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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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Chhattisgarh to Empanel Installers of Rooftop Solar Systems

Chhattisgarh to Empanel Installers of Rooftop Solar Systems

The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) has issued a tender to empanel rooftop solar installers. The deadline for the submission of bids is July 1, 2020, while the ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
UK’s Faradion Inks Deal with Indian Startup for the Use of Sodium-Ion Batteries

UK’s Faradion Inks Deal with Indian Startup for the Use of Sodium-Ion Batteries

U.K.-based Faradion Ltd, a manufacturer of sodium-ion batteries, has announced a partnership with Infraprime Logistics Technologies (IPLTEC) to provide batteries for commercial vehicles in the Indian electric vehicle market. IPLTech ...
IESA Rallies for Inclusion of Energy Storage Policy Framework in Electricity Act

IESA Rallies for Inclusion of Energy Storage Policy Framework in Electricity Act

The India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has submitted comments and recommendations to the Ministry of Power (MoP) on the proposed draft for Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020. It has proposed a ...
Military Engineer Services Invites Bids for a 1 MW Solar Project in Arunachal Pradesh

Military Engineer Services Invites Bids for a 1 MW Solar Project in Arunachal Pradesh

The Military Engineer Services (MES) has issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) for the development of a 1 MW solar power project at Sigar in Arunachal Pradesh. The last date ...
Andhra Pradesh Approves Proposal for a 10 GW Mega Solar Project for Agricultural Sector

Andhra Pradesh Approves Proposal for a 10 GW Mega Solar Project for Agricultural Sector

The Andhra Pradesh cabinet has approved the proposal to develop a 10 GW mega solar power project for the benefit of the farmers in the state. The project will supply ...
SECI Releases Tender for 10 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

SECI Releases Tender for 10 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has issued a request for selection (RfS) for setting up 10 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at Bagru in Jaipur district ...
India’s Solar Imports Nosedive in Q1 2020 Amid Lockdown Due to COVID-19

India’s Solar Imports Nosedive in Q1 2020 Amid Lockdown Due to COVID-19

India’s solar imports fell by 77% year-over-year (YoY) in the first quarter (Q1) of the calendar year (CY) 2020 with $151 million (~₹10.8 billion) compared to $650 million (₹45.8 billion) ...
UK’s Asset Management Fund to Foray into India’s Energy Efficiency Market

UK’s Asset Management Fund to Foray into India’s Energy Efficiency Market

EnergyPro Asset Management Limited (EPAM), a U.K.-based company, is set to raise £2 million (~$2.5 million) in equity funding to bridge energy transitions in the U.K. and India through technology ...
Government Agencies Driving the Growth of Wind Installations in India_ GWEC

Government Agencies Driving the Growth of Wind Installations in India: GWEC

The installations of wind power projects in India has decelerated, with only 2.3 GW installed in 2019, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). “That is around half of ...
/ / Wind
Maharashtra Postpones Implementation of Deviation Settlement Regulations

Maharashtra Postpones Implementation of Deviation Settlement Regulations

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rescheduled the implementation of its deviation settlement mechanism (DSM) regulations from June 1, 2020, to October 5, 2020. Reason for the delay Initially, ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Adani Green Awarded World’s Largest Solar Bid of 8 GW

Adani Green Wins World’s Largest Bid to Develop 8 GW of Solar Projects

Adani Green has secured the bid to develop solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects of 8 GW along with setting up a solar cell and module manufacturing capacity of 2 GW ...
Madhya Pradesh Reduces Rooftop Solar Tender Capacity from 25 MW to 15 MW

Madhya Pradesh Lowers Rooftop Solar Tender Capacity from 25 MW to 15 MW, Removes DCR Clause

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has reduced the capacity of its earlier tender floated for the installation of 25 MW of grid-connected and off-grid rooftop solar projects ...
FDI Cell Formed Under MNRE to Process Investment Proposals from Neighboring Countries

FDI Cell Formed Under MNRE to Process Investment Proposals from Neighboring Countries

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced the formation of a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) cell to process the FDI proposals. According to the FDI policy, a ...
United States’ Development Bank to Support 450 MW of Solar Projects in India

United States’ Development Bank to Support 450 MW of Solar Projects in India

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has approved $1 billion (₹75 billion) to help enhance sustainable development processes in Africa, Latin America, the Indo-Pacific, and other emerging markets, including ...
New Generation Solar Cells Pass Strict Testing Standards for Heat and Humidity

New Generation Solar Cells Pass Strict Testing Standards for Heat and Humidity

A team of research scientists led by the University of New South Wales, in collaboration with the University of Sydney, have, for the first time, produced a new generation of ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Germany to Help Southern India Evaluate Optimal Power Balancing for Renewables

Germany to Help Southern India Evaluate Optimal Power Balancing for Renewables

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a Germany-based development agency, has appointed research group DNV GL to conduct a study in the southern region of India. According to DNV GL, ...
Karnataka Wind Installer and DISCOM Spar Over Wheeling of Energy to Open Access Consumers

Karnataka Wind Installer and DISCOM Spar Over Wheeling of Energy to Open Access Consumers

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has ordered that Golden Hatcheries, a company that had installed a 3.2 MW wind power project, should be granted its due credits for the ...
/ / Wind
Municipal Solid Waste-Based Project Stranded Due to COVID-19 Disruption

Municipal Solid Waste-Based Project Stranded Due to COVID-19 Disruption

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has directed UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) and Ecogreen Energy Lucknow Pvt Ltd to come up with a firm agreement for the amended ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Indian Railways Ties Up with New Strategic Partners to Execute Solar Projects

Indian Railways Ties Up with New Strategic Partners to Execute Solar Projects

IRCON International Limited (IRCON), a public sector enterprise, signed a Memorandum of Understanding  (MoU) with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited (NIIFL) and Ayana Renewable Power Private Limited. Through ...
CERC Postpones New Deviation Settlement Regulations Again Amid COVID-19

CERC Postpones New Deviation Settlement Regulations Again Amid COVID-19

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has once again rescheduled the implementation of the fifth amendment to the deviation settlement mechanism regulations (DSM). The earlier date for its implementation was ...
Residential Rooftop Solar in Delhi to Cost Consumers Only ₹32,400 for a 1 kW System

Residential Rooftop Solar in Delhi to Cost Consumers Only ₹32,400 for a 1 kW System

The Indraprastha Power Generation Company (IPGCL) has revealed the lowest (L1) bidders and the quoted project costs for residential rooftop solar systems under the capital expenditure (CAPEX) model of B ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
PXIL and IEX Launch Real-Time Market for Electricity Transactions

PXIL and IEX Launch Real-Time Market for Electricity Transactions

The Power Exchange India Limited (PXIL) and Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) have started their real-time market (RTM) trading platforms for electricity transactions on June 1, 2020. The real-time market is ...
Zambia Signs Pact with PowerChina to Develop 600 MW of Solar Projects

Zambia Signs Pact with PowerChina to Develop 600 MW of Solar Projects

Zambia-based ZESCO Limited and Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina), a wholly state-owned company, have signed three contracts worth $548 million. The contracts have been signed for 600 MW of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
MNRE Seeks to Engage Consultants For Its One Sun One World One Grid Program

MNRE Seeks to Engage Consultants For Its One Sun One World One Grid Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for developing a long-term vision, implementation plan, road map, and institutional framework for its One ...
SECI Issues Notice Inviting Tender for a 10 MW Solar Project in Rajasthan

SECI Issues Notice Inviting Tender for a 10 MW Solar Project in Rajasthan

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has announced a notice inviting tender (NIT) for the development of 10 MW grid-connected solar PV power project at Bagru in Jaipur ...