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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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Daily News Wrap-Up_ UAE's Yellow Door Installs a 3.1 MW Solar Carport in Dubai

Daily News Wrap-Up: UAE’s Yellow Door Installs a 3.1 MW Solar Carport in Dubai

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Yellow Door Energy, a UAE-based sustainable energy provider for businesses, has successfully commissioned a 3.1 MW solar ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
WiseEnergy Signs 550 MW Solar Asset Management Contract in India with Actis_ Interview

WiseEnergy Signs 550 MW Solar Asset Management Contract in India with Actis: Interview

With rapid installation targets and large existing operating base of assets, solar asset management is fast gaining traction in the Indian market. Solar asset management includes all aspects of solar ...
/ / Other, Sponsored News
As Government Shifts Focus to Solar Manufacturing, RPO Enforcement Becomes More Critical

As Government Shifts Focus to Solar Manufacturing, RPO Enforcement Becomes More Critical

India's push towards transforming the energy sector began a decade ago with the formulation of the National Solar Mission. To enforce policies for renewable energy expansion and create demand, the ...
Experts from IREDA, ReNew Power, Fimer, RenewSys to Analyze Shifts in the Solar Industry

Experts from IREDA, ReNew Power, Fimer, RenewSys to Analyze Shifts in the Solar Industry

Mercom India will host another webinar session on August 4, 2020, to help the solar industry get a clearer perspective on the most pressing issues and opportunities in the Indian ...
Pharma and FMCG Companies Could Lead the C&I Market Recovery in Rooftop Solar

Pharma and FMCG Companies Could Lead the C&I Market Recovery in Rooftop Solar Segment

As the economy dwindles, industries worldwide are looking frantically at cost-saving measures to keep profit margins from getting thinner. While some segments of the commercial and industrial sector witnessed a ...
Power Consumption in Rural India Plummeted by Nearly 70% During Lockdown_ Interview

Power Consumption in Rural India Plummeted by Nearly 70% During Lockdown: Interview

The lockdown announced in India to curb the virus was one of the longest in the world, and as a result, millions of migrant workers were forced to make their ...
Adoption of Solar Through Open Access_ Roadblocks and The Road Ahead

Adoption of Solar Through Open Access: Roadblocks and the Road Ahead

In the Indian power sector, open access means a mechanism in which large consumers have access to the transmission and distribution network so that they are free to obtain power ...
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 ...