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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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Uttarakhand Seeks Interested Bidders for 10 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Uttarakhand Seeks Interested Bidders for 10 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) has floated a tender inviting expression of interest (EoI) for the rate contract and empanelment of vendors for grid-connected rooftop solar power projects between ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Seeks Consultants to Develop Tariff Regulations for Renewable Sources

CERC Seeks Consultants to Develop Tariff Regulations for Renewable Sources

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has invited Terms of Reference (ToR) to engage consultants who will help them frame the regulations for renewable energy (RE) tariff determination starting April ...
BHEL Issues Tender for Solar Powered Classrooms in Karnataka as Part of its CSR

BHEL Issues Tender for Solar Powered Classrooms in Karnataka as Part of its CSR

Bharat Electronics Limited (BHEL) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for setting up 122 solar-powered smart class facilities in government high schools of Yadgir district of Karnataka. The project ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Hindustan Aeronautics Floats Tender for 2 MW of Solar Projects in Hyderabad

Hindustan Aeronautics Floats Tender for 2 MW of Solar Projects in Hyderabad

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for setting up of 2 MW of solar projects under RESCO mode at its Avionics Division in Hyderabad ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
New Tender Announced for 7.2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandideep

New Tender Announced for 7.2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandideep

The NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), has floated a tender for 7.2 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
SECI Modifies its 7 GW Solar Tender with 2 GW of Manufacturing Component

SECI Modifies its 7 GW Solar Tender with 2 GW of Manufacturing Component

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has announced an amendment for its tender that calls for setting up 7 GW of solar projects coupled with 2 GW of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
MNRE Issues Framework for Installing Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

MNRE Issues Framework for Installing Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines to implement Component-C of Pradhan Mantri Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM KUSUM) program that aims at promoting solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra’s Solar Developers Apprehensive About Net Metering Rollback

Maharashtra’s Solar Developers Apprehensive About Net Metering Rollback

Solar installers in the state are vehemently opposed to the recently released Maharashtra Electricity Regulation Commission’s (MERC) draft regulation that said the state could go back to gross metering, rolling ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Auction Activity Increased in October with 1.3 Gigawatts

Solar Auction Activity Increased in October with 1.3 Gigawatts

Auction activity increased in October 2019 while tender announcements decreased compared to the previous month, according to Mercom India solar tender tracker. About 2.7 GW of solar tenders were floated ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
MERC Rejects Petition for Selecting Solar Project Contractor Through EPC Route

MERC Rejects Petition for Selecting Solar Project Contractor Through EPC Route

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited’s (MSPGCL) petition seeking approval for divergence in Ministry of New & Renewable Energy  (MNRE) guidelines for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Cochin Airport in Kerala Floats Tender for 12 MW of Solar Projects

Cochin Airport in Kerala Floats Tender for 12 MW of Solar Projects

The CIAL Infrastructures Limited (CIL), a subsidiary of the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), has issued a tender for approximately 12 MW of grid-connected and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) systems ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
West Bengal Approves Investment Proposal for 70 MW of Solar Projects

West Bengal Approves Investment Proposal for 70 MW of Solar Projects

The capacity is divided into seven projects of 10 MW each The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has given its approval for the investment proposal for 70 MW of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Maharashtra Requests MERC to Discard Draft Regulations on Net-Metering

Maharashtra Minister Requests Regulator to Discard Draft Regulations on Net Metering

Chandrasekhar Bawankule, Maharashtra energy minister, has requested the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), to discard the proposed draft regulations on rolling back net-metering in the state and continue with the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra’s New 500 MW Solar Tender Comes With a Tariff Cap of ₹2.90_kWh

Maharashtra’s New 500 MW Solar Tender Comes With a Tariff Cap of ₹2.90/kWh

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for the long-term procurement of power from 500 MW of intra-state solar power projects (Phase-IV) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Month in a Minute_ News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in October 2019

Month in a Minute: News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in October 2019

Compared to the previous month, there was a lull in India’s renewable energy sector mainly due to the long festive season in October. However, there were some important highlights and ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Chhattisgarh Floats Tenders for 5,000 Solar Pumps and 700 Solar Trees

Chhattisgarh Floats Tenders for 5,000 Solar Pumps and 700 Solar Trees

The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) has issued two tenders for the supply and installation of 5,000 small solar irrigation pumps and 700 solar trees in the state ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Maharashtra May Stop Net Metering for Solar Systems in All Segments Except Residential

Maharashtra May Stop Net Metering for Solar Systems in All Segments Except Residential

Maharashtra has come up with a draft regulation for grid-interactive rooftop solar projects that says that the state could go back to gross metering, rolling back net metering for all ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Details Mechanism for Sharing ISTS Charges and Losses from Renewable Projects

CERC Details Mechanism for Sharing ISTS Charges and Losses from Renewable Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued a draft regulation for sharing inter-state transmission charges and losses. The commission has stated that the regulations will apply to all the ...
/ / Grid, T&D
MNRE Writes to SECI About Extensions for Wind Projects Affected by Land Policy Changes

MNRE Writes to SECI About Extensions for Wind Projects Affected by Land Policy Changes

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has written to the Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) about granting an extension to wind projects (tranches 1 to V) ...
/ / Wind
Tamil Nadu Allows Parallel Operation for HT Consumers with Solar Systems Up to 1 MW

Tamil Nadu Allows Parallel Operation for HT Consumers with Solar Systems Up to 1 MW

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has passed an order granting an exemption to high tension (HT) consumers installing rooftop solar projects for parallel operation and captive use without ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Policy Highlights for Solar and Other Renewable Sources from October 2019

Policy Highlights for Solar and Other Renewable Sources from October 2019

The month of October witnessed several important renewable energy policy announcements, especially in the solar sector. One of the most important announcements of the month was a clarification issued by ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Seeks Consultants to Evaluate its 5 GW VGF Program for Solar Projects

MNRE Seeks Consultants to Evaluate its 5 GW VGF Program for Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited an Expression of Interest (EoI)  for the evaluation of its 5,000 MW Viability Gap Funding (VGF) program for solar projects ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Gujarat Approves Tariff of ₹2.65/kWh for a 100 MW Solar Project in Raghanesda Solar Park

Gujarat Approves Tariff of ₹2.65/kWh for a 100 MW Solar Project in Raghanesda Solar Park

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.65 (~$0.038)/kWh for a 100 MW solar project under phase VI of the state’s Raghanesda Solar Park. The tariff ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
The Indian Academy Dubai School Installs 192 kW Rooftop Solar System

Rajasthan Floats Tender for 45 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has floated a tender for 45 MW of rooftop solar projects across the state. The estimated capacity of the project is 50 MW, ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Haryana Floats 20 MW Solar Tender for a Thermal Station in Faridabad

Haryana Floats 20 MW Solar Tender for a Thermal Station in Faridabad

The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has announced a tender for 20 MW of ground-mounted solar power projects. The projects are to be installed at the Old Ash Dyke ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions