Solar Cell Manufacturing Capacity Lags Demand from DCR Programs

Solar cell manufacturing in India is yet to ramp up despite the government’s attempts to promote domestic production. While the government has taken initiatives like introducing safeguard duty, domestic content ...
Policy Updates for Solar and Other Renewables in April 2020

Policy Updates for Solar and Other Renewables in April 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has grounded the economy to a halt. The pandemic has not only caused enormous economic loss but has killed tens of thousands of people across the ...
EV, China, Subsidy, Exemptions, Tax, Policy

China Likely to Improve its Subsidy Policy for Electric Vehicles

The Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China has issued a notice on ways to promote financial subsidies for new electric vehicles. The ministry said it had issued ...
Another Japanese Bank Says No to Financing New Coal-Powered Projects

Another Japanese Bank Says No to Financing New Coal-Powered Projects

Japan-based Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc (SMFG) has decided not to provide support to the newly-planned coal-fired power projects. The policy change will come into effect from May 1, 2020 ...
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China Added Over 30 GW of Solar Capacity in 2019

China Added Over 30 GW of Solar Capacity in 2019

China added 30.11 GW of new solar capacity in 2019. Large-scale projects made up 17.91 GW and 12.2 GW of installations was through distributed projects, according to the official statistics ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
India May Experience a Net-Negative Agricultural Impact from Climate Change_ Report

India May Experience a Net-Negative Agricultural Impact from Climate Change: Report

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) has released a report titled “Climate Risk and Response,” which focuses on understanding the nature and extent of physical risk from climate change over the ...
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ONGC Issues Tender for 5 MW of Solar Projects at its Hazira Site in Gujarat

ONGC Issues Tender for 5 MW of Solar Projects at its Hazira Site in Gujarat

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), a government-owned oil and gas company, has floated a 5 MW tender along with seven years of operation and maintenance (O&M) at ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Delhi Cabinet Approves Electric Vehicle Policy

Delhi Cabinet Approves Electric Vehicle Policy

As a send-off to the year 2019, the Delhi government has approved a policy for electric vehicles (EVs) with an intent to make the city “the EV capital of India.” ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Month in a Minute_ Important News Snippets from India’s Renewable Sector in November 2019

Month in a Minute: Important News Snippets from India’s Renewable Sector in November 2019

For the domestic renewable industry, November was a busy month on the investment front. There were several important funding announcements in the Indian renewable sector, along with technological developments and ...
Haryana Increases Net Metering Cap for Rooftop Solar from 200 MW to 500 MW

Haryana DISCOMs to Allow Net Metering Until Rooftop Solar Capacity Reaches 500 MW

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has issued an updated version of its regulations for rooftop solar grid-interactive systems based on net metering in response to a petition filed by ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Gujarat Commission Sets Average Pooled Purchase Cost for Various Licensees

Gujarat Commission Sets Average Pooled Purchase Cost for Various Licensees

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has determined the average pooled purchase cost (APPC) for various licensees from the financial year (FY) 2014-15 to FY 2018-19. The Indian Wind Power ...
/ / Wind
Entities Can Choose Proportion of Wind and Solar Sources in Hybrid Projects to Meet RPO

Entities Can Choose Proportion of Wind and Solar Sources in Hybrid Projects to Meet RPO

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has revised its National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy to state that the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) contribution of obligated entities that consume energy ...
Our Inverter Factory in Bangalore Almost Ready for Manufacturing_ Sineng Interview

Our Solar PV Inverter Factory in Bangalore Ready for Manufacturing: Sineng Interview

India is on pace to add over 8 GW of solar in 2019, according to the recent Q2 2019 India Solar market update published by Mercom India and is the third-largest solar ...
Punjab Renewable Policy Targets 3 GW of Solar Capacity by 2030

Punjab Renewable Policy Targets 3 GW of Solar Capacity by 2030

The Punjab Government has launched a draft version of its renewable energy policy, which aims to meet 21% of its power requirement through renewable energy by the year 2030. Punjab ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar and Other Renewable Policy Roundup_ Key Announcements From September 2019

Solar and Other Renewable Policy Roundup: Key Announcements From September 2019

Central and state government agencies made several key policy announcements in September aimed at removing the bottlenecks in the solar industry. The most important announcement of the month was made ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Relaxes its Solar Policy to Benefit MSMEs

Gujarat Relaxes its Solar Policy to Benefit MSMEs

In a welcome move, the Gujarat government has relaxed the state’s solar policy to allow micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) to install solar projects that are more than 100% ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Removal of 1 MW Cap on Net Metering Crucial for India’s Rooftop Solar Growth

Removal of 1 MW Cap on Net Metering Crucial for India’s Rooftop Solar Growth

The rooftop solar market in India has been growing steadily over the last five years. According to the recent Q2 2019 India Solar market update published by Mercom India, cumulative ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Tamil Nadu’s New EV Policy Aims to Mobilize ₹500 Billion for Manufacturing in the State

Tamil Nadu’s New EV Policy Aims to Mobilize ₹500 Billion for Manufacturing in the State

The government of Tamil Nadu has launched the state’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2019. The policy aims to mobilize ₹500 billion ($7 billion) investment in EV manufacturing in the state ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Rajasthan Solar Policy 2019 Sets Target of Achieving 25 GW Capacity by FY 2020-21

Rajasthan Solar Policy 2019 Sets Target of Achieving 25 GW Capacity by FY 2020-21

The Rajasthan government, through the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), has launched its Solar Energy Policy 2019. The policy aims to deploy 25 GW of solar energy capacity in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan to Not Accept New Applications for Registration of Wind Projects under REC

Rajasthan to Not Accept New Applications for Registration of Wind Projects under REC

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RREC) has issued a draft version of its policy on wind and wind-solar hybrid projects. The policy aims to establish Rajasthan as a leader for ...
/ / Other, Wind