Solar Imports to India Declined by 39% in Q2 2019

Solar Imports to India Declined by 39% in Q2 2019

India’s solar imports declined significantly in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2019. Solar modules and cells worth $399 million (~₹27.75 billion) were imported by India in ...
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Arinsun and ACME Solar Get Relief from CERC for Safeguard Duty Imposition

Arinsun and ACME Solar Get Relief from CERC for Safeguard Duty Imposition

In its recent notification, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has ordered compensatory relief to two solar developers from safeguard duty imposition last year. ACME Jaipur Solar Power Private Limited ...
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Has Safeguard Duty Created a Market for Domestic Small-Scale Solar Manufacturers_

Has Safeguard Duty Created a Market for Domestic Small-Scale Solar Manufacturers?

In July 2018, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) recommended a safeguard duty on cells and modules imported from China and Malaysia, which upended the solar supply chain in ...
Trump Administration Withdraws Tariff Exemption for Bifacial Solar Modules

Trump Administration Withdraws Tariff Exemption for Bifacial Solar Modules

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has withdrawn the exclusion of bifacial modules from the ambit of safeguard measures that was applicable on imported solar equipment. The ...
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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 ...
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News Highlights from India’s Renewable Energy in July 2019

News Highlights from India’s Renewable Energy Sector in July 2019

The month of July was filled with significant happenings in all segments of the renewable industry. While the biggest event of the month was the introduction of the Budget 2019, ...
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MERC, Safeguard Duty, Nisagra, Juniper, Change in Law

MERC Reiterates Solar Safeguard Duty as Change in Law

Juniper Green Energy Private Limited (JGEPL) and its special purpose vehicle Nisagra Renewable Energy Private Limited (NREPL) recently filed a petition against the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL), ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
Lack of Insurance for Solar Modules Holding Back Indian-Made Modules

Lack of Insurance for Solar Modules Holding Back India-Made Modules

Indian manufacturers have made solid inroads supplying to the domestic market after the safeguard duty was imposed on imported modules from China, Malaysia, and Taiwan last year, according to Mercom ...
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 ...
Solar Developers Seek Transparency in DISCOM Payments, Approvals and Grid Curtailment

Solar Developers Seek Transparency in DISCOM Payments, Approvals and Grid Curtailment

In the recent strategic meeting held by the Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA), the key industry stakeholders deliberated upon major issues affecting the developers ranging from deviation settlement issues to ...
Azure’s Petition before MERC Seeking Declaration of GST as Change in Law Dismissed

Azure’s Petition before MERC Seeking Declaration of GST as Change in Law Dismissed

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has dismissed a plea requesting that the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) be treated as a ‘Change in Law’ event. The petition, filed ...
Tariff Caps are Slowing Solar Auction Activity

Tariff Caps are Slowing Down Solar Auction Activity

The solar market in India is extremely competitive. Reverse auctions have driven tariffs lower and lower, and developers are fighting for every penny to make a decent return on their ...
Znshine Solar Was the Top Module Supplier to India in 2018

Znshine Solar Was the Top Module Supplier to India in 2018

Znshine Solar, a Chinese PV module manufacturer, emerged as the top module supplier to the Indian solar market in the calendar year (CY) 2018, having supplied more than a gigawatt ...
The United States Exempts Bifacial Solar Modules from Safeguard Duty of 25%

The United States Exempts Bifacial Solar Modules from Safeguard Duty of 25%

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has issued an order exempting bifacial and a few other types of solar panels from the levy of newly-imposed safeguard duty ...
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 ...
Indian Solar Exports to the US to Incur 25% Safeguard Duty From June 5

India’s Solar Exports to the US to Incur 25% Safeguard Duty from June 5, 2019

The United States President Donald Trump has ended India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country, thereby ending duty-free status of about 2,000 products amounting to approximately $6 billion, including solar ...
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SECI’s 1,200 MW Wind Tender Receives Bids Totaling 2,190 MW

Maharashtra Commission Warns MSEDCL for Non-Payment to Wind Developers

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has pulled up state’s DISCOM (MSEDCL) for the continued delay in meeting payment obligations to independent power producers, including delayed payment charge, and for ...
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Maharashtra’s 1 GW Solar Tender Gets Enthusiastic Response, Oversubscribed by 400 MW

ACME Solar to be Compensated for Cost Incurred After Introduction of Safeguard Duty

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued an order to compensate a solar power developer by accepting that the levy of safeguard duty was a ‘Change in Law.’ The ...
ADB and ASEAN Announce $1 Billion Green Finance Facility

Reduce ₹0.18/kWh from Solar Tariff in Case of Non-Payment of Safeguard Duty: MERC

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has reiterated its decision that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd (MSEDCL) should reduce ₹0.18 (0.0025/kWh) from the discovered tariff if the bidders ...
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Malaysia Seeks Consultations with India over Solar Safeguard Duty: WTO

Duties and Tariffs Piling Up in the Indian Renewable Industry

India’s total renewable energy installations stand at around 75 GW, of which wind energy accounts for more than 35 GW, followed by solar energy, which has witnessed exponential growth with ...
Indian Solar Exports to the US to Incur 25% Safeguard Duty From June 5

Extension of Solar Safeguard Duty Imposition Period Unlikely

There have been comments made by government officials in the past and speculation by some manufacturers that the period of the safeguard duty levy on solar cell and module imports ...
MERC Asks DISCOM to Reduce ₹0.18_kWh from Solar Tariff to Account for Safeguard Duty

MERC Asks DISCOM to Reduce ₹0.18/kWh from Solar Tariff to Account for Safeguard Duty

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd (MSEDCL) should reduce ₹0.18 (0.0025/kWh) from the discovered tariff if the bidders have not paid the safeguard duty, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission ...
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Orissa High Court Safeguard Duty Case

Solar Safeguard Duty Notification Should be Treated as Change in Law: MERC

The Ministry of Finance’s notification that imposed the Safeguard Duty is an event of Change in Law, and therefore the additional expenditure and other impacts will be considered for reimbursement ...
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Azure’s Petition before MERC Seeking Declaration of GST as Change in Law Dismissed

SECI’s New Solar Tender for 3 GW with 1.5 GW of Manufacturing Comes with a Tariff Cap of ₹2.75/kWh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) has now issued a detailed Request for Selection (RfS) for the tender announced yesterday for 3 GW of ISTS-connected solar capacity linked ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Developers Complain They Have to Pay GST on Safeguard Duty, Request Reimbursement

Solar Developers Complain They Have to Pay GST on Safeguard Duty, Request Reimbursement

It has been almost 6 months since the imposition of safeguard duty on solar imports to India. However, the industry is still clamoring for clarity amid a plethora of problems ...