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About Anjana Parikh

Anjana is a news editor at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, she held roles of senior editor, district correspondent, and sub-editor for The Times of India, Biospectrum and The Sunday Guardian. Before that, she worked at the Deccan Herald and the Asianlite as chief sub-editor and news editor. She has also contributed to The Quint, Hindustan Times, The New Indian Express, Reader’s Digest (UK edition), IndiaSe (Singapore-based magazine) and Asiaville. Anjana holds a Master’s degree in Geography from North Bengal University, and a diploma in mass communication and journalism from Guru Ghasidas University, Bhopal.

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Jharkhand Reissues 2 MW Solar Canal-Top Tender Amid Lukewarm Response

Jharkhand Reissues 2 MW Solar Canal-Top Tender Amid Lukewarm Response

The Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has reissued its tender for 2 MW of grid-connected canal-top solar power projects at Sikidiri Canal in Ranchi. The last date for the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Karnataka Tops Government’s Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index

Karnataka Tops Government’s Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index

According to central government estimates, Karnataka has emerged as the best state in India for rooftop solar projects. Minister of Power R.K. Singh recently released a survey report titled ‘The ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Sembcorp’s India Business Records 46% Jump in Net Profit During First Half of 2019

Sembcorp’s India Business Records 46% Jump in Net Profit During First Half of 2019

Sembcorp Industries, a Singapore-based renewable energy company, has announced a net profit of $137.8 million (₹ 9.8 billion) in the first half of 2019 (1H2019), up from $114.7 million (₹8.2 ...
/ / Other, Wind
Tamil Nadu Floats Tender for LED-Based Solar Home Systems for Rural Areas

Tamil Nadu Floats Tender for LED-Based Solar Home Systems for Rural Areas

The state of Tamil Nadu has issued 43 tenders to supply, install, and commission LED-based solar home lighting systems in 53,734 houses located in the rural areas of the state ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
India’s Draft Policy on National Resource Efficiency Focuses on Recycling of Solar Components

India’s Draft Policy on National Resource Efficiency Focuses on Recycling of Solar Components

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has published a draft policy called National Resource Efficiency Policy (Draft) 2019. The ministry has invited comments and suggestions from stakeholders, including ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Invites Bidders to Install 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Across its Tourist Sites

Gujarat Invites Bidders to Install 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Across its Tourist Sites

The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL) has issued a tender for 1 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects along with solar parking and off-grid solar benches. These ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Singapore’s Shado Group Launches Electric Three-Wheeler in India

Singapore’s Shado Group Launches Electric Three-Wheeler in India

Singapore-based Shado Group, provider of electric vehicle technology and charging infrastructure, has unveiled an affordable, low voltage, and instantly chargeable electric three-wheelers under the brand name, Erick. The company plans ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
EESL Signs MoU with Apollo to Install EV Charging Stations in its Hospitals Across India

EESL Signs MoU with Apollo to Install EV Charging Stations in its Hospitals Across India

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Apollo Hospitals Enterprises, a chain of super-specialty hospitals in India, to install public electric vehicle ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
North East Tea Planters Demand 90% Subsidy for Solar Projects in Tea Gardens

North East Tea Planters Demand 90% Subsidy for Solar Projects in Tea Gardens

The tea planters of North East India have urged the central government to allow 90% subsidy on the installation of solar projects in the tea industry. The representatives of the ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
Oman to Develop 146 MW of Solar-Diesel-Storage Hybrid Projects Across 11 Locations

Oman to Develop 146 MW of Solar-Diesel-Storage Hybrid Projects Across 11 Locations

The Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer), based in Oman has floated a tender for 146 MW of solar, diesel and storage hybrid projects to be developed at 11 sites. These ...
/ / C&I, Energy Storage
Siemens Gamesa to Supply Turbines to Alfanar’s Two Wind Projects of 453 MW in India

Siemens Gamesa to Supply Turbines to Alfanar’s Two Wind Projects of 453 MW in India

Renewable energy developer and wind turbine manufacturer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has secured an order with Alfanar for the supply of 206 units of the SG2.2-122 wind turbines for two ...
/ / Other, Wind
IL&FS Sells Seven Wind Power Subsidiaries Totaling 873 MW to Japan’s Orix

IL&FS Sells Seven Wind Power Subsidiaries Totaling 873 MW to Japan’s Orix

Orix, a financial services group headquartered in Tokyo, has announced that it will acquire 51% stake in seven wind power generating subsidiaries which it jointly owns with Infrastructure Leasing & ...
/ / Other, Wind
National Oil Marketing Firms Float EoI To Procure Biodiesel Made from Used Cooking Oil

National Oil Marketing Firms Float EoI To Procure Biodiesel Made from Used Cooking Oil

The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan recently released an Expression of Interest (EoI) floated by the national oil marketing companies such as Indian Oil, Bharat ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Manufacturers Body Questions Center on Usage of Domestic Solar Cells in KUSUM Program

Manufacturers Body Questions Center on Usage of Domestic Solar Cells in KUSUM Program

The Solar Energy Equipment Manufacturers Association of Telangana (SEEMAT) has written a letter to the Minister of Power R.K. Singh requesting the withdrawal of “the irrational and impractical decision of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
TCIL Tenders Engineering Consultancy Services for Solar Projects in Bodoland, Assam

TCIL Issues Tender for Engineering Consultancy Services for Solar Projects in Bodoland, Assam

The Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL), a government of India owned engineering and consultancy company established under the Department of Telecommunications, has issued a tender inviting bidders to provide comprehensive ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
5,595 Electric Buses to Soon be Deployed Across 64 Indian Cities

5,595 Electric Buses to Soon be Deployed Across 64 Indian Cities

In order to promote clean mobility in public transportation, the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) under the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, has granted the approval for 5,595 ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
BHEL Issues Tender to Procure Module Mounting Structure for a 10 MW Solar Project

BHEL Issues Tender to Procure Module Mounting Structure for a 10 MW Solar Project

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has floated a tender for the procurement of module mounting structures for a 10 MW grid-connected solar project at Charanka in Gujarat’s Patan district for ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
APTEL Stalls Andhra DISCOM’s Move to Cancel Axis Energy’s Wind PPA

APTEL Stalls Andhra DISCOM’s Move to Cancel Axis Energy’s Wind PPA

Andhra Pradesh’s decision to withdraw 21 wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) including that of Axis Wind Farms has been stalled by the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL). Andhra Pradesh South ...
/ / Other, Wind
Shell to Install Rooftop Solar at Its Lubricant Plant in Maharashtra

Shell to Install Rooftop Solar at Its Lubricant Plant in Maharashtra

Shell, the largest lubricants business in the world, has decided to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the roofs of seven lubricant plants in India, China, Singapore, Switzerland, and Italy ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
AAI Issues Tender for a 500 kW Solar Project at Civil Aviation College in Uttar Pradesh

AAI Issues Tender for a 500 kW Solar Project at Civil Aviation College in Uttar Pradesh

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued a tender for a 500 kW of solar power project at the Civil Aviation Training College (CATC), located at Prayagraj in Uttar ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Corporate Social Responsibility Funds Can be an Effective Tool for Solar Expansion

Corporate Social Responsibility Funds Can be an Effective Tool for Solar Expansion

Economic growth has pulled millions of people out of poverty around the world but has also resulted in severe pollution especially in emerging markets like India and China with harmful ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Adani’s Subsidiaries Petition Tamil Nadu Commission Against Solar Power Curtailment

Adani’s Subsidiaries Petition Tamil Nadu Commission Against Solar Power Curtailment

Three of Adani Power’s subsidiaries (Ramnad Solar Power, Kamuthi Renewable Energy, and Adani Green Energy) have filed a petition before the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) against the curtailment ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Himachal Pradesh Floats Tender to Install Solar Projects at 312 Schools Across the State

Himachal Pradesh Floats Tender to Install Solar Projects at 312 Schools Across the State

The Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (HIMURJA) has invited bids for the installation of solar projects at 312 middle schools located in 11 districts of Himachal Pradesh. The project installations ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
NTPC Once Again Extends Bidding Deadline for 1 GW Solar Under CPSU Program

NTPC Once Again Extends Bidding Deadline for 1 GW Solar Under CPSU Program

The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), has again extended the bid submission deadline for 1,000 MW of solar projects under the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) Program Phase II, ...
News Highlights from India’s Renewable Energy in July 2019

News Highlights from India’s Renewable Energy Sector in July 2019

The month of July was filled with significant happenings in all segments of the renewable industry. While the biggest event of the month was the introduction of the Budget 2019, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar