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About Nithin Thomas Prasad

Nithin is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Reuters News, he has covered oil, metals and agricultural commodity markets across global markets. He has also covered refinery and pipeline explosions, oil and gas leaks, Atlantic region hurricane developments, and other natural disasters. Nithin holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. More articles from Nithin.

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REIL’s New Tender Calls for Supply of 200,000 Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

REIL’s New Tender Calls for Supply of 200,000 Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the center and the Rajasthan government, issued a tender for 200,000 multicrystalline silicon solar cells. The company sought the ...
Solar’s Share in India’s Installed Power Capacity Stalls at 9.9% at the End of Q3

Solar’s Share in India’s Installed Power Capacity Stalls at 9.9% at the End of Q3

India’s share of renewable energy (including large hydropower projects) crawled to 36.4% in the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 2020) from 36.3% in the previous quarter, according to the data ...
REIL Seeks Suppliers of 150,000 Monocrystalline and Bifacial Solar Cells

REIL Seeks Suppliers of 150,000 Monocrystalline and Bifacial Solar Cells

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Rajasthan, has issued a tender for the supply of 150,000 solar ...
MNRE Extends BIS Exemption for Smaller Solar Module Manufacturers With a Condition

MNRE Extends BIS Exemption for Smaller Solar Module Manufacturers With a Condition

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the exemption for the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification for solar module manufacturers with a production capacity of less ...
Madhya Pradesh Floats Tender for 30 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects Under RESCO Model

Madhya Pradesh Floats Tender for 30 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects Under RESCO Model

Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has floated a request for proposal (RfS) for 30 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects under the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model ...
Mizoram Invites Bids for Short-Term Sale of Surplus Non-Solar Renewable Power

Mizoram Invites Bids for Short-Term Sale of Surplus Non-Solar Renewable Power

The Power and Electricity Department of Mizoram (PEDM) has issued a notice inviting bids for the short-term sale of the state electricity department's surplus non-solar renewable power generated between January ...
Solar-Wind Hybrid Projects will Stand Canceled if SECI Fails to Sign PSA within Six Months

Solar-Wind Hybrid Projects will Stand Canceled if SECI Fails to Sign PSA within Six Months

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued tariff-based competitive bidding guidelines for power procurement from grid-connected solar-wind hybrid projects. The guidelines stated that the Solar Energy Corporation ...
Tamil Nadu‘s New Tariff Order for Solar Procurement

Tamil Nadu‘s New Tariff Order for Solar Procurement

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a tariff order for solar power procurement by distribution licensees. The effective date of the order is October 16, 2020. According ...
E-Tendering Portals Show Digitalization is the Future for India’s Solar Industry

E-Tendering Portals Show Digitalization is the Future for India’s Solar Industry

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has accentuated the need to automate and digitalize practices and processes in the renewable energy sector. There is enormous potential for the industry to adopt smarter ...
India’s Power Supply Deficit Shrunk to 0.3% in the First Half of FY 2020_ CEA

India’s Power Supply Deficit Shrunk to 0.3% in the First Half of FY 2020: CEA

India’s power supply deficit narrowed down to 0.3% in the first half (1H) of the financial year (FY) 2020-2021, according to data from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). This was ...
GAIL Seeks Project Management Contract Services for 2.64 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

GAIL Seeks Project Management Contract Services for 2.64 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Gas Authority of India (GAIL) has floated a tender seeking project management contract (PMC) services to set up 2.64 MW of rooftop solar projects at its complex at Auraiya ...
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VC funding for Battery Energy Storage Companies Was up 78% With $661 Million in Q3

VC funding for Battery Energy Storage Companies Was up 78% With $661 Million in Q3

Global corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) for the battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency sectors was up 165% in the third quarter of ...
Uttar Pradesh Regulator Accepts Delay in Implementing Forecasting Rules Due to COVID-19

