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India slaps anti-dumping duty on solar EVA sheets

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGTR) has concluded that the imposition of a duty, in the range of $537-1,559/metric ton, is required to offset the injury caused by imports of solar ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) sheets from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. The harshest penalty—$1,559/metric ton (MT)—has been imposed on sheets supplied from any Saudi manufacturer other than Saudi Specialized Products.


Module contract disputes: India seeks China action on CSUN and CEEG

India’s Ministry of External Affairs is approaching Chinese authorities, demanding CSUN Trading and CEEG Solar Science to meet the contractual obligations to the Indian companies and also to honour the arbitration award. Further, it has cautioned Indian stakeholders against procuring PV modules from these high-risk companies that have over 160 court cases against them—mostly for breach of contract.

Gas utility GAIL and BHEL to jointly develop solar projects

The two state-owned units will jointly pursue commercial solar power projects through participation in tariff/viability gap funding (VGF) based competitive bidding.

Electricity generation to grow at 7% in FY19: CARE Ratings

Nevertheless, bringing down aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses would be key to stabilising the power sector in India. Additionally, measures like smart-metering should be expedited and implemented in a time-bound manner, suggest the ratings agency analysts.


CERC notifies transmission charge waiver conditions

To avail the waiver, the solar or wind project capacity should have been awarded through competitive bidding and commissioned between February 13, 2018 and March 31, 2022.


China’s CSUN faces India ban over PV module contract disputes

The Indian government is considering the step following complaints about China Sunergy defaulting on PV module supplies to solar project developers Acme Solar, RattanIndia and Refex Energy. Notably, last year a German EPC company Goldbeck Solar had a similar experience with the Chinese supplier.

Siemens Gamesa commissions 10 MW solar project for Coimbatore firm

Spanish-German renewable energy developer Siemens Gamesa provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) support for the 10 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar farm near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.


JinkoSolar shipped 11.4 GW of PV modules in 2018

The Chinese manufacturer’s PV module shipments increased 16% to touch 11.4 GW in 2018, making it the top global supplier with market share of 12.8%.

Li-ion battery prices fall to $187/kWh

The benchmark levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for lithium-ion batteries has fallen to $187 per kilowatt-hour since the first half of 2018. The overwhelming cost improvement is making batteries paired with solar or wind projects challenge coal- and gas-fired generation for grid stability, according to BloombergNEF (BNEF).

Guidelines issued for enlistment of approved PV models and manufacturers

National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) will carry out inspections, verifications and quality checks on behalf of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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