Another Extension to Submit Bids for SECI’s 6 GW Solar Tender with 2 GW Manufacturing

Another Extension to Submit Bids for SECI’s 6 GW Solar Tender with 2 GW Manufacturing

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the bid submission date for its tender for 6 GW of the interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected solar projects linked with setting ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BIS Certification for Solar Modules: Increasing Cost and Restricting New Technologies

BIS Certification for Solar Modules: Increasing Cost and Restricting New Technologies

Over the past five years, India has become a thriving market for solar component suppliers. Between 2014 and 2019, the installed capacity of solar energy projects has grown at a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BREDA, Bihar, Rooftop Solar, Solar Photovoltaic, SPV, Solar Modules, Make in India,

Bihar Floats Tender for Empanelment of Bidders for 10 MW of CAPEX Rooftop Solar Projects

The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) for the empanelment of bidders to install 10 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects under CAPEX ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Only Manufacturers of Solar Pumps and Modules Allowed to Bid Under KUSUM Program

Only Manufacturers of Solar Pumps and Modules Allowed to Bid Under KUSUM Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an amendment to the guidelines for implementing the KUSUM program for India’s farmers, which would help solarize agriculture. Now, the ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
EESL Tenders 175,000 Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

EESL Tenders 175,000 Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has issued a tender for 175,000 off-grid solar water pumping systems. Apart from the design, manufacture, supply, transport, installation, testing, and commissioning, the scope ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BHEL Bags ₹1 Billion EPC Order for a 25 MW Floating Solar Project in Andhra Pradesh

BHEL Bags ₹1 Billion EPC Order for a 25 MW Floating Solar Project in Andhra Pradesh

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), an engineering and manufacturing company, recently bagged an order for setting up a 25 MW floating solar photovoltaic (SPV) power project located in Simhadri, Andhra ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
BHEL Floats Tender for 4,500,000 Multicrystalline Solar Silicon Wafers

BHEL Floats Tender for 4,500,000 Multicrystalline Solar Silicon Wafers

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a government of India undertaking, has issued a tender inviting quotations for the manufacturing and supply of 4,500,000 DWS multi silicon solar wafers with a ...
Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to September 2019

Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to September 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for the Bureau of Indian Standards certification of solar inverters. Considering that the series guidelines for inverters are ...
/ / 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 ...
UL Announces the Launch of its First Mobile Solar Module Testing Laboratory

UL Announces the Launch of its First Mobile Solar Module Testing Laboratory

Underwriters Laboratories, commonly known as UL, has announced the launch of its first ever mobile solar PV testing laboratory in New Delhi. The lab’s function is to identify, evaluate, and ...
Pennar Was the Leading Solar Mounting Structure Supplier in 2018 Followed by SNS and Ganges

Pennar Was the Leading Solar Mounting Structure Supplier in 2018 Followed by SNS and Ganges

Pennar Industries was the top supplier of solar mounting structures in India, both in cumulative terms and in 2018, according to Mercom’s India 2019 Solar Market Leaderboard. SNS Corporation and ...
MNRE Introduces Battery Energy Storage System in its Quality Control Order 2017

New MNRE Guidelines for Solar Manufacturers to Keep Project Quality in Check

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a set of guidelines to be followed by solar manufacturers for models of modules that will be utilized in government-owned projects ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UL Announces the Launch of its First Mobile Solar Module Testing Laboratory

Deadline for Self-certification of Solar Modules Extended by Another 3 Months

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for the self-certification of solar photovoltaic modules (crystalline and thin film, including bifacial type) by three months. The ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

Make in India Products Compulsory for Government Developed Renewable Energy Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum for the implementation of public procurement in renewable energy sector giving preference to ‘Make in India’ products. This ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Global Module Suppliers Trina and Canadian Solar Announce World Record Efficiencies

Is the Indian Solar Market Ready to Make the Transition to Mono PERC Modules?

Consensus in the solar industry is that it is gradually shifting towards monocrystalline cell technology from the more common multicrystalline (also called multicrystalline) cells and modules. The introduction of passivated ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification to extend the date of self-certification of six solar products from September 20, 2018 to January 1, 2019. The ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Industry Sees Many Challenges with BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

Industry Sees Many Challenges with BIS Certification Guidelines for Solar Modules

The rapid pace of solar installations in India has brought the concern for quality of equipment to the forefront. Recognizing the issue at hand, the Ministry of New and Renewable ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Mobile Solar Module Testing Vans have Higher Uncertainty of Measurement: TUV Rheinland

Mobile Solar Module Testing Vans have Higher Uncertainty of Measurement: TUV Rheinland

Recently, Mercom reported on the lack of testing centers in the country with the rapid expansion of the domestic renewable industry. Conversations with various project developers and manufacturers in the country ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
US Imposes 25 Percent Import Tariff on Solar Cells and Modules from China

US Imposes 25 Percent Import Tariff on Solar Cells and Modules from China

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced a 25 percent additional tariff on the import of 279 Chinese products, worth approximately $16 billion. Among these products, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
US, EU Countries on the List of 25% Solar Safeguard Duty Recommended by India’s DGTR

US, EU Countries on the List of 25% Solar Safeguard Duty Recommended by India’s DGTR

The United States, the European Union, and other developed countries will be on the receiving end of the 25 percent safeguard duty if the Government of India accepts the recommendations ...
DGTR Recommends 25% Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports

25% Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports to India Recommended

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar cell imports from China and Malaysia for the first year, followed by a phased ...
MNRE Issues Guidelines for Conducting Lab Tests on Solar PV Modules

CEL Invites EoI for Setting Up Solar Module and Cell Manufacturing Units

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise of the government of India, has invited expression of interest (EoI) from interested parties to set up manufacturing facility in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NISE Issues Tender for Setting up Ignitability Test Facilities for Solar PV Modules

NISE Issues Tender for Setting up Ignitability Test Facilities for Solar PV Modules

The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), an autonomous body formed under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has issued a tender to set up ignitability test facilities ...
Solar Imports to India Surge in Q1 2018

Solar Imports to India Surge in Q1 2018

In the first quarter (Q1) of calendar year (CY) 2018, India imported solar modules and cells worth over $1 billion and exported modules and cells worth approximately $19.15 million. There ...
Rupee Depreciation Beginning to Affect Solar Supply Chain in India

Rupee Depreciation Beginning to Affect Solar Supply Chain in India

A volatile rupee is beginning to affect domestic solar developers and solar project component suppliers alike. One U.S. dollar is hovering around ₹68 which is the highest exchange rate in ...