Mercom Research Focus, Q2 2019, 1H 2019, India Solar Installations, India Solar Market, Renewables, Rooftop Solar, GST, Safeguard Duty, Modules, Export Import, Cumulative Solar Installations, Tariff Caps, Tender and Auction, State Installations, Utility-scale, New Power Addition

1.5 GW of Solar Capacity Installed in India During Q2 2019

Solar installations in India in Q2 2019 witnessed a slight decline with 1,510 MW, a 14% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) decrease compared to 1,761 MW installed in Q1 2019. Installations were down ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Online Grocery Retailer Big Basket to Install 1.4 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

Online Grocery Retailer Big Basket to Install 1.4 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

Amplus Energy Solutions, a rooftop solar company, has joined forces with Big Basket, an online grocery retailer, to deploy renewable energy installations at its various premises in the country. As ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Indian Oil Corporation Plans to Invest ₹250 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects

Indian Oil Corporation Plans to Invest ₹250 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects

The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) plans to diversify its business verticals and make significant investments to the tune of ₹250 billion (~$3.48 billion) in clean energy projects like solar, wind, ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
India’s Solar Power Generation Grows Slower Year-Over-Year Compared to 1H of Last Year

India’s Solar Power Generation Grows Slower Year-Over-Year Compared to 1H of Last Year

In the past few years, solar power generation has increased exponentially in the country, and the electricity generation has crossed over 12 billion units (BUs) in the period between April ...
Energy Vault Raises $110 Million from SoftBank Vision Fund for Gravity-Based Storage

Energy Vault Raises $110 Million from SoftBank Vision Fund for Gravity-Based Storage

Energy Vault, an Idea lab company that has developed a transformative technology to store energy has raised $110 million in Series B funding. The investment was made by SoftBank Vision ...
/ / C&I, Energy Storage
Solar Continues to Shine, Makes Up 8.7% of India’s Total Power Capacity in June 2019

Solar Continues to Shine, Makes Up 8.7% of India’s Total Power Capacity as of June 2019

Renewable energy capacity additions crossed 120 GW mark (including large hydro) and accounted for nearly 35.4% of India’s capacity mix at the end of June 2019. The share of solar ...
India’s Transmission Infrastructure Struggles to Keep Up With Wind and Solar Additions

India’s Transmission Infrastructure Struggles to Keep Up With Wind and Solar Additions

With the expected surge in electricity demand over the coming decade and the rapid installation of solar and wind, India’s transmission and distribution system will require significant expansion sooner than ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Southern and Western Regions of India Recorded Zero Power Supply Deficit in Q1_ CEA

Southern and Western Regions of India Recorded Zero Power Supply Deficit in Q1: CEA

During the first quarter (Q1) of the financial year (FY) 2019-20, India’s power supply increased slightly with the power deficit declining to 0.4% from the 0.6% recorded during the Q1 ...
13 GW of Solar Projects Tendered in June as Procurement Activity Surges Post Elections

13 GW of Solar Projects Tendered in June as Procurement Activity Surges Post Elections

The month of June 2019 witnessed a big surge in tender announcements, compared to just 119 MW tendered in May 2019. Solar project auction activity also increased slightly in the ...
Important News Snippets from India’s Renewable Industry in June 2019

Important News Snippets from India’s Renewable Industry in June 2019

In the month of June 2019, the most important news development in India’s renewable industry came from the United States with President Trump ending India’s designation as a beneficiary developing ...
WTO Sides with India in its Solar DCR Trade Tiff with US

WTO Rules in Favor of India in its Solar DCR Trade Tiff with US

After over two years of filing a case against the United States for incentivizing domestic content in solar projects in eight states, India has now won the case at the ...
Renewables to be the Primary Source of Energy by 2040 Surpassing Coal_ BP Energy Outlook

Renewables to be the Primary Source of Energy by 2040 Surpassing Coal: BP Energy Outlook

