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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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India's Praj Industries Signs Agreement with Sweden's Sekab to Supply Biofuel

India’s Praj Industries Signs Agreement with Sweden’s Sekab to Supply Biofuel

Pune-based Praj Industries, a process, and project engineering company, recently signed a cooperation agreement with Sekab E-Technology AB, a Swedish cleantech company, to upgrade and commercialize base technology to produce ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
NTPC Seeks Bidders for EPC Package with Land to Develop 600 MW Solar Capacity

NTPC Seeks Bidders for EPC Package with Land to Develop 600 MW Solar Capacity

NTPC Limited has floated an invitation for bids (IFB) from contractors for an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) package along with land for the development of solar projects up to ...
Inox Wind Sells its Subsidiary Sri Pavan Energy to KPR Infra & Projects Limited

Inox Wind Sells its Subsidiary Sri Pavan Energy to KPR Infra & Projects Limited

Inox Wind, a wind energy solutions provider, has announced that its subsidiary, Inox Wind Infrastructure Services (IWISL), has sold its 51% shareholding in Sri Pavan Energy Private Limited (SPEPL). With ...
/ / Wind
BHEL Issues O&M Tender for a 15 MW Project in Gujarat’s Charanka Solar Park

BHEL Issues O&M Tender for a 15 MW Project in Gujarat’s Charanka Solar Park

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued an operation and maintenance (O&M) services tender for a 15 MW solar project at Charanka solar park in Gujarat. The project belongs to ...
KELTRON Issues Expressions of Interest for Hybrid Rooftop Solar Projects in Karnataka

KELTRON Issues Expressions of Interest for Hybrid Rooftop Solar Projects in Karnataka

The Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON) has floated a short-term expression of interest (EoI) for the empanelment of agencies and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors to install ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
MERC Approves Tariff of ₹3.11_kWh for 100 MW of Solar Under Agricultural Feeder Program

MERC Approves Tariff of ₹3.11/kWh for 100 MW of Solar Under Agricultural Feeder Program

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved the tariff of ₹3.11 (~$0.04)/kWh for 100 MW of solar power on a long-term basis for 25 years. The project is being ...
RBI Cuts Repo Rate, Extends Relief on Loan Repayment by Another 3 Months Amid COVID-19

RBI Cuts Repo Rate, Extends Relief on Loan Repayment by Another 3 Months Amid COVID-19

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the third round of monetary measures to boost the economy amid the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. During the press briefing, the ...
_Odisha's Konark Sun Temple to Soon Be Solar-Powered

Odisha’s Konark Sun Temple to Soon Be Solar-Powered

The central government has launched a program for the solarization of Odisha's Konark Sun Temple and the surrounding Konark town. According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), ...
Tender Announced for Insurance Policy to Cover a 5 MW Solar Project in Tripura

Tender Announced for Insurance Policy to Cover a 5 MW Solar Project in Tripura

The North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited  (NEEPCO), a government enterprise, has issued a tender for undertaking an industrial all risk (IAR) insurance policy for 5 MW of solar photovoltaic ...
Mizoram Extends Deadline for Short-Term Supply of Non-Solar Renewable Power

Mizoram Extends Deadline for Short-Term Supply of Non-Solar Renewable Power

The Power and Electricity Department of Mizoram (PEDM) has extended the date to submit bids for the short-term sale of surplus non-solar renewable power. The deadline has been extended to ...
Tata Power’s Subsidiary Acquires 10% Stake in Netherland’s Hydro Developer ABV

Tata Power’s Subsidiary Acquires 10% Stake in Netherland’s Hydro Developer ABV

Tata Power International Pte Ltd (TPIPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power Company Limited, has acquired a 10% equity stake in Adjaristqali Netherlands B.V. (ABV) from International Finance Corporation (IFC), ...
Government Notifies Eligibility Criteria for EV Components Under FAME Program

