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Form renewable energy export body: Pranav Mehta, NSEFI

The industry body is now waiting for the commerce ministry’s go-ahead for the council

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has proposed the creation of a Renewable Energy Export Promotion Council on the line of Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) to encourage exports of renewable energy equipment and related services from India.

“In December, a proposal for Renewable Energy Export Promotion Council of India was submitted to the Union commerce ministry. There is vast untapped potential to export solar equipment and services from India. Not only solar, but this is also true also for other renewable energy segments such as wind, small hydro and waste to energy,” said Pranav Mehta, the founding chairman of NSEFI.

“While imports of solar equipment are still considerable, the domestic industry has already started exporting solar panels and services to Africa, UAE, and parts of the US. The exports, however, are at a very smaller scale,” he added.

The industry body is now waiting for the commerce ministry’s go-ahead for the council. “We expect the government’s approval to come in the next few months,” Mehta said.


Source: Energy EconomicTimes IndiaTimes

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Pranav R Mehta Becomes the first Indian to head Global Solar Council, Headquartered in Washington DC

A visionary in the field of Solar Energy and the chairman of National Solar Energy Federation, Shri Pranav R Mehta, has taken over as the president of Global Solar Council (GSC) from January 1, 2019. The GSC has its headquarters in Washington D.C., USA.


  • Solar Man of India Pranav R Mehta continues to increase country’s Clout in Solar World
  • Chairman of NSEFI and world-renowned Shri Pranav R. Mehta took over as head of the Global Solar Council, headquartered in Washington DC from 1 January 2019.
  • Pranav R. Mehta will be felicitated with “Solar Visionary and Influencer Award” in Abu Dhabi next week

The Global Solar Council (GSC) was launched on December 6, 2015, following the historic United Nations Climate Change Conference (UN COP 21). The GSC came into being as International Coalition of more than 30 nations, utilising maximum solar energy, decided to harness the renewable energy for the greater good.

Mr Mehta has been invited by over 15 countries in the last two years to share his vision and experience in India’s impressive solar growth. The visionary started his solar journey way back in 2006 when India was at Zero Megawatts solar capacity and is credited with having played a catalytic and pivotal role in opinion building, emphasis and awareness about the importance of solar energy, integrating the efforts of all solar energy stakeholders including government and private sector as well as the intellectual inputs. Today, India is placed amongst the Top 5 solar players in the world and is third largest solar market. But the suave and low profile attributes the credit to the political will and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in equal measure to solar industry players and all stakeholders including the government.

“India’s impressive growth would not have been complete without Prime Minister and his government’s enabling policies, role of proactive bureaucracy and significant contribution of solar industry players in terms of capital investment, technology deployment, employment generation, skill development, innovative financing and above all, achieving cost reduction,” opines Mr Mehta, who is well known for his work in the area of sustainable development and outgoing environmental and social concerns.

Recognising his contributions to the solar sector across the world, Shri Pranav Mehtawho has been keeping the Indian flag flying high in the solar arena, has been conferred with the ‘Visionary Disruptor Award’ by Solar Future Today, which he will be receiving on 15th January, 2019 at the sidelines of World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking about GSC’s future plans, Mr Mehta stated, “My heart goes out to the energy have-nots. Moreover, solar energy has a vast potential for poverty alleviation. We at Global Solar Council will thus strive to achieve not only growth but spread of solar energy globally and reach out to those who have no access to energy. To this end we will – together with and in consultation with ISA, IRENA, World Governments and like-minded positive organizations – strive to achieve 1.0 Trillion Mini Grids ensuring decentralized energy, 1.0 Trillion Solar Homes, and 10.0 million jobs by 2030. Of course, we will aim at 1.0 million of each of the above items and then scale it up deploying new storage and other technologies.”

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India’s Growing Imprint on Solar World

NSEFI Chairman and globally acknowledged Solar Leader Pranav R Mehta takes over as Washington DC headquartered Global Solar Council India’s globally well known and visionary solar leader Pranav R Mehta took over as the Chairman of Washington DC based Global Solar Council (GSC) on 1st January, 2019. Global Solar Council which was launched during the landmark UN COP 21 at Paris on 06 December 2015 with the high decibel Paris Agreement period, is an international coalition from over 30 solar countries including China, USA, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Middle East, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, Malaysia etc. and more and more country associations as well as large, medium and small solar companies are joining this global solar organization.

Solar WorldGSC is a private and NGO sector initiative response to global warming and climate change. Its aim is to accelerate solar growth, spread and deployment worldwide and works in close cooperation and hand in hand with international government bodies like ISA, IRENA, REN21, Clean Energy Ministerial etc. GSC inked an agreement of cooperation with ISA at Munich in June 2018 during Inter Solar Munich and has chalked out many activities with ISA including for solar agricultural pumps, capacity building, increased and varied solar applications etc. GSC has A similar agreement with IRENA and is an important player in the IRENA Coalition for Action and its steering committee.

Pranav R Mehta, highly regarded as a global solar energy thought leader led these GSC activities from front in his earlier capacity as GSC Chair Elect and its Co – Chairman since its inception.

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Safeguard Duty on Solar Units in SEZs and Other Policy Highlights from December 2018

The month of December was a busy one for the domestic renewable sector, with a series of orders issued by various state and central agencies, especially the state electricity regulatory commissions. However, the highlight of the month remained the notification from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry stating that the solar module and cell manufacturers in India that are operating in special economic zones (SEZs) will not benefit from the levy of 25 percent safeguard duty on solar imports. These units will have to pay safeguard duty for the modules and cells produced by them and utilized for solar projects in India.

Here is a roundup of key policy announcements made by central government and state agencies in the renewable energy sector in the month of December 2018:


The Ministry of Power (MoP) announced the ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, which is the Energy Conservation Building Code for residential buildings (ECBC-R). The implementation of this code is expected to boost energy efficiency in the residential sector, its occupants, and the larger environment by promoting energy efficiency in the design and construction of homes, apartments, and townships.

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC)  issued an order stating that the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) that came into effect from July 1, 2017 will constitute a change in law event for the transmission service providers in India.

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) issued an order extending the scheduled commercial operating date for 72 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects. The commission was examining a petition filed by Welspun Energy Private Limited against the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

With the goal to facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in the country, the Ministry of Power announced guidelines and standards for the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in India.


The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued a memorandum for the implementation of public procurement in renewable energy sector giving preference to ‘Make in India’ products. This is in response to the central government’s order, issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to promote manufacturing and production of goods and services in India in order to improve income and employment in the country.

The MNRE also amended the guidelines for the implementation of its scheme under which the government aims to develop 5 GW of solar projects with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the fourth batch of the National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase-II.

Moreover, the agency amended two clauses in the policy to support the promotion of biomass-based cogeneration projects in sugar mills and other industries in the country up to March 2020. MNRE had announced the program in May 2018.


The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) set the generic tariff for grid-connected solar rooftop units between 1 kW and 10 kW installed by domestic consumers in the state. While the generic tariff without capital subsidy has been fixed at ₹4.15 (~$0.06)/kWh, the tariff with capital subsidy will be ₹3.08 (~0.044)/kWh.

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) approved the competitive bidding process for the long-term procurement of power from wind-solar hybrid projects in the state. The MSEDCL had also proposed an upper tariff ceiling of ₹2.75 (~$0.039)/kWh and a PPA tenure of 25 years.

The MERC has also approved the competitive bidding process for the long-term procurement of 1 GW power from floating solar projects which will be established on the state’s Ujjani Dam. The MSEDCL had proposed that after the scheduled commissioning date, if the project is ready but the necessary power evacuation infrastructure beyond delivery point is not ready, no compensation will be permissible to the generator.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC)  issued draft guidelines to implement a group net-metering and a virtual net-metering framework under the Delhi Solar Policy 2016. According to the draft, the purpose of this group net-metering framework is to help maximize the utilization of rooftop space for solar energy generation for consumers with multiple buildings and service connections.

The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) issued a draft order regarding the review of benchmark capital cost for solar PV, solar thermal, grid-interactive rooftop, and small solar PV projects to be applicable for the financial year (FY) 2019-20.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) rejected the plea made by Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL) for a tariff protection of ₹4.41 (~$0.062)/kWh for 400 MW solar power projects under force majeure clauses. The commission has agreed on tariff of ₹3.05 (~$0.043)/kWh (with AD benefit) for these projects.

Source : Mercomindia

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Pranav R Mehta : Chairman of Global Solar Council

Today on 1st January 2019 our Chairman Shri Pranav R Mehta assumed the responsibility as the chairman of Global Solar Council. He will be chairing the Washington DC-based Global Solar Council in its first board meeting on 14th of January in Abu Dhabi. Join us in congratulating Shri Pranav Mehta on his assumption as Chair – GSC.

