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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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IFC to Provide $25 Million Loan to Facilitate Green Financing in Nepal

IFC to Provide $25 Million Loan to Facilitate Green Financing in Nepal

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the financial arm of the World Bank Group, has announced that it will provide a loan of $25 million to NMB Bank, one of Nepal's ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
SECI’s 5 GW Renewable Power Tender Bundled with Thermal Extended Again

SECI’s 5 GW Renewable Power Tender Bundled with Thermal Extended Again

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for its tender to procure 5 GW of renewable power on a round-the-clock (RTC) ...
Petition Questions SECI's Annuity Method for Dispensing Solar GST Claims

Petition Questions SECI’s Annuity Method for Dispensing Solar GST Claims

A recent petition filed by ACME Jodhpur Solar Power Private Limited before the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) sought clarification regarding the Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation for the ...
Researchers Claim Carbon Cloth Collector Improves Sulfur Utilization of Batteries

Researchers Claim Carbon Cloth Collector Improves Sulfur Utilization of Batteries

Researchers at Monash University, Deakin University, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB)-Monash Research Academy, have claimed that that using a carbon cloth collector can improve the sulfur utilization ...
India-China Border Tension Begins Affecting Domestic Solar Projects Adversely

India-China Border Tension Begins Affecting Domestic Solar Projects Adversely

The latest border dispute between India and China is starting to affect the Indian solar industry directly. The disruption in releasing the consignments at the ports has started to hurt ...
Kerala Empanels Eight Companies for Setting Up EV Charging Stations

Kerala Empanels Eight Companies for Setting Up EV Charging Stations

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has disclosed the list of empaneled bidders that intend to set up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for commercial operations at specified locations in ...
Railways Issues Tender Mandating Made in India Cells & Modules for 1 GW of Solar Projects

Railways Issues Tender Mandating Made in India Cells & Modules for 1 GW of Solar Projects

The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture company of the Ministry of Railways and RITES Limited, has announced a tender for setting up 1 GW of solar ...
Goa to Empanel Installers for 5 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Goa to Empanel Installers for 5 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) to empanel Installers to design and install 5 MW of grid-connected solar rooftop power projects under CAPEX (capital ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
MNRE Clarifies Lockdown Period to be Considered for Renewable Project Extensions

MNRE Clarifies Lockdown Period to be Considered for Renewable Project Extensions

In an important clarification, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that the period of nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 will be considered from March 25, 2020, ...
NITI Aayog Introduces New Program to Decarbonize India’s Transport System

NITI Aayog Introduces New Program to Decarbonize India’s Transport System

The National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog and the International Transport Forum (ITF) of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), have jointly launched a project aimed at decarbonizing ...
Adani Green Gets Stakeholders’ Approval to Raise ₹25 billion

Adani Green Gets Stakeholders’ Approval to Raise ₹25 Billion

Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) announced that it had received approval from its shareholders to raise ₹25 billion (~$331 million). The approval was granted during the company’s fifth annual general ...
Bengaluru’s Mobility Firm Yulu Raises ₹300 Million from US-Based Rocketship.VC

Bengaluru’s Mobility Firm Yulu Raises ₹300 Million from US-Based Rocketship.VC

Yulu, a Bangalore-based micro-mobility service provider, has announced that Rocketship.VC has invested ₹300 million (~$3.95 million) in the company. The company provides a smart rental platform for bicycles and electric ...
BHEL Issues Module Mounting Structures Tender for a 75 MW Solar Project

BHEL Issues Module Mounting Structures Tender for a 75 MW Solar Project

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued a request for quotation (RfQ) for the supply of module mounting structures for Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited’s (GSECL) solar projects in the ...
GE to Come up With Taller Wind Turbines With Optimized 3D Printed Concrete Bases

GE to Come up With Taller Wind Turbines With Optimized 3D Printed Concrete Bases

U.S.-based GE Renewable Energy, COBOD, and LafargeHolcim have signed a contract to co-develop wind turbines with 3D printed concrete technology, creating larger bases and cost-effective taller hybrid towers, reaching up ...
/ / Wind
Sale of Electric Cars Likely to Touch 10 Million Mark in 2020_ IEA Report

Sale of Electric Cars Likely to Touch 10 Million Mark in 2020: IEA Report

The number of electric cars plying on the road is expected to touch almost 10 million in 2020, with sales growing despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report ...
Top 5 Operational Solar Parks in India [infographics]

Top 5 Operational Solar Parks in India [Infographics]

Solar parks are a vital piece in India’s solar dream and were designed to reduce bottlenecks and bring down large-scale project development costs by allocating land, and providing transmission infrastructure, ...
Central Electronics Floats Tender for 2 Million Multicrystalline PERC Solar Cells

Central Electronics Floats Tender for 2 Million Multicrystalline PERC Solar Cells

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has floated a tender for the supply of 2 million multicrystalline passivated emitter and rear contact (PERC) solar cells. The tender is open to domestic ...
India Should Start with Focus on EV Technology and Design_ Magenta Power Interview

India Should Start with a Focus on EV Technology and Design: Magenta Power Interview

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has severely affected the Indian economy, which was already losing pace. The electric vehicle (EV) industry, like all others, is reeling under the unprecedented challenges posed ...
Chhattisgarh Floats Tender for 20,000 Solar Pumps

Chhattisgarh Floats Tender for 20,000 Solar Pumps

The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) has issued a tender for the installation of 20,000 solar irrigation pumps in the state. The tender calls for 12,200 solar pumps ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
To Promote Energy Efficiency, BEE Sets New Criteria for Star Rating of Fluorescent Lamps

To Promote Energy Efficiency, BEE Sets New Criteria for Star Rating of Fluorescent Lamps

The Ministry of Power, in consultation with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has amended the star rating criteria of tube lights to promote energy efficiency. The fluorescent lamps are ...
RK Singh Hints at 6-Month Extension of ISTS Waiver for Solar and Wind Projects

RK Singh Hints at 6-Month Extension of ISTS Waiver for Solar and Wind Projects

The Union Minister of Power, R.K. Singh, has said that the government is likely to consider extending the interstate transmission system (ISTS) charges for renewable projects by at least six ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Top Five States for Wind Energy

Top Five States for Wind Energy Generation

Wind power installations in India reached 2.07 GW in the financial year (FY) 2019-20, a 31% increase as compared to 1.58 GW in the FY 2018-19. Wind power represents 10.1% ...
/ / Wind
Tata Power Set to Develop a 120 MW Solar Project in Gujarat

Tata Power Set to Develop a 120 MW Solar Project in Gujarat

Tata Power has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL), has received a Letter of Award (LoA) from Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) to develop ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tamil Nadu to Procure 500 MW of Solar Power from SECI at ₹2.78_kWh

Tamil Nadu to Procure 500 MW of Solar Power from SECI at ₹2.78/kWh

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has approved the procurement of 500 MW of solar power from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The tariff approved for the ...
The United States Announces Tax Relief for Renewable Installers

The United States Announces Tax Relief for Renewable Installers

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America, have announced tax relief for taxpayers who ...