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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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Government to Set Up 50 GW of Ultra-Mega Renewable Parks in Gujarat and Rajasthan

Government to Set Up 50 GW of Ultra-Mega Renewable Parks in Gujarat and Rajasthan

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification to set up 50 GW of ultra-mega renewable energy parks in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The ultra-mega parks with ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Assam Reissues Tenders for 100 MW of Solar Projects

Assam Reissues Tenders for 100 MW of Solar Projects

The Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) has reissued a request for selection (RfS) to procure a cumulative capacity of 100 MW of power from grid-connected solar projects in four ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Concerns Over Maharashtra’s Plan to Impose Grid Support Charges on Rooftop Solar

Concerns Over Maharashtra’s Plan to Impose Grid Support Charges on Rooftop Solar

The Maha Solar Sangathan (MSS) raising concerns over the proposed grid support charges (GSC), requested the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to ask the state DISCOM (MSEDCL) to explain that ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Rooftop
Gujarat May Charge ₹0.5 Million_MW for Solar Projects to Build Evacuation Facility

Gujarat May Charge ₹0.5 Million/MW for Solar Projects to Build Evacuation Facility

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has invited public opinion on a draft paper discussing issues in establishing tariff for solar power procurement by distribution licensees. The last date for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Odisha Floats Tender for Supply 10 Solar Cold Storage Units

Odisha Floats Tender for Supply of 10 Solar Cold Storage Units

The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has invited interested bidders to install ten solar cold storage units. The quantity can be further increased depending on the agency’s requirements. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Greenko Seeks EPC Contractors for a 1,260 MW Pumped Hydro Storage Project in Karnataka

Greenko Seeks EPC Contractors for a 1,260 MW Pumped Hydro Storage Project in Karnataka

Greenko Solar Energy Private Limited has invited bids for the installation of electro-mechanical equipment from the main inlet valve to a 400 kV gas-insulated switchgear at one of its project ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
African Development Fund Offers Over $34 Million for Liberia’s Renewable Expansion

African Development Fund Offers Over $35 Million for Liberia’s Renewable Expansion

The African Development Fund has approved a $34.74 million grant to boost renewable energy access and promote investment climate in Liberia. Under the first project called Renewable Energy for Electrification ...
TNB Signs PPAs to Develop 180 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects in Malaysia

Assam: Solar RPO of 1% Applicable to Captive Power Projects Commissioned Before 2016

The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) has notified that for captive power projects (CPPs) which were commissioned before April 1, 2016, the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) will be 1% for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar Tender_ Tariff Revision Allowed in Case of Duty Under Change in Law

SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar Tender: Tariff Revision Allowed in Case of Duty Under Change in Law

The Solar Electricity Corporation of India (SECI) has amended the power purchase and sale agreement (PPA and PSA) for its 1,200 MW solar tender, adding another point to the existing ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
DISCOMs Expected to Carry out Rooftop Solar Consumer Awareness and Publicity Drive

DISCOMs Expected to Carry out Rooftop Solar Consumer Awareness and Publicity Drive

Though distribution companies (DISCOMs) can take the help of state nodal agencies (SNAs) for implementing the second phase of the rooftop solar (RTS) program, they have to be at the ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Haryana to Hold Pre-bid Meeting for Solarization of 466 Pumps Under KUSUM Program

Haryana to Hold Pre-bid Meeting for Solarization of 466 Pumps Under KUSUM Program

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has invited bidders for a pre-bid meeting for the solarization of 466 grid-connected solar pump sets on two selected feeders at Biana in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra DISCOM Does Not Want to be Penalized for Non-Compliance of RPO’s

Maharashtra DISCOM Does Not Want to be Penalized for Non-Compliance of RPOs

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has filed a petition before the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) against its new Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO) regulation. In the petition, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tata Power Seeks to Procure 150 MW of Non-Solar Renewable Power on a Short-Term Basis

Tata Power Seeks to Procure 150 MW of Non-Solar Renewable Power on a Short-Term Basis

Tata Power-Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for procuring up to 150 MW of renewable (non-solar) power on a short-term basis for meeting its renewable ...
/ / Grid, Tenders & Auctions
MNRE Calls for Innovative Business Models to Solarize Agriculture Under KUSUM Program

MNRE Calls for Innovative Business Models to Solarize Agriculture Under KUSUM Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable energy (MNRE) has asked states to prepare innovative business models for implementing Pradhan Mantri-Kisan Urja Suraksha Evan Utthan Mahaabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) program. Citing the example ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Sunseap Group Secures $50 Million for Solar Projects in Singapore

Sunseap Group Secures $50 Million for Solar Projects in Singapore

Sunseap Group, a Singapore-based renewable energy solutions provider, has received a total sum of S$50 million (~$36.7 million) from ABC World Asia and Temasek. The investment will be used for ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Sterlite Power and Smart Wires Introduce Technology to Enhance Grid Efficiency

Sterlite Power and Smart Wires Introduce Technology to Enhance Grid Efficiency

Sterlite Power, a global developer in power transmission, has signed an agreement with U.S.-based Smart Wires to introduce technology for the electric market in India for grid management. The technology ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
Maldives to Develop 21 MW of Solar Projects Across Six Islands

Maldives to Develop 21 MW of Solar Projects Across Six Islands

Maldives has issued a tender inviting interested bidders to participate in the pre-qualification process for installing 21 MW of grid-tied solar systems in six major islands. These islands are Addu ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Gujarat Proposes to Discontinue Setting Generic Tariff for Wind Projects

Gujarat Proposes to Discontinue Setting Generic Tariff for Wind Projects

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has invited public opinion on a draft paper discussing issues while determining tariff for procuring power from wind projects. The commission has released the ...
/ / Wind
Chennai Metro to Buy Solar, Wind & Hybrid Power from Group Captive Projects

Chennai Metro to Buy Solar, Wind & Hybrid Power from Group Captive Projects

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has issued a request for a proposal (RfP) to select contractors for supplying renewable power from group captive open access projects. The deadline for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Telecom Department Directs Service Providers to Use Renewable Energy

Telecom Department Directs Service Providers to Use Renewable Energy

The Department of Telecommunications has issued directions to the telecom service providers to use of renewable energy solutions and energy-efficient technologies. The move could open up another segment of the ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Solar REC Trading Rises in January 2020

Solar REC Trading Rises in January 2020

Entities rushed to buy renewable energy certificates (RECs) to meet their renewable purchase obligations (RPOs) in January 2020. A cumulative sum of 76,220 solar RECs was traded on the Indian ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Andhra SLDC Files Review Petition Against POSOCO in Renewable Curtailment Case

Andhra SLDC Files Review Petition Against POSOCO in Renewable Curtailment Case

The Andhra Pradesh State Load Dispatch Center (APSLDC) has filed a review petition before the state’s high court against Power System Operation Corporation Limited’s (POSOCO) appointment to look into the ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in January 2020

News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in January 2020

The beginning of the year 2020 witnessed some exciting developments in the renewable energy sector. There were several major company and government updates in January. Here is a recap of ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
TUV Rheinland’s Bengaluru Lab Gets BIS Certificate to Test Solar Inverters and Converters

TUV Rheinland’s Bengaluru Lab to Test Solar Inverters and Converters for BIS Certification

TUV Rheinland’s solar photovoltaic testing laboratory located in Bengaluru has been recognized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) to conduct testing of power ...
/ / Inverters & BOS, Solar
POSOCO to Examine Renewable Energy Curtailment Issue in Andhra Pradesh

POSOCO to Examine Renewable Energy Curtailment Issue in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh High Court at Amaravati has asked the Power System Operation Limited (POSOCO) to look into the reasons behind the curtailment of renewable power in the state. The ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy