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India's solar industry more than doubled its fund raising to $10 billion in 2017, clean energy consultancy Mercom said, but activity is likely to slow this year as New Delhi plans to slap high tariffs on imports.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of raising India's solar power generation to 100 gigawatt (GW) by 2022, five times current levels. The government says India will need to raise at least $125 billion to reach its goal of generating 175 GW of energy from all renewable sources in five years.

New large-scale and rooftop solar installations in India jumped to 9.63 GW last year, compared with the addition of 4.31 GW in 2016, Mercom said, but predicted additional installations will fall by 22 percent to 7.5 GW this year.

"The lower forecast reflects a smaller pipeline of projects scheduled for commissioning in 2018," Mercom said. "Auction activity was not very robust in 2017 and though there was a surge in activity at the end of the year, most of the projects that were tendered are not likely to be commissioned until 2019."

Mercom called a proposal by India's safety watchdog to impose a 70 percent duty on imports of solar equipment from China and some other countries, to protect domestic manufacturers, as an "unexpected and aggressive recommendation that has brought the industry to a standstill".

Any duty would hurt big project developers in India such as SoftBank-backed SB Energy but would be good for local solar component makers such as Indosolar and Moser Baer, which have struggled to compete with Chinese companies such as Trina Solar and Yingli.

Most of the modules come from China, but several consignments were held up because customs officials demanded that some of them be classified as electric motors and generators, attracting a 7.5 percent duty, not as diodes, transistors and similar semi-conductor devices with no duty.

India aims for renewable energy to make up 40 percent of installed power capacity by 2030, compared with 18.2 percent at the end of 2017, and the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) said in January it was looking to address issues facing solar companies.

"The imposition of any additional duties would make solar more expensive and potentially scare away financially strapped distribution companies who are looking to procure the cheapest power generation source available," Mercom said.

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The Government of India has undertaken a number of policy measures for increasing share of renewable energy in India’s energy mix. These, inter-alia, include:

a) Provision of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) under the National Tariff Policy;

b) Notification of the long term growth trajectory of RPO for solar and non-solar energy for next 3 years from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19;

c) Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects;

d) Development of power transmission network through Green Energy Corridor project;

e) Making roof top solar as a part of housing loan provided by banks;

f) Waiver of Inter-State Transmission Charges and losses;

h) Offshore wind energy policy for development of offshore wind energy in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone;

i) Supporting research and development on various aspects of renewable energy including with industry participation;

j) Financial incentives for off-grid and decentralized renewable energy systems and devices for meeting energy needs for cooking, lighting and productive purposes; and

k) Permitting 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment in sector through automatic route.

 The Government of India has set up a target of installing 175 GW capacity through renewables by 2022. As on 28.02.2018, a total capacity of 65 GW had been installed in the country.

 The lowest tariff discovered for solar at Bhadala solar Park in Rajasthan in May 2017, and for wind in the tariff-based capacity auction of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd in December 2017 were Rs. 2.44/KWh and Rs 2.43/KWh respectively. However, the cost of production of energy from solar and wind energy sources varies from place to place depending upon, inter-alia, insolation, wind speed, cost of land, cost of financing  and basic infrastructure.  It is true that in some projects tariff of solar and wind power discovered is in the range or even lesser as compared to the cost of coal based thermal power 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.

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The Government of India is in the process of formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ which, inter alia, provides for:

 

(i)  installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas;

(ii) installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid;

(iii) solarization of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply and also enable them to sell surplus solar power generated to DISCOM and get extra income; and

(iv) solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector.

 

The details on funds and mode of implementation will be decided on approval of the Scheme.

 

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.

 

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The government plans to amend solar power project bidding norms to ensure that any increase of duties on equipment is passed on to energy buyers, meeting a key demand of private developers. “The government will amend bidding norms for pass through of duties on solar modules to de-risk the projects,” power minister R K Singh, told reporters here on Wednesday.

The proposal comes amid regulatory uncertainty in India’s solar industry as it awaits key decisions on safeguards and anti- dumping duties on solar imports from China, Malaysia and Taiwan. The threat of high duty levies is looming large on the sector, leading to lacklustre response to some of the recent solar auctions.

