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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 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
India and France Sign MoU for the Expansion of Renewable Energy

India and France Sign MoU for Expansion of Renewable Energy

India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with France to cooperate in the field of renewable energy. Through the signed MoU, the two countries will work to establish a ...
Four Companies Win Tender to Supply 2,000 EV Chargers for EESL

Four Companies Win Tender to Supply 2,000 EV Chargers for EESL

The tender floated by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for the procurement of 2,000 Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers was bagged by four energy storage solutions companies, namely SBD Green Energy and Infra ...
Bank of America Raises $2.25 Billion in its Largest Issue of Green Bonds

Bank of America Raises $2.25 Billion in its Largest Issue of Green Bonds

One of the world’s leading financial institutions, Bank of America, has announced a $2.25 billion green bond to support clean energy projects. In a media statement released by the bank, ...
L&T Construction Wins Three Orders Worth ₹24.4 Billion for Electrification and Solar

L&T Construction Wins Three Orders Worth ₹24.4 Billion for Electrification and Solar

Major engineering company Larsen and Toubro has announced that its subsidiary L&T Construction has bagged a bunch of orders worth ₹24.4 billion (~$358 million). In a statement issued by the ...
India’s Top 10 Solar States in Charts

India’s Top 10 Solar States in Charts

As India rushes to meet the installation goal set by the government of 100 GW by 2022, now is a good time to check the progress of solar among states ...
India’s Solar, Wind Sectors to Create Over 300,000 Jobs by 2022_ ILO Report

India’s Solar, Wind Sectors to Create Over 300,000 Jobs by 2022: ILO Report

The domestic solar and wind energy sectors are likely to employ over 300,000 workers by 2022, the latest report released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has predicted. The findings ...