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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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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
Google Announces its Green Energy Plans in Denmark

Google Announces its Green Energy Plans in Denmark

Adding another feather to its green cap, tech giant Google has now announced that it will invest 4.5 billion Danish crowns ($690 million) in building a renewable powered data center in ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Poyry Wins Contract to Develop a 25 MW Solar Project in Malaysia

Malaysia Likely to Announce Tenders for 500 MW of Solar Projects in 2019

The Malaysian government is likely to come up with an open tender in 2019 for an estimated RM2 billion worth of solar projects. These projects will be announced under the ...
Zambia Tenders 100 MW of Solar Projects

ThomasLloyd Acquires Major Stake in Solar Project Developer SolarArise India

ThomasLloyd, a global investment and advisory firm dedicated to the infrastructure sector in Asia, has announced the acquisition of a significant stake in the Delhi-based solar project developer SolarArise India ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Low Tariffs in Solar Could Result in A Wave of Project Refinances: Panel Discussion

Low Tariffs in Solar Could Result in a Wave of Project Refinances: Panel Discussion

India has witnessed exponential growth in renewable energy installations in the past four years with cumulative installations rising from 3 GW to 25 GW during the  period. Over this period, ...
Government May Increase the Duration of Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports_ Panel Discussion

Government May Increase the Duration of Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports: Panel Discussion

India, a nation comprising of 29 states and seven union territories of varying sizes and populations, cannot surge ahead on its path to a sustainable future unless all states, especially ...
SoftBank CEO Offers Free Solar Power to ISA Countries After the End of 25-Year PPA

SoftBank CEO Offers Free Solar Power to ISA Countries After the End of 25-Year PPA

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son caught the audience by surprise during the second plenary session of the second Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (REINVEST- 2018), being held at Greater Noida ...
What Oil Wells are Today, Solar Power will be Tomorrow_ PM Modi

What Oil Wells are Today, Solar Power will be Tomorrow: PM Modi

The second edition of Global RE-Invest was inaugurated on October 2, 2018 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, External ...
Solar Project Developers Request Government to Reconsider Proposal on Tariff Caps

Solar Project Developers Request Government to Reconsider Proposal on Tariff Caps

Raising concern over the recent proposal by the government to impose caps on solar tariffs, the Solar Projects Developers Association (SPDA) has written to the government cautioning against the move ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
EESL Leading the Clean Energy Charge in India

EESL Leading the Clean Energy Charge in India

On October 2, 2016, India became the 62nd country to ratify the Paris Agreement and set a goal of generating 40 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by ...
GAIL, Solar sector, EV charging, company charter, Rooftop solar

Gas Authority of India to Enter Solar and EV Sectors

India’s biggest natural gas transporting and marketing company, the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), a government owned entity, is looking to diversify its portfolio. According to a PTI report, ...
China Disputes US Solar Safeguard Measures and Domestic Content Requirement with WTO

China Disputes US Solar Safeguard Measures and Domestic Content Requirement with WTO

China has requested the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement body (DSB) for consultations with regards to U.S. safeguard measures on imported solar photovoltaic products and domestic subsidies. In a statement ...
SECI Scraps 300 MW Solar Capacity Awarded to Adani Green

SECI Scraps 300 MW Solar Capacity Awarded to Adani Green

India’s leading renewable energy project developer, Adani Green Energy Limited, has announced that the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has annulled a recent 300 MW worth of solar tender ...
Himachal Pradesh Approves ₹2.24 Billion Program for Agricultural Solar Pumps

Himachal Pradesh Approves ₹2.24 Billion Program for Agricultural Solar Pumps

In a bid to promote renewable energy and expand the usage of solar power in irrigation, the Himachal Pradesh cabinet has approved ₹2.24 billion (~$32.6 million) for its ‘Saur Sinchayee ...
African Consortium Signs PPA to Develop of a 60 MW Solar Project in Chad

African Consortium Signs PPA to Develop of a 60 MW Solar Project in Chad

To reduce the dependence on coal-based power in African countries, a consortium including InfraCo Africa and Smart Energies International, has come together to develop a 60 MW solar project in the ...
No Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports for Now, Says Ministry of Finance

No Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports for Now, Says Ministry of Finance

Considering the recent stay order put in force by the Orissa on the safeguard duty notification, the Ministry of Finance has now announced that the government will, for the time ...
Recent 1 GW Solar Tender Floated by Uttar Pradesh Stands Annulled

Recent 1 GW Solar Auction by Uttar Pradesh Stands Annulled

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has cancelled the recent auction for the development of 1 GW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across the state ...