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After replicating the Gujarat model to boost the Khadi and Village Industries in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government is working towards adopting the Gujarat model for harnessing solar energy by installing solar panels over the vast network of irrigation canals in the state.

The UP additional energy resources department is discussing the feasibility of the proposal with the irrigation department, which owns and maintains these canal assets. The state has a vast network of nearly 75,000 km long major and minor canal systems crisscrossing 75 districts. These canals have ample open spaces both above and flanking them for installing panels and creating other related infrastructure.

The installation of solar panels above canals would serve multiple purposes apart from saving cost of acquiring land. The solar panels not only prevent evaporation of water from the canal systems, the water beneath also cools the overarching panels thus extending their life.

During the recent UP Budget Session, state additional energy resources minister Brijesh Pathak had informed the house that the proposal was under active consideration and the state government would soon take the final call.

The solar panels could be installed at places, where solar radiation has the maximum intensity, especially in the Bundelkhand region.

Even otherwise, the Yogi government is bullish on the solar energy space. At the recent UP Investors Summit 2018, the state had received private investment proposals worth over Rs 728 billion in the green energy sector, which accounted for about 15% of the total Rs 4.68 trillion worth of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) signed during the two-day Summit on 21-22 February. Interestingly, the green energy sector investment proposals worth Rs 728 billion was almost 10 times compared to the conventional energy sector, which netted Rs 76 billion worth of MoUs.

Of the targetted 10,700 mw of solar energy capacity by 2022, 6,400 mw would comprise setting up of utility scale grid solar power projects, which directly feed the power grid under power purchase agreement (PPA).

Under the new UP solar energy policy 2017, the Adityanath government had set a target of investment worth Rs 500 billion and attaining solar energy capacity of 10,700 mw.

Top energy companies, including Adani Power, Essel Infraprojects Limited, Azure Power, Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited, Amplus Energy Solutions and CleanMax Solar had evinced interest in setting up solar energy projects to the tune of over Rs 50 billion. Under the new solar energy policy, the Adityanath government is preparing an action plan to develop a Green Energy Corridor in the arid Bundelkhand region at an investment of about Rs 40 billion, to be part funded by the Centre.


The Directorate General of Safeguards (DGS) has recommended imposition of duty on imports of solar cells for a period of 200 days, Parliament was informed.

The preliminary findings have been submitted to the standing board under the commerce secretary, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla informed the Lok Sabha.

Safeguard duty is imposed to protect domestic players from steep rise in imports of a product.

Shukla in a written reply to the House said that the directorate has initiated safeguard investigations in December last year.

"The preliminary findings dated January 5 have been submitted to the standing board on safeguards recommending imposition of provisional safeguard duty on the imports of solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels for a period of 200 days," he said.

The standing board is headed by commerce secretary. The final decision to impose the duty is taken by the finance ministry.

The minister said that imports of solar cells from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan account for more than 90 per cent of the total inbound shipments in the country.

Since the provisional duty recommendations exempts the developing countries except China and Malaysia, there would still be countries like Vietnam and Thailand from which the imports can be carried out, he added.

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Citing urgency in the need for maintaining quality of solar equipment being deployed in the country, ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has brought forward the implementation date of a quality control order that requires sellers and manufacturers of solar photovoltaic modules to have their products registered under parameters set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

Last year, MNRE issued the Quality Control (Requirement for Compulsory Registration under BIS Act) Order 2017, which was supposed to come into effect a year from September 5, 2017, when it was published in the Gazette.

The order applies to both domestic and international solar manufacturers selling their products in India.

“We have pushed ahead the date because we want to ensure that whatever comes into the country is of quality,” said a senior government official. A notification dated March 26 said that the date for enforcement of the order “should be brought forward in order to ensure that quality control benefits the industry at the earliest possible."

For supplies from April 1 to June 30 this year, the representatives of the manufacturers would submit samples to an authorised lab for testing and give a self-certification that the modules adheres to the prescribed standards, the order said.

Solar developers and manufacturers will be liable to penalties as per the provisions of the order if they are not keeping up with the BIS specified quality standards. “If the developer himself buys sub-standard product, he will come into the picture and be liable to penalty,” said another official on the condition of anonymity.

The decision has been made keeping in mind the preparedness of test labs in consultation with BIS and test labs, government said.

The fire test requirement, however, will be effective from July 1, as there aren’t sufficient labs equipped for the same, said one of the officials quoted above.

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The Commerce Ministry's investigation arm DGAD said it is terminating its anti-dumping probe on imports of solar cells from China, Taiwan and Malaysia.

The Indian Solar Manufacturers Association has made a request to terminate the present investigation, it added.

The probe was initiated by the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) on July 21 last year following complaints of dumping of the product by the association.

"The authority is constrained to terminate the present antidumping investigation concerning imports of 'solar cells whether or not assembled partially or fully in modules or Panels or on glass or some other suitable substrates'," from these countries, DGAD said in a notification.

The domestic industry has cited certain reasons for its request to terminate the probe. They have stated that post-initiation, the injury being suffered by the domestic producers on account of dumping has aggravated sharply.

Besides, the industry has said that the imports of the cells from these countries have increased substantially in the recent period.

The period of investigation covers April 2016 to June 2017 (15 months).

The directorate, however, noted that "the reason cited by the domestic industry for termination of the petition is devoid of any merit".

But it said Rule 14(a) of the anti-dumping rules does not grant any discretion to the DGAD in the matter of termination of investigation, once the domestic industry files a written request for termination of the probe.

Anti-dumping duties are levied to provide a level playing field to local industry by guarding against cheap below-cost imports.

Increasing imports and dumping of goods from China have always been an area of concern for Indian companies. India's exports to China were only USD 10.2 billion in 2016-17 but imports aggregated to USD 61.3 billion.

DGAD is also probing dumping of several other products such as certain chemicals and steel products from China and other countries.

India is one of the most attractive markets for global producers due to its large middle class population.

Imposition of anti-dumping duty is permissible under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime. Both India and China are members of the Geneva-based body.

The duty is aimed at ensuring fair trading practices and creating a level-playing field for domestic producers vis-a-vis foreign producers and exporters.


US private equity giant KKR is in talks to invest as much as Rs 500 crore to fund clean energy company Leap Green, founded by members of the family of Formula One racer Narain Karthikeyan. The global buyout giant, which has turned to credit investing in a big way in India, has furnished a term sheet to provide short-term mezzanine funding worth Rs 500 crore that would help the Coimbatore-based Leap Green to meet capital requirements for execution of its existing pipeline of 750 megawatts of wind farms.

The funding terms give KKR the option to convert the loans into equity if required. Leap Green is also separately in discussions to raise equity funding of Rs 1,000 crore to finance capacity additions of 500 megawatts.

Rajeev Karthikeyan, brother of Narain Karthikeyan, is also a director of Leap Green and focuses on marketing and brand-building for the company. JP Morgan is one of the largest shareholders of Leap Green. The clean energy company has power purchase agreements with state-run electricity distribution utilities in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. 



The National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) aims at setting up of family type biogas plants for providing biogas as clean cooking fuel and a source of lighting. The slurry produced from biogas plants as a by-product is an organic bio-manure for enhancing crop yield and maintaining soil health. The biogas technology dissemination helps in reducing the environment degradation and prevents the emissions of Green House Gases (GHGs) such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane into the atmosphere. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has fixed an annual physical target of setting up 65,180 biogas plants for the current year 2017-18 under the NBMMP.

Under the NBMMP, about 49.6 lakh household size biogas plants have been installed since the inception of the National Biogas Programme in the country.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), through the State Nodal Agencies/ Departments, spreads awareness about the programme (NBMMP) through advertisements in local Newspapers, display of posters in Panchayats Offices, Schools, Kisan Seva Kendra’s, distribution of booklets on biogas during gatherings at exhibitions, Kisan Melas/Fairs etc.

The MNRE has taken various steps to increase the production of biogas in the country including Tamil Nadu which include introduction of new biogas plant designs under the NBMMP such as floating design Shakti Surabhi Model, Solid-State Deenbandhu design model of biogas plants.

This information was provided by Shri R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.


The second edition of RE-Invest, envisaged as India’s flagship renewable energy event after its inaugural show in February 2015, has been postponed for the fifth time.

After the fourth postponement, it had been scheduled for April 19-21 this year.

