Author: Prasanna Singh

From 7 Paise Per KwH To Ownership. On SECI’s Future Plans

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) CMD, Mr J S Swain, has been quoted in a recent interview to the Economic Times as saying that SECI plans to move to become a developer itself, with a first target of setting up 5000 MW of Solar-Wind hybrid projects in the coming decade. That announcement is a […]

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260 MW Fishery PV Plant Is Largest in East China

Floating Solar got a huge boost with the commissioning (grid tied) of a 260 MW fishery PV plant in Anhui, China. The CGN Dangtu project was one of the first grid-parity PV projects approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in 2019. Furthermore, among the first batch of PV demonstration projects in Anhui, […]

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Renewable Energy Gets A Curfew Pass For Lockdown, Gives Guarded Welcome

The notification by the MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) that requested states to consider renewable energy as an essential service has come as a reassuring show of support for the sector. The MNRE notification, issued yesterday, told states to allow movement of material and personnel to ensure continuous renewable power generation. “Power generation […]

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CERC Sticks to the Script in Judgement on Hero Solar Petition

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, (CERC), in an order dated March 26 has maintained a line that has now become the de facto rule for all issues related to the introduction of GST and its impact on projects awarded beforehand. In this case, the petitioner was Hero Solar Energy Private Limited, which had won bids for […]

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Battery storage systems are being deployed at multiple levels of the electricity value chain, including at the transmission, distribution and consumer levels. BTM batteries are connected behind the utility meter of commercial, industrial or residential customers, primarily aiming at electricity bill savings. This report from IRENA is a great primer to understand the transition to […]

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GERC Cautioned for Delaying Open Access Regulations by APTEL

  The Indian Captive Power Producer’s Association, which had filed a complaint at APTEL (Appelate Tribunal for Electricity) against the stat regulator in Gujarat, earned a moral victory with the APTEL bench agreeing with them. Their key contention? That the Gujarat power regulator or Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) had been amiss in its failure […]

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Slow Progress in January 2020, Indicates MNRE Report to Cabinet

In it’s report for the month of January 2020, the Ministry of New And Renewable Energy has seen fit to highlight the following key points for the month of January 2020. The report is a document generated for each month, and supposed to be followed  by most ministries. MNRE, we are happy to share, is […]

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Made In India. Is Change Coming Soon from China?

In the 2020 Union Budget, the Finance Minister made a not so subtle pitch for ‘Assemble In India’, even as the focus on Made in India continued. For India’s solar sector, the issue has never been more urgent, with over 80 percent of equipment imports from China. The Economic Survey, which precedes the budget by […]

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Stinging Order at APTEL Embarasses AP Discoms, Andhra Government By Extension

Adding politics to established policy is not recommended, and the consequences, when that is done, were there for all to see after the APTEL order yesterday (February 27). The case was a much followed one, of the Andhra Pradesh Discoms essentially, versus both the NTPC, as well as three of the key bid winners of […]

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