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MNRE’s Recent Notification Clarifies Applicability of ALMM Order

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has received representations seeking clarifications about certain aspects of ALMM (Approved List of Models and Manufacturers) Order, 2019. In response to this, the Grid Solar Power Division of the ministry has issued a notification, inviting attention to key provisions/instructions relating to the ALMM Order. Check the Official […]

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The BCD Calculus: Will It Deliver The Right Outcomes?

As expected, once it did arrive, India’s Basic Customs Duty (BCD) plan for solar cells and equipment has managed to create just the sort of furore that the government claims it seeks to avoid. After all, for once, this was a decision that was long in coming, with intent having been announced last year itself, […]

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40% on Modules & 25% on Cells, MNRE to Impose BCD From April 1, 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has finally finalised the new Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on solar PV cells and modules. As per an office memorandum, the Ministry is going to impose a 25 percent BCD on solar PV cells and 40 percent duty on solar modules without grandfathering of bid-out projects. However, […]

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Budget 2021. Familiar Tussle Between Developers And Manufacturers

As the 2021 budget comes around on February 1, it is widely considered to be one of the most critical of the century, coming as it does after the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still to end. While the start of vaccination has brought in a semblance of control back to the government on its future, […]

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With SGD Extended by 1 Year, Manufacturer’s Eye BCD Announcement in August

Following the recommendations of the DGTR (Directorate General of Trade Remedies) last week, the government has formally notified the extension of the Safeguard Duty (SGD) by a year on Chinese origin solar equipment. The extension, till July 29, 2021, seeks to protect Indian manufacturers from alleged dumping by Chinese firms. Interestingly, there is no mention […]

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Hindustan Zinc Looking to Offload Wind Energy Assets

Hindustan Zinc, the Udaipur-based subsidiary of the Vedanta Group is looking to offload its wind energy assets worth 273 MW, nearly Rs 1500 crore. Hindustan Zinc, the Udaipur-based subsidiary of the Vedanta Group is reportedly looking to offload its wind energy assets worth 273 MW, nearly Rs 1500 crore. The assets, as per industry experts […]

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500W Modules and Higher Efficiency, India Falling Behind

Some of the leading Chinese solar PV module manufacturers, which remain the undisputed global leaders of the solar modules and cells industry, have a new prestige product. Breaking the 500 W barrier for solar module output from a single panel. The latest in the list, with also the highest-rated module in the market, is JinkoSolar […]

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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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