Vikram Solar to Manufacture Mono and Bifacial Modules at its New 1.3 GW Facility

Vikram Solar to Manufacture Mono and Bifacial Modules at its New 1.3 GW Facility: Interview

Domestic manufacturers of solar modules are slowly ramping up capacities. India has a large-scale solar project pipeline of 53.6 GW, with another 24.1 GW tendered and pending auctions as of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Decoding the Economics Behind Open Access Solar Market in India

Decoding the Economics Behind Open Access Solar Market in India

Open access solar installations in India totaled 419 MW in the first quarter (Q1) of calendar year (CY) 2021. The cumulative solar installation in the open access market reached 4.3 ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Maharashtra's Draft EV Policy, 2021, Aims 25% E-Public Transport by 2025

Maharashtra’s Draft EV Policy, 2021, Aims 25% E-Public Transport by 2025

The Maharashtra Government has announced the Draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy, 2021. The policy aims to support the adoption of sustainable and clean mobility solutions in Maharashtra. The recommended policy ...
IEA Expects Global Hydropower Capacity to Increase to 230 GW by 2030 (1)

IEA Expects Global Hydropower Capacity to Increase to 230 GW by 2030

Global hydropower capacity is expected to increase by 17%, or 230 GW, in the upcoming decade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a recent report. In 2020, hydropower was ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Startups Expand Their Footprint in India’s EV Market_ Interview

Startups Expand Their Footprint in India’s EV Market: Interview

The electric vehicle (EV) sector in India expects high growth in the current year on the back of robust funding received by EV companies in 2020. Companies believe that demand ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Amendments to Solar, Wind, and Hybrid Policies in Andhra Pradesh

Amendments to Solar, Wind, and Hybrid Policies in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Energy Department has clarified that the amendments made to policies on the wind, solar, and wind-solar hybrid projects will apply to projects commissioned after November 18, 2019 ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Meghalaya Announces Electric Vehicle Policy with Purchase Subsidy for Early Adopters

Meghalaya Announces Electric Vehicle Policy with Purchase Subsidy for Early Adopters

The Transport Department of the Government of Meghalaya has issued the 'Meghalaya Electric vehicle Policy, 2021', which aims to see electric vehicles (EV) representing 15% of the state's overall vehicle ...
Karnataka’s Renewable Energy Policy for 2021-2026 Aims at Adding 2 GW of Rooftop Solar

Karnataka’s Renewable Energy Policy for 2021-2026 Aims at Adding 2 GW of Rooftop Solar

Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has issued the ‘Draft Karnataka Renewable Energy Policy 2021-2026” aimed at developing 20 GW of renewable energy projects with and without energy storage. According ...
China’s Demand for Utility-Scale Solar Projects to Reach 60-75 GW in 2021_ AECEA

China’s Demand for Utility-Scale Solar Projected to Reach 60-75 GW in 2021: AECEA

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has released a draft version of its envisaged national unified renewable energy power consumption targets for the upcoming decade. According to the draft, non-hydro power ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Philippines Promotes Use of Solar Energy in Buildings for Energy Conservation

Philippines Promotes Use of Solar Energy in Buildings for Energy Conservation

Philippines has issued policy guidelines for the adoption of energy-conserving building design and to enhance the demand for energy-efficient materials and technologies. According to the guidelines issued by the Department ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rhode Island Aims to Meet All its Energy Demand From Renewables by 2030

Rhode Island Aims to Meet All its Energy Demand From Renewables by 2030

The state of Rhode Island in the U.S. aims to meet 100% of its energy demand from renewable energy sources by 2030. Gina Raimondo, the governor of Rhode Island, signed ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Banking Charges, Ambiguity on Net Metering Rules Major Glitches in Gujarat Solar Policy

Banking Charges, Ambiguity on Net Metering Rules Major Glitches in Gujarat Solar Policy

The solar industry believes the Gujarat government's new solar policy is a mixed bag of positive and negative initiatives for the sector. The Gujarat government announced the new 'Gujarat Solar ...
Maharashtra Announces Renewable Policy, Plans for 13 GW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Announces Renewable Policy, Plans for 13 GW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra State Cabinet has issued its ‘Unconventional Energy Generation Policy’ to promote non-conventional source-based energy generation. The policy is divided into two parts. In the first part of the policy, the ...
Industry Fears Rooftop Market Will Collapse Due to the New Net Metering Policy

Industry Fears Rooftop Solar Market Will Collapse Due to the New Net Metering Policy

The new rules issued by the Ministry of Power mandating net metering for loads up to 10 kW and gross metering for above 10 kW has caused widespread anxiety among ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Electric Two-Wheeler Sales Decline By 5.46% in 2020

Electric Two-Wheeler Sales Decline By 5.46% in 2020

The sale of electric two-wheelers (E-2W) in India stood at 25,735 in 2020, a 5.46% decline compared to 27,224 in 2019, the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Companies Expect a Phenomenal Year for Electric Vehicles in 2021_ Industry Reacts

Companies Expect a Phenomenal Year for Electric Vehicles in 2021: Industry Reacts

The manufacturing and sales activity were impacted by COVID-19 in the Electric Vehicle (EV) segment in India in the first half of 2020 due to a lengthy lockdown and exodus ...
Top Developments That Influenced the Rooftop Solar Sector in 2020

Top Developments That Influenced the Rooftop Solar Segment in 2020

Rooftop solar is still one of the easiest ways for consumers to go solar. Compared to utility-scale solar, the rooftop solar segment was especially hard hit from COVID-19 this year, ...
Major Developments in India's Wind Sector in 2020

Major Developments in India’s Wind Sector in 2020

Project development slowed down to a crawl in the wind sector for most of the year as supply chain issues, transportation restrictions, and workforce shortages weighed down the sector due ...
Maharashtra Approves Draft Policy to Deploy 17 GW of Renewable Power by 2025

Maharashtra Approves Draft Policy to Deploy 17 GW of Renewable Power by 2025

The Maharashtra State Cabinet has approved the draft policy ‘Unconventional Energy Generation Policy 2020’ to be adopted by the Department of Energy to promote non-conventional energy generation in the state. The agency ...
Is Production Linked Incentive the Solution to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing_

Is Production Linked Incentive the Solution to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing?

The lack of financial and policy incentives to the domestic solar component manufacturing ecosystem is one of the primary factors holding back its growth, according to industry stakeholders. This may ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
No Registration Fee or Road Tax for First 200,000 Electric Two-Wheelers in Telangana (1)

No Registration Fee or Road Tax for First 200,000 Electric Two-Wheelers in Telangana

The Government of Telangana has released its new Electric Vehicle (EV) and Energy Storage Policy for 2020-2030, announcing subsidies, policy measures, and other incentives to turn the state into an EV and ...
Industry Hopes Penalizing DISCOMs for Net Metering Connection Delays Can Drive Growth

Industry Hopes Penalizing DISCOMs for Net Metering Connection Delays Can Drive Growth

Residential rooftop solar developers welcomed the Ministry of Power’s (MoP) move to penalize distribution licensees (DISCOMs) for any delay in rooftop solar systems' connection agreement. Last month, the Ministry of ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar