Argentina has declared 2017 as the ‘Renewable Energy Year’ as the South American country looks to increase awareness about the advantage of renewable energy and the important of sustainability.
A private firm, which evaluated the generation-based incentive scheme in India has proposed to incentivise utilities to purchase wind power.
Sri Lanka has decided to take the auction route as the country’s utility has been paying very high feed-in tariffs for operational projects.
Approval shall be subject to the turbine model meeting international specifications.
The International Solar Alliance shall come into official existence under the UN once 15 countries ratify the agreement or officially join the alliance.
China targets 530 MWh of electricity generation from geothermal power plants by 2020; this should enable the country to offset use of 72.1 million tonnes of coal and 177 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The first glimpses of the green bonds policy are expected when the government tables the financial budget for 2017/18 next year.
Officials of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have stated that the first-ever wind energy auction in India will be competed by next month.
South Africa strongly opposes objection by some countries attempts to introduce restrictions on mandated use of local content in renewable energy projects.
The Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya is currently working on a regulation to enable this change which should be ready for implementation within 3 months.
A total capacity of 1 GW will be allocated in the auction, however, this capacity may increase if there is such a demand from buyers.
The Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is pushing for reclassification of large hydro power projects as renewable energy projects. The Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Power and Coal, Piyush Goyal, recently announced that he will propose the reclassification of large hydro power projects to the Cabinet of Ministers. Goyal stated that almost
The Ministry of Power, under the central government of India, has confirmed that charges for inter-state transmission of renewable energy have been waived off. The ministry had first proposed to remove the inter-state transmission charges last year and had asked the state governments to work on the proposal. Several states had expressed their willingness to
In the face of highly ambitious renewable energy procurement targets, Indian utilities may now face stricter penalties if they fail to meet those targets. The Minister of Power, Renewable Energy and Coal recently stated at a conference that the government may be forced to take strict action against utilities if they fail to achieve the
In yet another move aimed at giving relief to the renewable energy project developers, the Indian government is looking to implement additional measures to to ensure utilities acquire electricity from renewable energy projects. Speaking at an event recently, India’s minister for power, coal and renewable energy Piyush Goyal announced that the government is looking at
The Indian government is planning new measures to promote domestic manufacturing of solar power equipment following another setback from the World Trade Organisation earlier this month. According to media reports, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has prepared a draft policy to offer subsidies to all companies that manufacture solar power modules and
Egypt plans to change regulations for the next push of solar power expansion following concerns raised by some international project developers. The Egyptian government has announced plans to change rules and regulations pertaining to the second phase of solar power expansion. The government will now allow international arbitration to address disputes. Earlier, several foreign project
The state of Andhra Pradesh in India has proposed the most ambitious renewable energy target among all states. The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has proposed to increase the share of renewable energy in its electricity mix to 25.25% by March 2022. The commission issued a draft regulation which, if approved, will require the
Another Indian state has approved a rooftop solar power policy with a target to contribute towards the ambitious target of 40 GW installed rooftop solar power capacity in the country by March 2022. The government of Madhya Pradesh has approved a rooftop solar power policy with incentives for consumers who wish to install small solar
Kazakhstan plans to aggressively invest in renewable energy in the next decade inspite of the current and prevailing low oil prices. Future Energy Forum in Astana, Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said that his country will gradually increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix till 2020 but will look to increase its share
Denmark and Indonesia have signed an agreement to promote and expand renewable energy infrastructure in the south-east Asian country. According to media reports, the two countries signed an agreement to set up a 60 MW wind energy project in the South Sulawesi province; the project will be the first wind energy project in the province.
With an intent to gain leverage over US, India is looking to file complaint against the US over the latter’s use of domestic solar power equipment. India recently lost an appeal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against a decision that found the country’s regulations that mandate use of local content for some solar power
One of India’s leading states in terms of installed solar power capacity, Tamil Nadu, will soon float a huge solar power tender with an intention to meet solar power purchase obligation. The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) recently granted approval to a proposal by the state’s power utility to float a 500 MW solar
Egypt has reduced solar power feed-in tariffs as the country’s solar power market expands and attracts several international developers. The Ministry of Electricity and Energy recently announced that it will reduced the feed-in tariffs for solar power projects. Projects with size of 500 kW to 20 MW will now have feed-in tariffs of US¢7.8/kWh, down
In a bid to attract more consumers towards the net-metering scheme the Sri Lankan government is planning significant changes in the way excess power generation accounted. The Cabinet has approved a proposal to introduced cash payout to consumers for the excess electricity they generate. At present, the excess electricity generation by rooftop solar power systems
India has rescheduled its second renewable energy global investors’ summit yet again, this time preponing it. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy recently issued a fresh notification stating that the global investors’ summit will now be held on 15-17 February 2017 and has been shifted to Gandhi Nagar in the state of Gujarat. The
Sri Lankan government intends to significantly increase the share of renewable energy in electricity generation by the end of the next decade. Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers has approved a ‘Battle for Solar energy’ program which aims to boost the sustainable power generation in the country. The ‘Battle for Solar energy’ program aims to encourage the
Project developers are apprehensive about India’s latest wind energy policy which calls for large-scale auction of projects. The uncertainty amongst wind energy project developers in India originates from the fact that there is lack of clarity on the extension of crucial incentives like the accelerated depreciation and generation-based incentive. These two support mechanisms have been
India is planning to initiate work on several fronts to maximise the use of renewable energy at least cost possible. Officials of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) recently told media outlets that the central government is planning to set up 10 GW of pumped storage capacity across the country. The entire plan is expected to
An Indian ratings agency has projected that the expected solar power capacity addition in the country during the current fiscal will be significantly lower than the government’s own target. CARE Ratings claims that only 5.2 GW of solar power capacity is expected to be added between April 2016 and March 2017. This capacity is sharply
With the huge target of adding 40 GW of rooftop solar power capacity by March 2022 looking more and more difficult the Indian government is seriously looking at other unconventional ways to expand the solar power capacity base in India. In the latest initiative, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has agreed to a
Namibia is working on policy document which will determine the role of renewable energy in south African country’s energy mix over the next few decades. According to media reports, the government has prepared a draft policy document which includes a number of possible scenarios regarding the share of renewable energy. The most aggressive of those
With a record amount of solar power capacity being added to the grid in India, the threat of curtailment is looming large on the project developers. The government has now taken first steps to address this problem. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has issued an advisory asking central as well as state regulatory
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India has finally announced a solar zones policy with an aim to significant boost the development of large-scale solar power projects. According to the policy document released recently, the Ministry will identify and designate 10 solar zones across the country having 10,000 hectares area each. The solar
Buoyed by a good monsoon and availability of transmission network, the availability of wind energy in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has got 1 GW of surplus wind energy this season. The state government of Tamil Nadu has asked the central government to allow it to sell this surplus 1 GW wind energy
Pakistan received a major boost in its endeavour to expand renewable energy infrastructure as Canada agreed to set up large-scale solar power projects in one of the country’s provinces. According media reports, the can Canadian government recently signed an agreement with the government of Balochistan to set up 1 GW solar power capacity in the
One of the largest state in India is planning to shift all its electricity consumers in the agricultural sector to shift from thermal power to solar power. According to media reports, the government of Maharashtra is working on a long-term proposal to shift all agricultural power consumers to solar power. This motive behind this plan
The east Indian state of Bihar seems ready to participate in the country’s renewable energy race with a new policy in the making. According to media reports, the government of Bihar is planning to launch a comprehensive renewable energy policy that will result in 3.5 GW of capacity operational in the state by April 2022.
India may soon launch its first-ever auction for wind energy projects as it plans to keep the investors interested even as some crucial financial incentives are set to expire by early next year. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has issued a proposal to auction 1 GW of wind energy capacity across various states
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India has come out with most ambitious capacity addition target of 16,600 MW for renewables this fiscal year. According to MNRE, during the current fiscal solar capacity is expected to reach its largest-ever capacity addition target of 12,000 MW which would be followed by wind (4,000
India’s renewable energy targets will massive amounts of capacity added to the grid over a very short period of time. The Indian government is looking at ways to minimize its impact on the existing grid. According to media reports, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is contemplating the launch of a National Energy Storage
The Indian government has increased the target to set up ultra mega solar power projects in an attempt to meet the monumental target of 100 GW operational solar power capacity by March 2022. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is reportedly planning to implement a second phase of the solar power parks program. At
Geothermal, wave and tidal power technologies have been ignored by the Indian government’s ambitious plans for renewable energy capacity expansion. These technologies remain relatively less tested and expansive than others like solar and wind energy. The Indian government may soon implement a policy to promote geothermal power technology. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
In an attempt to boost the rooftop solar power market in India departments and ministries of the central government themselves have announce plans to set up solar power systems. According to a recently issued document by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), as many as 52 departments and ministries of the central government
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India is working on a policy aimed at promotion of solar power generation as well as solar power equipment manufacturing. The policy is expected to be released this month. According to media reports, the MNRE is planning to launch a policy that would enable companies to