dsdss30/03/2018

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.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:33

RB commissions first solar powered facility

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Consumer health and hygiene RB India, (erstwhile Reckitt Benckiser) has commissioned its first solar powered factory in Mysore as part of project Greenathon.

The factory, running on 'green power' forms an extension to RB's continuous efforts to reach its worldwide sustainability targets, a company statement said, adding that as of today, the factory meets 75 per cent of the energy needs with solar energy and aims to be the first factory running on 100 per cent green power in India within couple of years.

This marks RB's first power purchase agreement (PPA) in India, which forms a landmark in its sustainability journey. This initiative will enable reductions in carbon emissions by 80% for the Mysore site over the next 10 years.

The company has signed a 10-year 2.4MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with Amplus Energy solutions. Amplus has developed 42 MW solar park called as Nayaka in Chitradurga, Karnataka that supplies energy to the Mysore plant.

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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.

Renewable-energy-300x24428/03/2018

India must strengthen grid infrastructure to support its "strong push" towards renewable energy especially solar, said the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

"The main constrain in India right now is the grid," said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z Amin. "There is a huge upsurge in investment," he said of the renewable projects being implemented in the country.

India has set a target of 175 GW of renewable energy, including 100 GW of solar, to be installed by 2022.

 

Investment is not a constrained while a lot of companies are re-tooling their production capabilities, he noted.

"I think renewable energy has a huge future in India and it is moving really very fast," Adnan told reporters after delivering a keynote address at the campaign launch of Singapore International Energy Week to be held from Oct 29-Nov 2, 2018.

He also recommended that the government should try to create an investment climate where the cost of finance comes down.

"One of the other problems in addition to grid...is that there is a lot of risks priced into cost of capital that makes it more expensive than other places," he pointed out, listing out currency and policy risks among others.

Adnan calls for a clear long-term reliable policy framework and hedge mechanism to attract investors.

Given long-term reliable policy framework, investors would come to the table for renewable projects, he added.

He also appreciated success of mini-grids and stand-alone solar installations as part of the rural electrification in the country.

28/03/2018

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.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:27

RB commissions first solar powered facility

28/03/2018

Consumer health and hygiene RB India, (erstwhile Reckitt Benckiser) has commissioned its first solar powered factory in Mysore as part of project Greenathon.

The factory, running on 'green power' forms an extension to RB's continuous efforts to reach its worldwide sustainability targets, a company statement said, adding that as of today, the factory meets 75 per cent of the energy needs with solar energy and aims to be the first factory running on 100 per cent green power in India within couple of years.

This marks RB's first power purchase agreement (PPA) in India, which forms a landmark in its sustainability journey. This initiative will enable reductions in carbon emissions by 80% for the Mysore site over the next 10 years.

The company has signed a 10-year 2.4MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with Amplus Energy solutions. Amplus has developed 42 MW solar park called as Nayaka in Chitradurga, Karnataka that supplies energy to the Mysore plant.

28/03/2018

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.

28/03/2018

India must strengthen grid infrastructure to support its "strong push" towards renewable energy especially solar, said the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

"The main constrain in India right now is the grid," said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z Amin. "There is a huge upsurge in investment," he said of the renewable projects being implemented in the country.

India has set a target of 175 GW of renewable energy, including 100 GW of solar, to be installed by 2022.

 

Investment is not a constrained while a lot of companies are re-tooling their production capabilities, he noted.

"I think renewable energy has a huge future in India and it is moving really very fast," Adnan told reporters after delivering a keynote address at the campaign launch of Singapore International Energy Week to be held from Oct 29-Nov 2, 2018.

He also recommended that the government should try to create an investment climate where the cost of finance comes down.

"One of the other problems in addition to grid...is that there is a lot of risks priced into cost of capital that makes it more expensive than other places," he pointed out, listing out currency and policy risks among others.

Adnan calls for a clear long-term reliable policy framework and hedge mechanism to attract investors.

Given long-term reliable policy framework, investors would come to the table for renewable projects, he added.

He also appreciated success of mini-grids and stand-alone solar installations as part of the rural electrification in the country.

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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.

rs27/03/2018

State-run equipments major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) on Monday said it has won its largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power project for setting up a 75 MW power plant in Gujarat.

In a stock exchange filing, BHEL said the order has been placed by Gujarat Industries Power Company for setting up a plant at the Gujarat Solar Park in Charanka.

"Against stiff competitive bidding, BHEL has won an order for setting up a 75 MW solar PV power plant on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, in Gujarat. This will be BHEL's largest solar PV project till date," the statement said.

With this order, BHEL's solar portfolio has risen to 545 MW, it said.

The company is currently executing over 150 MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar PV projects across the country.

"BHEL has enhanced its state-of-the-art manufacturing lines of solar cells to 105 MW and solar modules to 226 MW per annum," it said.

"In addition, space-grade solar panels using high efficiency cells and space-grade battery panels are being manufactured at its Electronic Systems Division, Bengaluru."

The company said it offers EPC solutions both for off-grid as well as grid-interactive solar plants.

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