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Policy Focus on Domestic Manufacturing Positive for Indian Solar OEMs: ICRA

With an aim to support domestic module manufacturers, government’s focus recently increased on the initiatives like ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ and ‘Make in India’. Now, in line with this, the government has formulated various schemes in past one year including the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) Scheme which envisages installation of 12 GW solar power capacities […]

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Odds of Relief for Large Solar Developers In India Continue To Increase

Weeks after iterating his goal to push domestic manufacturing using every tool at his command, Power and MNRE Minister R.K. Singh faces a stiff test of resolve. The ‘perfect storm’ of events that was considered all but impossible till 12 months ago has come to pass, and the government will soon need to take a […]

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US Solar Developers Warn Of Threat to Solar From Import Duties

A strong pushback has started in the US, on the threat of import duties from countries in South East Asia, especially Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. A letter on behalf of 190 companies, primarily developers, contractors and financiers warns that punitive duties, if applied, would risk jeopardising almost 18 GW of Solar projects in the US, […]

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Govt. Confirms Solar Imports Down To $571 million in 2020-21

Yesterday, the Union Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh while addressing the Lok Sabha announced that India’s solar cells and modules imports fell to $571.65 million in the last financial year (FY20-21) from $2.16 billion and $1.68 billion in FY18-19 and FY19-20, respectively. Till July end, India had imposed tariff and […]

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Safeguard Duty Update on Solar from Power Minister’s Press Conference

In his first formal update on the issue of Safeguard Duty (SGD) on solar imports, that expired yesterday, Power and MNRE minister R.K. Singh had a completely new take on the way forward. He was responding to a specific question asked on the issue by Saur Energy Asserting that the best way out was to […]

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First Solar Signs Up For Make in India With 3.3 GW Manufacturing facility in India

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that it intends to invest $684 million in a new, fully vertically-integrated photovoltaic (PV) thin film solar module manufacturing facility in India. Contingent upon permitting, and pending approval of Indian government incentives that are satisfactory to First Solar, the advanced facility is expected to commence operations in the second […]

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Floating Solar On A Growth Path

In Solar’s rise to pre-eminence from a fringe renewable energy option just a decade back, it’s time to consider the rise of floating solar (also called floatovoltaics in many cases). To think that it did not even exist at any scale till 2013. The earliest patent on floating solar was taken out only in 2008. […]

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With Safeguard Duty Expiry A Day Away, Solar Bodies in a Huddle For Way Forward

With the Safeguard Duty (SGD) on solar modules expiring tomorrow, there is predictable anxiety among Indian module manufacturers on the future after the duty expires. Currently, there is an ongoing investigation by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies against alleged Chinese dumping of modules, which has got delayed due to a court intervention. Thus, a […]

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R.K. Singh Acknowledges Tariff, Non-Tariff Barriers To Stay For Solar Equipment

In what seems to be a clear ramp up of pressure to buy locally and block imports, Power and MNRE Minister R.K. Singh has categorically referred to both tariff and non-tariff barriers as a way to achieve this objective. Speaking at an industry event on  self reliance in renewable energy manufacturing organised by the Confederation […]

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