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About Garima Prasher

Garima is a staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering renewable energy news. Prior to Mercom, Garima worked as a journalist with The Times of India and The New Indian Express. She received her Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham and PG Diploma degree in journalism from the Times School of Journalism.

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Schools and Colleges are Going Solar and Leading India’s Energy Transformation

Schools and Colleges are Going Solar and Leading India’s Energy Transformation

Solar – not black coal – is beginning to power classrooms, dormitories and canteens of multitudes of educational institutions across the country. Solar power is heating water, helping run laboratories, ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Maharashtra Electricity Commission Dismisses Bagasse-Based Developer’s Petition

Maharashtra Electricity Commission Dismisses Bagasse-Based Developer’s Petition

The, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has dismissed a petition filed by Olam Agro India Pvt. Ltd. (OAIPL) to directing MSETCL to comply with MERC’s previous impugned order. The commission ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Higher Power Tariffs, Not Policy Support, Driving India’s Rooftop Market

Rooftop Solar Commissioning Delay Causes 36% Tariff Reduction in Karnataka

In another case involving delay in commissioning of a solar project, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has declared that the petitioner, a rooftop solar project installer, is not entitled ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
More Project Commissioning Delay Cases in Telangana Ruled in Favor of Project Developers

More Solar Project Commissioning Delay Cases in Telangana Ruled in Favor of Developers

It was a good start of the week for majority of the developers of grid-connected solar projects in Telangana, who had filed petitions, seeking relief due to the delay in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Get Smart_ 5,000 Homes in Varanasi Receive Smart Electricity Meters

Get Smart: 5,000 Homes in Varanasi Receive Smart Electricity Meters

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has successfully completed the pilot phase of its satellite-based smart meter project in a village in Varanasi in which 5,000 households received the meters. This project ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
Hydro Power Developer Wins Case against Maharashtra Transmission Company

Hydro Power Developer Wins Case against Maharashtra Transmission Company

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has passed an order directing the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (MSETCL) to pay a total sum of ₹5.5 million (~ $0.075 million) to a ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Dispute Over One Day Commissioning Delay Causes 30% Solar Tariff Reduction in Karnataka

Dispute Over One Day Commissioning Delay Causes 30% Solar Tariff Reduction in Karnataka

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has dismissed a petition filed by Emmvee Photovoltaic Power Private Limited, stating that the solar power developer is not entitled to the relief due to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Invites Bids for Battery Charging Station for 50 E-rickshaws in Faridabad

NTPC Invites Bids for Battery Charging Station for 50 E-rickshaws in Faridabad

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for setting up battery charging and swapping station for 50 e-rickshaws in Faridabad, Haryana, on pilot project basis. The scope of ...
CEA Charts Transmission Infrastructure Plan for 4,950 MW of Wind Projects

Levelized Fixed Cost for Bagasse-based Projects in Telangana to be ₹2.23/kWh

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has passed an order regarding the determination of generic tariff for bagasse-based power plants in Telangana for the control period 2018-2020. The commission ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
A Primer: States that are Poised Lead India’s EV Revolution

EV Adoption Under FAME Program Lagging in Most States

Electric vehicle sales so far has been inconsistent under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) program. While some states have made good progress, many states ...
Exicom to Provide Li-Ion Batteries for Kinetic Green’s E-Rickshaws

Gujarat Invites EoI for Marketing and Distribution of E-Rickshaws

The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for the authorization of manufacturers for marketing and distribution of battery operated three wheelers (E-Rickshaws) under the state’s ...
Sri Lanka’s Smart Grid Project to Receive $34 Million from France

Sri Lanka’s Smart Grid Project to Receive $34 Million from France

In an effort to reduce the transmission losses at its state utility Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka is slated to receive ₹2,529 million (~$34.41 million) from French Agency for ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
CERC Proposes Granting Category I Inter-State Trading License to Refex Energy

TSERC Provides Relief to Solar Developer Awaiting Grid Synchronization

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has passed an order asking the state’s distribution licensee to allow the grid synchronization of the project, thereby providing relief to Clean Solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CDPQ Increases its Stake in Azure Power to 40%

CDPQ Increases its Stake in Azure Power to 40%

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a long-term institutional investor, has announced an increase in its stake in Azure Power Global Ltd (Azure Power). Azure Power is a leading ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Karnataka Proposes Reduction in BESCOM’S RPO Target from 13% to 12%

Karnataka Proposes Reduction in BESCOM’S RPO Target from 13% to 12%

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has proposed changes to the regulations passed in 2011 with regards to the procurement of energy from renewable sources. The regulation will extend to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Issues Clarification on its 150 MW Rihand Dam Floating Solar Tender

SECI Issues Clarification on its 150 MW Rihand Dam Floating Solar Tender

Answering some of the questions raised by bidders during the pre-bid meeting for floating solar projects at Rihand Dam, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has stated that the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Brookfield Negotiates with ReneSola for its Distributed Solar Assets in China

NTPC Tenders a 2 MW Grid-Connected Solar Multi-Technology Test Bed

The National thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has tendered a 2 MW grid connected solar PV multi-technology test bed at NTPC Energy Technology research Alliance (NETRA), under domestic competitive bidding. NETRA ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Indian Railways to Become Net-Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030

South Western Railway Installs Solar Panels at 19 of its Buildings

The South Western Railway (SWR) is making strides to go green. In a new development, the railway zone installed solar panels of 3,505 kilowatt-peak (kW) capacity across its multiple buildings, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Mitsui Chemicals to start BIS Certification for Solar Panels in India with PI Berlin

Karnataka Floats Tender for 100 MW of Solar Projects Across Five Talukas

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has issued a tender for the allotment of 100 MW of grid connected solar projects in five talukas across the state. The last ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Hyderabad High Court Stays APERC Order Which Cut Down Incentive for Wind Developers

India Joins Hands with Finland for Environmental Cooperation

The Union Cabinet has approved an agreement between India and Finland on environmental corporation. The memorandum of cooperation will bring in the latest technologies and best practices that will further ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Developers who have projects under development need to use the pass through option due to safeguard duty that was imposed recently on solar imports

Azure Power Secures $58 Million for its 100 MW Solar Project at Pavagada

Leading renewable energy project developer Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), has achieved the financial closure of a deal worth ₹4 billion (~$58 million) for its 100 MW solar power project in ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Soltec Locks €100 Million Credit Facility With 11 Banks

Soltec Locks €100 Million Credit Facility With 11 Banks

Soltec, a single-axis solar tracker firm, has signed a €100 million (₹8.48 billion) syndicate credit facility with 11 banks. In a media statement issued on its website, Soltec informed that ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Is India’s Electric Vehicle Push for Real This Time?

Kerala Plans to Bring One Million EVs on the Road by 2022, Announces EV Policy

After Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Telangana, Kerala has now hopped on to the e-mobility bandwagon. The state, with over ten million vehicles on the road, has embraced ...
SECI Tenders 70MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV in Assam

Assam Calls for Proposals to Set Up R&D Facility for Renewables

The Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA) has invited proposals from independent institutions and organizations to set up a research and development (R&D) facility in the state. The facility will be ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Village Farmers Embrace Solar Water Pumps

Gujarat Village Farmers Embrace Solar Water Pumps

The sun is shining a little brighter for the farmers of Mujkuva village of Anklav taluka, nearly 17 km away from Anand, Gujarat. A group of 11 farmers in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar