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 ...
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 ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
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 ...
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