Expected rise in Solar Panel prices: custom duties here to stay

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The customs duty, which add up to 10% of Solar Panels cost, would NOT be scrapped altogether as confirmed after a meeting between MNRE and the finance secretary (refer). This would mean that the presumptions, about decreasing price of solar, of many developers may not come true, based on which they may have quoted to their clients or PPAs signed.

Rising Prices

However, those developers who have won auctions expecting the customs duty would be ‘protected’. That does not necessarily mean that the exemptions would be provided to them. It may be given in another form too which has not been specified. Of course, this would be for projects that have already been won and not the ones that follow.

What we can expect is the tariff of INR 2.44 to be a minimum point for solar tariffs, which would rise going further (at least for a while).

On the positive side, an increase in solar panel prices imported from outside India would make the Indian panels at par with foreign ones possibly pushing sales up for them considering a shorter fulfillment time.

Further, with Indian panel prices at par with foreign ones (post imposition), we may also see Make in India finally pick up with a possible change in scale of operations of Indian Module Manufacturers since they would be assured returns (demand based) as long as these duties are in place. Looking at it from a pure economic standpoint, this would be a definite boost to manufacturing of Solar Panels in India with expectations of achieving economies of scale in the sector.

Intersolar India, the Three Day Flagship Solar Industry Conference and Exhibition Opens on December 5 in Mumbai

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Intersolar India

Mumbai, December 5–7, 2017

MUMBAI/PFORZHEIM/FREIBURG, Intersolar India, a unique platform for the solar industry has been proudly associated with the Indian solar industry since 2009. The conference has been successfully providing a platform for all the stakeholders to meet, exchange information and ideas, discuss challenges and solutions and promoting the interest of the solar industry. In the Intersolar exhibition, domestic and global companies would exhibit their wares and solutions and reach out to new customers and to further bond with their existing customers.

The three days of exciting proceedings open on December 5, 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC). Over 100 industry experts from Indian and global solar and energy storage industries and policymakers will share their insights. Over 500 delegates are expected to participate in the conference. This year’s exhibition is certified by the US Department of Commerce and has US and German pavilions besides an exclusive pavilion for Electrical Energy Storage. Approx. 260 domestic and foreign exhibitors are showcasing their latest products and solutions and over 12,000 national and international visitors are expected to visit and benefit from the event.


Solar Energy potential of India

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“Readily available” and “easy to use” is the selling point on fossil fuel. These power plants carried out by coal and mineral oil do not only cause heavy greenhouse gas emission, but sources became limited over the years and are non-renewable. Energy demands only by fossil fuel will not able to meet the energy demands of such a growing population.

Rate of Increase Energy Consumption: 4.2% (refer)

Approximate coal consumption in recent years: 407 MTOE

Consumption of coal by India: 11% worldwide

Total coal reserves in India: Meagre 8% worldwide


Solar Rooftop Scenario – Maharashtra

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Maharashtra State Net metering policy highlights

Eligible Consumer
  • Wants to setup a Solar Plant up to a maximum capacity of 1 MW (subject to Technical Constraints explained ahead)
  • On Rooftop or any other Mounting Structure (Ground, Shed and Superstructures etc) in his premises
  • to meet all or part of electricity requirement including Consumer catering to common load (Housing Society Community Halls, Pumping stations etc)
  • Such System maybe owned by Consumer directly or by 3rd Party leasing such system (opening up the market to investors who will setup the power plant FREE to sell electricity to the consumer at a cost less than what Distribution Companies offer)
Capacity Limitation (Due to transformers)

The cumulative capacity of all solar plants connected to a Distribution Transformer (which is the closest grid transformer from which we receive electricity) should not exceed 40% of its capacity. The Distribution Company may allow for more after conducting a Detailed Load Flow Study,

The Distribution Company shall:
  • Put on its website, the information of available capacity of Distribution Transformers within 3 months (10th Dec, 2015) of the notification (10th Sept, 2015)
  • Update the capacity available quarterly within 1 month of ending of the quarter
First Come & First Serve

Since there are technical limitations set out in the policy for the maximum capacity of Solar plants that can be connected to the distribution transformer of the Electricity Distribution Company, the permission for Net Metering would be given on First Come, First Serve basis with a priority to already installed Solar Plants.

Duration of net metering agreement

After the approval for Net Metering, but before the commissioning of the system, the distribution company and the consumer would enter into a Net Metering Agreement for a duration of 20 years.


1kW solar system in Valsad

Smiling Sun : 1kW Solar Rooftop System in Valsad

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A professor in Valsad District of Gujarat installs 1kW Solar System on roof of his house

Dr. Uttam Patel is a professor in Vanraj Arts and commerce college. He wanted to source energy solar energy for his day to day requirement of electricity. So he posted his requirement on SolarConnect for a 1kW system on his house in Valsad, Gujarat.

Ezysolare team worked on the information provided by Dr. Patel and prepared Solar Energy Assessment Report and Plant Layout Designs for his Solar System.

Soon after this Dr. Patel got a call from Mr. Hiren Kabaria from Samvit Energy. Samvit Energy is a verified Solar System installation company registered on SolarConnect.

The duo discussed the requirement, negotiated on terms and conditions, and decided to work together to set up the 1kW Off-Grid Solar System on Dr. Patel’s house.


Solar Rooftop PV Plant Target for The Financial Year 2016-17

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The Ministry Of New and Renewable Energy ( MNRE ) is implementing a Grid connected Rooftop and Solar Power Plant Programme. The Government has set a target of 40,000 MWp of grid interactive rooftop solar (RTS) PV plants by 2022. These RTS plants will be set up in residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, Government or PSU sectors ranging from 1kWp to 500kWp capacity.


Techno Commercial Analysis of DC Overloading in Solar Photovoltaic Power Projects

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The concept of overloading is not new. And it has its own pros & cons

Lets walk through the Techno commercial analysis of DC Overloading in Solar Photovoltaic Power Projects

The Inverter has been overloaded on DC side due to the following list of benefits:

  • Inverters are power converting devices which merely convert the energy received by them, hence in order to maximize the generation in a solar power plant, the DC side is generally overloaded to a certain limit. The input energy received by the inverter is dependent on the solar irradiation which varies throughout the day. The morning and evening period generally witness low levels of irradiation. Connecting higher DC  to inverters helps transmit higher energy to inverter, hence increasing the inverter output during these low irradiation conditions leading to significant gain in energy overall.