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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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IIT Kharagpur Issues Maintenance Tender for 200 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems

IIT Kharagpur Issues Maintenance Tender for 200 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), has issued a tender for the annual maintenance contract for two rooftop solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 200 kW (2x100 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
With Over 12 GW of Solar Deployed in December Alone, China Installed 30 GW in 2019

With Over 12 GW of Solar Deployed in December Alone, China Installed 30 GW in 2019

In the calendar year (CY) 2019, China is estimated to have installed 30 GW of solar capacity, a decline of 32% year-over-year (YoY) compared to 2018, when 44 GW of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Amazon to Add 10,000 Electric Vehicles in its Delivery Fleet by 2025

Amazon India to Add 10,000 Electric Vehicles in its Delivery Fleet by 2025

E-commerce giant Amazon India has announced that its fleet of delivery vehicles in the country will include 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. The fleet will include three-wheeler and four-wheeler ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Malaysia Awards Over 491 MW of Solar Projects to Five Companies

Malaysia Awards Over 491 MW of Solar Projects to Five Companies

The energy commission of Malaysia (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) has awarded nearly 491 MW (490.88 MW) of large-scale solar projects to five companies. The winning companies are ib vogt GmbH and Coara ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
PGCIL to Help Madhya Pradesh Set Up Transmission System for 1.5 GW of Solar Projects

PGCIL to Help Madhya Pradesh Set Up Transmission System for 1.5 GW of Solar Projects

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) according to which the PGCIL will provide project ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Expert Group Underlines the Need to Treat Wind, Solar, and Hydro Projects as ‘Must-Run’

Expert Group Underlines the Need to Treat Wind, Solar, and Hydro Projects as ‘Must-Run’

Wind, solar, wind-solar hybrid, and hydro projects must be treated as ‘must-run’ power projects, suggests a panel reviewing the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC) 2020. The draft report also suggests ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Maharashtra Proposes Grid Charges on Net Metering Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW

Maharashtra Proposes Grid Charges on Net Metering Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW

In a significant development that could have huge implications on the state’s rooftop solar segment, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has proposed considerable grid support charges (GSC) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Announces Subsidy on Battery-Operated Vehicles for Students

Gujarat Announces Subsidy on Battery-Operated Vehicles for Students

To promote eco-friendly vehicles, the government of Gujarat has implemented a program for the distribution of battery-operated vehicles (BOVs), especially two-wheelers to the students of grade nine and above. Those ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Adani, Azure Win SECI’s Manufacturing-Linked Solar Tender, Greenshoe Option Next

Adani, Azure Win SECI’s Manufacturing-Linked Solar Auction, Greenshoe Option Next

Adani Green Energy and Azure Power have won the first of its kind manufacturing-linked solar tender floated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) for 7 GW of solar ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
France’s Technique Solaire Commissions 20 MW of Solar Project in Maharashtra

France’s Technique Solaire Commissions 20 MW of Solar Project in Maharashtra

French company Technique Solaire has commissioned a total capacity of 20 MW (AC) of solar projects in Maharashtra. This is the second project of the company in India. This ground-mounted ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Salem Smart City Announces Tender for 3 MW of Solar Projects

Salem Smart City Announces Tender for 3 MW of Solar Projects

Salem City Municipal Corporation has issued a tender for 3 MW (DC) of solar projects in the Erumapalayam area. The project falls under Salem Smart City Mission. The last date ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Asks NTPC to Refund Solar Developer’s ₹10 Million Deducted as Liquidated Damages

CERC Asks NTPC to Refund Solar Developer’s ₹10 Million Deducted as Liquidated Damages

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has directed the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to refund the performance bank guarantee (PBG) of ₹10 million (~$140,800) along with interest to Prayatna ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar MSMEs Seek Government Intervention to Waive Fees in NTPC’s 923 MW Tender

Solar MSMEs Seek Government Intervention to Waive Fees in NTPC’s 923 MW Tender

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has sought the intervention of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), asking it to issue a direction to the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Uttar Pradesh Invites Bids to Build 25 Charging Stations for Electric Buses

Uttar Pradesh Invites Bids to Build 25 Charging Stations for Electric Buses

The Construction and Design Services of Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam has floated a tender for the construction of 25 charging stations with sheds for electric buses at Mahesara in Gorakhpur ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Indian Solar Industry – Cautiously Optimistic

Solar REC Trading Volume Improved in December 2019

In December 2019’s renewable energy certificate (REC) trading session, there was a significant increase in the number of solar RECs that were traded when compared with the previous month of ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tender to Empanel Business Associates Under KUSUM Program for Solar Pumps

Tender to Empanel Business Associates Under KUSUM Program for Solar Pumps

The Indian Telephone Industries Limited (ITI), a public sector undertaking, has invited an expression of interest (EoI) to empanel business associates for the off-grid solar water pumping program that is ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Announces 4 MW of Floating Solar With Battery Energy Storage for North Andaman

SECI Announces 4 MW of Floating Solar With Battery Energy Storage for North Andaman

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for setting up 4 MW of grid-connected floating solar projects. These solar projects will come ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
New Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Is June 30, 2020

New Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Set for June 30, 2020

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification which states that the deadline for the self-certification of solar inverters has once again been extended by six ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Saudi Arabia Announces a 1.2 GW Solar Tender

Saudi Arabia Announces a 1.2 GW Solar Tender

In line with the country’s National Renewable Energy Program, the Ministry of Energy of Saudi Arabia has issued the request for qualification (RfQ) for four solar projects with a cumulative ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Indian Railways Plans to Source 1 GW of Solar, 200 MW of Wind Power by 2021-22

Indian Railways Plans to Source 1 GW of Solar, 200 MW of Wind Power by 2021-22

Indian Railways is planning to source approximately 1,000 MW of solar power and nearly 200 MW of wind power by 2021-22 across zonal railways and production units. Out of the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Over 361 Million LED Bulbs Distributed Under UJALA Program

Over 361 Million LED Bulbs Distributed Under UJALA Program

Over 361.3 million LED bulbs have been distributed across India, and 10.3 million smart LED streetlights have been installed under the UJALA and LED Street Lighting National Program at an ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
CERC Provides Relief to Wind Developer by Relaxing Provisions of Maharashtra Policy

CERC Provides Relief to Wind Developer by Relaxing Provisions of Maharashtra Policy

In an important development, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has directed the Central Transmission Utility (CTU) to revoke the stage-II connectivity of Toramba Renewable Energy. It has also asked ...
/ / Wind
SunEdison’s Rooftop Solar Subsidiary Acquires Sherisha Solar

SunEdison’s Rooftop Solar Subsidiary Acquires Sherisha Solar

Chennai-based renewable energy company SunEdison Infrastructure Limited (formerly YKM Industries Limited) has informed that its subsidiary SIL Rooftop Solar Power Private Limited (SIL), has acquired 100% fully paid-up equity share ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Rajasthan Seeks Consultants to Help Frame Tariff Regulations for Renewable Sources

Rajasthan Seeks Consultants to Help Frame Tariff Regulations for Renewable Sources

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued a tender to engage consultants to assist in framing the terms and conditions for the determination of tariff for renewable sources from ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Directs NLDC to Issue Renewable Energy Certificates to Tadas Wind

CERC Directs NLDC to Issue Renewable Energy Certificates to Tadas Wind

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has directed the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) to issue renewable energy certificates (RECs) to Tadas Wind Energy Private Limited (formerly known as Tadas ...
/ / Wind