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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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MERC Rejects Petition for Selecting Solar Project Contractor Through EPC Route

MERC Rejects Petition for Selecting Solar Project Contractor Through EPC Route

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited’s (MSPGCL) petition seeking approval for divergence in Ministry of New & Renewable Energy  (MNRE) guidelines for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Cochin Airport in Kerala Floats Tender for 12 MW of Solar Projects

Cochin Airport in Kerala Floats Tender for 12 MW of Solar Projects

The CIAL Infrastructures Limited (CIL), a subsidiary of the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), has issued a tender for approximately 12 MW of grid-connected and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) systems ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
West Bengal Approves Investment Proposal for 70 MW of Solar Projects

West Bengal Approves Investment Proposal for 70 MW of Solar Projects

The capacity is divided into seven projects of 10 MW each The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has given its approval for the investment proposal for 70 MW of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Maharashtra Requests MERC to Discard Draft Regulations on Net-Metering

Maharashtra Minister Requests Regulator to Discard Draft Regulations on Net Metering

Chandrasekhar Bawankule, Maharashtra energy minister, has requested the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), to discard the proposed draft regulations on rolling back net-metering in the state and continue with the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra’s New 500 MW Solar Tender Comes With a Tariff Cap of ₹2.90_kWh

Maharashtra’s New 500 MW Solar Tender Comes With a Tariff Cap of ₹2.90/kWh

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for the long-term procurement of power from 500 MW of intra-state solar power projects (Phase-IV) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Month in a Minute_ News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in October 2019

Month in a Minute: News Highlights from India’s Renewable Sector in October 2019

Compared to the previous month, there was a lull in India’s renewable energy sector mainly due to the long festive season in October. However, there were some important highlights and ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Chhattisgarh Floats Tenders for 5,000 Solar Pumps and 700 Solar Trees

Chhattisgarh Floats Tenders for 5,000 Solar Pumps and 700 Solar Trees

The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) has issued two tenders for the supply and installation of 5,000 small solar irrigation pumps and 700 solar trees in the state ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Maharashtra May Stop Net Metering for Solar Systems in All Segments Except Residential

Maharashtra May Stop Net Metering for Solar Systems in All Segments Except Residential

Maharashtra has come up with a draft regulation for grid-interactive rooftop solar projects that says that the state could go back to gross metering, rolling back net metering for all ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Details Mechanism for Sharing ISTS Charges and Losses from Renewable Projects

CERC Details Mechanism for Sharing ISTS Charges and Losses from Renewable Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued a draft regulation for sharing inter-state transmission charges and losses. The commission has stated that the regulations will apply to all the ...
/ / Grid, T&D
MNRE Writes to SECI About Extensions for Wind Projects Affected by Land Policy Changes

MNRE Writes to SECI About Extensions for Wind Projects Affected by Land Policy Changes

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has written to the Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) about granting an extension to wind projects (tranches 1 to V) ...
/ / Wind
Tamil Nadu Allows Parallel Operation for HT Consumers with Solar Systems Up to 1 MW

Tamil Nadu Allows Parallel Operation for HT Consumers with Solar Systems Up to 1 MW

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has passed an order granting an exemption to high tension (HT) consumers installing rooftop solar projects for parallel operation and captive use without ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Policy Highlights for Solar and Other Renewable Sources from October 2019

Policy Highlights for Solar and Other Renewable Sources from October 2019

The month of October witnessed several important renewable energy policy announcements, especially in the solar sector. One of the most important announcements of the month was a clarification issued by ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Seeks Consultants to Evaluate its 5 GW VGF Program for Solar Projects

MNRE Seeks Consultants to Evaluate its 5 GW VGF Program for Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited an Expression of Interest (EoI)  for the evaluation of its 5,000 MW Viability Gap Funding (VGF) program for solar projects ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Gujarat Approves Tariff of ₹2.65/kWh for a 100 MW Solar Project in Raghanesda Solar Park

Gujarat Approves Tariff of ₹2.65/kWh for a 100 MW Solar Project in Raghanesda Solar Park

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.65 (~$0.038)/kWh for a 100 MW solar project under phase VI of the state’s Raghanesda Solar Park. The tariff ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
The Indian Academy Dubai School Installs 192 kW Rooftop Solar System

Rajasthan Floats Tender for 45 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has floated a tender for 45 MW of rooftop solar projects across the state. The estimated capacity of the project is 50 MW, ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Haryana Floats 20 MW Solar Tender for a Thermal Station in Faridabad

Haryana Floats 20 MW Solar Tender for a Thermal Station in Faridabad

The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has announced a tender for 20 MW of ground-mounted solar power projects. The projects are to be installed at the Old Ash Dyke ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BHEL Issues Operation & Maintenance Tender for a 50 MW Solar Project in Madhya Pradesh

BHEL Issues Operation & Maintenance Tender for a 50 MW Solar Project in Madhya Pradesh

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued an operation and maintenance (O&M) tender for a 50 MW solar project at Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh for the National Thermal Power Corporation ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
South Africa Eyeing Old Solar, Wind Projects to Reduce Tariffs

South Africa Eyeing Old Solar, Wind Projects to Reduce Tariffs

The government of South Africa recently held discussions with power producers to procure cheaper electricity from older renewable energy projects. Although the government has not made any formal proposal to ...
/ / Markets & Policy
Kerala Police Announces Tender to Install a Bifacial Module Based 807 kW Solar System

Kerala Police Announces Tender to Install a Bifacial Module Based 807 kW Solar System

The Kerala Police Sports and Youth Welfare Society (KPSYWS) of Thiruvananthapuram have floated a tender for the construction of an 807 kW bifacial solar system over the gallery of Chandrasekharan ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Raises Tariff Cap for 500 MW Solar Tender to ₹2.93_kWh

SECI Raises Tariff Cap for 500 MW Solar Tender to ₹2.93/kWh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has increased the tariff ceiling for its 500 MW (phase 1) solar tender that it had floated earlier this year by ₹0.08 (~$0.001)/ ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Assam Floats Tender for a 20 MW Solar Project at Namrup Thermal Station

Assam Floats Tender for a 20 MW Solar Project at Namrup Thermal Station

The Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for a 20 MW solar power project at the state’s Namrup Thermal Power Station. The scope ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
TBEA Wins 300 MW of Solar Projects in the NTPC Auction at a Tariff of ₹2.63_ kWh

TBEA Wins 300 MW of Solar Projects in the NTPC Auction at a Tariff of ₹2.63/kWh

TBEA, a Chinese manufacturer of power transformers and other electrical equipment, has bagged 300 MW of solar projects in the 1.2 GW auction conducted by the National Thermal Power Corporation ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Punjab Solar & Wind Deviation Settlement Mechanism to Come into Effect from January 2020

Punjab Solar & Wind Deviation Settlement Mechanism to Come into Effect from January 2020

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has approved the procedure for forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement of solar and wind generation, which will go into effect from January 1, ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Adani Commissions a 50 MW Wind Project

Adani Commissions a 50 MW Wind Project

Adani Green Energy (MP) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), has commissioned a 50 MW wind project having a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Solar Energy ...
/ / Wind
Assam Floats Tender for Rooftop Solar and Off-grid Floating Solar Projects

Assam Floats Tender for Rooftop Solar and Off-grid Floating Solar Projects

The Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) has issued a request for proposal (RfS) for 940 kW of off-grid rooftop solar projects at various rural primary healthcare centers (PHC) across ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions