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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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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 ...
Solar Power Generation Jumps by 73 Percent YoY in Q2 2018

Solar Power Generation Jumps by 73 Percent YoY in Q2 2018

India’s efforts toward installing solar to meet country’s energy requirements has led to a substantial increase in solar power generation. According to the data released by the Central Electricity Authority ...
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 ...
Delhi to Launch Solar Rooftop Demand Aggregation Program for Domestic Consumers

Delhi to Launch Solar Rooftop Demand Aggregation Program for Domestic Consumers

In line with the first ‘Green Budget’ for Delhi announced this year, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government now plans to launch a Solar Rooftop Demand Aggregation Program ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Solar Developers Request Exemption from Safeguard Duty for Ongoing Projects

Solar Developers Request Exemption from Safeguard Duty for Ongoing Projects

As the ongoing uncertainty around Safeguard Duty imposition looms large over the domestic solar sector, the Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) has written to the commerce ministry seeking complete exemption of ...
GST on Li-Ion Batteries Reduced from 28 to 18 Percent

GST on Li-Ion Batteries Reduced from 28 to 18 Percent

In a bid to propel the growth of electric vehicles (EV) in the country, the government has announced a slash in the applicable rate of the Goods and Services Tax ...
Hero Future, Vikram Solar and ACME go to Court Against DGTR Opposing Safeguard Duty

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power to Develop 100 MW Solar Project in South Africa

The International Company for Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power) has announced that it will soon begin the construction of a 100 MW solar project in South Africa. An agreement ...
Delhi to Fight Toxic Air with 1,000 Electric Buses

Delhi to Fight Toxic Air with 1,000 Electric Buses

In a significant move towards curbing the menace of air pollution in the national capital, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that his government has approved the hiring of ...
Interview: A Cheaper Inverter is Not Always a Better Option for Solar Projects

Interview: A Cheaper Inverter is Not Always a Better Option for Solar Projects

For solar project developers in the country, the decision to choose one inverter over the other is becoming increasingly difficult, given the rapid expansion of the segment, and numerous entrants ...
Solar Auctions Saw Record Low Bids Globally in 2017: REN21 Report

Solar Auctions Saw Record Low Bids Globally in 2017: REN21 Report

Solar PV auctions around the world in 2017 resulted in bids at new record lows, noted the annual Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) released by Renewable Energy Policy Network for ...
Major Policy Change in China Could Rock the Global Solar Industry, Reduce Module Prices

Major Policy Change in China Could Rock the Solar Industry Globally, Reduce Module Prices

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Finance and the National Energy Administration (NEA) jointly released the 2018 Solar PV Power Generation Notice, imposing installation caps and ...
MNRE Extends Deadline for 1 GW of Offshore Wind Projects in Gujarat

MNRE Extends EoI Deadline for 1 GW of Offshore Wind Projects in Gujarat

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has extended the deadline for the submission of Expression of Interest (EoI) for 1 GW of offshore wind projects which are to be developed ...
/ / Other, Wind