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Support grows for India in WTO tiff with US

The European Union as well as Brazil, China and Japan indicate their support for India in the WTO dispute against the U.S. Consensus appears to be that trade retaliatory measures are unjustified.
Markets & Policy

Summary: Central subsidies for solar PV

The Indian government has introduced a number of subsidies under various categories of solar projects, from big PV parks to small rooftop and off-grid installations, in order to achieve its 100 GW solar target by 2022. The current status of the subsidies are summarized below.

Installations

Maharashtra’s Mahaparivartan to purchase 1 GW of solar power in 2018

The power transmission company of the state is planning to purchase 1 GW of solar power this year.

Installations

Azure Power commissions 100 MW NTPC project in Telengana

Azure Power, one of India’s leading independent solar power producers, has commissioned a 100 MW NTPC solar power plant in Telangana.

Installations

Maharashtra planning floating solar plant on Irai dam

The Indian state of Maharashtra is considering a floating solar application and is conducting a feasibility study to install solar panels on the Irai dam, located in the Chandrapur region of Maharashtra.

Installations

Uttar Pradesh tenders 1,000 MW PV projects

Uttar Pradesh’s UPNEDA has released a 1,000 MW tender for solar PV projects to be installed anywhere in the state. Bid submissions are due on February 2.

Markets & Policy

IFC to provide $440 million loan to developers of Rewa PV project

Three firms, Mahindra Renewables, Actis, and ACME group, will receive a combined loan of $440 million from the IFC for developing the Rewa Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh.

Installations

SECI postpones 2 GW tender and extends solar manufacturing EoI deadline

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has postponed the 2 GW PV project tender until further notice. The company has also extended the deadline for expression of interest for setting up the solar manufacturing plant in India until January 29.

Markets & Policy

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Orb Energy raises over $15 million for rooftop solar

The investments from Netherlands-based FMO and the U.S.’s OPIC will help to grow the company’s platform in India, which finances rooftop solar for SMEs. Orb Energy will also expand its Kenyan operations.

Delhi launches Solar City Initiative

Adding another notch to India’s impressive solar growth, Delhi’s power utility company, BRPL has launched a solar city initiative to boost India’s solar PV rooftop sector.

India mulls 70% safeguard duty against imported solar cells and modules

India has proposed to impose safeguard duty at the rate of 70% for a period of 200 days on imported cells and modules coming from China PR and Malaysia.

Interview: Indian solar import duties explained

Gyanesh Chaudhary, General Secretary of All India Solar Industries Association, speaks to pv magazine ahead of an ongoing tax hearing regarding imported solar cells and modules. On behalf of AISIA, he recommended solutions that should be considered for the benefit of local manufacturers.

India rejects U.S. solar claim at WTO

India hit back on Monday at Washington’s latest legal assault on its solar power policies at the World Trade Organization, rejecting a US legal claim and exploring possible new protection of India’s own solar industry.

Installations

Azure Power wins 200 MW in SECI auction

Azure power has won a 200 MW solar PV project to be developed at the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan, in an auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

TANGEDCO to install 500 MW PV plant in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu generation and distribution company will be the first to set up such a large-scale photovoltaic plant in India.

Emmvee commissions 40 MW in Karnataka

Emmvee, a Bengaluru based solar manufacturer and developer, has commissioned a 40 MW solar PV plant in Karnataka.

SECI tenders 950 MW of PV projects in southern states

SECI has had a busy day, releasing three tenders worth 1.2 GW. Following on from a 275 MW tender this morning, it has now announced a 950 MW tender for grid connected solar PV projects in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, under the National Solar Mission of Phase-II, Batch-IV.

Uttar Pradesh: SECI tenders 275 MW PV project for Varanasi

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has announced 275 MW worth of grid connected solar PV plants in Uttar Pradesh at six different locations, under the National Solar Mission of Phase-II, Batch-IV.

Technology

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Interview: Importance of proper forecasting and monitoring of PV plants

Silvia Blumenschein, Vice President – Sales at Solare Datensysteme GmbH, speaks to pv magazine about the importance of scheduling, forecasting and monitoring for the efficient functioning of PV plants. She also discusses the Gateway product launched at REI India in September by Solar-Log c/o Solare Datensysteme GmbH, including its compatibility with inverter suppliers.

Researchers demonstrate feasibility of bio-photovoltaic cells to generate electricity

Using water as the source of electrons, microbial bio-photovoltaic (BPV) cells have the capacity to exploit the ability of cyanobacteria and microalgae to convert light energy into electrical current.

Enphase Energy enters Indian market with R&D facility and 1 MW installation

US company has entered India’s solar market with creation of R&D center and microinverter supply deal for 1 MW solar installation in Bengaluru in partnership with RenXSOl Ecotech.

Interview: Digitalizing Indian solar operations to enhance returns

Eric Daniel, Head of India at QOS Energy, speaks to pv magazine about his views on the Indian market, specifically how a fully digitalized solar O&M and asset management helps enhance asset profitability.

Energy storage shines bright in India

IESA and IEEMA have together organized a masterclass to develop advanced energy storage manufacturing in India. The event has also witnessed increased government support for the sector as energy storage opportunities in India are expected to attract investment of more than $3 billion in the next three years.

Manufacturing

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GST leads to 12% increase in solar project costs – AISIA

All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA) has urged the government to remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from the balance of systems for solar equipment. The association said that components like inverters, cables and transformers under GST are charged at 5-8%. Previously, they were charged 2% central sales tax and no excise duty.

Indian solar policy roundup 2017

MNRE head RK Singh delivers a lowdown on India’s current solar installations, recent policies that the government has initiated, and the customs issues with imported solar modules.

India mulls solar cell import duty after petition by five local manufacturers

Five Indian solar firms have filed an application for the imposition of import duties on solar cells with the Directorate General of Safeguards in a move designed to boost domestic manufacturing and protect local interests.

India drafts $1.7bn solar PV manufacturing scheme

India invites suggestions and feedback for its new solar PV manufacturing scheme, which aims to ramp up domestic manufacturing capacity of modules, cells, wafers and ingots, and polysilicon. The scheme is expected to be implemented at the beginning of 2018.

Hyet Solar seeks investors for 200 MW module fab in Assam

The Dutch solar energy company is hoping to attract investors in a proposed 200 MW solar manufacturing facility in the Indian state of Assam.

Energy Storage

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IESA, IGEF sign deal at Intersolar India to promote energy storage

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has signed an MoU with Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) to promote and facilitate the energy storage business in India among various German and Indian stakeholders.

BNEF summit: Low solar prices spreading spending doubt among Tier-1 firms

Trina Solar may scrap planned Indian PV fab amid tumbling prices driven by solar auctions, reports Bloomberg New Energy Finance during its Shanghai summit. Demand for lithium, meanwhile, poised to reach record high on back of expected EV growth.

Potential for PV to snap significant share of $40 billion distributed energy industry in frontier markets – BNEF

There is potential for solar PV and storage to snap a significant share of the distributed energy industry in frontier markets, says BNEF. Both telecoms and agriculture present interesting opportunities; SE Asia is an emerging micro grid hotspot; pay-as-you-go solar is seeing strong growth; and China is recording substantial business.

Azure Power to electrify villages through Mini and Micro Grids

Azure Power’s new initiative Azure M-Power has won a project to electrify 320 households across 11 villages in Jharkhand through development of mini and micro grids.

EESL India owned EPAL partnered with Leclanché to invest $12 million into first utility-scale storage project in Canada

The project will improve stability on Canada’s largest transmission grid by managing unbalanced supply-demand situations. Similarly, Indian PSUs owned EESL, through EPAL, will also be a part of $175 million investment in clean energy initiatives in the UK’s public and private sectors.

CLEAN invites proposals for storage-backed mini grids in India

The Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) has requested lithium-ion battery OEMs to demonstrate the efficacy of mini grids in the range of 15-20 kW, based on a lithium-ion battery storage system.

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