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C&I renewable market held back by policy uncertainty   
08 August 2020 |

Last week, Norfund, Norway’s development finance institution, announced a USD 100 million investment together with Siemens into Berkeley Energy Commercial Industrial Solutions (BECIS). The two companies have agreed to invest USD 50 million each into BECIS, which offers rooftop solar and other energy solutions to C&I consumers under PPA model. BECIS, founded by Berkeley Energy...

C&I renewable market held back by policy uncertainty   
08 August 2020 |

Last week, Norfund, Norway’s development finance institution, announced a USD 100 million investment together with Siemens into Berkeley Energy Commercial Industrial Solutions (BECIS). The two companies have agreed to invest USD 50 million each into BECIS, which offers rooftop solar and other energy solutions to C&I consumers under PPA model. BECIS, founded by Berkeley Energy...


Module market evolving rapidly   
01 August 2020 |

Chinese module major Trina launched a new series of 550 W bifacial modules recently and announced production of a new 600 W version from next year onwards. The company also announced that it expects to triple production to 31 GW in 2022, up from...

Module market evolving rapidly   
01 August 2020 |

Chinese module major Trina launched a new series of 550 W bifacial modules recently and announced production of a new 600 W version from next year onwards. The company also announced that it expects to triple production to 31 GW in 2022, up from...


Indian Railways ramping up renewable energy adoption
29 July 2020 |

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Railways announced a plan to transform Indian Railways to ‘Green Railways’ by 2030. The move is in line with the government’s initiatives to meet the commitments made under the Paris Agreement, with Railways being identified as one of the key sectors for decarbonisation.

Indian Railways ramping up renewable energy adoption
29 July 2020 |

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Railways announced a plan to transform Indian Railways to ‘Green Railways’ by 2030. The move is in line with the government’s initiatives to meet the commitments made under the Paris Agreement, with Railways being identified as one of the key sectors for decarbonisation.


DISCOM liquidity package stuck   
12 July 2020 |

Last week, power minister R.K. Singh announced that the INR 900 billion (USD 12 billion) liquidity package for DISCOMs may be expanded to INR 1,250 billion (USD 17 billion) to cover their increasing outstanding dues. The dues have increased sharply from INR 1,062 billion (USD 14 billion) in December 2019 INR 1,280 billion (USD 17 billion) in May 2020 due…

DISCOM liquidity package stuck   
12 July 2020 |

Last week, power minister R.K. Singh announced that the INR 900 billion (USD 12 billion) liquidity package for DISCOMs may be expanded to INR 1,250 billion (USD 17 billion) to cover their increasing outstanding dues. The dues have increased sharply from INR 1,062 billion (USD 14 billion) in December 2019 INR 1,280 billion (USD 17 billion) in May 2020 due…


Webinar: COVID 19 implications for domestic manufacturing
07 July 2020 |

BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on 3 June 2020 to discuss impact of COVID-19 on domestic module manufacturing industry in India. We had an eminent group of speakers including Mr. Amitesh Sinha, Joint Secretary, MNRE, Mr. Ashish Khanna, CEO, Tata Power Solar, Mr. Ramesh Nair, CEO, Adani Solar, Mr. Saibaba Vutukuri, CEO, Vikram Solar and Mr. Ranjit Gupta, CEO,…

Webinar: COVID 19 implications for domestic manufacturing
07 July 2020 |

BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on 3 June 2020 to discuss impact of COVID-19 on domestic module manufacturing industry in India. We had an eminent group of speakers including Mr. Amitesh Sinha, Joint Secretary, MNRE, Mr. Ashish Khanna, CEO, Tata Power Solar, Mr. Ramesh Nair, CEO, Adani Solar, Mr. Saibaba Vutukuri, CEO, Vikram Solar and Mr. Ranjit Gupta, CEO,…

Award winnig research
New solar tariff low not a surprise   
05 July 2020 |

SECI’s latest solar auction has discovered a new record low tariff of INR 2.36/ kWh (USD 3.1 cent). The company’s pan India 2,000 MW ISTS tender was oversubscribed 2.3 times. Spain’s Solarpack (300 MW, tariff INR 2.36/ kWh) was the lowest bidder. Other...

New solar tariff low not a surprise   
05 July 2020 |

SECI’s latest solar auction has discovered a new record low tariff of INR 2.36/ kWh (USD 3.1 cent). The company’s pan India 2,000 MW ISTS tender was oversubscribed 2.3 times. Spain’s Solarpack (300 MW, tariff INR 2.36/ kWh) was the lowest bidder. Other...


Customs duty finally on the anvil   
26 June 2020 |

After a year of deliberation, MNRE has announced that basic customs duty (BCD) shall be levied on all cell and module imports from 1 August 2020 onwards. The proposal, pending approval from The Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance, mentions 15% and 20% duty rates on cell and modules in the first year, going up to 30% and 40%…

Customs duty finally on the anvil   
26 June 2020 |

After a year of deliberation, MNRE has announced that basic customs duty (BCD) shall be levied on all cell and module imports from 1 August 2020 onwards. The proposal, pending approval from The Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance, mentions 15% and 20% duty rates on cell and modules in the first year, going up to 30% and 40%…


Border tension with China does not augur well   
22 June 2020 |

This week saw violent clashes between Indian and Chinese armed forces. 20 Indian soldiers have died in reportedly the worst clashes in the last 58 years. These events have revived longstanding distrust of China and lent an edge to the precarious relationship between the two countries. There is...

Border tension with China does not augur well   
22 June 2020 |

This week saw violent clashes between Indian and Chinese armed forces. 20 Indian soldiers have died in reportedly the worst clashes in the last 58 years. These events have revived longstanding distrust of China and lent an edge to the precarious relationship between the two countries. There is...


Financial bonanza for Adani and Azure?   
12 June 2020 |

SECI has approved award of an astounding 12,000 MW project capacity in its 7,000 MW manufacturing-linked project tender. The auction was held back in January 2020 with Adani Green and Azure announced as winners with tariff bids of INR 2.92/ kWh...

Financial bonanza for Adani and Azure?   
12 June 2020 |

SECI has approved award of an astounding 12,000 MW project capacity in its 7,000 MW manufacturing-linked project tender. The auction was held back in January 2020 with Adani Green and Azure announced as winners with tariff bids of INR 2.92/ kWh...


Real-time power trading a win-win for power producers and consumers   
06 June 2020 |

Power exchanges in India started offering a new ‘Real Time Market’ (RTM) trading window at the beginning of this week. The market features 48 trading slots, half an hour each, during the day for delivery of power within one hour of trading...

Real-time power trading a win-win for power producers and consumers   
06 June 2020 |

Power exchanges in India started offering a new ‘Real Time Market’ (RTM) trading window at the beginning of this week. The market features 48 trading slots, half an hour each, during the day for delivery of power within one hour of trading...

Award winnig research
COVID-19 to cause serious damage to renewables   
31 May 2020 |

COVID-19 infections in India, relatively low so far, have started rising rapidly. New cases were reported at 8,380 on 30 May 2020, up 4.6x in the last month. Ironically, the lockdown is still being relaxed to avoid economic hardship and under pressure from the business community...

COVID-19 to cause serious damage to renewables   
31 May 2020 |

COVID-19 infections in India, relatively low so far, have started rising rapidly. New cases were reported at 8,380 on 30 May 2020, up 4.6x in the last month. Ironically, the lockdown is still being relaxed to avoid economic hardship and under pressure from the business community...


Oil & gas players set to carve a bigger role   
24 May 2020 |

Shell, a global oil & gas major, recently announced accelerated goals in a mission to become zero energy business. The company is seeking to completely eliminate all emissions from its manufacturing business by 2050 and also wants to reduce emissions for all energy products sold by...

Oil & gas players set to carve a bigger role   
24 May 2020 |

Shell, a global oil & gas major, recently announced accelerated goals in a mission to become zero energy business. The company is seeking to completely eliminate all emissions from its manufacturing business by 2050 and also wants to reduce emissions for all energy products sold by...


RTC auction a small step towards firm renewable power   
15 May 2020 |

SECI completed auction for its 400 MW round-the-clock (RTC) tender last week. Entire capacity has been awarded to ReNew Power at a tariff of INR 2.90/ kWh. Other bidders included Greenko (400 MW, INR 2.91/ kWh) and HES Infra (100, 3.91). Ayana had also submitted...

RTC auction a small step towards firm renewable power   
15 May 2020 |

SECI completed auction for its 400 MW round-the-clock (RTC) tender last week. Entire capacity has been awarded to ReNew Power at a tariff of INR 2.90/ kWh. Other bidders included Greenko (400 MW, INR 2.91/ kWh) and HES Infra (100, 3.91). Ayana had also submitted...


Project progress grinding down   
08 May 2020 |

India added total utility scale solar and wind capacity of 715 and 328 MW respectively in the quarter ending March. These are meagre returns; the combined total represents the weakest quarterly progress on capacity addition in the last two years. For the financial year 2019-20, total utility scale capacity addition was 7,408 MW, 34% below the high of two years…

Project progress grinding down   
08 May 2020 |

India added total utility scale solar and wind capacity of 715 and 328 MW respectively in the quarter ending March. These are meagre returns; the combined total represents the weakest quarterly progress on capacity addition in the last two years. For the financial year 2019-20, total utility scale capacity addition was 7,408 MW, 34% below the high of two years…


Draft Electricity Act amendments a lame affair   
30 April 2020 |

The Ministry of Power has issued another set of draft amendments to The Electricity Act, 2003. It is the third attempt to amend the Act in as many years. The latest set of amendments focuses mainly on improving DISCOM financial position and reducing offtake risk for power generators. However, it is more limited in scope in comparison to previous drafts...

Draft Electricity Act amendments a lame affair   
30 April 2020 |

The Ministry of Power has issued another set of draft amendments to The Electricity Act, 2003. It is the third attempt to amend the Act in as many years. The latest set of amendments focuses mainly on improving DISCOM financial position and reducing offtake risk for power generators. However, it is more limited in scope in comparison to previous drafts...