NHDC Invites EPC Contractors for 25 MW of Floating Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh

NHDC Invites EPC Contractors for 25 MW of Floating Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh

NHDC, a joint venture between NHPC and Madhya Pradesh State Government, is on the lookout for an engineering procurement construction (EPC) contractor to set up 25 MW of floating solar ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
Tamil Nadu’s Kamarajar Port Invites Expression of Interest for a 5 MW Solar Project

Tamil Nadu’s Kamarajar Port Invites Expression of Interest for a 5 MW Solar Project

The Kamarajar Port Limited (KPL) has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) to set up a 5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project at the port premises. The Kamarajar Port is ...
Two Small Rooftop Solar Tenders Announced in Chandigarh

Two Small Rooftop Solar Tenders Announced in Chandigarh

The Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society (CREST) has tendered a total of 560 kW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects through two separate tenders. The ...
After SECI, Andhra Govt Writes to NTPC for Revision of Tariff for 1.25 GW of Solar Projects

After SECI, Andhra Govt Writes to NTPC for Revision of Tariff for 1.25 GW of Solar Projects

After writing to the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) seeking a revision in the power sale agreements (PSAs) for 400 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, the Andhra ...
China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has approved 22.78 GW of feed-in tariff (FiT) based solar projects. These solar PV projects are expected to be grid-connected by December 2019. They have been approved under China’s first national unified bidding for solar projects seeking feed-in-tariffs. A total of 4,338 solar PV projects with a combined capacity of 24.55 GW were proposed to be developed, but only 3,921 projects totaling 22.78 GW have received the official approval. Apart from these, 417 proposed solar projects with a capacity of approximately 1.77 GW have not been approved. Out of the approved projects, 366 are ground-mounted utility-scale solar projects with a total capacity of 18.12 GW. Moreover, 473 of them are distributed generation solar projects totaling 0.56 GW while 3,082 are self-generation or excess capacity solar projects totaling 4.10 GW. The feed-in-tariffs approved range from RMB 0.2795 ($0.0406)/kWh to RMB 0.55 ($0.08)/kWh. The average submitted tariff was RMB 0.3281 ($0.0478)/kWh, and the official deadline of the approved 22.78 GW is set for December 31, 2019. If the grid connection takes place in 2020, the approved tariffs will be reduced by RMB 0.01 ($0.001)/kWh each quarter up to the second quarter of 2020. If solar PV projects are connected after June 30, 2020, the approved feed-in-tariff will be revoked, and the projects would stand canceled. In May 2019, the Price Bureau of China’s National Development and Reform Commission had announced the level of solar FiT payments for large-scale projects. For the ease of implementation, the country had been broadly categorized into three regions: Region 1, 2, and 3. In the 2019 bidding process, 23 provinces had participated. The most favored destination is Guizhou Province with more than 3.6 GW, followed by Shaanxi Province with more than 3 GW, and 13 other provinces, each with more than 1 GW to be installed. Gansu Province and Xinjiang Autonomous Region were not allowed to participate due to the prevailing grid curtailment issues. Heilongjiang, Jilin, Yunnan, and Hainan did not join this bidding process, mainly due to limited grid capacities. According to Frank Haugwitz of Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA), larger projects were allowed to submit competitive tariffs with the lowest at RMB 0.2795. “Given the 2019 results, it appears that the single most important evaluation criterion was the feed-in-tariff submitted by the developers. It is possible that during the 2020 bidding, other factors might be taken into account when evaluating submitted bids in an attempt to increase the share of distributed projects,” he added. According to Frank’s communique, “In light of the 22.78 GW of feed-in-tariff supported projects approved, AECEA has increased its 2019 full-year guidance from 32-34 GW to 38-42 GW, thus still representing a decline of approximately 5-14% year-over-year. AECEA’s forecast takes into account the feed-in-tariff, grid-parity, residential, poverty alleviation, top-runner, and demonstration projects along ultra-high voltage long-distance transmission lines. According to China’s National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) data, between January and May 2019, a total of 7.61 GW of solar PV projects were installed, representing a decrease of 44% year-over-year (YoY). Ground-mounted utility-scale projects amounted to 3.83 GW (+9% YoY), and distributed projects totaled 3.27 GW (-61% YoY). In May, only 1.43 GW of solar capacity was installed, a decline of 42% YoY. The CNREC estimates that in June, possibly 5 GW could be installed, leading to approximately 12.6 GW during the first half of 2019. Compared with the 24.30 GW capacity installed during the same period in 2018, this will represent a decrease of approximately 52% YoY. At the end of May 2019, China was home to 182.07 GW of total installed solar power generation capacity comprising 127.68 GW (70.2%) of ground-mounted utility-scale projects and 54.39 GW (29.8%) of distributed generation. Mercom recently reported that China installed 5.2 GW of solar PV capacity in the first quarter of 2019. When compared to Q1 2018, this was nearly a 40% decline in the installation numbers in which China had installed 9.65 GW of solar PV capacity.

China Approves Nearly 23 GW of Solar Projects Based on Feed-in Tariff Mechanism

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has approved 22.78 GW of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) based solar projects. These solar PV projects are expected to be grid-connected by December 2019. They ...
Tata Power Solar Gets ₹6.10/kWh as Tariff for a 17 MW Project Commissioned in 2016

Tata Power Solar Gets ₹6.10/kWh as Tariff for a 17 MW Project Commissioned in 2016

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has provided relief to Chirasthaayee Saurya Ltd. in the matter of tariff determination for a 17 MW solar project at Kanakagiri town located in Koppala ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
Singapore Calls for Developers to Bid for 50 MW of Floating Solar Project

Singapore Calls Developers to Bid for 50 MW of Floating Solar Projects

Public Utilities Board of Singapore is looking for eligible bidders for a 50 MW floating solar PV project in the Tengeh Reservoir. The last date for bid submission has been ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
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Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc in Madhya Pradesh, Damage a 250 MW Solar Project

The onslaught of monsoon and severe weather has caused significant damage to a 250 MW solar PV project in Madhya Pradesh. Heavy rainfall and lightning accompanied by storm with wind ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NSEFI Cautions MNRE Against Anti-Dumping Duty on Solar Mounting Structure Products

NSEFI Cautions MNRE Against Anti-Dumping Duty on Solar Mounting Structure Products

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has written to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) expressing its concerns over the levy of anti-dumping duty on aluminum and ...
MNRE Details Role and Responsibilities of DISCOMs Under the 12 GW Solar CPSU Program

MNRE Details Roles and Responsibilities of DISCOMs Under the 12 GW Solar CPSU Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification regarding the modalities and role of distribution companies (DISCOMs) to ensure the smooth implementation of the second phase ...
Gujarat’s New Budget Emphasizes on the Growth of Rooftop Solar Sector

Gujarat’s New Budget Emphasizes on the Growth of Rooftop Solar Sector

In the Gujarat state’s budget announced for the current financial year (FY) 2019-2020, a recalibrated target of 30 GW of renewable capacity by 2022 has been announced. This target includes ...
Arunachal Pradesh Floats Tender for Over 1 MW of Off-Grid Solar Projects

Arunachal Pradesh Floats Tender for Over 1 MW of Off-Grid Solar Projects

The Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) has introduced a tender for over 1 MW of off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be installed in the state. Through this tender, ...
Tender for 3.5 MW of Solar Projects Announced in Maharashtra

Tender for 3.5 MW of Solar Projects Announced in Maharashtra

STEM Water Distribution and Infrastructure Company has issued a tender to set up 3.5 MW of grid-connected solar projects which will be developed on build own operate transfer (BOOT) basis ...
SECI Issues Tenders for Setting Up 2.4 GW of Solar Projects Connected to ISTS Network

SECI Issues Tenders for Setting Up 2.4 GW of Solar Projects Connected to ISTS Network

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued two requests for proposals (RfS) to set up ISTS-connected solar projects totaling 2.4 GW on Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis. Under the ISTS-V, ...
India’s Solar Sector Attracts $2.8 Billion in Investments in Q1 2019

India’s Solar Sector Attracts $2.8 Billion in Investments in Q1 2019

In the first quarter (Q1) of the calendar year (CY) 2019, the Indian solar sector received investments totaling $2.8 billion (~₹195.4 billion), according to Mercom’s Q1 2019 India Solar Market ...
Indian Railways Ramps Up its Efforts to Utilize Solar Power

Indian Railways Ramps Up its Efforts to Utilize Solar Power

In its bid to become a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030, the Indian Railways is slowly expanding its usage of renewable energy in its operations. The Minister of Railways and ...
CleanMax Solar to Develop 150 MW of Group Captive Solar Projects in Haryana

CleanMax Solar to Develop 150 MW of Group Captive Solar Projects in Haryana

CleanMax Solar, a leading rooftop solar developer, has initiated the process for setting up 150 MW of solar group captive projects to supply power to corporates in the state of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Maharashtra’s Shirdi Temple Reissues 10 MW Solar EPC Tender

Maharashtra’s Shirdi Temple Reissues 10 MW Solar EPC Tender

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) is on the lookout for an engineering procurement construction (EPC) contractor to develop a 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project at any location in Maharashtra ...
India’s Top Rooftop Solar Installers in 2018

India’s Top Rooftop Solar Installers in 2018

With the help of growing demand from the government, commercial, and industrial sectors, the rooftop solar sector has been witnessing consistent growth in India. However, the share of rooftop solar ...
Punjab Announces Tender for 54 MW of Solar Biomass Hybrid Projects

Punjab Announces Tender for 54 MW of Solar Biomass Hybrid Projects

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has tendered 54 MW of solar-biomass hybrid projects to be developed in the state under power bundling mechanism. The bid submission deadline is July ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Power Purchase Agreements for 1 GW of Solar Projects Approved in Gujarat

Power Purchase Agreements for 1 GW of Solar Projects Approved in Gujarat

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 1 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects which were tendered and auctioned by the Gujarat Urja ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
With No Buyers, Moser Baer Solar Heads Towards Liquidation Process

With No Buyers, Moser Baer Solar Heads Towards Liquidation

The process for liquidation of assets of Moser Baer Solar has been initiated, and the stakeholders of the company have been asked by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Total Solar Module Defects Up By 34% YoY Globally in 2018: DuPont Survey

Total Solar Module Defects Up By 34% YoY Globally in 2018: DuPont Survey

A recent report based on a survey by DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions has found that the overall rate of module defects globally has increased by 34% in 2018. The report points ...
After Tamil Nadu, NSEFI Writes to Karnataka About Solar Projects Facing Curtailment

After Tamil Nadu, NSEFI Writes to Karnataka About Solar Projects Facing Curtailment

In Karnataka, India’s top state in terms of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, solar PV projects are facing issues of curtailment. The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has ...
Haryana Floats Two Tenders for 73 MW of Solar Capacity

Haryana Floats Two Tenders for 73 MW of Solar Capacity

Through two tenders, the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has called developers to build 73 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the state. The bid-submission deadline for ...