India ROUNDUP: Official 5% GST for solar, SBI 100MW rooftop, US$100m ADB loan to Punjab rooftops

India’s GST Council officially confirms 5% tax on solar equipment, SBI 100MW rooftop approval, ADB US$100 million loan for Punjab rooftops.

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Piyush Goyal warning on Indian solar quality – ‘We are watching your performance’

With stricter quality standards due to be brought in for Indian solar tenders, including inspections for modules, cells and wafers, energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal has warned the industry about failure to keep equipment quality high.

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Indian power minister challenges Munich to 100% renewables race with world’s oldest city

India’s energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal has challenged Germany and the city of Munich to a race with the ancient holy city of Varanasi to become the first large city in the world to be 100% powered by clean energy.

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Vikram Solar hits 1GW solar module capacity in Kolkata

India-based PV manufacturer and EPC firm Vikram Solar has expanded its module manufacturing capacity from 900MW to 1GW at its fab in Kolkata.

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Intersolar Europe 2017: Arcor partners Ezon to develop 50MW of solar in India

New York-headquartered renewables project developer and EPC firm Arcor has partnered with Indian firm Ezon Energy Solutions to develop 50MW of solar PV projects in the Indian state of Karnataka.

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Modules to be taxed 5% in India after GST clarification

Solar modules in India will be taxed at a rate of 5% as opposed to the 18% that was announced two weeks ago under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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Coal cancellations and PV records mark India’s energy transformation

At least 13.7GW of planned coal-fired power plants have been cancelled in India this month, while solar prices have tumbled to new lows, showing that India’s energy transformation is in full swing, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

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India proposes compensation for renewables curtailment

The Indian Power Ministry has put forward plans to compensate for grid curtailment of existing renewable energy projects, according to credit rating agency India Ratings and Research (Ind Ra).

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Indian cabinet approves US$366 million in bonds for schemes including solar parks and rooftop PV

India’s Union Cabinet has approved plans to raise bonds worth INR23.6 billion (US$366 million) for a large range of renewable energy initiatives.

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Indian holy city Varanasi has potential for 676MW rooftop solar – CEED

The Indian city of Varanasi, famed for its burning ghats along the banks of the River Ganges, has the potential for 676MW of rooftop solar installations by using just 8.3% of available roof space, according to a report from the Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED).

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Tata Power crosses 2GW of wind and solar

Indian energy giant Tata Power has surpassed 2GW of wind and solar energy capacity including 933MW of solar.

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