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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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Budget 2020_ For Renewable Energy, “The Devil is in the Detail”

Budget 2020: For Renewable Energy, “The Devil is in the Detail”

On February 1, 2020, when Finance Minister (FM) Nirmala Sitharaman announced the Budget for the financial year (FY) 2020-21, with a budget allocation ₹220 billion (~$3.08 billion) for the power ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Budget 2020 Allocates ₹220 Billion to Power & Renewable Energy Sector, Empowers Consumers

Budget 2020 Allocates ₹220 Billion to Power & Renewable Energy Sector, Empowers Consumers

Amid the ongoing economic slowdown, the Union Budget 2020-21 has tried to instill hope in the investors and taxpayers. The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2020-21 in ...
Greenko, ReNew Win SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar, Wind Auction with Storage For Peak Power Supply

Greenko, ReNew Win SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar, Wind Auction with Storage for Peak Power Supply

Greenko Group and ReNew Power won the auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for 1.2 GW of solar, wind, and energy storage projects with guaranteed peak ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Orders NTPC to Pay ACME Solar GST Relief Along With Late Payment Surcharge

CERC Orders NTPC to Pay ACME Solar GST Relief Along With Late Payment Surcharge

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has directed the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to pay the dues claimed by ACME Solar along with late payment surcharge within 30 days ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Clarifies Lowest Tariff Provision in its Rooftop Solar Program

MNRE Clarifies Lowest Tariff Provision in its Rooftop Solar Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification for the second phase of its rooftop solar program under which distribution companies—or its authorized agencies will invite ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Scientists Use Solar Energy to Save Coral Reefs in Gulf of Kutch

Scientists Use Solar Energy to Save Coral Reefs in Gulf of Kutch

To save the endangered coral reefs, the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has installed the country’s first solar-powered biorocks in Mithapur located in the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. Speaking ...
/ / Solar, Technology
SECI Announces Deadline Extension for Two Solar Tenders Totaling 7.5 GW

SECI Announces Deadline Extension for Two Solar Tenders Totaling 7.9 GW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has once again extended the deadline for the submission of bids for its mega solar tender of 7.5 GW capacity. These grid-connected ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Bangladesh Set to Develop a 55 MW Solar Project in Chattogram

Bangladesh Set to Develop a 55 MW Solar Project in Chattogram

The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has awarded a 55 MW solar power project to a consortium led by Metito Group together with Jinko Power and AlJomaih Group. The project will ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Yellow Door to Help APICORP Install Solar and Energy-Efficient Technologies in Saudi Arabia

Yellow Door to Help APICORP Install Solar and Energy-Efficient Technologies in Saudi Arabia

The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution, has signed two agreements with Yellow Door Energy to install a rooftop solar system at APICORP’s headquarters in Dammam ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Adani to Develop 700 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects at a Renegotiated Tariff of ₹3.24

Adani to Develop 700 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects at a Renegotiated Tariff of ₹3.24/kWh

Rosepetal Solar Energy Private Limited (RSEPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), has been allotted a 700 MW wind-solar hybrid power project at a tariff of ₹3.24 ...
/ / Wind
Ministry of Power Wants Tariff Rebates for Customers Making Prepayments

Ministry of Power Wants Tariff Rebates for Customers Making Prepayments

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has asked the state and UT (Union Territory) governments to request the state electricity regulatory commissions (SERC) to consider reducing the retail power tariff to ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
What the Indian Solar Industry Wants from Budget 2020

What the Indian Solar Industry Wants from Budget 2020

On February 1st, the NDA government will present its 2020 budget. Considering the present state of the economy and the renewable industry, the upcoming budget can be a great opportunity ...
Madhya Pradesh_ No Banking Facility for DISCOM Registered Captive Renewable Projects

Madhya Pradesh: No Banking Facility for DISCOM Registered Captive Renewable Projects

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has amended regulations for co-generation and generation of electricity from renewable energy sources. This is its eighth amendment to the regulations issued in 2010 ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Andhra DISCOMs Only Clearing Part of the Dues in Batches to Wind and Solar Developers

Andhra DISCOMs Only Clearing Part of the Dues in Batches to Wind and Solar Developers

Solar and wind power developers in the state of Andhra Pradesh are beginning to receive part of their dues in batches. Mercom spoke to several developers who confirmed that some ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CEL Issues Tender for 100,000 Monocrystalline Solar Cells

CEL Issues Tender for 100,000 Monocrystalline Solar Cells

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise, has invited bids to supply 100,000 monocrystalline solar cells. According to the tender, the solar cells must be five bus bar ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Israel Invites Pre-Qualification Bids for 300 MW of Solar Projects

Israel Invites Pre-Qualification Bids for 300 MW of Solar Projects

The Government of Israel has issued a tender inviting interested bidders to participate in the pre-qualification process to develop approximately 300 MW of solar projects. The projects are to be ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Masdar Announces Plans to Develop 145 MW of Floating Solar Projects in Indonesia

Marubeni, Total and Siraj Energy to Develop 800 MW of Solar Projects in Qatar

A special purpose company (SPC) formed by Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, France-based Total Solar International and Siraj Energy of Qatar has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Qatar General Electricity ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
IIT Kharagpur Issues Maintenance Tender for 200 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems

IIT Kharagpur Issues Maintenance Tender for 200 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), has issued a tender for the annual maintenance contract for two rooftop solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 200 kW (2x100 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Amazon to Add 10,000 Electric Vehicles in its Delivery Fleet by 2025

Amazon India to Add 10,000 Electric Vehicles in its Delivery Fleet by 2025

E-commerce giant Amazon India has announced that its fleet of delivery vehicles in the country will include 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. The fleet will include three-wheeler and four-wheeler ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Malaysia Awards Over 491 MW of Solar Projects to Five Companies

Malaysia Awards Over 491 MW of Solar Projects to Five Companies

The energy commission of Malaysia (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) has awarded nearly 491 MW (490.88 MW) of large-scale solar projects to five companies. The winning companies are ib vogt GmbH and Coara ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
PGCIL to Help Madhya Pradesh Set Up Transmission System for 1.5 GW of Solar Projects

PGCIL to Help Madhya Pradesh Set Up Transmission System for 1.5 GW of Solar Projects

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) according to which the PGCIL will provide project ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Expert Group Underlines the Need to Treat Wind, Solar, and Hydro Projects as ‘Must-Run’

Expert Group Underlines the Need to Treat Wind, Solar, and Hydro Projects as ‘Must-Run’

Wind, solar, wind-solar hybrid, and hydro projects must be treated as ‘must-run’ power projects, suggests a panel reviewing the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC) 2020. The draft report also suggests ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Maharashtra Proposes Grid Charges on Net Metering Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW

Maharashtra Proposes Grid Charges on Net Metering Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW

In a significant development that could have huge implications on the state’s rooftop solar segment, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has proposed considerable grid support charges (GSC) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Announces Subsidy on Battery-Operated Vehicles for Students

Gujarat Announces Subsidy on Battery-Operated Vehicles for Students

To promote eco-friendly vehicles, the government of Gujarat has implemented a program for the distribution of battery-operated vehicles (BOVs), especially two-wheelers to the students of grade nine and above. Those ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Adani, Azure Win SECI’s Manufacturing-Linked Solar Tender, Greenshoe Option Next

Adani, Azure Win SECI’s Manufacturing-Linked Solar Auction, Greenshoe Option Next

Adani Green Energy and Azure Power have won the first of its kind manufacturing-linked solar tender floated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) for 7 GW of solar ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions