Author Archives: Nithin Thomas Prasad

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.

nithin@mercomindia.com

@nithinthomas91

Amendments Proposed to RPO Regulations for Captive Renewable Projects in Punjab

Amendments Proposed to RPO Regulations for Captive Renewable Projects in Punjab

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has proposed to cap the renewable purchase obligations (RPO) for captive power projects. It has invited feedback from the industry on or before ...
Consultants Invited to Assess Feasibility of Rooftop Solar Capacity at Airports (1)

Consultants Invited to Assess Feasibility of Rooftop Solar Capacity at Airports

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NTPC Limited, has invited bids from consultants to assess the potential and feasibility of ground-mounted and rooftop solar at the ...
REC Market Counting on RPO Compliance Deadline Extension Amidst Trading Halt

REC Market Counting on RPO Compliance Deadline Extension Amidst Trading Halt

As the power market awaits the end of an over seven-month halt in the trading of renewable energy certificates (REC), stakeholders remain hopeful of a deadline extension from their respective ...
NCR Transport Corporation Invites Bids for 11 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

NCR Transport Corporation Invites Bids for 11 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has floated a tender for 11 MW of rooftop solar systems at its stations, depots, and other buildings in the Delhi-Meerut Corridor. Bidders ...
CERC Adopts Tariff for 3 GW of Thermal-Bundled Solar Projects Tendered in 2015

CERC Adopts Tariff for 3 GW of Thermal-Bundled Solar Projects Tendered in 2015

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has passed an order approving tariffs ranging between ₹3.15 (~$0.043)/kWh and ₹5.19 (~$0.071)/kWh for 3 GW of solar projects bundled with thermal power under ...
Distributed Solar Company Fourth Partner Enters JV With Indonesian Energy Company

Distributed Solar Company Fourth Partner Enters JV With Indonesian Energy Company

Distributed solar company, Fourth Partner Energy, has announced a joint venture (JV) - Empat Mitra Indika Tenaga Surya – with Indonesia-based energy company Indika Energy to speed up renewable energy transition ...
Meghalaya Announces Electric Vehicle Policy with Purchase Subsidy for Early Adopters

Meghalaya Announces Electric Vehicle Policy with Purchase Subsidy for Early Adopters

The Transport Department of the Government of Meghalaya has issued the 'Meghalaya Electric vehicle Policy, 2021', which aims to see electric vehicles (EV) representing 15% of the state's overall vehicle ...
The Time for Backward Integration in Solar Manufacturing Sector Has Come: Interview

The Time for Backward Integration in Solar Manufacturing Sector Has Come: Interview

Domestic manufacturing in the solar sector has always been a sore point in India. The government has taken several policy measures like the imposition of safeguard duty and basic customs ...
Moradabad Smart City Issues Tender for Solar Water ATMs

Moradabad Smart City Issues Tender for Solar Water ATMs

Moradabad Smart City has floated a request for proposal for setting up 25 solar-based water automated teller machines (ATM) to provide safe drinking water in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. Bidders must ...
Rajasthan Electronics Releases Tender for 150,000 Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Rajasthan Electronics Releases Tender for 150,000 Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the Indian government and Rajasthan, has invited bids for 150,000 units of 4.5W multicrystalline silicon solar cells. Bidders are not ...
BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 10 MW Solar Project in West Bengal

BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 10 MW Solar Project in West Bengal

Bharat Heavy Electronics Limited (BHEL), a government of India undertaking, has floated an operations and maintenance (O&M) works tender for West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company's 10 MW solar project ...
Karnataka’s Renewable Energy Policy for 2021-2026 Aims at Adding 2 GW of Rooftop Solar

Karnataka’s Renewable Energy Policy for 2021-2026 Aims at Adding 2 GW of Rooftop Solar

Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has issued the ‘Draft Karnataka Renewable Energy Policy 2021-2026” aimed at developing 20 GW of renewable energy projects with and without energy storage. According ...
Ceiling Tariff Lowered for 275 MW Solar Park Tender, Bid Deadline Extended

Ceiling Tariff Lowered for 275 MW Solar Park Tender, Bid Deadline Extended

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has extended the bid submission deadline for its tender seeking solar power developers to set up 275 MW of grid-connected ...
Bids Invited for Building-Integrated Rooftop Solar Systems in Kerala

Bids Invited for Building-Integrated Rooftop Solar Systems in Kerala

The Steel Industries of Kerala Limited (SILK), a Kerala government-owned company, has floated a tender for 1 MW of on-grid building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system on the roof of the Chandrashekharan ...
ITI Invites Bids for 1.2 MW of Rooftop or Ground-Mounted Solar Projects with Net Metering

ITI Invites Bids for 1.2 MW of Rooftop or Ground-Mounted Solar Projects with Net Metering

ITI Limited, a state-owned telecommunications equipment manufacturer, has floated a tender for 1.2 MW of grid-connected rooftop or ground-mounted solar power projects with net metering at its Bengaluru facility. Bidders ...
Sterling and Wilson and Enel X Partner to Provide EV Charging Infrastructure

Sterling and Wilson and Enel X Partner to Provide EV Charging Infrastructure

Sterling and Wilson, Mumbai-based engineering, procurement, and construction company, has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with U.S.-based energy solutions company Enel X to enter the e-mobility segment in India. The companies ...
Residential Solar Company Sunrun Installs Over 600 MW of Solar in 2020

Residential Solar Company Sunrun Installs Over 600 MW of Solar in 2020

U.S.-based residential solar, storage, and energy services provider Sunrun has announced that its total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4 2020) stood at $320.4 million, a 31% increase ...
Karnataka Invites Bids for 50 Electric Buses under FAME II Program

Karnataka Invites Bids for 50 Electric Buses under FAME II Program

The North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) has floated a tender for 50 electric buses under the gross cost contract (GCC) model under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of ...
First Solar Reports 34% Year-Over-Year Slide in Net Sales in Q4 2020

First Solar Reports 56% Year-Over-Year Slide in Net Sales in Q4 2020

U.S.-based solar module maker First Solar has announced that its net sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4 2020) stood at $609.2 million, down 56% from about $1.4 billion in ...
Cost of Large-Scale, Rooftop Solar Systems Rise Slightly in Q4 2020

Cost of Large-Scale, Rooftop Solar Systems Rise Slightly in Q4 2020

The average cost of large-scale solar projects stood at about ₹35.3 million (~$488,255)/MW as of the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4 2020), according to Mercom's recently released 2020 Q4 & Annual ...
U-Solar Wins SECI's EPC Services Auction for a 5 MW Solar Project at Tuticorin Port

U-Solar Wins SECI’s EPC Services Auction for a 5 MW Solar Project at Tuticorin Port

U-Solar Clean Energy has said it has won 5 MW of grid-connected, ground-mounted solar projects at the V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust at Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, in a tender floated by ...
Essar Power to Set Up a 90 MW Open Access Solar Project in Madhya Pradesh

Essar Power to Set Up a 90 MW Open Access Solar Project in Madhya Pradesh

Essar Power, a subsidiary of Indian multinational conglomerate and construction company Essar Group, announced that its board of directors had approved plans to enter the Indian renewable energy market by ...
Bids Invited to Set Up a 5 MW Floating Solar Project at a Thermal Power Station

Bids Invited to Set Up a 5 MW Floating Solar Project at a Thermal Power Station

The West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) has invited bids for setting up a 5 MW grid-connected floating solar power project at the Santhaldih Thermal Power Station in Purulia ...
EESL Subsidiary Floats Tender for 100 MW of Solar Projects in Maharashtra

EESL Subsidiary Floats Tender for 100 MW of Solar Projects in Maharashtra

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has floated a tender for setting up 100 MW of solar power projects in Maharashtra with ...
Tumakuru Smart City Issues Tender for a 20 MW Floating Solar Project

Tumakuru Smart City Issues Tender for a 20 MW Floating Solar Project

Karnataka's Tumakuru Smart City Limited (TSCL) has issued a tender for setting up and maintaining a 20 MW floating solar power project at the Bugudanahalli Reservoir in Tumakuru. Interested bidders ...