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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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IPGCL Secures Lowest Bid of ₹3.09_kWh for RESCO Bids in Residential Rooftop Solar

IPGCL Secures Lowest Bid of ₹3.09/kWh for RESCO Bids in Residential Rooftop Solar

The Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) has announced the tariff quoted by the lowest bidders (L1) for its rooftop solar projects under the RESCO model (Parts A and B) ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Indian Railways Plans to Set up 20 GW of Solar Projects on its Vacant Lands by 2030

Indian Railways Plans to Set up 20 GW of Solar Projects on its Vacant Lands by 2030

The Indian Railways plans to develop 20 GW of solar projects in its vacant lands to help meet projected consumption requirements of over 33 billion units (BU) by 2030, according to an ...
India’s Power Demand is Almost Back to Pre-COVID Levels_ POSOCO Report

India’s Power Demand is Almost Back to Pre-COVID Levels: POSOCO Report

Data from POSOCO, the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC), has shown that power demand in the country rose after it dipped during the COVID-19-induced nationwide lockdown. The data showed that ...
EVs, Solar, Energy Efficiency, Part of Amazon’s Approach to Sustainability_ Interview

EVs, Solar, Energy Efficiency, Part of Amazon’s Approach to Sustainability: Interview

Large corporations can play a significant role in spearheading the transition towards green energy, decarbonization, and a sustainable future. Over the last few years, Amazon, an e-commerce giant and one of ...
SECI Disbursed ₹5.2 Billion to Solar and Wind Power Generators in July 2020

SECI Disbursed ₹5.2 Billion to Solar and Wind Power Generators in July 2020

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) paid nearly ₹5.2 billion (~$70.2 million) to developers for the purchase of solar and wind power in July 2020. This represented about ...
APTEL Examines Petition Filed Over Wrongly Issued Renewable Energy Certificates

APTEL Examines Petition Filed Over Wrongly Issued Renewable Energy Certificates

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has passed an order asking the National Load Despatch Center (NLDC) to revoke and cancel erroneously issued renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the Andhra ...
Karnataka Commission Extends Validity of Generic Tariff on Waste to Energy Projects

Karnataka Commission Extends Validity of Generic Tariff on Waste to Energy Projects

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has extended the validity of the generic tariff ₹7.08 (~$0.096)/kWh for waste to energy (WTE) projects in the state. The validity of the tariff ...
Maharashtra Regulator Takes a Lenient Stand on MSEDCL’s Wind Dues Considering COVID-19

Maharashtra Regulator Takes a Lenient Stand on MSEDCL’s Wind Dues Considering COVID-19

In a recent order, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) reiterated its decision to reject a wind generator’s claim for dues in the absence of a valid energy purchase agreement ...
/ / Other, Wind
MES Issues Tender for a 1.5 MW Solar Project at Thanjavur Air Force Station

MES Issues Tender for a 1.5 MW Solar Project at Thanjavur Air Force Station

The Military Engineer Services (MES) has invited bids for a 1.5 MW of solar project at the Air Force Station in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The estimated cost of the project ...
Karnataka Announces Another Three-Month Extension for FY 2020 RPO Targets

Karnataka Announces Another Three-Month Extension for FY 2020 RPO Targets

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has granted another three-month extension to obligated entities for fulfilling their renewable purchase obligations (RPOs) for the financial year 2020. The Commission stated that ...
Mumbai’s Epsilon Carbon to Invest $70 Million in Battery Material Manufacturing Facility

Mumbai’s Epsilon Carbon to Invest $70 Million in Battery Material Manufacturing Facility

Epsilon Carbon, a coal chemical processing company, announced that it plans to invest $70 million (~₹5.2 billion) over the next five years towards establishing 50,000 tons of anode material manufacturing ...
Haryana Mulls Competitive Bidding Route for Power Transmission Projects

Haryana Mulls Competitive Bidding Route for Power Transmission Projects

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has invited comments and suggestions from power sector stakeholders on its paper proposing the introduction of competitive bidding for power transmission projects. The deadline ...
NHPC to Empanel Agencies to Lease Land for 600 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

NHPC to Empanel Agencies to Lease Land for 600 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

NHPC Limited has invited expressions of interest (EOIs) to empanel agencies for leasing 3,000 acres of land to set up 600 MW of solar power projects in the state of ...
Bids Invited to Set Up a 2 MW Rooftop Solar System at a University in Uttarakhand

Bids Invited to Set Up a 2 MW Rooftop Solar System at a University in Uttarakhand

Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise, has issued a tender for 2.285 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems at the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and technology in ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
IREDA Seeks Consultants for Wind and Solar Projects under GBI Program

IREDA Seeks Consultants for Wind and Solar Projects under GBI Program

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) seeking consultants for wind and solar projects under the generation-based incentives (GBI) program. Interested bidders are ...
MNRE Clarifies Stand on Releasing Performance Bank Guarantees to Solar Developers

MNRE Clarifies Stand on Releasing Performance Bank Guarantees to Solar Developers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has clarified its stand on the release of performance bank guarantees (PBGs) to developers. The government earlier announced that the supply chain ...
Tamil Nadu Commission Asks DISCOM to Pay ₹24.1 Million in Wind Energy Dues

Tamil Nadu Commission Asks DISCOM to Pay ₹24.1 Million in Wind Energy Dues

The Tamil Nadu State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has directed the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) to pay wind generators ₹24.1 million (~$321,701) along with interest at 10% ...
/ / Other, Wind
Odisha Releases Tender for Konark Solarization Program

Odisha Releases Tender for Konark Solarization Program

The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has invited expressions of interest (EOI) for solar trees, solar street lighting systems, solar drinking water kiosks, electric rickshaws, and their charging infrastructure ...
Delayed Rooftop Solar Projects Liable for Reduced Tariff, Rules Karnataka Commission

Delayed Rooftop Solar Projects Liable for Reduced Tariff, Rules Karnataka Commission

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has declared that the cancellation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) between the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) and a rooftop solar project operator ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Maharashtra Commission Asks DISCOM to Clear Dues of Wind Power Generators

Maharashtra Commission Asks DISCOM to Clear Dues of Wind Power Generators

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to reconcile differences in its outstanding dues with wind generators in the state and ...
/ / Wind
SECI Extends Bidding Deadlines for Two Solar Projects in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu

SECI Extends Bidding Deadlines for Two Solar Projects in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the bid submission deadlines for two of its tenders. The two tenders include its 15 MW floating solar project in Bilaspur, Himachal ...
REIL Issues Tender for 700 Energy Meters in Jaipur

REIL Issues Tender for 700 Energy Meters in Jaipur

Rajasthan Electronics Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Rajasthan, has issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) for 700 energy meters in ...
Solar Developer Seeks Commissioning Deadline Extension from UPERC

Solar Developer Seeks Commissioning Deadline Extension from UPERC

Eden Renewable Jasmin Private Limited, a subsidiary of solar project developer Eden Renewables, has filed a petition with the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) seeking an extension for the ...
Solar Auctions Rise, Tenders Fall in Q2 2020

Solar Auctions Rise, Tenders Fall in Q2 2020

Government agencies announced nearly 6 GW of solar tenders during the second quarter of 2020 (Q2 2020), a 58% decline compared to 13.4 GW in the previous quarter, according to ...
Maharashtra Commission Denies Renewable Developers Grace Period for Regulatory Delays

Maharashtra Commission Denies Renewable Developers Grace Period for Regulatory Delays

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has ruled against 28 renewable energy developers in a common order regarding the Maharashtra State Load Despatch Centre’s (MSLDC) non-compliance of the MERC’s directives ...