“We will hold it in September or October this year,” said Anand Kumar, secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE). “Major stakeholders from across the globe wanted us to change the date. We are keen to have large participation.”

Another official added: “We just held the inaugural session of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on March 11. People did not want to travel to India again in such quick succession”.

The 2015 event had 200 speakers from 29 countries and 2,800 delegates from 42 countries, including representatives of 578 Indian companies and 124 foreign ones.

RE-Invest had originally been planned as a yearly event, and the next meeting after February 15, 2015 had been scheduled for February 2016. It was then delayed to November 2016 and thereafter to February 2017, when the venue was shifted from Delhi, where the first meet was held, to Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Germany was the partner country for the first RE-Invest, and France, which is also India’s main backer in the ISA, was to partner the second event.

But it was postponed again to December 2017, and the venue as well moved to India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. The fourth postponement was to April this year.

Re-Invest 2015 had concluded with commitments for a staggering 266 GW of renewable energy projects in India, much higher than the 175 GW target of renewable energy by 2022 that India has set for itself. Of the 266 GW, 14 global companies across seven countries promised to set up 58 GW, 257 private Indian companies pledged 190 GW, while 22 PSUs committed to the remaining 18 GW. In addition, 27 banks pledged financing of 72 GW. In practice, however, they have all fallen short.

The last figures relating to RE-Invest announced by MNRE in October last year said that out of the commitments made, only 39.3 GW of renewable energy had been commissioned or was under construction, while banks, which had pledged Rs 4 lakh crore, had sanctioned only Rs 1.8 lakh crore.


Gujarat Industries Power Co has issued a Letter of Intent dated 19 March 2018 to Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) for Design, Engineering, Supply & Procurement, Construction, Erection, Testing, Commissioning and Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of 75 MW (AC) Solar Power Project at Gujarat Solar Park, Charanka, Dist: Patan in Gujarat, on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Basis.

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The sheds of all the 10 platforms of the Allahabad Junction, of North Central Railways (NCR), would do more than saving the passengers from sunlight and rains. The rooftops of these platforms would harness 683 kilowatt of solar energy through the solar panels installed on the entire length of these roofs.

Apart from installing solar panels on the platforms of Allahabad Junction, rooftops of various buildings of not only Allahabad division but also of several stations of NCR would be installed with such solar panels after which NCR would save an amount of around Rs 30 lakhs annually.

Of these, the rooftop of GM office, Subedarganj, would produce 266 kilowatt (KW) of electricity, divisional railway manager (DRM) office would produce 150 kw, Allahabad Junction 166 KW, Loco shed Kanpur 349 KW, Kanpur junction 100 KW. In totality, 16.42 lakh unit of electricity would be produced. These already installed units have started saving electricity charges of NCR worth Rs 30 lakhs, informed chief public relation officer, NCR, G K Bansal.

Besides, solar panels, for generating 2.7 MW of electricity would be installed on rooftops of various buildings under NCR. Under this proposal, solar panels, for producing 683 KW of electricity would be installed at Allahabad junction alone.

The panels, already installed at roof tops of Allahabad Junction is producing 166KW of electricity which would be saving an amount of worth Rs 4.9 lakhs per annum. In the ongoing work, authorities are in the process of fixing the solar panels at all the platforms following which a total of 680KW of electricity would be produced.

“Presently, work is in the process on the rooftops of platform number 4, 6, 7 and 8 and will be started at the remaining platforms barring platform number One and the entire work would be completed within this month which include installing and energizing the setup”, said CPRO.

The work for installing solar panels at Allahabad Junction is being carried out with full dedication because of which almost half of the area of the lengthy roof of these platforms have already been covered with high capacity solar panels, which would be capable of working in all weather conditions, he added.

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Maharashtra Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bavankule told the Legislative Assembly that his department would try to bring the entire state under solar power.


The minister was speaking after the total demands of Rs 8,240 crore for power ministry were passed in the House.

"Of the total sanctioned amount, Rs 7000 crore is for farmers and the powerloom subsidy," he said.

The minister said the department was trying to bring the entire state under solar power.

"In the first phase, we are trying to bring Anganwadis, Zilla Parishad schools, and Water Lift Irrigation schemes under solar power," he said.

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