Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2018 – IRENA

Global renewable energy employment reached 10.3 million jobs in 2017, an increase of 5.3% compared with the number reported in the previous year.

An increasing number of countries derive socio-economic benefits from renewable energy, but employment remains highly concentrated in a handful of countries, with China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan in the lead.

China alone accounts for 43% of all renewable energy jobs. Its share is particularly high in solar heating and cooling (83%) and in the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector (66%), and less so in wind power (44%).

The PV industry was the largest employer (almost 3.4 million jobs, up 9% from 2016). Expansion took place in China and India, while the United States, Japan and the European Union lost jobs.

Biofuels employment (at close to 2 million jobs) expanded by 12%, as production of ethanol and biodiesel expanded in most of the major producers. Brazil, the United States, the European Union and Southeast Asian countries were among the largest employers.

Employment in wind power (1.1 million jobs) and in solar heating and cooling (807 000 jobs) declined as the pace of new capacity additions slowed.

Large hydropower employed 1.5 million people directly, of whom 63% worked in operation and maintenance. Key job markets were China, India and Brazil, followed by the Russian Federation, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Viet Nam.

Employment remains limited in Africa, but the potential for off-grid jobs is high, particularly as energy access improves and domestic supply chain capacities are developed.

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Revision in Electricity Tariff with effect from 1 April, 2018 and Implementation thereof.

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Revision in Electricity Tariff with effect from 1 April, 2018 and Implementation thereof.


Revision in Electricity Tariff with effect from 1 April, 2018 and Implementation thereof.

MAHAVITARAN Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd.

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd.
(A Govt. of Maharashtra Undertaking) CIN : U40109MH20005SGC153645 PLOT No. G-9, PRAKASHGAD, Prof. ANANT KANEKAR MARG, BANDRA (East), MUMBAI-400051


Reference: 1) MERC Tariff Order dt. 0311112016 in the Case No. 48 of2016.2) Commercial Circular No. 275 Dated 18.11.2016.

3) Commercial Circular No. 284 Dated 11.04.2017.

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, in exercise of its powers under Sections 61 and 62 of the Electricity Act (EA), 2003, and in pursuance of the MYT Regulations and all other powers enabling it in this behalf, and after taking into consideration MSEDCL’s submissions, the written and oral suggestions and objections received and the responses of MSEDCL, and all other relevant material, has issued Multi Year Tariff Order dated 03 November 2016 in Case No.48 of2016.

Accordingly, the guidelines as under are issued for implementation of the said order of the Commission without prejudice to the rights ofMSEDCL to take any action as provided in the law.

The revised tariffs as per this Order shall be applicable from I April, 2018 onwards till 31st March 2019 .

Where the billing cycle of a consumer is different from the date of applicability of the revised tariffs, the tariffs should be applied for the consumption on a pro rata basis. The bills for the respective periods as per the existing and revised tariffs shall be calculated based on the pro rata consumption (units consumed during the respective periods arrived at on the basis of the average unit consumption per day multiplied by the number of days in the respective periods falling under the billing cycle).

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Govt amends solar bidding norms, developers can now pass on duty hike

The government has amended solar bidding norms, allowing developers to pass on the burden of any increase in duties on solar equipment to discoms, ending the industry’s apprehensions about likely impact of possible anti-dumping and safeguard duties on imported equipment.

The move will allow developers to bid as per current policies of the government, a senior government official said. It would, however, mean that any duty hike will ultimately be borne by the end consumer.

“It is hereby clarified that the term ‘change in the rates of any taxes’ as mentioned in clause 5.7.2 of ‘Guidelines for tariff based competitive bidding process for procurement of power from grid connected solar PV power projects’ — notified on August 3, 2017 — includes change in rates of taxes, duties and cess,” the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) said in a notification issued on Monday.

Anand Kumar, secretary in MNRE, said there has been some uncertainty in the market due to fears of safeguards and anti-dumping duties. “The bidders did not know how to bid realistically and accurately in the market, so there is a lot of speculation and we could get unrealistic rates as a result,” he told ET.

The ‘Change in Law’ clause earlier included any change in the rates of any tax that has a direct effect on the project.

In the current scenario, where the government is still examining the veracity of data submitted by the domestic solar equipment industry for safeguards investigation, the move will prevent developers from taking undue advantage of this uncertainty, Kumar said. “Suppose I don’t make it a pass through, and bidders quote high rates. And then the duty never comes, then the bidder is taking undue advantage,” he explained. “So even if the price is increasing to the discoms, it is increased due to government policy,” Kumar said.

The Directorate General of Safeguards in January this year had proposed a whopping 70% safeguards duty on imports of solar cells and modules from China and Malaysia, after domestic manufacturers’ body Indian Solar Manufacturers Association claimed to be facing serious injury on account of imports from these nations.

Kumar, however, said, “Unless we are sure that there is merit in the case and the data is right, we cannot let in happen. MNRE is of the opinion that it should not disrupt solar mission.” Power and MNRE minister RK Singh had last month said the government was mulling pass through of duties on solar projects to de-risk them.

The Indian government has set itself a target of achieving 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity, of which 100 GW is to come from solar.

Source: ET

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MNRE revises BIS Quality Control (Requirement for Compulsory Registration under BIS Act) Order 2017

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had notified the above mentioned Quality Control (Requirement for Compulsory Registration under BIS Act) Order 2017 vide Government of India Gazette notification No. 2561 dated 5th September 2017. As per this notification the specified standards shall come into force on expiry of one year from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. The MNRE has initiated action for implementation of the said order. The test labs are being set-up for performance testing and certification of all products as per standards given in the said Quality Control Order 2017. Later on it was felt that the date for enforcement of the Quality Control Order 2017 dated 5.9.2017 for quality assurance as per the specified standards should be brought forward in order to ensure that quality control benefits the industry at the earliest possible. In this regard, the Ministry had sought inputs and suggestions from the various stakeholders.

3. The preparedness of test labs has been reviewed in consultation with Bureau Indian Standards (BIS) and test labs. It has now been decided that the said order in respect of SPV Modules shall come into force w.e.f. 1.4.2018 except for fire test which will be effective w.e.f. 1.07.2018. All test labs will set up fire test facility as per the specified standards, with BIS approval by 1.07.2018. For supplies from 1.04.2018 to 30.06.2018, the representatives of the manufactures would submit samples to an authorised lab for testing and give a self- certification that the module adheres to the prescribed standards. In case the sample fails to conform to the Indian Standards, the project developer will be penalised as per the provision contained in the Quality Control Order and guidelines of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. For invertor testing, test labs have been requested to obtain approval of BIS by 31.03.2018 for testing invertors of capacities up to 100kW and by 1.09.2018 for capacities more than 100kW. The word “Power Convertors” is replaced with “Invertors” at Sl. No. 4 in the schedule of the Quality Control Order.

4. BIS has been requested to follow the guidelines for registration of products and test labs. The MNRE will bring out a list of test labs approved by BIS by the end of March, 2018, which will be uploaded on MNRE web for public information. The revised Quality Control Order 2017 with schedule as above will be notified.


Systems/Devices/Components Goods Order 2017.

All stakeholders

schedule and enforcement date of Solar Photovoltaic

(Dr. B. S. Negi) Adviser/Scientist-G(R&D Coord.) Email: Telefax: 24368581

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Use of Mislabeled Imported Solar Panels in DCR Projects to be Penalized

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an order stating that project developers will be penalized for the utilization of imported solar modules to develop projects under the Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) category.

In its order, the MNRE stated, “The government of India is encouraging domestic manufacturers of solar cells and modules by way of DCR policy wherever permitted by the World Trade Organization (WTO).”

The order comes amid apprehensions that the DCR policy may be misused by project developers by way of mislabeling or misclassification of imported solar modules.

In India, DCR category projects were implemented to provide a guaranteed market for local solar component manufacturers. Mercom had previously reported that the DCR policy was always at risk of running into conflict with WTO rules, but the government kept pushing it to protect the fledgling solar industry.

The MNRE has come up with a stringent plan of action to curb such discrepancies. A criminal case will be filed under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 420 and other related sections in case of a violation. The project developer will then be blacklisted for a decade, bank guarantees will be encashed and strict disciplinary action will be taken against the involved government agency officials.

An MNRE official aware of the development told Mercom, “Yes, we are following WTO norms. According to the WTO norms, we can also do certain DCR projects. If DCR projects are being developed, there should be a guarantee that specific domestic modules and panels are used. This order will provide that guarantee. Even the government officials have been accounted for, no one can think of getting away scot-free.”

“If you see, in coming in line with the WTO norms, we (MNRE) have also issued an order stating that the modules, panels can be sourced from anywhere for operation and maintenance of DCR projects. This order was required,” added the official.

In January 2018, Mercom had reported about MNRE issuing an advisory regarding the procurement of modules for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the desired Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) of solar projects developed under the DCR category. In its letter, the MNRE had said that the projects built under the DCR category can replace defective cells/modules in the open category (can be imported).

