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About Ankita Rajeshwari

Ankita Rajeshwari Ankita is an editor at MercomIndia.com where she writes and edits clean energy news stories and features. With years of experience in the news business, Ankita has a nose for news and an eye for detail. Prior to Mercom, Ankita was associated with The Times of India as a copy editor for the organization’s digital news desk. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Delhi University and a Postgraduate Diploma in journalism. More articles from Ankita Rajeshwari.

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Solar Industry Asks IREDA to Pay GST and Safeguard Duty Receivables at 10.41%

Solar Industry Asks IREDA to Pay GST and Safeguard Duty Receivables at 10.41%

In a letter addressed to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the National Solar Federation of India (NSEFI) has asked SECI and IREDA’s policies on loan and interest ...
IEC Issues New Standard for Testing Resistance of Solar Modules to Heavy Snow

IEC Issues New Standard for Testing Resistance of Solar Modules to Heavy Snow

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has issued a new standard – the IEC 62938:2020 - to test the resistance of solar photovoltaic modules to large amounts of snow piling up ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Investments Should Become ‘Climate-Smart’

Investments Should Now Become ‘Climate-Smart’

Coal is a necessary evil for most of the countries in the world. Though many emerging markets, including India, are transitioning towards sustainable energy, coal is far from being replaced ...
Change in Legal Status Calls for Fresh Registration for Renewable Energy Certificates

Change in Legal Status Calls for Fresh Registration for Renewable Energy Certificates

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has dismissed the plea of Weizmann Limited and Karma Energy Limited with regards to issuing renewable energy certificates (RECs). The Commission observed that the ...
/ / Other, Wind
With Over 12 GW of Solar Deployed in December Alone, China Installed 30 GW in 2019

With Over 12 GW of Solar Deployed in December Alone, China Installed 30 GW in 2019

In the calendar year (CY) 2019, China is estimated to have installed 30 GW of solar capacity, a decline of 32% year-over-year (YoY) compared to 2018, when 44 GW of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tata, Jakson, and L&T are Winners in NTPC’s 560 MW Solar Auction

Tata, Jakson, and L&T are Winners in NTPC’s 560 MW Solar Auction

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has concluded the auction process for 1,000 MW of solar projects under the Develop Build Demonstrate (DBDT) program. Out of the 1,000 MW capacity, ...
Mercom India’s Most Read Articles of 2019

Mercom India’s Most Read Articles of 2019

The Indian solar industry did not fare as well as expected in 2019. The year saw some state-level policy upheavals, auction delays and cancelations, and a sluggish economy, among a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI’s Manufacturing-Linked Solar Tender Receives Good Response, Oversubscribed by 1 GW

SECI’s Manufacturing-Linked Solar Tender Receives Good Response, Oversubscribed by 1 GW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received a good response for its 7 GW solar tender that has been linked with a manufacturing component. After a slew of ...
VC Funding for Battery Storage Rises by 104% in the First Nine Months of 2019

VC Funding for Battery Storage Rises by 104% in the First Nine Months of 2019

Global VC funding (venture capital, private equity, and corporate venture capital) for battery storage, smart grid, and efficiency companies in the first nine months (9M) of 2019 was 54% higher ...
Polycrystalline Solar Modules Cannot Survive for Long in India_ LONGi Solar Interview

Polycrystalline Solar Modules Cannot Survive for Long in India: LONGi Solar Interview

The introduction of passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell technology has markedly increased the efficiency of monocrystalline cells, making them an economically attractive option for many projects. However, the use ...
India Could Become Global EV Hotspot but Adoption Slow_ WEF-Ola Mobility Report

India Could Become Global EV Hotspot but Adoption Slow: WEF-Ola Mobility Report

The electric mobility industry in India is just beginning. In the past few years, the country has seen a surge in government initiatives to adopt electric vehicles in public transportation ...
Our Inverter Factory in Bangalore Almost Ready for Manufacturing_ Sineng Interview

Our Solar PV Inverter Factory in Bangalore Ready for Manufacturing: Sineng Interview

India is on pace to add over 8 GW of solar in 2019, according to the recent Q2 2019 India Solar market update published by Mercom India and is the third-largest solar ...
ADB Grants $37 Million for a 47.5 MW Floating Solar Project in Vietnam

ADB Grants $37 Million for a 47.5 MW Floating Solar Project in Vietnam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $37 million loan agreement that would finance the installation of a 47.5 MW floating solar project in Vietnam. The global lender has ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
Quality Consciousness in Indian Solar Projects is a Mixed Bag_ DuPont Interview

Quality Consciousness in Indian Solar Projects a Mixed Bag: DuPont Interview

The quality of photovoltaic modules goes a long way in ensuring the longevity of solar projects. In the quest to maximize profits, there has been a tendency to compromise on ...
India and Sweden to Lead UN Leadership Group to Work Towards Sustainability

India and Sweden to Lead UN Leadership Group to Work Towards Sustainability

As global leaders ramp up their efforts to combat climate change, a new leadership group led by India and Sweden has been announced at the UN Climate Action Summit. The ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Mercom Research Focus, Q2 2019, 1H 2019, India Solar Installations, India Solar Market, Renewables, Rooftop Solar, GST, Safeguard Duty, Modules, Export Import, Cumulative Solar Installations, Tariff Caps, Tender and Auction, State Installations, Utility-scale, New Power Addition

1.5 GW of Solar Capacity Installed in India During Q2 2019

Solar installations in India in Q2 2019 witnessed a slight decline with 1,510 MW, a 14% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) decrease compared to 1,761 MW installed in Q1 2019. Installations were down ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Amid Water Scarcity, Solar Water Pumps Come to Rescue in Cyclone-Hit Odisha

Amid Water Scarcity, Solar Water Pumps Come to Rescue in Cyclone-Hit Odisha

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani that swept across Odisha last week has ravaged homes, uprooted electricity poles and trees, and damaged everything that came in its way. Though the ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
GAIL Issues Tender for Operation and Maintenance of a 5 MW Solar Project in Jaisalmer

Delhi High Court Directs GST Council to Review Tax Structure for Solar Projects

After reviewing a petition filed by the Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) that challenges the new tax formulation structure for solar projects, a bench of the Delhi High Court has ...
72 Years After Independence, Leh and Kargil Connected to National Electricity Grid

72 Years After Independence, Leh and Kargil Connected to National Electricity Grid

Leh and Kargil, two of India’s most difficult and inhospitable terrains, have finally been connected to the national electricity grid. This feat, achieved after 72 years of independence, was made ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Top DISCOMs Achieving 100% Household Electrification Could be Rewarded ₹500 Million

PM Modi’s SAUBHAGYA Program Misses its December 2018 Deadline

The NDA government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched SAUBHAGYA, a program aimed at achieving universal electrification in September 2017. The program has missed its December 2018 deadline by ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
India Was the Second Largest Solar Market in First Half of 2018

Mercom India’s Most Read Articles of 2018

2018 was an eventful year for the Indian solar market with imposition of duties, policy upheavals, and a lack of clarity which collectively may result in a down year for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Safeguard and Other Major Important Announcements Governmentin Announcements for Solar and Other Renewables in India’s Renewables Sector in Julyne 2018

To Meet India’s 2022 Solar Target, MNRE Plans to Tender 60 GW of Projects by March 2020

With the goal to accelerate the expansion of solar and wind power to replace fossil fuel-based power and meet its 2022 target, India has now declared a trajectory that aims ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Azure Power and Maheswari Mining Win APDCL Tender for 85 MW of Solar Projects in Assam

MNRE Amends VGF Program Guidelines for Solar Projects Yet Again

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of its scheme under which the government aims to develop 5 GW of solar projects ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Developers Win Four Project Commissioning Delay Cases in Telangana

Canadian Solar Completes Purchase of 30 MW of Solar Projects in Telangana from Suzlon

Canadian Solar, a global module supplier and solar project developer, has announced that it has acquired remaining 51 percent stake in two solar power projects from Suzlon Energy, a leading wind ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
World Bank Offers $310 Million Loan to Reform Jharkhand’s Power Transmission System

World Bank Offers $310 Million Loan to Reform Jharkhand’s Power Transmission System

Helping another Indian state in turning around the face of its energy infrastructure, the World Bank has now come forward with a $310 million loan assistance for Jharkhand. The agreement, ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization