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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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Renewable Energy Industry Employs More Women Than Oil and Gas Industry Globally

Renewable Energy Industry Employs More Women Than Oil and Gas Industry Globally

According to a report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the renewable energy industry currently employs about 32% of women, compared to 22% in the global oil and ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
China Added Over 30 GW of Solar Capacity in 2019

China Added Over 30 GW of Solar Capacity in 2019

China added 30.11 GW of new solar capacity in 2019. Large-scale projects made up 17.91 GW and 12.2 GW of installations was through distributed projects, according to the official statistics ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Sri Lanka Seeks Developers for 150 MW of Solar Projects

Sri Lanka Seeks Developers for 150 MW of Solar Projects

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the state power utility under the Ministry of Power, Energy, and Business Development, has issued a Request for Proposals (RfP) from foreign and domestic ...
Railways’ Plea to Let Azure Install Rooftop Solar Under RESCO Mode in Gujarat Rejected

Railways’ Plea to Let Azure Install Rooftop Solar Under RESCO Mode in Gujarat Rejected

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has dismissed an appeal filed by the Indian Railways, which had requested relaxing the state’s net metering provisions. The petition was filed by the ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Kerala Tenders For Double Circuit Feeder at Proposed 50 MW Solar Park in Paivalikae

Kerala Tenders For Double Circuit Feeder at Proposed 50 MW Solar Park in Paivalikae

The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) has floated a tender for the manufacturing, supplying, drawing, testing, and commissioning of 8 km of 33 kV double circuit feeders. The double ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Inferior Backsheets Will Cut the Life of Solar Projects

Inferior Backsheets Will Cut the Life of Solar Projects

Solar project development in India has always been very competitive due to the reverse auction process and also lately because of tariff caps, which forces developers to bid unrealistically low ...
MNRE Addresses Transmission Infrastructure Delays Facing Solar & Wind Developers

MNRE Addresses Transmission Infrastructure Delays Facing Solar & Wind Developers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum to address the time gap between the commissioning of the transmission system and renewable energy (RE) generating projects ...
/ / Grid, Other
MNRE Adds Municipal Solid Waste-Based Projects in Waste to Energy Program Guidelines

MNRE Adds Municipal Solid Waste-Based Projects in Waste to Energy Program Guidelines

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently issued revised guidelines for its waste to energy program. The new guidelines will supersede the existing guidelines of Waste to Energy ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
EESL Issues Tender for 20 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems in Andhra Pradesh

EESL Issues Tender for 20 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems in Andhra Pradesh

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has issued a tender for 20 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects. These rooftop systems will be installed atop various buildings ...
No More Tariff Caps for Solar and Wind Tenders

No More Tariff Caps for Solar and Wind Tenders

In an important and positive announcement for the domestic renewable industry, the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said that upper ceiling tariffs or tariff caps will no longer ...
SECI Set to Sell 480 MW of Wind Power to Kerala and Uttar Pradesh

SECI Set to Sell 480 MW of Wind Power to Kerala and Uttar Pradesh

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved tariffs ranging between ₹2.79 (~$0.038)/kWh and ₹2.83 (~$0.039)/kWh for 480 MW of wind power projects (Tranche -VII) connected to the inter-state transmission ...
/ / Wind
APTEL Asks Andhra DISCOMs to Pay ₹2.72_kWh to Winners in the NTPC Solar Auction

APTEL Asks Andhra DISCOMs to Pay ₹2.72/kWh to Winners in the NTPC Solar Auction

In another interesting turn of events in Andhra Pradesh’s renewable energy space, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has directed the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) to pay a tariff of ...
India Prepares Blueprint for Battery Waste Management

India Prepares Blueprint for Battery Waste Management

The Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently issued a draft notification for battery waste management. The regulations will apply to all types of batteries as listed in ...
Vedanta Seeks Developers for a 100 MW Solar Project in Odisha

Vedanta Seeks Developers for a 100 MW Solar Project in Odisha

Vedanta Limited, a diversified natural resources company, has issued a request for proposal (RfP) to install 100 MW of solar projects in Jharsuguda district of Odisha. The project follows a ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Scatec Solar’s 86 MW Solar Project in South Africa Begins Operation

Scatec Solar’s 86 MW Solar Project in South Africa Begins Operation

Scatec Solar, a Norwegian solar developer, and its partners have initiated the commercial operation of the first phase of its 258 MW solar project in Upington, South Africa. According to ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
CEL Floats Tender for Supply of 3 MW of Multi-Crystalline Solar Modules

CEL Floats Tender for Supply of 3 MW of Multicrystalline Solar Modules

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise, has floated a tender for 3 MW of multicrystalline solar modules. Each of these modules must be rated for a minimum ...
/ / Uncategorized
TERI Seeks to Empanel Rooftop Solar System Integrators

TERI Seeks to Empanel Rooftop Solar System Integrators

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) to empanel rooftop solar system integrators. The EoI seeks system integrators for the Indian Solar Market Aggregation ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Anti-Dumping Duty Likely on Coated Flat Products Used in Solar Mounting Structures

Anti-Dumping Duty Likely on Coated Flat Products Used in Solar Mounting Structures

Under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended the imposition of anti-dumping duty on aluminum and zinc coated flat ...
AAI’s New Tender Seeks Engineering Consultancy for a 5 MW Solar Project at Calicut Airport

Solar REC Trading Soars in February 2020

There was a significant increase in the trade volume of both solar and non-solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) in February. A cumulative sum of 1,299,737 solar RECs was traded on ...
Suzlon’s Plan to Restructure its Debt

Suzlon’s Plan to Restructure its Debt

The board of directors of Suzlon Energy Limited, a leading renewable energy company that has been in a financial rut over the past year, has put in place a plan ...
/ / Wind
Tamil Nadu DISCOM Asked to Clear Interest Dues of Five Wind Developers in Two Months

Tamil Nadu DISCOM Asked to Clear Interest Dues of Five Wind Developers in Two Months

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has directed Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) to pay five wind developers a sum of ₹16.72 million ($0.23 million) as ...
/ / Wind
Restrictive Policies a Hindrance for Rooftop Solar_ Amplus Interview

Restrictive Policies a Hindrance for Rooftop Solar: Amplus Interview

The ongoing economic slowdown, uncertainties in policies, and regulatory hurdles have slowed down the pace of rooftop installations. Rooftop installations currently account for nearly 12% of total solar installations in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
EESL Issues Tender to Procure Solar Pumps

Researchers from Tamil Nadu Have Come Up With Multi-Level Inverter for Solar Water Pumps

Solar-powered water pumping systems are a saving grace in areas that are not grid-connected or where the power supply fluctuates a lot. In a solar-based water pump, the solar energy ...
/ / Solar, Technology
India's Cultivable Land Has Wind Generation Potential of 347 GW_ Report

India’s Cultivable Land Has Wind Generation Potential of 347 GW: Report

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has stated that the installable wind potential of the country is estimated to be at 695 GW at 120 meters above ground level ...
/ / Wind
Uzbekistan Seeks Foreign Investors to Develop 400 MW of Solar Projects

Uzbekistan Seeks Foreign Investors to Develop 400 MW of Solar Projects

The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from international investors to develop nearly 400 MW of solar independent power producer (IPP) projects ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale