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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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Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Rooftop’s Potential for Solar System

Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Rooftop’s Potential for Solar Systems

A research team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S., has proposed a new, data-driven approach that uses machine learning techniques and widely available satellite images to identify roofs that ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Payment Dues of State DISCOMs to Renewable Power Developers Escalate to ₹97 Billion

Payment Dues of State DISCOMs to Renewable Power Developers Escalate to ₹97 Billion

The Central Electricity Authority’s (CEA) recent report states that the total payment due for 513 renewable projects now amounts to ₹97.356 billion (~$1.356 billion) as of July 31, 2019, thus ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Himachal Pradesh to Develop 250 MW of Solar Projects

Himachal Pradesh to Develop 250 MW of Solar Projects

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has signed two agreements for setting up 250 MW of solar power projects in the state. The estimated cost of the projects is ₹10 billion ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Assam Retenders 70 MW of Solar Projects Due to Low Tariff Cap

Assam Retenders 70 MW of Solar Projects Due to Low Tariff Cap

The Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) has retendered 70 MW of grid-connected solar projects to be developed at Amguri Solar Park in Sivasagar district of the state. The tender ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Gulbarga DISCOM Invites Bids for 2,990 kW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Gulbarga DISCOM Invites Bids for 2,990 kW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company Limited (GESCOM) has floated five tenders inviting bids totaling 2,990 kW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects on government buildings located within its jurisdiction ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Maharashtra Commission Asks DISCOM to Settle Dues of Wind Power Generators

Maharashtra Commission Asks DISCOM to Settle Dues of Wind Power Generators

Mrs. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with Relishah Export (RM) and Classic marble Company Private Limited (CMCPL), have jointly filed a case with the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) against the ...
/ / Other, Wind
MNRE Clarifies Residential Rooftop Solar Subsidy Applicability

MNRE Clarifies Residential Rooftop Solar Subsidy Applicability

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification regarding the subsidy applicable for rooftop solar installations by individual residential households under phase-II of grid-connected rooftop solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Month in a Minute: News Snippets from India’s Renewable Sector in August 2019

Month in a Minute: News Snippets from India’s Renewable Sector in August 2019

The month of August saw some important headlines from India’s renewable energy space, with Andhra Pradesh’s ongoing debacle making the biggest headlines. Here is a snapshot of some of the ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Biomass Company PRESPL Raises ₹360 Million Equity from Shell

Biomass Company PRESPL Raises ₹360 Million Equity from Shell

Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd. (PRESPL), an Indian biomass-based energy company, has raised private equity investment from Shell. “With this follow-on fund investment by Shell, the ‘Series-B’ round of ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
CERC Proposes New Regulations for Power System Development Fund

CERC Proposes New Regulations for Power System Development Fund

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued regulations for Power System Development Fund (PSDF), which will come into effect from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Uttar Pradesh Floats Tender for 16 MW of Rooftop Solar on Government Buildings

Uttar Pradesh Floats Tender for 16 MW of Rooftop Solar on Government Buildings

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy (UPNEDA) has issued a tender for 16 MW of grid-interactive rooftop solar projects for captive use (Capex Mode) atop various government buildings across ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Maharashtra DISCOM Seeks to Procure 500 MW of Power with Storage to Meet its RPO

Maharashtra DISCOM to Procure 500 MW of Renewables with Energy Storage to Meet its RPO

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has filed a petition before the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) seeking its approval for the procurement of 500 MW of flexible ...
/ / C&I, Energy Storage
Afghanistan Floats Tender for 40 MW of Solar PV Projects in Nangarhar

Afghanistan Floats Tender for 40 MW of Solar PV Projects in Nangarhar

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) has floated a tender for the development of 40 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects at Hishar-E-Shahi Industrial Park of Nangarhar in ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tata Power and IFC to Study Energy Storage Potential in Power Distribution System

Tata Power and IFC to Study Energy Storage Potential in Power Distribution System

Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the financial arm of the World Bank Group, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to assess the energy ...
APTEL_ No Public Hearing for Approval of Solar Tariffs Discovered in Competitive Bidding

APTEL: No Public Hearing for Approval of Solar Tariffs Discovered in Competitive Bidding

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has provided a huge relief to renewable energy generators in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Amid the squabble between the newly-formed state government and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Power Grid to Invest ₹25.8B To Build Transmission System in Rajasthan’s Solar Zone

Power Grid to Invest ₹25.8B To Build Transmission System in Rajasthan’s Solar Zone

The state-run Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has approved ₹25.8 billion (~$358 million) to develop a transmission system for solar energy zones in Rajasthan. The transmission network has ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
Payment Dues of State DISCOMs Now Total ₹82 Billion to Solar, Wind, Hydro Power Producers

Payment Dues of State DISCOMs Now Total ₹82 Billion to Solar, Wind, Hydro Power Producers

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) in some of the top renewable energy generating states such as Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the biggest defaulters in paying dues for the power procured ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Uttar Pradesh to Introduce 650 Electric Buses Across 13 Districts

Uttar Pradesh to Introduce 650 Electric Buses Across 13 Districts

To provide better transportation options and curb air pollution in the state, the government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to introduce 650 electric buses to the existing fleet in 13 ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Assam Signs MoU with NHPC to Develop 2 GW Subansiri Lower Hydro Project

Assam Signs MoU with NHPC to Develop 2 GW Subansiri Lower Hydro Project

The Government of Assam and the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop Subansiri lower hydroelectric project located along the borders of Assam ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Hindustan Shipyard to Install 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Andhra Pradesh

Hindustan Shipyard to Install 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Andhra Pradesh

Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is planning to increase its rooftop solar capacity by adding 1 MW installation at its premises in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This project will be ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Adani Commissions 200 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

Adani Commissions 200 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

Adani Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) has commissioned the remaining 100 MW of solar power projects in Rajasthan. The first 100 MW capacity of the ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for Three Solar Tenders

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for Three Solar Tenders

The Solar Energy Corporation of Indian Limited (SECI) has announced bid submission deadline extensions for three solar tenders. The first tender that has been extended is for 6 GW of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Environment Ministry Relaxes Lease Rent on Wind Power Projects

Environment Ministry Relaxes Lease Rent on Wind Power Projects

To encourage investments in wind power projects and to provide clean energy at affordable prices, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change has decided to relax the lease rent ...
/ / Other, Wind
Jharkhand Reissues 2 MW Solar Canal-Top Tender Amid Lukewarm Response

Jharkhand Reissues 2 MW Solar Canal-Top Tender Amid Lukewarm Response

The Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has reissued its tender for 2 MW of grid-connected canal-top solar power projects at Sikidiri Canal in Ranchi. The last date for the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Karnataka Tops Government’s Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index

Karnataka Tops Government’s Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index

According to central government estimates, Karnataka has emerged as the best state in India for rooftop solar projects. Minister of Power R.K. Singh recently released a survey report titled ‘The ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar