SECI tenders 1.2 GW with upper tariff cap of Rs 2.65/kWh

SECI has issued a 1.2 GW solar tender for ISTS-connected projects with an upper tariff ceiling of Rs 2.65 ($0.038)/kWh.

Government moots list of approved PV models and manufacturers

Products and companies which fail to make the list will be excluded from a wide range of government-backed projects. The list is set to apply from the end of March 2020 but new tenders will incorporate listing requirements from now on.

Andhra Pradesh targets 5 GW of solar under new policy

Under the new Solar Policy 2018 announced on Thursday, Andhra Pradesh has set a minimum target of 5 GW of newly installed PV power capacity over the next five years.

Solar industry demands uniform 5% GST

With the Goods & Services Tax (GST) Council’s new recommendation of a concessional 5% GST on just 70% of the gross value of contracts coming into effect yesterday, the government and solar developers have again locked horns over taxation norms.

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GSC wants 1 billion mini-grids, 10 million solar jobs

“One billion mini-grids, one billion home lighting systems, one billion solar PV ports, 10 million jobs and energy for all have-nots around the world. This is the primary dream of the Global Solar Council (GSC) and we shall achieve this by 2030,” Pranav R Mehta, who took over as Chairman of Global Solar Council today, told pv magazine in an exclusive interview.

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The year of failed tenders

Tariff ceilings, safeguard duties, a falling rupee and mandated manufacturing capacity turned 2018 into a year of annulled tenders, and no shows by bidders.

2018: A bumpy Indian solar ride

2018 has been a volatile year for the Indian solar industry, with several hits and misses. They include the government yo-yoing over safeguard duties, annulled tenders, confusion over Goods & Services Tax (GST), record installation figures, yet predictions that the country will not meet its ambitious target of achieving 100 GW solar capacity by 2022.

12 GW solar plan shelved

Citing a recent dip in solar tariffs, the central government has withdrawn a plan to install 12 GW of PV capacity – out of total 15 GW envisaged – via the state-owned NTPC Ltd.

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Intersolar India: EV program must be accelerated, storage on everyone’s lips

For India to achieve its 2030 dreams of fully electrifying its passenger vehicle market, and growing a leading manufacturing industry, its electric vehicle program must be accelerated. Meanwhile, if Intersolar India 2018 had to nominate the most-repeated word at the event, “storage” would win hands down.

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Drones: Gensol to deploy new eyes in the solar sky

With a fleet of nearly 70 drones and a software investment of US$1 million, Ahmedabad-based Gensol Group is rolling out a high-tech digital solution for monitoring solar plants, which aims to swiftly identify problems and reduce downtime.

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