Government Notifies Eligibility Criteria for EV Components Under FAME Program

The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (MHIPE)  has issued a notification to all the testing agencies under the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric ...
CERC Rejects Solar Developer’s Petition for Exemption of Relinquishment Charges

CERC Rejects Solar Developer’s Petition for Exemption of Relinquishment Charges

In a recent order, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has dismissed the petition filed by ReNew Solar Power Private Limited for the exemption of relinquishment charges. The Commission said ...
MNRE Prepares New Guidelines for Off-Grid Solar Power Projects

MNRE Prepares New Guidelines for Off-Grid Solar Power Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued draft guidelines for the implementation of off-grid solar power projects under RESCO (renewable energy service company) mode. RESCO model is ...
MNRE Asks State Electricity Regulators to Hear Petitions Online Amid COVID-19

MNRE Asks State Electricity Regulators to Hear Petitions Online Amid COVID-19

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has requested all the State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERCs) to allow the online listing of petitions and hear urgent matters through video ...
Bidding Deadline for Balance of System Package in Rajasthan’s Solar Park Extended Again

Bidding Deadline for Balance of System Package in Rajasthan’s Solar Park Extended Again

The NTPC has, for the third time, extended the bid submission deadline for its tender for a balance of system (BoS) package for the 735 (3×245) MW Nokh solar project ...
Government Asks PGCIL to Offer 20-25% Rebate to DISCOMs on ISTS Charges

Government Asks PGCIL to Offer 20-25% Rebate to DISCOMs on ISTS Charges

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), a state-owned power transmission company, recently received a letter from the Ministry of Power to consider offering a rebate of about 20-25% ...
Kerala Commission Asks DISCOM to Modify PSA for 100 MW of Wind Power with SECI

Kerala Commission Asks DISCOM to Modify PSA for 100 MW of Wind Power with SECI

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has ordered the Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) to file a petition incorporating all the recommended changes for the approval of the ...
/ / Wind
Karnataka Extends Renewable Purchase Obligation Compliance for FY 2020 to August

Karnataka Extends Renewable Purchase Obligation Compliance for FY 2020 to August

Amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and the nationwide lockdown, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has decided to extend the time for complying with the Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) ...
Waaree, Adani, Risen Largest Suppliers of Solar Modules in CY 2019

Waaree, Adani, Risen Largest Suppliers of Solar Modules in CY 2019

Waaree Energies, Adani Solar, and Risen Energy emerged as the top three suppliers of solar modules in India in terms of shipments in the calendar year (CY) 2019. These three ...
BSNL Invites Bids for Solar Power Equipment with VRLA Batteries

BSNL Invites Bids for Solar Power Equipment with VRLA Batteries

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has floated a tender to supply Giga Passive Optical Network (GPON) equipment, Energy Monitoring System (EMS), and solar power equipment with valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries ...
Uttarakhand Extends Validity of Levelized Tariff for Solar Projects to September 30

Uttarakhand Extends Validity of Levelized Tariff for Solar Projects to September 30

The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has issued an order stating that the benchmark capital cost and levelized generic tariff, issued in June 2019, will continue to be applicable until ...
Barclays Likely to Stop Lending to Projects Based on Fossil Fuels

Barclays Likely to Stop Lending to Projects Based on Fossil Fuels

During the annual general meeting (AGM) of Barclays, a British multinational investment bank, nearly 24% of shareholders voted for Share Action’s resolution asking the bank to phase out financing for ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Scientists Develop Integrated Module That Can Split Water to Produce Energy

Scientists Develop Integrated Module That Can Split Water to Produce Energy

Researchers at Rice University in the United States of America have created a low-cost device that can split water to produce hydrogen fuel. The device is developed by the Brown ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Karnataka Retains Generic Tariff of ₹3.26_kWh for Wind Projects in FY 2020-21

Karnataka Retains Generic Tariff of ₹3.26/kWh for Wind Projects in FY 2020-21

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has issued an order stating that the generic tariff for wind power projects will continue to remain the same at ₹3.26 (~$0.04)/kWh as determined ...
/ / Wind