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NSEFI Issues Recommendations to Help Attain India’s Solar Targets India has set a target of 100 GW of solar PV by 2022

India has set a solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity addition target of 100 GW by 2022. According to Mercom’s India Solar Tracker, so far over 26 GW of solar PV capacity has been installed in India. Still, there is a deficit of over 73 GW of solar capacity to be installed in the next four years.

Now, the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has come up with a wish list to help attain India’s solar targets.

Wish list

  • Renewable purchase obligation (RPO) enforcement must be undertaken with further intensified effort.
  • Renewable energy certificate (REC) market and bankability should be strengthened.
  • Solar energy must be moved from ‘class’ to ‘mass’.
  • Every farm should be encouraged to set up and export solar energy to the grid through net metering. Farmers should be enabled to supply electricity to the grid.
  • Every taluka should go in for appropriate size solar project – thus ensuring decentralized solar power generation.
  • Large deployment of micro and mini grids must be undertaken.
  • Affordable low-cost solar finance should be made available.
  • High priority must be given to deployment of concentrated solar power (CSP) with new technologies.
  • Adaptation of new solar storage technologies must be prioritized.
  • There should be parity in taxes and duties.
  • Massive research effort and collaboration with world’s reputed laboratories should be undertaken to commercialize the already-achieved high efficiency (42% in NREL and other laboratories). If this is done, it will be a disruptive technology requiring half the land required presently.
  • Easy finance availability for residential rooftop, commercial and industrial establishments, especially MSMEs should be made available.
  • Support and encouragement should be provided for Indian manufacturing, including module manufacturing to become globally competitive.
  • Evacuation of renewable power should be state’s responsibility.
  • Ideally, there should be no open access charge for renewable energy. If this is not possible, then there should be uniform, low open access rates throughout the country for renewable energy.
  • Land should be made available on priority basis.
  • Solar should be accorded priority similar that of space and nuclear energy.
  • Renewable energy budget must be hiked. The budget should double every year. Even with this increase, it will be much smaller than fossil fuel subsidies.
  • E-mobility should be encouraged with utilization of solar energy.

In the wish list, the NSEFI has covered important bases in the renewable energy sector. If we combine mobility with renewable energy generation, it will be a great leap towards attaining our climate goals as a nation. It will help us attain our renewable energy targets, especially solar (100 GW) and curb emissions.

In the past too, NSEFI has come up with suggestions at times the industry has been uncertain. When safeguard duty was being levied, NSEFI had suggested that safeguard duty must not be levied on projects that have already been bid out as developers wouldn’t have accounted for a 25 percent duty which would increase projects costs by about 15 percent. Added costs will burden companies and impact their repayment of borrowings to lenders.

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Nsefi CEO, Mr. Subhramanyam Pulipaka met with Director of IESA, Mr. Debi Prasad Dash

Today our CEO Mr. Subrahmanyam Pulipaka met with the director of India Energy Storage Alliance(IESA), Mr. Debi Prasad Dash to discuss about upcoming 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Energy Storage, EV & Microgrids in India. They have also discussed about possible collaborations between NSEFI and IESA for upcoming NSEFI activities.


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SolarGenX Conference on Rooftop Solar, Ahmedabad

NSEFI is a supporting partner for Ahmedabad Edition of SolarGenX that includes Super Sessions, Panel Sessions, Product and Solution Showcase, Exhibits, Conference Luncheon and Networking Reception.

The conference will see participation from solar rooftop project developers, EPC Contractors, System Integrators, Solar Manufacturers, O&M Experts, financial institutions, consultants, advisers and officials from GEDA.

The conference will highlight the emerging opportunities in the rooftop solar space in India, examine and analyse key challenges, and showcase most promising technologies, business models and noteworthy projects. The conference will provide a platform to key industry players, government officials, and rooftop project owners to share their experience and exchange ideas.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend SolarGenX Ahmedabad Edition, the most influential and highly successful conference on rooftop solar. SolarGenX is the best place to experience under one roof promising technologies, innovative business models, projects, products and ideas that is sure to energize industry veterans.

SolarGenX Conference on Rooftop Solar, Ahmedabad

Topic: Rooftop Solar- Emerging Trends, Solutions & Lessons Learned

Location: Ahmedabad

Venue : AMA Ahmedabad, Doctor Vikram Sarabhai Marg, University Area, Ahmedabad, India.

Date: 28th Nov 2018

Timing: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Followed by Dinner)

To Attend the conference register using the following link.

(The Conference is free to attend for NSEFI members for first 40 seats. Pre-registration is mandatory. Without pre-registration and confirmation no one will be allowed entry. The free seats are limited and available on first come first serve basis. Registration only using the above link.)

For details regarding the conference or any assistance on booking ticket reach the organizers at +91 9820716970/ +91 9820692203.

Topics on Deliberation:

  • Solar rooftop scenario in India and Benefits of Rooftop solar for Industrial and Commercial Consumers.
  • Policies for Promoting Solar Rooftop in the state- Government Initiatives and Industry Perspective
  • Technology Trends in Module, Inverter Technology, cables and BoS for Rooftop Projects.
  • Solar Rooftop Best Practices
  • Challenges and Future Outlook in Lending to Rooftop Solar Projects
  • Current Trends and emerging technologies in Energy Storage.
  • O&M Strategy
  • Commercials, Contracts and Taxation issues for RT Solar projects.
  • Industry Consumer Dialogue
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IIT Roorkee and CSIR-NCL jointly develop dyes to increase efficiency of solar cells

Researchers from IIT Roorkee have developed organic dyes in collaboration with CSIR-NCL Pune that can increase the efficiency of Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSC).

The team of researchers led by Dr. M. Sankar, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Roorkee, have worked to improve the photovoltaic conversion efficiencies of an organic dye called porphyrin for DSSC applications.

Their latest research results have been published in a journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS) called ACS Applied Energy Materials.

Solar cell technologies fall into three generations; the first and second generations comprise photovoltaic cells that use inorganic semiconducting materials such as single crystal silicon (Gen I) and thin film silicon and CdSe type semiconductors (Gen II).

Inorganic semiconductors of both generations continue to be expensive and challenging for scale up.

The third generation, which is in the research stage, includes dye-sensitized solar cells or DSSC, which use a combination of cheap organic dyes and nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, to convert light into electricity.

Although the cost of DSSC is much lower than the earlier generations of photovoltaics, their conversion efficiencies are also very low, necessitating further research into dyes used in such cells.

Porphyrin is a complex organic molecule and is the building block of chlorophyll, the key chemical that allows plants to harvest light energy for photosynthesis.

The first study on the use of porphyrins in DSSC dates back to 1993, in which, porphyrin containing copper, resulted in power conversion efficiencies of 2.6%, too low for practical applications.

Since then, various modifications of porphyrin have been studied for use in DSSC. Zinc-containing porphyrins have been found promising and the research team at IIT Roorkee uses this type of porphyrin for its studies.

One way of improving the efficiency of the dye is to add molecular pendants or groups to it, which can result in a ‘push-pull’ architecture that involves the shuttle of electrons released in the molecule.

Such push-pull mechanisms also improve the absorption of light in the red and infrared regions, thereby increasing the efficiency of the dye in photo-electric conversions.

For dye molecules like porphyrin, these functional groups are introduced through reactions that involve many complex steps and need expensive palladium and platinum-based catalysts. Compounds made by these reactions have low efficiencies.

Dr. Sankar and the research team have developed a process to produce functionalized porphyrins, without the use of platinum and palladium catalysts.

“Our continuous efforts to develop simple, efficient, stable, and cost-effective sensitizers involving fewer synthetic steps have resulted in five porphyrins Zn(II) complexes with a power conversion efficiency ranging from 5.3% to 7.1%”, explains Dr. Sankar
“We have also shown the scalability of the synthetic approach”, he adds, on the advantage of the method developed.

The researchers have used the Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations to understand the electron density distribution in frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs) and for geometry optimization.

They have studied the photoelectric properties of the dyes by standard methods such as optical and fluorescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and PV measurements, all of which have shown improved performance of the dyes.

Aggressive research all over the world on improving the light-to-energy conversion efficiencies of DSSC has made it a credible competitor to first and second generation solar cells.

This collaborative work by IIT Roorkee and CSIR-NCL on the improvement of sensitizers for DSSC could lead to dyes with higher conversion efficiencies, which in turn could lead to better and low-cost DSSCs than possible today.

The research team comprises Ravi, Kamal and Dr Sankar from IIT Roorkee and Sudhakar, Dr Krishnamoorthy from CSIR-NCL, Pune.

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Green Power Conference & Exposition

NSEFI is a supporting partner for Green Power 2018.
As  NSEFI Member can avail 20% discount in the Registration fee
Pre-registration is compulsory. You can register online @ 
For more details:- you can contact Apoorva Santhosh, CII email:-
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