BIS Implementation on Solar Postponed till 1st Jan 2019

Last week Sunkalp Energy had reported how some of the largest solar product manufactures were struggling with BIS implementation due to un-preparedness of the labs approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards to certify solar inverters and modules. As short term relief measure the, government released a notification on Saturday, extending the date for implementation of BIS standards until 1st Jan 2019. (more…)

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Labs unprepared for BIS Implementation, Solar Industry in Limbo

In September 2017, MNRE had notified that three components used in solar plants were to be covered under BIS guidelines. The products to be covered under BIS are crystalline PV modules, thin film PV modules, power inverters and storage batteries. MNRE had given the industry and labs one year to prepare and be certified with time interim until April 2018 for self certification by manufacturers. Seeing that the government approved labs were not yet fit to certify solar there were repeated extensions and finally in a notification dated 12th September 2018, a final deadline for enforcement of BIS guidelines was announced at 20th September 2018.

This means that any solar panel, solar inverter or battery, that is not BIS certified, post 20th September, cannot be installed and hence cannot be imported into India. (more…)

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Free Solar Electricity for India- Masayoshi Son’s Marketing Genius

“Free electricity!”, Softbank’s Masayoshi Son enticed the gathering yesterday at Re-Invest in Greater Noida. He said that he would offer free electricity from solar power plants after completion of a 25 year power purchase agreement (PPA) to member nations of the International Solar Alliance.

Son elaborated that solar plants have a potential life of up to 80 years and he would recoup his investment during the PPA duration, after which he would ‘give-back’ free clean electricity to the world. (more…)

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REI 2017

REI Expo Greater Noida 2017- Our Experience

This year was my 6th consecutive participation at the Renewable Energy India Expo (REI), Greater Noida- twice as an exhibitor and competitor and four times as a visitor. Over these past six years, I can certainly say that REI successfully captures the mood of the renewable energy industry. Here were my key takeaways from the expo this year:

  • Over the past years, REI has been a lot about hype, with a large proportion of only curious visitors. This year, having visited on the second day, I felt that even though the footfall was lower, but there was a larger proportion of serious business visitors. The spread in terms of number of stalls was also less than the last two years but stalls represented the serious long term players in the industry.


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Piyush Goyal Dharmendra Pradhan

India’s Energy Diplomacy

In an enlightening discussion today at the Energy Conclave 2017, Piyush Goyal (MoS Power, Coal & RE) and Dharmendra Pradhan (MoS Petroleum & Natural Gas) talked about power being a significant part of India’s diplomatic efforts.

Bhutan and Nepal have tremendous potential for hydro power, but they do not have enough consumption or load”, said Mr. Pradhan. Thus these countries are unable to economically develop hydel power plants just to cater to their own consumption (more…)

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