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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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Kerala Approves Tariff of ₹2.83_kWh to Procure 200 MW of Wind Power from SECI

Kerala Approves Tariff of ₹2.83/kWh to Procure 200 MW of Wind Power from SECI

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.83 (~$0.04)/kWh to procure 200 MW of wind power. While the tariff of ₹2.83 (~$0.04)/kWh would be applicable ...
/ / Uncategorized
NTPC Appointed as the Implementing Agency for Long-Term Access in ISTS Network

NTPC Appointed as the Implementing Agency for Long-Term Access in ISTS Network

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has designated National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) as the renewable energy implementing agency to facilitate the application of connectivity and long-term access ...
/ / Grid, Other
India’s Wind Power Installations Flat in 2019 with 2.4 GW

India’s Wind Power Installations Flat in 2019 with 2.4 GW

Wind installations were flat in India with 2.4 GW of wind power capacity added in the calendar year (CY) 2019, compared to 2.3 GW 2018. The cumulative wind power installations ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Scientists Propose Technology That Could Reduce the Cost of High-Efficiency Solar Cells

Scientists Propose Technology That Could Reduce the Cost of High-Efficiency Solar Cells

The scientists of St. Petersburg University in Russia have tested a new technology for the fabrication of high-efficiency solar cells based on A3B5 semiconductors integrated on a silicon substrate. A3B5 ...
/ / Solar, Technology
To Curb Misuse, MNRE to Take Action Against Those Importing Solar Cells for DCR Projects

To Curb Misuse, MNRE to Take Action Against Those Importing Solar Cells for DCR Projects

The Ministry of new and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has decided that strict action will be taken against those solar project developers that are using imported solar cells and modules to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Mahindra Renewables to Sell Three Subsidiaries to CLP India for ₹3.4 Billion

Mahindra Renewables to Sell Three Subsidiaries to CLP India for ₹3.4 Billion

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited announced that its subsidiary, Mahindra Renewables Private Limited (MRPL), has agreed to sell its entire stake in three subsidiaries to CLP India Private Limited (CLP) for ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Andhra High Court Asks DISCOMs to Clear Dues of Wind Developers in Two Weeks

Andhra High Court Asks DISCOMs to Clear Dues of Wind Developers in Two Weeks

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has asked the state’s distribution companies including, Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL) and Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL), to clear the dues of ...
/ / Wind
Sunseap Raises $80 Million to Support Solar Projects Across Asia

Sunseap Raises Over $71 Million to Support Solar Projects Across Asia

Sunseap Group, a Singapore-based renewable solutions provider, has raised 100 million in Singapore dollars (~$71.79 million) in its fourth round of fund-raising from Banpu, a publicly listed company on the ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Andhra Offers 5% Annual Escalation On Base Price of Bagasse-Based Renewable Projects

Andhra Offers 5% Annual Escalation On Base Price of Bagasse-Based Renewable Projects

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has determined the fuel price for biomass and industrial waste-based projects at ₹3,176.72 (~$45)/metric ton for the financial year (FY) 2019-20. The fuel ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Coronavirus to be Covered Under Force Majeure Clause, Says Ministry of Finance

Coronavirus to be Covered Under Force Majeure Clause, Says Ministry of Finance

Amid the increasing doubt on the supply chains due to the spread of deadly coronavirus in China, the Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure Procurement Policy Division) has issued a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Kerala Orders DISCOMs to Give Net Metering to Prosumers on a First Come, First Serve Basis

Kerala Orders DISCOMs to Give Net Metering to Prosumers on a First Come, First Serve Basis

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has issued new regulations called the ‘Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Renewable Energy and Net Metering) Regulations, 2020’ in which the state has ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Sembcorp Signs Deal with Singapore Airlines to Install Over 20,000 Solar Panels

Sembcorp Signs Deal with Singapore Airlines to Install Over 20,000 Solar Panels

Sembcorp Solar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries, has signed a power purchase agreement with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) to install, own, and operate over 20,000 ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
MNRE to Set Up a Renewable Energy Standardization Cell to Ensure Quality Standards

MNRE to Set Up a Renewable Energy Standardization Cell to Ensure Quality Standards

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has decided to set up a Renewable Energy Standardization Cell (RESC). The objectives of the cell are to identify the areas in ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
94% of Surveyed Households Reported Better Quality of Life with Solar Systems

94% of Surveyed Households Reported Better Quality of Life with Solar Systems

According to a new study published by GOGLA (Global Off-grid Lighting Association), nearly 94% of the households surveyed reported an improvement in their quality of life after buying a solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Ink Deal to Develop World’s Largest Solar Project

AIIB Offers $60 Million for Oman’s 500 MW Solar Project

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral development bank, has offered a loan of $60 million (~₹4.3 billion) for a 500 MW solar project in Oman. The independent power ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
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