“Currently the bid documents provide that any change in tax structure will be pass through. We will add duties to the provision so that any changes in taxes and duties will be pass through,” Singh said. The change will have to be included in the PPA (power purchase agreement) document. It is “something which has to ideally be taken up by the Centre and pushed to the states, an industry expert said on condition of anonymity.

A senior government official said this change is necessary to attract competitive bids in auctions.

Industry welcomed the move. “It is a right move. What may happen is that some states and discoms may not be happy with this provision because it puts all the risk on to them,” said Vinay Rustagi, managing director at solar consultancy firm Bridge to India.

“In this scenario, everybody is protected,” he said. “Ultimately it is the discom and the end consumer who have to bear the risk of any increases in duties and taxes. That is why it is important to take them on board before any such change is announced.”

The Director General of Safeguards in January had proposed a whopping 70% safeguards duty on imports of solar cells and modules from China and Malaysia, making a case for "serious injury" to domestic solar manufacturers on account of imports from these nations.

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Hydro power generation in India is all set to increase by 3.5 per cent in the current financial year even as dry winter (63 per cent below normal rainfall in January and February) has impacted generation in the last quarter. Scanty rains has decreased the overall hydro power generation by 15 per cent in February as projects are affected in North, West and Eastern region by falling water levels in rivers.

Lack of snowfall in North this year has already shrunk generation at country’s largest hydro power company, National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) by half in the month of February and also affected projects in of other power companies in North, West and Eastern.

A senior official at National Hydro Power Corporation maintained the generation will be boosted after commissioning of 330 MW Kishanganga hydro project in the current quarter. The NHPC generation had grown by 3 per cent till month of January in the current financial year compared to same duration in the last year.

Despite dry winter spell hydro power generation has recorded a revival in generation this year after two-years of lean generation primarily due to less rain in monsoon. This financial year the overall hydro generation stood at 119 billion units till February compared to 114 billion units in same duration last year, an increase of 104 per cent. The hydro power generation posted a marginal growth of under a percent in FY 17 after two-years of consecutive dip of 6 % in FY 16 and 4 % in FY 15 compared to respective corresponding period.

This year the uptrend in generation is buttressed by improved performance by major power sector PSU’s including SJVNL, NEEPCO and BBMB. SJVNL recorded 2.5 per cent increase in generation in the current financial year compared to the last year. NEEPCO notched 15 per cent increase in the generation during the period. BBMB projects also recorded 1.5 per cent increase in generation. “Less snowfall in North may not allow record high power generation in the current year in the country,” an official at SJVNL said.

State owned power utilities, this year, has provided a significant thrust to hydro power generation mainly by utilities in Punjab, J&K, Odissa, Telengana, Kerala, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim.

With an increase of 12 per cent over the last year, the state owned power generation utilities propelled the generation to record high this year. The generation grew double digit in hydro projects companies namely PSPCL, HPPCL, UJVNL, TUL, OHPC, KPCL, KSEB, TSGENCO and Teesta Urja Limited.

The total hydro generation was recorded at 122 billion units in FY 17, a marginal increase of 0.8 per cent over FY16. The generation had decreased by 6% in FY15.

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India's solar industry more than doubled its fund raising to $10 billion in 2017, clean energy consultancy Mercom said, but activity is likely to slow this year as New Delhi plans to slap high tariffs on imports.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of raising India's solar power generation to 100 gigawatt (GW) by 2022, five times current levels. The government says India will need to raise at least $125 billion to reach its goal of generating 175 GW of energy from all renewable sources in five years.

New large-scale and rooftop solar installations in India jumped to 9.63 GW last year, compared with the addition of 4.31 GW in 2016, Mercom said, but predicted additional installations will fall by 22 percent to 7.5 GW this year.

"The lower forecast reflects a smaller pipeline of projects scheduled for commissioning in 2018," Mercom said. "Auction activity was not very robust in 2017 and though there was a surge in activity at the end of the year, most of the projects that were tendered are not likely to be commissioned until 2019."

Mercom called a proposal by India's safety watchdog to impose a 70 percent duty on imports of solar equipment from China and some other countries, to protect domestic manufacturers, as an "unexpected and aggressive recommendation that has brought the industry to a standstill".

Any duty would hurt big project developers in India such as SoftBank-backed SB Energy but would be good for local solar component makers such as Indosolar and Moser Baer, which have struggled to compete with Chinese companies such as Trina Solar and Yingli.

Most of the modules come from China, but several consignments were held up because customs officials demanded that some of them be classified as electric motors and generators, attracting a 7.5 percent duty, not as diodes, transistors and similar semi-conductor devices with no duty.

India aims for renewable energy to make up 40 percent of installed power capacity by 2030, compared with 18.2 percent at the end of 2017, and the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) said in January it was looking to address issues facing solar companies.

"The imposition of any additional duties would make solar more expensive and potentially scare away financially strapped distribution companies who are looking to procure the cheapest power generation source available," Mercom said.

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The Government of India has undertaken a number of policy measures for increasing share of renewable energy in India’s energy mix. These, inter-alia, include:

a) Provision of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) under the National Tariff Policy;

b) Notification of the long term growth trajectory of RPO for solar and non-solar energy for next 3 years from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19;

c) Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects;

d) Development of power transmission network through Green Energy Corridor project;

e) Making roof top solar as a part of housing loan provided by banks;

f) Waiver of Inter-State Transmission Charges and losses;

h) Offshore wind energy policy for development of offshore wind energy in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone;

i) Supporting research and development on various aspects of renewable energy including with industry participation;

j) Financial incentives for off-grid and decentralized renewable energy systems and devices for meeting energy needs for cooking, lighting and productive purposes; and

k) Permitting 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment in sector through automatic route.

 The Government of India has set up a target of installing 175 GW capacity through renewables by 2022. As on 28.02.2018, a total capacity of 65 GW had been installed in the country.

 The lowest tariff discovered for solar at Bhadala solar Park in Rajasthan in May 2017, and for wind in the tariff-based capacity auction of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd in December 2017 were Rs. 2.44/KWh and Rs 2.43/KWh respectively. However, the cost of production of energy from solar and wind energy sources varies from place to place depending upon, inter-alia, insolation, wind speed, cost of land, cost of financing  and basic infrastructure.  It is true that in some projects tariff of solar and wind power discovered is in the range or even lesser as compared to the cost of coal based thermal power 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.

 16/03/2018

 

The Government of India is in the process of formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ which, inter alia, provides for:

 

(i)  installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas;

(ii) installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid;

(iii) solarization of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply and also enable them to sell surplus solar power generated to DISCOM and get extra income; and

(iv) solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector.

 

The details on funds and mode of implementation will be decided on approval of the Scheme.

 

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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for concessional financing and less-risky funds for solar projects to raise the share of solar power in the energy basket, provide cheaper electricity and cut carbon emissions.

Speaking at the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), he said India will generate 175 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022.

This would be more than double the present renewable energy capacity and would be enough to overtake renewable expansion in the European Union for the first time.

Modi, the chief architect of ISA that seeks to bring together 121 nations, presented 10 action points including making affordable solar technology available to all nations, raising the share of electricity generated from photovoltaic cells in the energy mix and framing regulations and standards to support the initiative.

He said better and cheaper solar technology should be easily available to all nations. "We have to increase the share of solar in energy mix," he said.

Also, innovation has to be encouraged so as to provide solutions to different needs. "We have to provide concessional financing and less-risky funds for solar projects," he said.

The ISA's major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 GW of solar generation capacity and mobilisation of investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030.

Regulatory aspects as well as standards have to be framed which will expedite adoption of solar solutions, Modi said, adding that consultancy support has to be development for putting up bankable solar projects in developing countries.

Stressing on inclusiveness, he said a vast network of centres of excellence has to be created.

  1. policy has to be to looked at in totality for development so that it can contribute to achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs), he said. "We have to strengthen ISA Secretariat and make it more professional."

Modi called for rising above narrow private goals to make collective effort for the betterment of the mankind.

He said India has launched the "world's biggest renewable energy programme with a target to generate 175 GW of electricity from renewable sources."

Of these, 100 GW is to come from solar and 60 GW from wind. "Of the target for solar energy generation, we have already achieved 20 GW installed solar power," he said.

  1. generation, photovoltaic (PV) has big potential to power irrigation and reduce the use of back-up diesel generators.

At present, the country's renewable energy installed capacity is 63 GW.

Solar and wind power tariffs have dropped to an all-time low of Rs 2.44 per unit and Rs 3.46 per unit, among the lowest in the world.

As a demonstration of India's commitment to ISA, Modi said 500 training slots will be created for member countries and a solar technology mission will be started to lead R&D in the sector.

To supplement solar energy generation, India has distributed 28 crore LED bulbs in the last three years which have helped save USD 2 billion and 4 GW of electricity, the prime minister said.

ISA, headquartered in Gurgaon near here, is now a treaty-based inter-governmental organisation that was established following the Paris Declaration as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries.

Indian 'vedas' have since thousands of years considered sun as at soul of the universe and a nourisher of life. "We have to look at this ancient balanced and all-encompassing philosophy when when we today look for ways to deal with the challenge of climate change," he said.

Modi had in a speech at London's Wembley Stadium in 2015 proposed the idea of an inter-governmental organisation comprising of 121 countries, which lie either completely or partly between the two tropics, with an aim to promote solar energy.

ISA was launched by him at the India Africa Summit in New Delhi and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in October 2015 and November 2015, respectively.

On Sunday, heads of 23 nations and 10 ministerial representatives gathered here for alliance's first summit. The summit was co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Speaking on the occasion, Macron said USD 1 trillion will be needed to achieve one terawatt (TW) of solar power capacity by 2030."The development of solar energy will not just lead to our prosperity, but will also reduce the carbon footprint of the earth," Modi said.

Stating that better and affordable solar technology is available to all must be ensured, he said, results would be even better if other forms of energy are linked to solar.

Solar energy can have a variety of uses - agriculture, solar water pumps, clean cooking. "We need to encourage innovation in the solar energy sector to find different uses for it," he said.

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Heads of the states from 23 nations have hailed the efforts of International Solar Alliance (ISA) at its founding summit in the capital for providing them a common platform to work towards achieving the ambitious targets for clean energy.

These heads of state underlined the importance of clean energy in coming day, particularly for developing countries who want to save huge fuel cost and vying for cleaner planet in future.

While addressing at the ISA Summit here, President of Seychelles Danny Antoine said the nation has planned to have 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 despite the fact that it is an island nation.

Other countries also unveiled plans to have substantial share of renewables like solar and wind power in their energy mix and hailed the ISA, which would help to reduce carbon foot print in the coming days in view of climate change.

President of Niger Issoufou Mahamadou said that Niger is one of the first countries to sign the ISA agreement because no development is possible without access to electricity.

He said that 12 per cent population in the urban areas in his country have access to energy, while the proportion is just one per cent in rural areas.

He stressed on the need for technology transfer and finance for developing countries to adopt clean energy systems.

Echoing similar views Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid said his country is one of the worst sufferer of cyclones and draughts and strongly believes that development of renewables is necessary for developing country with growing demand for energy.

He said that Bangladesh is eyeing 10 per cent share of renewables in his country's energy mix by 2021 and hoped that the ISA would widen its members base with more convenient transfer of technology in clean energy.

President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said that his country would increase the share of renewable in the energy mix from existing five per cent to 38 per cent in coming days, which would pose a big challenge for us.

 

Governor General of Australia Peter Cosgrove said that his country wants to establish a centre of excellence which would be basically a web portal to help interested parties for technology transfer in clean energy segment.

He talked about Australia's advanced research in clean energy segment, particularly rooftop solar and said that it wants other nations to develop clean technologies.

All heads of the states hailed the ISA which is headquartered in Gurugram and an initiative of India to promote solar energy in the nations falling between tropic of cancer and capricorn.

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