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Residential Solar. Market Yes, But Marketing?

Ashish Anand, a Chandigarh-based businessman reached out to us four months back. With an independent house in the city, he was keen to explore the idea of a solar rooftop for his house. As always, we put him in touch with relevant state sources, and for good measure, a couple of vendors who install solar […]

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IREL Tenders for 100 kW Rooftop Solar Power System

IREL has issued a tender, inviting bids from eligible developers for setting up of 100 kW rooftop solar power system in Odisha. Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) has issued a tender, inviting bids from eligible developers for setting up of 100 kW rooftop solar power system in Odisha. The last date for bid submission is […]

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Solar Subsidies. Is It Time To End Them?

Solar subsidies, like every other subsidy before them, had a noble purpose. To encourage, and enable the adoption of solar power, a cleaner power. It also joined a relatively select group of subsidies, by being open to almost every category of consumers for a while, before being restricted lately to the rooftop solar category. However, […]

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S&W Solar Continues Repairwork On Reputation

Sterling and Wilson Solar, which has been through the proverbial ‘series of unfortunate incidents’ ever since its IPO, continues to build back its reputation, slowly. The firm, whose IPO price of Rs 780 back in August 2019 is now a distant memory for investors who have lost heavily, with the price down almost 90 percent […]

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Should Safeguard Duty Expiry in July be Replaced with Fresh Tariffs on Solar Imports from China and Malaysia?

Safeguard duty, which was implemented by the government in July 2018 with an aim to protect the domestic solar manufacturing, is going to be wrapped up in July this year. In-line with this, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has already initiated a review investigation for considering continuance of safeguard duty on solar cells […]

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Solar Rooftop: Over to the States

The Missing Player Rooftop Solar. Right up till 2014, when India shifted gears in solar with an ambitious new target and a new focus on utility scale solar, solar usually meant rooftop solar, or even solar water heaters and other distributed solar products. And this was not because we had a lot of rooftop solar […]

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Parliamentary Panel Directs MNRE to Avoid Further Delay in RE Targets

A Parliamentary panel has asked the MNRE to identify weak areas and take corrective actions without any further delay in meeting RE targets. A Parliamentary panel has expressed dismay over Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) missing targets continuously and has suggested the ministry to identify weak areas and take corrective actions without any further delay. The Ministry […]

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Tender for Solarization of Agricultural Pumps Under KUSUM Scheme in Kerala

ANERT has issued a tender for the solarization of grid-connected agricultural pumps of cumulative capacity of 300 HP under the PM-KUSUM scheme in Kerala. The Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has issued a tender for the rate contract for the solarization of grid-connected agricultural pumps of cumulative capacity of 300 […]

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Rs 22,000 per kW Solar Rooftop in Punjab. Reality Bites

Rs 22,200 per kW. Yes, that was the final rate arrived at after a call for grid-connected solar rooftop bidding from vendors looking to get empaneled with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). This was after the  L1 rate of Rs 37,000 received  for 1 kWp – 10 kW category. After the 40 percent […]

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