Uttar Pradesh Regulator Accepts Delay in Implementing Forecasting Rules Due to COVID-19

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has issued an order accepting delays by the state load despatch center (SLDC) in implementing its procedures for forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement ...
Tender Issued to Install 10 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems at Bus Depots and Terminals in Pune

Tender Issued to Install 10 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems at Bus Depots and Terminals in Pune

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), a public transport service provider, has floated an expression of interest (EoI) for 10 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects under the Renewable ...
Tender Announced for 12 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on Government Buildings in Gujarat

Tender Announced for 12 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on Government Buildings in Gujarat

The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has issued a tender for 12 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems on government buildings in the state. The rooftop systems will range from ...
SECI Released Over ₹4.5 Billion to Clear Dues of Solar and Wind Developers in September

SECI Released Over ₹4.5 Billion to Clear Dues of Solar and Wind Developers in September

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) paid out nearly ₹4.53 billion (~$61.6 million) for solar and wind power purchases in September 2020, according to the latest data. This amounted ...
World Bank Seeks Consulting Firms for a Floating Solar Project in Odisha

World Bank Seeks Consulting Firms for a Floating Solar Project in Odisha

The World Bank has floated an expression of interest (EoI) seeking consulting firms to help it explore the potential of a floating solar project in Odisha. The floating solar project ...
REC Earmarks ₹27.9 Billion Loan to Help Jammu and Kashmir DISCOM With its Dues

REC Earmarks ₹27.9 Billion Loan to Help Jammu and Kashmir DISCOM With its Dues

REC Limited has approved a ₹27.9 billion (~$380.9 million) loan to the Jammu Kashmir Power Corporation Limited (JKPCL) under the liquidity infusion program of the Indian Government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative. The ...
NHDC Seeks to Procure Modules for 1,035 MW of Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa

NHDC Seeks to Procure Modules for 1,035 MW of Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa

NHDC Limited, a joint venture of NHPC Limited and the Government of Madhya Pradesh, has floated a tender to purchase solar modules for 1,035 MW of projects in Madhya Pradesh ...
Shortage of Solar and Net Meters in the State, Says Rajasthan Renewable Association

Shortage of Solar and Net Meters in the State, Says Rajasthan Renewable Association

The Renewable Energy Association of Rajasthan (REAR) has written to the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), asking it to permit the use of existing energy meters for projects under ...
BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 50 MW Solar Project in Andhra Pradesh

BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 50 MW Solar Project in Andhra Pradesh

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has floated an operations and maintenance (O&M) tender for its 50 MW solar power project at Kadiri, Ananthapur, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The ...
BHEL Floats Tender for the Supply of Modules for a 32 MW Solar Project in Africa

BHEL Floats Tender for the Supply of Modules for a 32 MW Solar Project in Africa

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has floated a tender for the manufacture and supply of about 32 MW of crystalline photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. The modules would be exported to ...
Adani Green Expands its Joint Venture with TOTAL after Acquiring 205 MW of Solar Assets

Adani Green Expands its Joint Venture with TOTAL after Acquiring 205 MW of Solar Assets

Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) announced that it has added 205 MW of operational solar projects worth ₹16.32 billion (~$222.9 million) to the portfolio of its joint venture with French ...
Telangana Proposes Pre-Fixed Levelized Tariff of ₹3.13_kWh for KUSUM Solar Projects

Telangana Proposes Pre-Fixed Levelized Tariff of ₹3.13/kWh for KUSUM Solar Projects

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has proposed norms for a pre-fixed levelized tariff for solar projects under Component-A of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan ...
Only Tamil Nadu and Gujarat Installed Wind Projects in Q3 Totaling Just 295 MW

Only Tamil Nadu and Gujarat Installed Wind Projects in Q3 Totaling Just 295 MW

Wind Installations in India were up about 117% in the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 2020), with about 295 MW of installations compared to the previous quarter’s 136 MW, according ...
/ / Wind