India Installs LiDAR for Assessment of Offshore Wind Resource in Gujarat

India Installs LiDAR for Assessment of Offshore Wind Resource in Gujarat

The Government of India, through its various ministries and departments is actively pursuing the goal of making India a  cleaner and greener country by expanding the usage of renewable energy ...
/ / Other, Wind
R. K. Singh Asks States to Curb the Losses Incurred by DISCOMs

R.K. Singh Asks States to Curb the Losses Incurred by DISCOMs

Emphasizing on the need to electrify each and every household across the country, the Minister of Power, R.K. Singh, has asked all the ministers and officials to work together as ...
Future Solar Bids to be Coupled with 50 Percent Manufacturing Component_ R.K. Singh

Future Solar Bids to be Coupled with 50 Percent Manufacturing Component: R.K. Singh

Developers of renewable projects will soon be responsible for at least 50 percent of the manufacturing component, news agency PTI reported. "We are going to come out with bigger bids, ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
Minister of Power: India Could Install Over 225 GW of Renewables by 2022

Minister of Power: India Could Install Over 225 GW of Renewables by 2022

The Minister for Power, R. K. Singh made a surprising statement today, saying that “India may cross 225 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022.” Minister of Power and ...
Ministry of Power Launches PRAAPTI App to Bring Transparency in Electricity Payments

Ministry of Power Launches PRAAPTI App to Bring Transparency in Electricity Payments

The Ministry of Power has launched a web portal and an app called PRAAPTI (Payment Ratification and Analysis in Power procurement for bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators) in an ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Project Developers Seek Power Minister’s Help to Save Solar Assets in Karnataka

Project Developers Seek Power Minister’s Help to Save Solar Assets in Karnataka

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has requested the Minister of Power, R. K. Singh to intervene and save the commissioned solar photovoltaic (PV) assets in the state ...
MNRE Creates an RPO Compliance Cell to Meet India’s Solar and Wind Energy Targets

MNRE Creates RPO Compliance Cell to Meet India’s Solar and Wind Energy Targets

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has created a compliance cell for renewable purchase obligations (RPOs). The cell will coordinate with states, the central electricity regulatory commission (CERC) ...
Rooftop Solar Installers Seek Extension to Complete Projects Without Losing Subsidies

Rooftop Solar Installers Seek Extension to Complete Projects Without Losing Subsidies

Rooftop solar installers in the country who had won bids to build rooftop projects on government buildings have now sought more time from the power ministry for the completion of ...
Government Likely to Amend Electricity Act to Ensure that DISCOMs Enter PPAs

Government Likely to Amend Electricity Act to Ensure that DISCOMs Enter PPAs

The union government has proposed an amendment to the Electricity Act to ensure that the companies applying for power distribution rights also sign the requisite Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). The ...
SAUBHAGYA Program Launched in Meghalaya

SAUBHAGYA Program Launched in Meghalaya

Meghalaya has become the latest state to become a participant of the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (SAUBHAGYA) program, which aims to provide last-mile connectivity to all willing ...
/ / Grid, Markets & Policy
MNRE Utilized ₹36.13 Billion from NCEEF Fund in FY 2017-18

MNRE Utilized ₹36.13 Billion from NCEEF in FY 2017-18

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had not utilized the entire budget allocated to it by the National Clean Energy and Environment Fund (NCEEF) during financial year (FY) ...
Connectivity between Southern Grid and Other Power Grids Can Support 19.95 GW

Connectivity between Southern Grid and Other Power Grids Can Support 19.95 GW

The inter-regional transmission links being developed under India’s Green Energy Corridor program are ready to begin evacuating an aggregate capacity of 19.95 GW, according to government data. In a written ...
News Highlights from March 2018_ Key Developments in India’s Renewable Sector

News Highlights from March 2018: Key Developments in India’s Renewable Sector

There was a range of activity from stakeholders in India’s solar sector during the month of March. Here is a quick recap of the important data points and headlines: The ...
NITI Aayog Submits Draft Cabinet Note on Zero Emission Vehicles and Technology

NITI Aayog Submits Draft Cabinet Note on Zero Emission Vehicles and Technology

NITI Aayog has submitted a draft cabinet note that calls for developing a strategy to scale-up transformative mobility and encourage the use of zero emissions vehicles and ancillary technology. The ...
EV, Charging, Infrastructure, EESL, E buses, R.K. Singh, MNRE, DISCOM, energy efficiency

India’s EV Sector is Slowly Emerging from its Nascent Stage

India’s electric vehicle sector is progressing steadily, thanks to government efforts to procure EVs for various departments and efforts by city transportation corporations to procure e-buses for public transportation. As ...
Government Urges Battery Manufacturers to Set Up Units in India

Government Urges Battery Manufacturers to Set Up Manufacturing Units in India

The Minister for Power, R.K. Singh, recently chaired a meeting with battery manufacturers in New Delhi to discuss the creation of an ecosystem for incentivizing battery manufacturing in India. Officials ...
Planned Solar Bidding Rules Amendment Would Allow Pass Through of Safeguard Duty

Planned Solar Bidding Rules Amendment Would Allow Pass Through of Safeguard Duty

The bidding guidelines for grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the country may soon be amended to give bidders a way to nullify the effects of a potential safeguard duty ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
IREDA’s Gross NPAs Rose to 6 Percent in FY 2016-17

IREDA’s Gross NPAs Rose to 6 Percent in FY 2016-17

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA)’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) rose to 6.01 percent of its total assets in the financial year (FY) 2016-17. The net NPAs of IREDA ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
1 Million Solar Study Lamps Distributed by Government in Three Indian States

1 Million Solar Study Lamps Distributed by Government in Three Indian States

To compensate for lack of power and erratic supply of electricity in the far-flung regions of the country, the government of India, through the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Need for Green Energy Corridors Grows as Over 64 GW of Renewables are Connected to the Grid

Need for Green Energy Corridors Grows as Over 64 GW of Renewables are Connected to the Grid

India’s clean energy footprint is increasing every year and more than 64 GW of renewable energy capacity have been connected to the grid so far, according to Minister of Power ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
MNRE Has Released Funds for Solar Cities Program

MNRE Has Released ₹259.2 Million (~$4.07 Million) in Funds for Solar Cities Program

The solar cities program is being implemented in 60 cities across 26 Indian states The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released ₹259.2 million (~$4.07 million) as funds ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Grid Infrastructure in India Needs to Scale Rapidly to Keep up with Solar and Wind Tenders

Grid Infrastructure in India Needs to Scale Rapidly to Keep up with Solar and Wind Tenders

Solar and wind tender activity has surged in recent weeks following a long pause, but the sudden surge in planned renewable capacity has many in the industry wondering if India’s ...
Small Hydro Projects Gain Momentum in India

Small Hydro Projects Gain Momentum in India, over 4 GW Installed

As India walks towards a greener future, small hydro power projects are gradually gaining traction in the country. As of November 2017, small hydro projects totaling 4,399.35 MW have been ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
States Under UDAY Program Cut Down Financial Losses in 2017

States Under UDAY Program Cut Down Financial Losses in 2017

The Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) in states that joined the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program have cut down their financial losses from ₹515.9 billion (~$8.14 billion) in the Financial Year ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Anti-Dumping Duties Will Not Affect Auctioned Solar Projects in India

Anti-Dumping Duties Will Not Affect Auctioned Solar Projects in India

Several key players in India’s solar industry met recently to discuss the impact of the investigation into imported solar goods and possible effects of anti-dumping duty recommendation. This is the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar