As Solar Industry Faces COVID-19 Challenge, ALMM Deadline Extended to September 30, 2020

As Solar Industry Faces COVID-19 Challenge, ALMM Deadline Extended to September 30, 2020

Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the prevalent situation because of the subsequent lockdown, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) with the approval of ...
MNRE Asks Solar Manufacturers to List Items for Basic Customs Duty Exemption

MNRE Asks Solar Manufacturers to List Items for Basic Customs Duty Exemption

Amid ongoing confusion in the solar industry over the imposition of basic customs duty, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification asking solar PV manufacturers ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BHEL Set to Procure 12 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

BHEL Set to Procure 12 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids to manufacture and supply 12 million units of 156.75 mm multicrystalline solar cells with five busbars and 4.62Wp. The cells should ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Imports Declined, Exports Surged in 2019

Solar Imports Declined, Exports Surged in 2019

In the calendar year (CY) 2019, India imported solar cells and modules worth $2.17 billion, a drop of almost 16% compared to CY 2018. In CY2018, the Indian solar sector ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Government-Owned Solar Cell and Module Manufacturer CEL Up for Sale

Government-Owned Solar Cell and Module Manufacturer CEL Up for Sale

The government of India has invited an expression of interest (EoI) for the proposed disinvestment of 100% shareholding in Central Electronics Limited (CEL). The last date for the submission of ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Large Manufacturers with Multiple Products Could Pay Hefty Application Fee for ALMM

Large Solar Module Manufacturers with Multiple Products Could Pay a Hefty Fee for ALMM

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification regarding the compulsory requirements of registration for solar manufacturers under the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
No Basic Customs Duty to be Levied on Imported Solar Cells and Modules for Now

No Basic Customs Duty on Imported Solar Cells and Modules for Now

The basic customs duty on the import of solar cells and modules into the country will remain 'zero', for now, an official of the Ministry of Finance confirmed to Mercom ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Takes Stock of Insurance Products in Domestic Solar Market

MNRE Takes Stock of Insurance Products in Domestic Solar Market

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a circular stating it has held talks with the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, and the Insurance Regulatory ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
REIL Invites Bids for 1.3 Million Domestically Made Multicrystalline Solar Cells

REIL Invites Bids for 1.3 Million Domestically Made Multicrystalline Solar Cells

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), Jaipur, a government-owned manufacturer of electronic products, has invited bids from Indian manufacturers to supply multicrystalline silicon solar cells. The last date for ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
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 ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Polycrystalline Solar Modules Cannot Survive for Long in India_ LONGi Solar Interview

Polycrystalline Solar Modules Cannot Survive for Long in India: LONGi Solar Interview

The introduction of passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell technology has markedly increased the efficiency of monocrystalline cells, making them an economically attractive option for many projects. However, the use ...
MNRE Readies Blueprint for Developing Decentralized Solar Projects

MNRE Readies Blueprint for Developing Decentralized Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued draft guidelines for the development of decentralized solar power projects. The MNRE has called for comments, suggestions, and opinions from ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Proposes Basic Customs Duty on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

MNRE Proposes Basic Customs Duty on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

The Minister of Power R.K. Singh has proposed that basic customs duty (BCD) be imposed on imported solar cells and modules from April 2021 in a letter to the finance ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SolarArise India Commissions 27 MW of Solar Projects in Karnataka

SolarArise India Commissions 27 MW of Solar Projects in Karnataka

Zurich-based ThomasLloyd has announced that its investee SolarArise India Projects Pvt Ltd, a Delhi-based solar project developer, has commissioned a 27 MW solar photovoltaic power project in Kerehalli village, Koppal ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Uttar Pradesh Launches Rooftop Solar Tender for 60 MW Under Net Metering

Uttar Pradesh Launches Rooftop Solar Tender for 60 MW Under Net Metering

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has floated a tender for grid-interactive rooftop solar power projects between 1 kW to 25 kW at various locations in ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
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 ...
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 ...