Renewable energy is the fastest growing source of energy, accounting for around half of the increase in energy and is set to penetrate the global energy system more quickly than ...
Month in a Minute: Major News Highlights from India’s Solar Industry in May 2019

Month in a Minute: Major News Highlights from India’s Solar Industry in May 2019

There was a lag in the rapid pace of activities in the renewable energy sector during the month of May. The ongoing Lok Sabha elections had slowed down the tenders ...
India Added 1.7 GW of Solar PV in Q1 2019, Rooftop Installations Declined

India Added 1.7 GW of Solar PV in Q1 2019, Rooftop Installations Declined

Solar installations in India in Q1 2019 increased slightly at 1,737 MW, 4% growth compared to 1,638 MW installed in Q4 2018. Installations were down by 49% year-over-year (YoY) compared ...
In India, Investment in Renewables Surpassed Fossil Fuels in 2017

In India, Investment in Renewables Surpassed Fossil Fuels During 2018

Global investment in the renewable energy sector has gone up by 55% since 2010, according to the World Investment Report 2019 released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report ...
Maharashtra’s 1 GW Solar Tender Gets Enthusiastic Response, Oversubscribed by 400 MW

Solar Power Generation in India Increased by 34% Year-over-Year in Q1 2019

Solar power generation in India has increased substantially over the past few years. According to the data released by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), solar power accounted for over 11.4 ...
World Bank to Assist in  Sustainable Extraction of Minerals for Wind, Solar Projects

World Bank to Assist in Sustainable Extraction of Minerals for Wind, Solar Projects

To realize a lower-carbon future, there will be a substantial increase in demand for several key strategic minerals and metals to manufacture cleaner energy technologies.  Keeping this in perspective, the World ...
Clean Solar Power to Get US$43.3 Million IFC Debt Financing

EBRD and GCF Offer $16.7 Million Assistance for a 30 MW Solar Power Project in Kazakhstan

In line with its policy to support renewables in Kazakhstan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has partnered with the United Nations’ Global Climate Fund (GCF) for the ...
Green Climate Fund Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change in Developing Countries

ASSOCHAM and REPA Join Hands to Expand Renewable Energy

The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Renewable Energy Promotion Association (REPA) in New Delhi for mutual collaboration ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
International Solar Alliance Gets a New Member_ Bolivia

Tata Power Decides to Pull the Plug on Coal-Based Power: Report

In a surprise move, Tata Power, one of India’s largest power producer, has announced that it will not build any new coal-fired power project in the future and majority of ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
USTDA Funds Feasibility Study to Assess Viability of a 100 MW Solar Project in Mozambique

China’s Solar Installations Dip 40% YoY to 5.2 GW in Q1 2019

China installed 5.2 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019. When compared to Q1 2018, this was a nearly 40% decline in installation numbers ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
ADB and ASEAN Announce $1 Billion Green Finance Facility

ADB and ASEAN Announce $1 Billion Green Finance Facility

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) along with Southeast Asian governments and major development financiers has launched the “ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Catalytic Green Finance Facility,” a new initiative ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
CEA Asks States to Use 5-10% Biomass Pellets for Power Generation in Thermal Plants

CERC Sets Generic Tariff for Renewable Energy Sources for FY 2019-20

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has set generic tariffs for the purchase of electricity from a host of renewable energy generation sources during the financial year (FY) 2019-20. The ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Green Climate Fund Approves $299 Million for Expansion of Renewable Projects in Africa

CEA Projects Rise in Share of Renewables in India to 36% by 2021-2022, Coal to Shrink to 26%

With India’s plan to install 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 grid integration of intermittent renewable energy sources is expected to be a challenge and the Central Electricity Authority ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
India Installs 8.3 GW of Solar in 2018

India Installs 8.3 GW of Solar in 2018

The Indian solar market installed 8,263 MW in 2018, down 15.5 percent compared to 9,782 MW in 2017 as the safeguard duty, GST issues, and land and transmission issues took ...