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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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Engie Set to Acquire Solar Solutions Provider Mobisol to Expand its Footprint in Africa

Engie Set to Acquire Solar Solutions Provider Mobisol to Expand its Footprint in Africa

The French multinational energy conglomerate Engie has decided to expand its operations in Africa through the acquisition of Mobisol, an off-grid solar solutions company. With the acquisition of Mobisol, Engie ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Evolution II Fund Secures Another $87.75 Million for Clean Energy Access in Africa

Evolution II Fund Secures Another $87.75 Million for Clean Energy Access in Africa

Inspired Evolution, an Africa-focused investment advisory firm that specializes in providing clean energy access, has secured another $87.75 million, reaching a total capital of $216 million at the final closing ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
AAI Issues Tender for a 1 MW Solar Project at Begumpet Airport in Andhra Pradesh

AAI Issues Tender for a 1 MW Solar Project at Begumpet Airport in Telangana

The Airports Authority of India has issued a tender for 1 MW of grid-connected solar projects at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad. The project will follow the Standard International Trade Classification ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
At 6.5 GW, Solar Tenders Surge While Auctions Plummet in August 2019

At 6.5 GW, Solar Tenders Surge While Auctions Plummet in August 2019

After witnessing a considerable dip in July, the month of August saw a surge in solar tender announcements. Nearly, 6.5 GW of solar tenders were floated, and 695 MW of ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Maharashtra Commission Approves a Tariff of ₹3.10_kWh for 7 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Commission Approves a Tariff of ₹3.10/kWh for 7 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) recently approached the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) seeking its approval for the adoption ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Centre for Science and Environment Takes Solar to Schools in Himachal Pradesh

Centre for Science and Environment Takes Solar to Schools in Himachal Pradesh

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based research body, recently launched an initiative called ‘Solar in Schools,’ in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. To highlight the importance of solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Another Extension to Submit Bids for SECI’s 6 GW Solar Tender with 2 GW Manufacturing

Another Extension to Submit Bids for SECI’s 6 GW Solar Tender with 2 GW Manufacturing

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the bid submission date for its tender for 6 GW of the interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected solar projects linked with setting ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Rajasthan to Develop 113.5 MW of Solar Projects Across 10 Clusters

Rajasthan to Develop 113.5 MW of Solar Projects Across 10 Clusters

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has floated a tender inviting interested bidders to develop 113.5 MW (AC) of decentralized solar projects spread across various clusters of the state ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
IAN Fund Invests ₹124 Million in a Startup Providing Solar Panel Cleaning Solutions

IAN Fund Invests ₹124 Million in a Startup Providing Solar Panel Cleaning Solutions

The IAN Fund, a seed fund, has led an investment worth ₹124 million (~$1.7 million) in Pune-based Nocca Robotics. The investment also saw participation from prominent angel investors from Indian ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Third Edition of Global RE-INVEST Meet and Expo Postponed Indefinitely

Third Edition of Global RE-INVEST Meet and Expo Postponed to 2020

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has postponed the third edition of its global Renewable Energy Investors’ meet and expo (3rd RE-INVEST), citing “unavoidable reasons”. The 3rd RE-INVEST ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
JERC Sets Generic Tariffs for Solar and Other Renewable Projects for 2019-20 in Goa

JERC Sets Generic Tariffs for Solar and Other Renewable Projects for 2019-20 in Goa

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories has issued an order for generic tariff applicable to the renewable projects for the financial year ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uttar Pradesh Proposes 6% Banking Charges for Solar and Wind Energy

Uttar Pradesh Proposes 6% Banking Charges for Solar and Wind Energy

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has issued draft regulations for captive and renewable energy generating projects in the state. These regulations will be effective beginning April 1, 2019, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
DISCOMs Should Provide Net Metering for Renewable Energy Systems in Ten Days_ Kerala

DISCOMs Should Provide Net Metering for Renewable Energy Systems in Ten Days: Kerala

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has issued a draft of net metering regulations for renewable energy systems. The commission has sought suggestions from the public and other stakeholders ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Bloom Energy to Develop the First Natural Gas-Powered Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project in India

Bloom Energy to Develop the First Natural Gas-Powered Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Project in India

The U.S.-based Bloom Energy along with real estate developer Atelier Global, India’s leading natural gas companies GAIL (India) Limited and Indian Oil Corporation, and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), recently ...
/ / Energy Storage, Large Scale
Maharashtra Invites Bids for 12.2 MW of Solar Projects for 9 Municipal Councils

Maharashtra Invites Bids for 12.2 MW of Solar Projects for 9 Municipal Councils

The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has floated nine tenders for solar projects in nine municipal councils totaling 12.2 MW. The projects have been tendered under the Atal Mission for ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for Two Solar Tenders Totaling 2.7 GW

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for Two Solar Tenders Totaling 2.7 GW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the bid submission dates for two tenders. The first extension is for the 1,500 MW of solar projects under the second ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
MNRE Alerts Stakeholders to Comply with the ALMM Order for Government Solar Projects

MNRE Alerts Stakeholders to Comply with the ALMM Order for Government Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification shedding light on its earlier order regarding the compulsory registration under the Approved Models and Manufacturers of Solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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