Tata Power to Develop 250 MW Solar Projects at Pavagada Solar Park

These projects will be set up at the Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka and the energy will be supplied to the State Discoms under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). Power major Tata Power’s renewable arm, Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL), has received a Letter of Award from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) […]

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World Bank Okays $250 Mn for Rajasthan’s Electricity Distribution Sector Reforms

This is the second loan for Rajasthan in the series of two operations planned for a comprehensive turnaround of the state’s electricity distribution sector. It’s first loan was closed in March 2017. The World Bank has approved USD 250 million development policy loan (DPL) aiming to help Rajasthan government in improving the performance of its electricity distribution […]

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Subsidies in Power Sector Should be Routed via DBT: RK Singh

The Power Minister said, center is ready to provide more funds if needed for infrastructure creation and the states meeting their targets speedily will be incentivized. The Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R. K. Singh said that subsidies in power sector should be routed through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). While addressing the Conference of […]

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Under KUSUM Scheme, Govt. to Provide 2.75 Million Solar Pumps to Farmers

“Initially the solar-pumps will be distributed as per the demand from each region but at the later stage, if required, we will provide more pumps,” power minister R K Singh. Under the first phase of Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme that is to be launched by July 2018, the government will provide 2.75 million […]

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MNRE Modifies Guidelines for Selection of Solar Park Developers

The new amendments by the MNRE have also dropped the requirements under which the state government was obliged to buy 20% of the power from the distribution companies (DISCOMs). Thus it would no longer be required to get a commitment from the state government to buy at least 20% of the total power produced in […]

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Govt Issues Clarification on Tariff Based Bidding Process for Solar PV Projects

The move will allow solar power developers to pass on the burden of any increase in duties on solar equipment to discoms. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification with respect to ‘Clarification to guidelines for the tariff based competitive bidding process for procurement of power from grid connected solar PV power […]

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KUSUM Scheme – harnessing solar power for rural India

Solar water pumps to be installed in remote areas for irrigation needs Farmers can get extra income by selling surplus solar power to DISCOMs The Government of India is in the process of formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ which, inter alia, provides for: (i)         installation of grid-connected solar power plants […]

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Don’t Grant Loans to Huge Loss Making Discoms, says RK Singh to REC, PFC

He said that many distribution companies have been making heavy transmission and distribution (T&D) losses and it may be difficult for them to repay the loans. In a review meeting, the Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh has directed the two financing arms of the Power Ministry […]

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70 percent Safeguards Duty on Solar to Put Rs 12,000 Crore Ventures in Danger

The Ministry of Finance, through its Standing Board of Safeguards, will take an ultimate choice on the burden of defending the duty either on the temporary or the last proposals of the Directorate General of Safeguards. Imposing 70 percent of safeguard duty on imported solar panels and modules from China and Malaysia, as suggested by […]

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