BluSmart Plans to Expand its EV Fleet to Six Cities in India: Interview

BluSmart Plans to Expand its EV Fleet to Six Cities in India: Interview

The electric vehicle (EV) sector in India expects high growth in the upcoming years. Several states and union territories, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan, have announced EV policies to support EV adoption. The ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Reducing Carbon Footprint and Operating Costs Through Open Access Solar

Reducing Carbon Footprint and Operating Costs Through Open Access Solar

India's open access solar market has provided an effective alternative for investors and developers reluctant to participate in aggressive large-scale auctions and small-size rooftop solar projects. In the first half ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Ministry Issues Guidelines for Optimum Utilization of Power Generation Capacity

Ministry Issues Guidelines for Optimum Utilization of Power Generation Capacity

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has approved the guidelines for optimum utilization of power generation capacity. As per the tariff policy, power generating stations must always be available and ready ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Domestic Content Requirement - Helping or Hurting KUSUM Solar Pump Program

Domestic Content Requirement – Helping or Hurting KUSUM Solar Pump Program?

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program was announced by the government to provide financial and water security to farmers by mobilizing solar projects and solar-powered water ...
Production Linked Incentive Program for EV and Auto Component Manufacturing Approved

Production Linked Incentive Program for EV and Auto Component Manufacturing Approved

The Union Government has notified the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) program for automobile and auto components after approving it recently. The PLI program aims to encourage the industry to make ...
664% Year-Over-Year Growth in Open Access Solar Installations in Q2 2021

664% Year-Over-Year Growth in Open Access Solar Installations in Q2 2021

India’s solar open access installations totaled 209 MW in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021, a 664% year-over-year (YoY) increase compared to 27 MW in the same period last year, ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Solar Project Cost to Increase by 24% with Basic Customs Duty on Modules Interview

Solar Project Cost to Increase by 24% with Basic Customs Duty on Modules: Interview

The Indian solar industry is gradually returning to normalcy after facing several challenges in the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and adverse market conditions. The second quarter ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Haryana Electricity Regulator to Revisit Multi-Year Tariff Regulations, 2019

Haryana Electricity Regulator to Revisit Multi-Year Tariff Regulations, 2019

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), has announced that it would prepare a consultation paper to revisit the Multi-Year Tariff (MYT) Regulations, 2019. It would place the consultation paper in ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
US Installs 345 MW of New Energy Storage Systems in Q2 2021 Report

US Installs 345 MW of New Energy Storage Systems in Q2 2021: Report

According to Wood Mackenzie’s latest report, the United States installed 345 MW of new energy storage systems in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021 – a year-over-year (YoY) increase of ...
/ / Energy Storage, Market & Policy
Assam’s Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 Aims at 200,000 EVs to be Deployed by 2026

Assam’s Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 Aims at 200,000 EVs to be Deployed by 2026

Assam is the latest Indian state to announce an electric vehicle (EV) policy. The Electric Vehicle Policy of Assam, 2021 aims for 25% EV penetration in all vehicle registrations by ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Odisha Announces EV Policy, Aims 20% Electric Vehicle Registrations by 2025

Odisha Announces EV Policy, Aims 20% Electric Vehicle Registrations by 2025

The Odisha Government has announced the Electric vehicle (EV) Policy, 2021, which aims to accelerate the adoption of EVs, especially in the category of electric two-wheelers (E2W), three-wheelers (E3W), and ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Hero Electric Plans to Manufacture 300,000 E-Scooters Every Year Interview

Hero Electric Plans to Manufacture 300,000 E-Scooters Every Year: Interview

The electric vehicle (EV) sector in India expects high growth in the coming years. EV companies believe that demand will surge with electric two-wheelers (E-2W) and three-wheelers (E-3W) driving the sector's growth ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
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 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Captive Power Producers in Maharashtra Allowed Time to Clear RPO Backlog

Captive Power Producers in Maharashtra Allowed Time to Clear RPO Backlog

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), in its recent order, allowed captive power producers to fulfill their renewable purchase obligation (RPO) backlog for the financial years (FY) starting 2015 to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uniform and Stable Policies Needed for Open Access Solar Market to Grow in India

Uniform and Stable Policies Needed for Open Access Solar Market to Grow in India

Mercom hosted a webinar on July 30, 2021, to take a close look at the policy framework and consumer feedback on the open access solar market in India. The webinar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...