Solar Policy

MNRE Declares March 25-May 31 as Lockdown Period for RE Projects

MNRE has clarified that the lockdown period for time extension for renewable energy projects will be considered from March 25, 2020, to May 31, 2020. [Updated July 2, 2020 – 09:15] The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a new order clarifying that the lockdown period for time extension for renewable energy […]

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PFC, REC may Restrict Funding for Projects Using Chinese Equipment

The government’s economic response against China may see public-sector financiers like PFC, REC restricting funding of projects that use equipment from the country The government’s economic response against China may see public sector financiers restricting funding of projects that use equipment from the neighbouring country. The practice would first be adopted in the power sector, […]

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DGTR to Conduct Hearing on Safeguard Duty for Solar Cell Imports

The DGTR has called an oral hearing on July 3, 2020, to take forward the ongoing probe on the continued imposition of safeguard duty on solar cell imports. The investigation arm of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has called all concerned parties for an oral hearing on […]

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Rajnath Singh Launches NOC Issuance Portal for Power Projects

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh on Monday has launched a new online application portal for the issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for power projects and Research Survey Exploration Exploitation (RSEE) activities in the Indian Territorial Waters (TW) and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The move came as the government wants to ensure ease of business and […]

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RPO Fines Will Lead to Exponentially High Demand: RK Singh

The increase in fines for non-compliance of RPO to up to Rs 1 per KWh of the shortfall would lead to a huge rise in demand, RK Singh has said. The increase in fines for non-compliance of renewable energy purchase obligations (RPO) to up to Rs 1 per kilowatt-hour (KWh) of the shortfall would lead […]

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MNRE Issues Guidelines for Wind Power Procurement from 2.5 GW ISTS Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for implementation of ‘scheme for a tariff-based competitive bidding process for procurement of renewable energy power from 2500 MW ISTS connected blended wind power projects’. The government has implemented the scheme for procurement of power at a tariff discovered via a transparent process of […]

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MNRE Forms PDC; Invites Stakeholders for Investment in India’s RE Sector

With an aim to attract investment for the renewable energy (RE) sector in India, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has now formed the much-awaited Project Development Cell (PDC) in its Ministry. The move is in line with the Central Government’s earlier directive to set up an ‘Empowered group of Secretaries (EGoS) and […]

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Govt Proposes Tariff, Non-Tariff Barriers to Restrict Imports in Power Sector

The government is proposing tariff and non-tariff barriers to restrict imports in the power sector, to reduce large scale presence of overseas equipment The government is proposing various tariff and non-tariff barriers to restrict imports in the sensitive and strategically important power sector where there is a large scale presence of overseas equipment, particularly from […]

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Power Grid to Separate its Central Transmission Utility Function

In a landmark decision, the Ministry of Power has advised state-owned Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) to separate its Central Transmission Utility (CTU) role. The move has been taken by the government in order to avoid the conflict of interests as since long back industry stakeholders were objected when in cases PGCIL called […]

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