Virtual and Group Net Metering Critical to Achieve India's Rooftop Solar Target

Virtual and Group Net Metering Critical to Achieve India’s Rooftop Solar Target

Ground-mounted utility-scale solar installations have witnessed exponential growth in the last eight years, but rooftop solar has not quite taken off despite potential benefits to consumers. The lack of effort ...
BIS Certification Must be Updated and Expedited to Keep Pace with Solar Technologies

BIS Certification Must be Updated and Expedited to Keep Pace with Solar Technologies

Solar module manufacturers have urged the government to update the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for photovoltaic systems and other related -equipment to align with international norms revised last year ...
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Why Mandatory Standards for Solar Module Mounting Structures are a Priority

Why Mandatory Standards for Solar Module Mounting Structures are a Priority

The absence of mandatory standards for module mounting structures in solar projects often leads to hidden costs for developers, bringing down the projects' efficiency in the long run while allowing ...
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Karnataka Tops Power Sellers in Green Day Ahead Market in Q1 2022

Karnataka Tops Power Sellers in Green Day Ahead Market in Q1 2022

Karnataka was the top seller of power in the Green Day Ahead Market (GDAM) in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022, accounting for 58.9% of the total power sold in ...
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Assam Making Rapid Strides in Solar Open Access

Assam Making Rapid Strides in Solar Open Access

Karnataka was the top state for open access solar installations in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, followed closely by Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, and Gujarat ...
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Open Access Solar Installations Up 97% YoY in 1H 2022, with 1.3 GW of New Capacity Additions

Open Access Solar Installations Up 97% YoY in 1H 2022, with 1.3 GW of New Capacity Additions

India added 1.3 GW of new open access solar capacity in the first half (1H) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, registering a growth of 97% compared to 638 MW ...
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Average Cost of Large-Scale Solar Projects Up 18% Year-over-Year

Average Cost of Large-Scale Solar Projects Up 18% Year-over-Year

The average cost of large-scale solar projects in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2022 was ₹45.4 million (~$568,536)/MW, according to Mercom's recently released Q2 2022 India ...
Investments in the Indian Solar Sector Up by 25% YoY in Q2 2022

Investments in the Indian Solar Sector Up by 25% YoY in Q2 2022

Investments in the Indian solar sector in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2022 totaled $2.82 billion (~₹217.49 billion), a 3% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) increase compared to the ...
India Adds over 845 MW of Rooftop Solar in First Half of 2022

India Adds Over 845 MW of Rooftop Solar in First Half of 2022

India installed over 389 MW of rooftop solar capacity in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, a decline of 15% compared to 456 MW installed in ...
Daily News Wrap-Up: KP Energy to Build Wind Projects for Aditya Birla

Why India’s Wind Potential Still Remains Largely Untapped

The National Institute of Wind Energy, NIWE's recent resource assessment indicates a gross wind power potential of 302 GW in the country at 100-meter hub height and 695.50 GW at ...
Solar Imports in Q2 2022 Down 22% Year-Over-Year

Solar Imports in Q2 2022 Down 22% Year-Over-Year

India imported solar cells and modules worth $597.48 million (~₹47.39 billion) in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, a decline of 22% year-over-year (YoY), according to ...
India Adds over 7 GW of Solar in a Record First Half of 2022

India Adds Over 7 GW of Solar in a Record First Half of 2022

India installed over 3.9 GW of solar capacity in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, an increase of 18% compared to 3.3 GW installed in the ...
India's Solar Power Generation Up by 34% YoY in 1H 2022

India’s Solar Power Generation Up by 34% YoY in 1H 2022

India generated 47.64 BU of solar power in the first half (1H) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, an increase of 34% compared to the same period last year. Solar ...
India added 430 MW of Wind Capacity in Q2 2022

India added 430 MW of Wind Capacity in Q2 2022

India added 430.45 MW of wind power capacity in the second quarter (Q2) of 2022, a 57% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) increase compared to 275 MW installed in Q1 2022. The cumulative ...
Policy Tweaks Necessary to Achieve India’s Solar Target of 280 GW by 2030

Policy Tweaks Necessary to Achieve India’s Solar Target of 280 GW by 2030

Last year was a banner year for the Indian solar sector, with capacity additions breaking the 10 GW for the first time, raising hopes of India achieving the 500 GW ...
Solar’s Share in the Installed Power Capacity Mix Rises to 14.2% at the End of Q2 2022

Solar’s Share in the Installed Power Capacity Mix Rises to 14.1% at the End of Q2 2022

India’s installed renewable energy capacity, including large hydro projects, stood at 159.81 GW, accounting for a 39.69% share of the overall power capacity mix at the end of the second ...
Agrivoltaics Could Solve the Land Scarcity Problem for Solar Installations

Agrivoltaics Could Solve the Land Scarcity Problem for Solar

In India, agriculture plays a critical role in the economy, with nearly 60% of its land under farming and almost 300 days of sunshine every year. The country has an ...
Rupee Depreciation Adds to Renewable Energy Sector's Woes

Rupee Depreciation Adds to Renewable Energy Sector’s Woes

The Indian rupee's recent fall against the U.S. dollar has added to the domestic renewable industry's woes which is already struggling with rising prices, duties, and supply chain issues. The ...
Solar and Wind Developers Fret Over Cost of Undergrounding Power Lines in the GIB Habitat

Solar and Wind Developers Fret Over Cost of Undergrounding Power Lines in the GIB Habitat

The fate of renewable energy projects in the Great Indian Bustard habitat in Rajasthan and Gujarat hangs in the balance as a section of developers is concerned about the costs ...
Switching to Solar Could Halve Electricity Bills of Cold Storage Units

Switching to Solar Could Halve Electricity Bills of Cold Storage Units

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries claims that India produces more than 400 million metric tons of perishables annually. This includes horticultural produce, dairy, meat, poultry, and fish. However, the ...
9.6 GW of Tenders Issued and 4 GW of Solar Projects Auctioned in Q2 2022

9.1 GW of Tenders Issued and 4 GW of Solar Projects Auctioned in Q2 2022

Various government agencies floated solar tenders totaling approximately 9.13 GW in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, an increase of 80% compared to the previous quarter, ...
Demand-Supply Gap of Solar Module BoS Components is Driving Domestic Module Prices Up

Demand-Supply Gap of Solar Module BoS Components is Driving Domestic Module Prices Up

At a time when the solar industry had started to gain momentum, with 2022 expected to be one of the best years in terms of installations, the increase in domestic ...
MNRE Approves 61 Solar Parks Totaling 40 GW Amidst Land Acquisition Challenges

MNRE Approves 61 Solar Parks Totaling 40 GW Amidst Land Acquisition Challenges

India has set a lofty target of 280 GW of solar capacity by 2030. Achieving the target appears daunting, going by the progress made so far. Solar project development activity ...
Favorable Banking Policies Driving Growth of Open Access Solar in Many States

Favorable Banking Policies Driving Growth of Open Access Solar in Many States

Energy banking is an essential aspect of any open access project. The states with favorable energy banking policies are leading the way in open access installations. Banking of energy or ...
Chhattisgarh Makes Rapid Strides Towards Expanding Solar Open Access Market

Chhattisgarh Makes Rapid Strides Towards Expanding Solar Open Access Market

Karnataka was the top state for solar open access installations in the first quarter (Q1) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, followed closely by Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu ...