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    India probing dumping of solar cells from China, Malaysia

    According to reports, India has launched a probe into the alleged dumping of solar cells from China, Taiwan and Malaysia. The aim of this probe is to guard domestic players from below-cost imports. An application for investigation into this issue was filed by the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association. The Commerce Ministry’s investigation arm — Directorate General of Antidumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) — has found prima facie evidence of dumping of ‘solar cells whether or not assembled partially or fully ... Read More »

    Renewable energy industry wants cross subsidy waived

    According to reports, renewable energy industry representatives have sought the waiving of a cross subsidy surcharge (CSS) levied by States on transmission. In a letter to Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, the Renewable Energy Welfare Society (REWS) has said that CSS is the main inhibitor for small investors to play their role in India’s clean energy vision. The letter noted that CSS is more than ₹3 per unit in some States ... Read More »

    Hinduja National Power looks to acquire Kiran Energy assets

    According to reports, Hinduja National Power Corp. Ltd, part of the diversified Hinduja Group, is the latest company to express interest in acquiring the assets of Kiran Energy Solar Power Pvt. Ltd, according to two people aware of the development. Hinduja National Power has initiated discussions to acquire ownership of Kiran Energy, from private equity funds, the people said on condition of anonymity. PE funds Argonaut Ventures, New Silk Route (NSR) and Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) India own nearly 80% of ... Read More »

    IDFC Alternatives Infra Fund buys seven solar projects from First Solar

    According to reports, in continuation of the interest of private equity players in the renewable energy space, particularly solar power, India Infrastructure Fund II has entered into definitive agreements with First Solar Power India Pvt Ltd to acquire seven operating solar projects totalling 190 MW. The deal size was not disclosed, but was estimated at ₹1,920 crore ($300 million). The seven projects are in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and all of them use First Solar’s advanced Cadmium Telluride-based thin film ... Read More »

    Tangedco hits ‘century’ in a 1st, sells wind power

    According to reports,the state this week started sale of wind power, with Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (Tangedco) on Thursday and Friday trading more than 150MW with Power Exchange India Ltd (PXIL), at a tariff of between Rs 5.25/unit and Rs 6/unit. This is at a far remove from the situation only a couple of years ago, when private wind energy companies in the state blamed Tangedco for losses due to the discom’s failure to evacuate the power they generated. “Wind power generation ... Read More »

    MPs pitch for more focus on renewable sources of energy

    According to reports, opposition lawmakers today asked the government to put adequate focus on renewable sources of energy to cut dependency on fossil fuel, saying time has come to take the matter seriously. During a discussion on the India Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha, a number of members from the Opposition parties said a majority of leading economies globally are moving towards biol-fuels and renewable sources of energy and India must take similar initiative. The bill provides ... Read More »

    Wind energy companies move Madras High Court against auction of Tamil Nadu projects

    According to reports, Wind energy companies have moved the Madras High Court against the Tamil Nadu electricity distribution company’s move to auction wind energy projects with a new base price, and the sector regulator’s decision to allow the auction. Indian Wind Energy Association (IWEA), an industry body of wind energy developers, has moved the high court, challenging a Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) order to allow Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Co (TANGEDCO) hold a wind auction for 500 MW with ... Read More »

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