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
Andhra Pradesh’s Decision to Renegotiate Solar and Wind PPAs Sets Bad Precedent

Andhra Pradesh’s Decision to Renegotiate Solar and Wind PPAs Sets Bad Precedent

In a surprise announcement on July 1, 2019, the Andhra Pradesh government said it was going to review the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed between the state’s electricity distribution companies ...
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RK Singh Rallies for Removal of Priority Sector Lending Limit for Renewable Projects

Union Power Minister R.K. Singh held a meeting recently in the national capital to review the issues affecting the renewable energy sector. The meeting was attended by various stakeholders including ...
Top DISCOMs Achieving 100% Household Electrification Could be Rewarded ₹500 Million

PM Modi’s SAUBHAGYA Program Misses its December 2018 Deadline

The NDA government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched SAUBHAGYA, a program aimed at achieving universal electrification in September 2017. The program has missed its December 2018 deadline by ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
Japan’s Proposal to Rollback on Solar Subsidy Angers Investors and Operators

15 GW of Solar Capacity Slated to be Developed by NTPC Under NSM Now Reduced to 3 GW

The 15,000 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity to be developed under National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s state-specific bundling program has been reduced to just 3,000 MW. The Minister for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
ADB to Provide $13 Million Grant to EESL for Promoting End Use Energy Efficiency in India

ADB to Provide $13 Million Grant to EESL for Promoting End Use Energy Efficiency in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has entered a $13 million grant agreement with India’s Energy Efficiency Services (EESL). The grant will be provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the additional ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Budgetary Allocation for Solar Increased by 1% While Coal Gets a 48% Boost in 2019-20

Why the 2.4 GW Solar Auction Was Cancelled

A few weeks ago, news that the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) cancelled 2.4 GW of auctioned solar capacity made the headlines. The capacity cancelled was part of the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
MNRE Urges Ministry of Finance to Exempt Ongoing Solar Projects from Safeguard Duty

Wind and Solar Auctions with Unreasonable Bids Will be Cancelled: R.K. Singh

The government will continue to cancel solar and wind auctions if it finds that the prices discovered through reverse bidding are high. "We will accept bids which are reasonable. If ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
In Light of Water Shortage, Solar Can be a Game-Changer in India

Solar Pumps Can Help India Reach its 40 GW Distributed Solar Target: Study

If net-metered solar pumps are installed across all states for complete agricultural energy consumption, India would surpass its distributed solar goal of 40 GW by a wide margin, according to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Top DISCOMs Achieving 100% Household Electrification Could be Rewarded ₹500 Million

Top DISCOMs Achieving 100% Household Electrification Could be Rewarded ₹500 Million

The Ministry of Power (MoP) is thinking of providing incentives to distribution companies (DISCOMs) and its employees who meet the household electrification target under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Month in a Minute_ Important Headlines from Indian Solar Industry in May 2018

Month in a Minute: Important Headlines from Indian Solar Industry in May 2018

Here is a recap of all the important headlines from India’s solar and other renewables from May 2018 - Solar and non-solar REC trading witnessed a spike in May 2018 ...
States Urged to Make Universal Household Electrification a Priority

States Urged to Make Universal Household Electrification a Priority

In order to discuss and review the numerous initiatives undertaken by the government for increasing electricity access across the country, the Minister for Power, R. K. Singh, recently chaired a ...
MNRE Entitles Solar Project Developers to Compensation in Case of Change in Law

MNRE Entitles Solar Project Developers to Compensation in Case of Change in Law

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding process for  procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. To remove any ...
Government Plans to Launch KUSUM Program to Solarize India’s Agriculture Sector

Government Plans to Launch KUSUM Program to Solarize India’s Agriculture Sector

The Government of India is preparing to launch the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) program with an aim to solarize the agricultural sector using solar-powered water pumps and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Power Minister Directs REC & PFC Not to Give Loans to DISCOMs With Heavy Losses

Power Minister Directs REC & PFC Not to Give Loans to DISCOMs With Heavy Losses

Power Minister R.K. Singh has directed Rural Energy Corporation (REC) and Power Finance Corporation (PFC) to not grant loans to distribution companies (DISCOMs) which are making heavy losses (above 15 ...
National E-Mobility Program Launched in India

National E-Mobility Program Launched in India

In line with the Government of India’s vision of achieving 100 percent e-mobility by , National E-Mobility Program has been launched in the country. The program is aimed at providing ...
CEA Asks States to Use 5-10% Biomass Pellets for Power Generation in Thermal Plants

CEA Asks States to Use 5-10% Biomass Pellets for Power Generation in Thermal Plants

To help tackle air pollution issues, the Ministry of Power has issued a policy that calls for using 5-10 percent of biomass pellets alongside coal for power generation in thermal ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Government Announces $350 Million Solar Development Fund for Project Financing

Government Announces $350 Million Solar Development Fund for Project Financing

The government has announced the setting up of a whopping $350 million (~₹22.4 billion) solar development fund to enable financing of solar projects in the country. The announcement was made ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
63 Solar Micro Grids Installed in India So Far

Sixty three Solar Micro Grids Installed in India So Far

The government has been seriously pursuing the advancement of solar micro grids in the country. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of Power R.K. Singh apprised the House that ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
India Plans to Let Consumers Choose Their Power Service Providers

India Plans to Let Consumers Choose Their Power Service Providers

If all goes according to plan, consumers in India could soon be able to change power suppliers as easily as they switch between telecom service providers. According to a report ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Saubhagya Web Portal Launched to Monitor Household Electrification in India

Saubhagya Web Portal Launched to Monitor Household Electrification in India

The Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) a web portal designed to monitor the progress of household electrification in India has been launched. When fully operational, the progress of India’s ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
National Power Portal Provides a Hub for Indian Power Sector Information

Newly Launched National Power Portal Provides a Hub for Indian Power Sector

The National Power Portal (NPP) – a centralized hub for the collation and dissemination of information on the Indian power sector – has been launched. The portal can be accessed ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
Power Ministry to Amend Laws Making PPAs & RPOs Mandatory

Power Ministry to Amend Laws Making PPAs & RPOs Mandatory

The Indian government is expected to soon amend laws making obligations under power purchase agreements (PPA) statutory binding, to ensure that all power distribution companies (DISCOMs) have PPAs to cover ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Shri @PiyushGoyal handing over @MNREIndia to Shri R.K. Singh

After Solid Accomplishments, Piyush Goyal Makes Way for Raj Kumar Singh as India’s New Minister of Power

In a recent cabinet shuffle, Mr. Piyush Goyal was promoted to the position of Minister of Railways and Coal and Mr. Raj Kumar Singh took over his old role as ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar