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NSEFI Declares Support for Sun Edison, India

In an interview aired by Bloomberg TV National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has expressed full confidence that the Sun Edison bankruptcy matter will not impact India’s solar program. Further elaborating the subject NSEFI Chief Pranav R Mehta, who is also Co – Chairman of Global Solar Council stated that :

“Sun Edison India has a strong portfolio of already commissioned solar projects with attractive PPAs and projects under implementation. Their Indian Team is very experienced and capable. With this background, I am sure they will have investors for Indian portfolio and assets”

Sun Edison has been amongst original founding members of NSEFI. “ In India we do not abandon a family member just when he is in trouble. On the contrary we help them out” , Mehta added.

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World Solar Industry Unites for Climate Change

In a matching response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary step of forming the International Solar Alliance(ISA), which is essentially a Government initiative, the world solar industry has united to fight climate change. The Global Solar Council (GSC), consisting of various solar associations from around the world, including the world’s largest markets of India, Australia, Brazil, China and other Asian countries, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States, was launched at COP 21 climate change events last December at Paris.

India’s well known solar champion and Chairman of the powerful National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), Pranav R Mehta, was unanimously elected as one of the Co-Chairman of the newly established Global Solar Council at the Paris event in December. The India affiliate office of the Global Solar Council was opened two days ago in New Delhi by John Smirnow, Secretary General of GSC, and Pranav R Mehta, Co-Chairman, in the presence of Shri Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India, K.S.Popli, CMD,IREDA and other senior government and solar industry leaders including:

Suman Kumar, Director, Sun Edison; R.W.Ghai of Hindustan Clean Energy; Dr.Annapurna Vancheswari, Sr. Director, TERI; Rakesh Kumar, Director, SECI; Pawan Agrawal, President YES Bank; Sanjeev Gupta, NexGen Financial Services; and NGOs working in the sector.

This history-making event brings together leading solar nations with a successful track record and experience and new and emerging economies. The Global Solar Council is unifying the solar industry at an international level to share best practices, accelerate global market developments and mitigate the disastrous effects of global warming and climate change.

Global Solar Council to Work in Close Cooperation with ISA

This newly established Global Solar Council will work in a complementary manner and in close cooperation with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will have an affiliated office in New Delhi, amongst similar other global offices.

“Under the leadership of Pranav Mehta and other visionary founders, we will help accelerate the deployment of clean, reliable, emissions-free solar energy worldwide,” said John Smirnow, Secretary General of the Global Solar Council.

“Globally we need to join hands in the area of technology and affordable finance to help accelerate solar adoption, which will ultimately lead to affordable solar energy and mitigation of the adverse effects of global warming and climate change,” added Mr. Mehta.

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Eclipse over solar power in Gujarat

After having lost out its numero uno position to Rajasthan in solar power space, Gujarat seems to have further lagged behind in capacity addition.
The home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been promoting solar energy in a big way, could add only 24 MW of solar power generation capacity from June 2015 to January 2016. As against this, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu added more than 200 MW in the same period.
As per data released by the Union ministry of new and renewable energy, Gujarat added 24 MW of total commissioned capacity (grid connected) to 1024.15 MW as on January 14, 2016, as against 1000.05 MW on May 29, 2015. During the period, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Madhya Pradesh added 216.9 MW, 270.96 MW, and 115 MW respectively.

“In case of Gujarat, the aggression for solar energy is missing. Despite Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) and state government’s decision, even no-objection certificates (NOC) are not being issued to installed projects (both rooftop and off-grid solar power projects) by state discoms such as Uttar Gujarat Vij Company,” said Pranav Mehta, co-chairman, Global Solar Council, an international solar energy body representing 120 solar countries.

Rajasthan, relatively a late entrant in solar power generation, has raced ahead Gujarat. “State after state is getting aggressive for the spread and growth of solar. Rajasthan has reduced open access charges by 50% to attract investment and the policy is yielding results for Rajasthan,” added Mehta, who is also the chairman the chairman of National Solar Energy Federation of India.Experts also complained that new solar power policy is not being implemented properly in Gujarat, whereas states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh offer better incentives and cheaper land.When contacted, state government officials explained that Gujarat distribution companies are already purchasing more solar power than mandated by electricity regulatory authority to meet their renewable power purchase obligation. Hence, the discoms have no appetite for further solar power consumption, and consequently no fresh agreements are being entered into. The situation will prevail for a year or so till discom’s consumption goes up.

“In case of Gujarat, the aggression for solar energy is missing. Despite Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) and state government’s decision, even no-objection certificates (NOC) are not being issued to installed projects (both roof top and off-grid solar power projects) by state discoms such as Uttar Gujarat Vij Company,” said Pranav Mehta, co-chairman, Global Solar Council, an international solar energy body representing 120 solar countries.Rajasthan, relatively a late entrant in solar power generation, has raced ahead Gujarat. “State after state is getting aggressive for the spread and growth of solar. Rajasthan has reduced open access charges by 50% to attract investment and the policy is yielding results for Rajasthan,” added Mehta, who is also the chairman the chairman of National Solar Energy Federation of India.

Experts also complained that new solar power policy is not being implemented properly in Gujarat, whereas states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh offer better incentives and cheaper land.When contacted, state government officials explained that Gujarat distribution companies are already purchasing more solar power than mandated by electricity regulatory authority to meet their renewable power purchase obligation. Hence, the discoms have no appetite for further solar power consumption and consequently no fresh agreements are being entered into. The situation will prevail for a year or so till discom’s consumption goes up.

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