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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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RBI Cuts Repo Rate to 4.4% to Boost Economic Activity Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

RBI Cuts Repo Rate to 4.4% to Boost Economic Activity Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

As the country grapples with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today announced that the repo rate has been reduced by 75 basis points (bps) to ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
India Will Not Levy Late Fee on Bills of Entry of Imported Cargo Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

India Will Not Levy Late Fee on Bills of Entry of Imported Cargo Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the office of the Principal Commissioner of Customs (ACC-Import), has issued a pubic notice to clear imported cargo. According to the notice, late fee ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Pay GST, Safeguard Duty Compensation to Solar Developers in 60 Days_ MNRE to SECI and NTPC

Pay GST, Safeguard Duty Compensation to Solar Developers in 60 Days: MNRE to SECI and NTPC

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a circular stating that Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Safeguard Duty (SGD) compensation to solar project developers should be ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Releases Balance of System Tender for 735 MW Nokh Solar Project in Rajasthan

NTPC Releases Balance of System Tender for 735 MW Nokh Solar Project in Rajasthan

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for the balance of system (BoS) package for the 735 (3x245) MW Nokh solar project in the state of Rajasthan. Interested ...
KIOCL Issues Tender for Non-Captive Solar Power for its Manufacturing Unit in Mangalore

KIOCL Issues Tender for Non-Captive Solar Power for its Manufacturing Unit in Mangalore

The Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL), a flagship company under the Ministry of Steel, Government of India (GoI), has floated a tender to supply solar power through wheeling for ...
Finance Ministry Announces Economic Relief Measures Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Finance Ministry Announces Economic Relief Measures Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

In the wake of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has affected the global economy, India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced relief measures for taxpayers and businesses as the ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
The United Kingdom to Co-Chair India-Led Climate Change Initiative

The United Kingdom to Co-Chair India-Led Climate Change Initiative

The government of the United Kingdom (U.K.) has said that the country will co-chair the governing council on the India-led global ‘Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).’ Established by Prime ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Kerala to Set Up 50 MW of Floating Solar and 72 MW of Wind Projects

Kerala to Set Up 50 MW of Floating Solar and 72 MW of Wind Projects

The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) has given in principle approval to install 50 MW of floating solar power projects at Kollam district under Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
US-Based XNRGI Opens Lithium-Ion Battery Factory in Gurugram

US-Based XNRGI Opens Lithium-Ion Battery Factory in Gurugram

United States-based XNRGI has announced that the company has opened a high temperature (HT) lithium-ion battery factory in Gurugram in India that can produce 240 MWh of battery production capacity ...
/ / Energy Storage, Other
Kenya Calls Bids to Set Up Solar Module Manufacturing Facility

Kenya Calls Bids to Set Up Solar Module Manufacturing Facility

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has issued a tender for the design, supply, installation, training, commissioning of a solar module manufacturing unit with an expected yearly production capacity ...
Gujarat May Reduce Annual Escalation Rate to 3% on Biomass and Bagasse-Based Projects

Gujarat May Reduce Annual Escalation Rate to 3% on Biomass and Bagasse-Based Projects

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has issued a draft order to initiate the regulatory process for determining the tariff for procuring power from biomass and bagasse-based co-generation projects in ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Karnataka Focuses on Electric Mobility in New Budget

Karnataka Focuses on Electric Mobility in New Budget

In the recent state budget announcement, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that ₹100 million (~$13.56 million) would be allocated to establish an electric vehicle and energy storage manufacturing cluster ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Other
Committee on Energy Expresses Disappointment Over Budgetary Cuts for Ministry of Power

Committee on Energy Expresses Disappointment Over Budgetary Cuts for Ministry of Power

The Standing Committee on Energy recently presented its fourth report on the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Power for the year 2020-21. The report shows a budgetary provision ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Other
Rooftop Solar Startup ZunRoof Receives $3 Million in Series A

Rooftop Solar Startup ZunRoof Receives $3 Million in Series A

ZunRoof, an Indian startup in the rooftop solar segment, has received Series A funding of $3 million (~₹222.7 million) from Godrej Investment Office. According to the company statement, “This is ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
₹1.34 Trillion Invested in the Renewable Sector in Past Three Years_ RK Singh

₹1.34 Trillion Invested in the Renewable Sector in Past Three Years: RK Singh

According to the Government of India (GoI), 8,004.64 MW of renewable capacity was installed in India between April 2019 and January 2020.  During the same period in the previous year, ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Andhra’s Draft Deviation Settlement Regulation for Solar, Wind Projects Draws Flak

Andhra’s Draft Deviation Settlement Regulation for Solar, Wind Projects Draws Flak

Several renewable energy companies have challenged the changes in the draft amendment to the forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement regulations of the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (APERC). In February ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Andhra DISCOMs Want Net Metering Out and Gross Metering In for Rooftop Solar Systems

Andhra DISCOMs Want Net Metering Out and Gross Metering In for Rooftop Solar Systems

Andhra Pradesh’s distribution companies (DISCOMs) have requested the state’s electricity regulatory commission (APERC) to only allow gross metering for rooftop solar systems in the state. In gross metering, a consumer ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
UERC Rejects Plea for Changing Billing Cycles of Rooftop Solar Systems with Net Metering

UERC Rejects Plea for Changing Billing Cycles of Rooftop Solar Systems with Net Metering

The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has dismissed a recent petition filed by the Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) for the settlement of net energy from a captive rooftop ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Modules on Building Facades Can Deliver 50% More Energy Than Wall-Mounted Ones

Solar Modules on Building Facades Can Deliver 50% More Energy Than Wall-Mounted Ones

A team of researchers at the Germany-based organization, Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP, has discovered that photovoltaic (PV) elements on building facades can be useful to supplement the power ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Gujarat to Install Solar Systems to Power 15 Water Treatment and Sewage Projects

Gujarat to Install Solar Systems to Power 15 Water Treatment and Sewage Projects

Gujarat’s Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani has approved the proposals to install solar systems in the state at an approximate cost of ₹136.1 million (~$1.83 million). The solar energy generated from ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE’s Move to Remove Tariff Caps for Solar & Wind Tenders Boosts Market Sentiment

MNRE’s Move to Remove Tariff Caps for Solar & Wind Tenders Boosts Market Sentiment

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had recently communicated that the upper ceiling tariffs would no longer be prescribed in future bids for solar and wind projects. Many ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Andhra Pradesh DISCOMs Set to Amend Rooftop Solar Policy

Andhra Pradesh DISCOMs Set to Amend Rooftop Solar Policy

Andhra Pradesh’s distribution companies (DISCOMs) have proposed an amendment to the existing rooftop solar policy. The proposal states that the applicable tariff for solar rooftop projects for either net or ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Renewable Energy Industry Employs More Women Than Oil and Gas Industry Globally

Renewable Energy Industry Employs More Women Than Oil and Gas Industry Globally

According to a report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the renewable energy industry currently employs about 32% of women, compared to 22% in the global oil and ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
China Added Over 30 GW of Solar Capacity in 2019

China Added Over 30 GW of Solar Capacity in 2019

China added 30.11 GW of new solar capacity in 2019. Large-scale projects made up 17.91 GW and 12.2 GW of installations was through distributed projects, according to the official statistics ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Sri Lanka Seeks Developers for 150 MW of Solar Projects

Sri Lanka Seeks Developers for 150 MW of Solar Projects

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the state power utility under the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Business Development, has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) from foreign and domestic ...