India can lead the way in distributed solar – GOGLA interview

India contributed to one-third of the global sales of distributed solar products during January-June 2018. Indian manufacturers can further leverage the International Solar Alliance (ISA) platform to engage with the global market, says Viraj Gada, GOGLA’s India regional representative and spokesperson for The India Distributed Energy Forum and Expo (IDEF), in an interview with pv magazine ahead of the event on January 30 and 31 in New Delhi.

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Indian Railways plans 1 GW solar power by 2020-21

The ambitious plan would help Indian Railways source about 10% of its electrical energy from renewables.

India floats mega tender of 7.5 GW for Jammu & Kashmir

India’s Solar Energy Corporation of India has invited solar power developers to construct 7.5 GW grid connected projects in Leh and Kargil Districts in the state of Jammu & Kashmir under a competitive bidding process. Bid submission deadline is April 30. Tenders will be opened on the same day. The date of reverse auction will be advised at a later date.

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Vikram Solar wins 140 MW solar project from NTPC

The Indian PV module manufacturer and EPC solutions provider will commission the NTPC project at Bilhaur, Kanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Gujarat tenders 500 MW of grid connected solar capacity

The selection of solar project developers will be carried out through a competitive bidding process followed by a reverse auction. The deadline for bid submissions is January 30.

Emami demerges cement unit, consolidates solar business

Kolkata based Emami Group has transferred the solar power division of its cement unit to Emami Power, which aims to build over 300 MW of solar power capacity over the next three years.

Haryana: the argument for a rollback of solar incentives

The state has withdrawn its transmission charges waiver for solar projects bigger than 500 MW in capacity. While unhappy developers are protesting, industry experts deem it sensible for the government to apply a limit to – and possibly plan a phased withdrawal of – incentives for the solar sector.

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MNRE: Preference will be given to domestically manufactured renewable energy products

The Indian Government has mandated that preference be given to domestically manufactured renewable energy products in public procurement. As per the order, 100% of the solar modules for grid-connected solar power projects must be domestically manufactured.

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India will auction 80 GW of solar, wind capacity by March 2020

The Indian Government plans to tender 60 GW of solar and 20 GW of wind capacity by March 2020. This would complete the planned auctions for its targets of 100 GW solar and 60 GW wind installations by 2022, leaving two years for project execution, according to an year-end review by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Green Climate Fund signs $100 million pact for India’s rooftop solar

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) have signed an agreement to infuse US$100 million into an ambitious $250 million project designed to unlock private sector initiatives for the creation of rooftop solar power capacity across India.

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