Source: Mercom

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RE100 Progress and Insights Report, January 2018

APPROACHING A TIPPING POINT: how corporate users are redefining global electricity markets


– 122leadingcompanieshavecommittedtosourcing 100% renewable electricity.

– Their collective electricity demand is over 159 terawatt hours per year (TWh/yr) – this is more than enough to power Malaysia, New York State or Poland, and is a 49% increase on last year’s membership.

– If RE100 were a country, it would be 24th biggest in the world in terms of electricity use1.

– Suppliersandpeersarebeingincreasinglyinfluenced by members.


– 25companiesachievedtheir100%targetbytheend of 2016.

– On average, RE100 members are sourcing 32% of their electricity from renewables.


  • –  Renewablepowerconsumptionfromcompaniesgrew, with the proportion of procurement from offsite grid-connected generators (Power purchase agreements – PPAs) increasing more than fourfold in one year, from 3% to 13%.
  • –  Purchase from on-site installations owned by a supplier has increased x15.
  • –  56 companies generated some of their own electricity on site in 2016, increasing generation ninefold on the previous year.


– 88%ofrespondingmemberscitetheeconomiccase as an important driver for their RE100 commitment.

– 30 out of 74 respondents reported that switching to renewable electricity was cost competitive or resulted in cost savings on their energy bills.

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Global Market Outlook For Solar Power / 2017 – 2021


Welcome to SolarPower Europe’s Global Market Outlook 2017 – 2021. This Global Market Outlook is special for various reasons: in response to the rapid developments in the solar sector it contains much more information than last year’s edition. It was also fully produced in-house by our newly established market intelligence team, who will develop more reports going forward. This year we begin a cooperation with the Global Solar Council for this report, and our sister organisation, the China Photovoltaic Industry Association, has contributed a chapter of the world’s largest solar market – China.

never before have we seen more solar power being installed in a single year than in 2016. The global solar PV market grew much more than expected – by 50% to 76.6 GW year-on-year. For the first time, solar le behind its renewable energy peer, wind, in terms of annual installations. Together with wind, solar contributed over three quarters of power capacity installations in the European Union last year. All renewables added more than half of new global power generation capacities for the second year in a row.

When looking at cost, solar continues to expands its leadership role. In 2016, another world-record low solar power supply contract was awarded in the United Arab Emirates for 24.2 USD/MW (or 2.4 US cents/kWh). Today, utility-scale solar is generally already cheaper than new combined cycle gas turbines, coal and nuclear power plants, while roo op solar is usually cheaper than grid-power as long as this is not subsidised.

Solar power has also become a job machine in countries that have embraced the technology. In the US, which doubled annual PV installations last year, one in 50 new jobs in 2016 was created in the solar sector.

While all these solar growth numbers sound very impressive, the fact is that solar still has a long way to go to fully tap its potential. The 306.5 GW of grid-connected PV capacity installed end of 2016 generated around 2% of the world’s electricity demand. From today’s perspective, we expect total global installed PV capacity to exceed 400 GW in 2018, 500 GW in 2019, 600 GW in 2020 and 700 GW in 2021. If policy makers get things right by addressing the needs for a smooth energy transition, such as through establishing the right governance, market design and renewable energy frameworks, solar demand could increase much faster, and touch nearly 1 TW of total generation capacity in 2021.

The energy transition towards renewables doesn’t have to be costly today. While about 8% renewables generation capacity was added last year (which is obviously too low), investment dropped by 23%, according to the recent United nations Environment Programme (UnEP) “More Bang for the Buck” report. That means, solar and renewables are doing the right thing – companies are quickly reducing cost for their products. A “de-investment” in renewables is, however, the wrong message to potential investors. With the 1.5°C Paris goal requiring gigantic efforts, it needs much more money to be directed into renewables. China is clearly showing the way – by more than doubling its solar capacity additions in 2016, reaching an annual global market share of over 45%.

Indeed, there are several obstacles that need to be overcome for solar to be able to move into the fast lane. That’s why SolarPower Europe has looked at challenges and solutions for 10 Topics & Trends that will be key for a rapid expansion of solar in the coming years. A large part of this chapter’s content has come from our Task Forces, where we work with our members on business models and policy recommendations in the fields of Trade, Storage, Digitalisation, Tenders, O&M, and Corporate Sourcing.

Enjoy reading our Global Market Outlook 2017 – 2021.

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