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Recent solar auctions indicate a sector disconnect   
16 July 2018 |

SECI completed auction for its 3,000 MW solar tender last week. Capacity was won by 6 developers – Acme (600 MW, tariff INR 2.44/ kWh), Azure (300 MW, 2.64), Canadian Solar (200, 2.70), Adani (300, 2.71), ReNew (500, 2.71) and Softbank (1,100 MW, 2.71). The auction follows another similar 2,000 MW solar auction conducted by SECI just two weeks ago…

Recent solar auctions indicate a sector disconnect   
16 July 2018 |

SECI completed auction for its 3,000 MW solar tender last week. Capacity was won by 6 developers – Acme (600 MW, tariff INR 2.44/ kWh), Azure (300 MW, 2.64), Canadian Solar (200, 2.70), Adani (300, 2.71), ReNew (500, 2.71) and Softbank (1,100 MW, 2.71). The auction follows another similar 2,000 MW solar auction conducted by SECI just two weeks ago…


MNRE’s new 227 GW plan lacks credibility   
25 June 2018 |

There have been some bold announcements coming out of MNRE in the last few weeks. It has claimed that India aims to achieve total RE capacity (excluding large hydro) of 227 GW by March 2022. It has also announced that the government plans to launch a single 100 GW solar manufacturing-cum-storage-cum project development tender to accelerate progress in the sector. Other new initiatives...

MNRE’s new 227 GW plan lacks credibility   
25 June 2018 |

There have been some bold announcements coming out of MNRE in the last few weeks. It has claimed that India aims to achieve total RE capacity (excluding large hydro) of 227 GW by March 2022. It has also announced that the government plans to launch a single 100 GW solar manufacturing-cum-storage-cum project development tender to accelerate progress in the sector. Other new initiatives...


Public sector fails to meet rooftop solar promise   
18 June 2018 |

Deadline for project completion under SECI’s 1,000 MW rooftop solar tender for installation on public sector sites is coming up at the end of June 2018. The tender was issued back in December 2016. Because of various problems in the tendering process, final allocation was made for 410 MW only in December 2017. We understand that no capacity has been actually commissioned…

Public sector fails to meet rooftop solar promise   
18 June 2018 |

Deadline for project completion under SECI’s 1,000 MW rooftop solar tender for installation on public sector sites is coming up at the end of June 2018. The tender was issued back in December 2016. Because of various problems in the tendering process, final allocation was made for 410 MW only in December 2017. We understand that no capacity has been actually commissioned…


China scale back a huge positive for India   
11 June 2018 |

Chinese authorities have announced a major pull back in the country’s solar programme. Their new plan, titled 2018 Solar PV Power Generation Notice, proposes many radical and largely unexpected changes – utility scale target of 13.9 GW has been dropped altogether (2017 actual installation - 34 GW), annual distributed solar generation capacity addition has been capped at 10 GW (19 GW)…

China scale back a huge positive for India   
11 June 2018 |

Chinese authorities have announced a major pull back in the country’s solar programme. Their new plan, titled 2018 Solar PV Power Generation Notice, proposes many radical and largely unexpected changes – utility scale target of 13.9 GW has been dropped altogether (2017 actual installation - 34 GW), annual distributed solar generation capacity addition has been capped at 10 GW (19 GW)…


Another fanciful idea for domestic manufacturing   
04 June 2018 |

SECI has issued a new request for selection (RFS) for creating integrated module manufacturing capacity of 5 GW. Interested parties can bid for setting up manufacturing capacity in blocks of 1 GW each. The only financial incentive available to them – assured aggregate project development capacity of twice the manufacturing capacity over four years! These projects can be set up anywhere...

Another fanciful idea for domestic manufacturing   
04 June 2018 |

SECI has issued a new request for selection (RFS) for creating integrated module manufacturing capacity of 5 GW. Interested parties can bid for setting up manufacturing capacity in blocks of 1 GW each. The only financial incentive available to them – assured aggregate project development capacity of twice the manufacturing capacity over four years! These projects can be set up anywhere...


Karnataka order shows the perils of open access market in India   
28 May 2018 |

Earlier this month, Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC), the state power regulator, issued an order notifying various open access charges for renewable projects. The regulator has withdrawn all open access incentives for solar projects. But some incentives would continue to be available for other renewable projects. Controversially, the order seeks to levy some open access charges with retrospective...

Karnataka order shows the perils of open access market in India   
28 May 2018 |

Earlier this month, Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC), the state power regulator, issued an order notifying various open access charges for renewable projects. The regulator has withdrawn all open access incentives for solar projects. But some incentives would continue to be available for other renewable projects. Controversially, the order seeks to levy some open access charges with retrospective...


Wind-solar hybrid policy has little substance   
21 May 2018 |

MNRE released the final version of National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy last week. The policy aims to “provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid systems for optimal and efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land, reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.” A major change from the draft policy...

Wind-solar hybrid policy has little substance   
21 May 2018 |

MNRE released the final version of National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy last week. The policy aims to “provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid systems for optimal and efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land, reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.” A major change from the draft policy...


ReNew breaks away from the competition   
14 May 2018 |

India’s largest RE developer, ReNew Power, recently completed acquisition of Ostro Energy, a wind and solar project developer with a total portfolio of 1,108 MW. The acquisition, the largest in the sector so far, makes ReNew Power by far the biggest renewable developer in the country with a total portfolio of just over 5,900 MW including capacity under construction. The company…

ReNew breaks away from the competition   
14 May 2018 |

India’s largest RE developer, ReNew Power, recently completed acquisition of Ostro Energy, a wind and solar project developer with a total portfolio of 1,108 MW. The acquisition, the largest in the sector so far, makes ReNew Power by far the biggest renewable developer in the country with a total portfolio of just over 5,900 MW including capacity under construction. The company…


ISTS tenders face long delays   
07 May 2018 |

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), India’s chief power sector regulator, recently issued a draft procedure for applying for connectivity to the inter-state transmission system (ISTS). The draft procedure comes in the wake of last year’s CERC order on transmission connectivity ‘squatting’ and seeks to provide much needed clarity for ISTS connectivity for RE projects. It is applicable to all new projects...

ISTS tenders face long delays   
07 May 2018 |

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), India’s chief power sector regulator, recently issued a draft procedure for applying for connectivity to the inter-state transmission system (ISTS). The draft procedure comes in the wake of last year’s CERC order on transmission connectivity ‘squatting’ and seeks to provide much needed clarity for ISTS connectivity for RE projects. It is applicable to all new projects...


India launches its first offshore wind project   
30 April 2018 |

National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous technical institution set up by MNRE, has invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) for India’s first offshore wind project. The 1,000 MW project is proposed to be located about 25 km from Pipavav port off the coast of Gujarat. Transmission infrastructure for sub-sea connectivity shall be the responsibility of project developer(s). Due date for...

India launches its first offshore wind project   
30 April 2018 |

National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous technical institution set up by MNRE, has invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) for India’s first offshore wind project. The 1,000 MW project is proposed to be located about 25 km from Pipavav port off the coast of Gujarat. Transmission infrastructure for sub-sea connectivity shall be the responsibility of project developer(s). Due date for...


Gujarat tender cancellation is ill advised   
23 April 2018 |

Gujarat government has cancelled the 500-MW state tender, for which an auction was held just four weeks ago. Capacity was won in this tender by Kalthia Engineering (50 MW), Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (150 MW), Acme (100 MW) and Azure Power (200 MW). Reason for cancellation has been cited as winning tariffs, between INR 2.98 – 3.06/kWh, being “on the…

Gujarat tender cancellation is ill advised   
23 April 2018 |

Gujarat government has cancelled the 500-MW state tender, for which an auction was held just four weeks ago. Capacity was won in this tender by Kalthia Engineering (50 MW), Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (150 MW), Acme (100 MW) and Azure Power (200 MW). Reason for cancellation has been cited as winning tariffs, between INR 2.98 – 3.06/kWh, being “on the…


National Electricity Plan of limited use   
18 April 2018 |

About two weeks ago, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), a statutory agency constituted under the Ministry of Power, released final National Electricity Plan for the five-year period beginning April 2017. The Plan is an important document – it should provide a roadmap for power sector development and serve as a planning guide for all government agencies. Unfortunately, unrealistic assumptions about power...

National Electricity Plan of limited use   
18 April 2018 |

About two weeks ago, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), a statutory agency constituted under the Ministry of Power, released final National Electricity Plan for the five-year period beginning April 2017. The Plan is an important document – it should provide a roadmap for power sector development and serve as a planning guide for all government agencies. Unfortunately, unrealistic assumptions about power...


MNRE allows pass-through of duty risk   
10 April 2018 |

Last week, MNRE issued a clarification to its guidelines for competitive bidding of solar PV projects. The clarification allows inclusion of changes in duties and other cesses in Change in Law provisions in power purchase agreements. It effectively means that risk of any new duties or changes in duties including safeguard and/or anti-dumping duties arising after the “last date of…

MNRE allows pass-through of duty risk   
10 April 2018 |

Last week, MNRE issued a clarification to its guidelines for competitive bidding of solar PV projects. The clarification allows inclusion of changes in duties and other cesses in Change in Law provisions in power purchase agreements. It effectively means that risk of any new duties or changes in duties including safeguard and/or anti-dumping duties arising after the “last date of…


Gujarat auction gets a tepid result   
02 April 2018 |

Gujarat conducted e-auction for a 500 MW utility scale PV solar tender last week. Capacity has been won by four developers at tariffs between INR 2.98 - 3.06/ kWh – Kalthia Engineering (50 MW, INR 2.98), Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSEC) (150 MW, INR 3.00), Acme (100 MW, INR 3.06) and Azure (200 MW, INR 3.06). Losing bidders include Hero,…

Gujarat auction gets a tepid result   
02 April 2018 |

Gujarat conducted e-auction for a 500 MW utility scale PV solar tender last week. Capacity has been won by four developers at tariffs between INR 2.98 - 3.06/ kWh – Kalthia Engineering (50 MW, INR 2.98), Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSEC) (150 MW, INR 3.00), Acme (100 MW, INR 3.06) and Azure (200 MW, INR 3.06). Losing bidders include Hero,…


MNRE’s new quality policy creates confusion   
26 March 2018 |

MNRE’s proposed quality testing and standards regime is facing a difficult take-off. Policy ambiguity and lack of testing infrastructure have already led to multiple revisions in implementation timetable. The Indian RE sector has a major quality problem and MNRE intervention, long overdue, is highly welcome; The policy needs to be backed up with urgent investments in testing infrastructure...

MNRE’s new quality policy creates confusion   
26 March 2018 |

MNRE’s proposed quality testing and standards regime is facing a difficult take-off. Policy ambiguity and lack of testing infrastructure have already led to multiple revisions in implementation timetable. The Indian RE sector has a major quality problem and MNRE intervention, long overdue, is highly welcome; The policy needs to be backed up with urgent investments in testing infrastructure...


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