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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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Top Five Solar Tenders of 2020 [Infographics]

Top Five Solar Tenders of 2020 [Infographics]

According to Mercom India Research, nearly 36.2 GW of solar tenders were floated during the year – a testament to the sector's resilience amid the COVID-19 crisis even as other ...
Railways to Discuss Ways to Make Solar Tenders More Attractive After Poor Response (2)

Railways to Discuss Ways to Make Solar Tenders More Attractive After Poor Response

The Railway Energy Management Limited (REMCL), a subsidiary of RITES Limited, has announced a stakeholder meeting on December 23, 2020, to get feedback for developing future strategy and bid documents market ...
SECI Floats Tender for 1.2 GW of ISTS-Connected Wind Power Projects

SECI Floats Tender for 1.2 GW of ISTS-Connected Wind Power Projects

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender to select developers for 1.2 GW of interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected wind power projects (Tranche X) in the ...
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Ajmer DISCOM Floats Tender to Solarize 29 Agricultural Feeders Under KUSUM Program

Ajmer DISCOM Floats Tender to Solarize 29 Agricultural Feeders Under KUSUM Program

Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (AVVNL) has floated a tender for distributed grid-connected solar systems for agricultural consumers under component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan ...
Major Developments in India's Wind Sector in 2020

Major Developments in India’s Wind Sector in 2020

Project development slowed down to a crawl in the wind sector for most of the year as supply chain issues, transportation restrictions, and workforce shortages weighed down the sector due ...
Building-Integrated Solar PV Has Environmental, Aesthetic, Marketing Value_ Report

Building-Integrated Solar PV Has Environmental, Aesthetic, Marketing Value: Report

The Australian PV Institute (APVI) has published a report discussing the benefits of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems integrated into buildings and has proposed business models outlining their value to different ...
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Madhya Pradesh Exempts EVs and E-Rickshaw Charging Stations from Tariff Hike

Madhya Pradesh Exempts EVs and E-Rickshaw Charging Stations from Tariff Hike

The Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has determined tariffs for low voltage (LV), high voltage (HV), and extra-high voltage (EHV) consumers in the state in its retail supply tariff ...
Convergent Finance Invests ₹2 Billion in Solar Glassmaker Borosil Renewables

Convergent Finance Invests ₹2 Billion in Solar Glassmaker Borosil Renewables

Convergent Finance LLP, a Maharashtra-based investment firm, announced it has invested ₹2 billion ($27.2 million) in solar glassmaker Borosil Renewables through a qualified institutions placement (QIP) of equity shares. In ...
EESL Floats Tender Seeking Fleet Management Services for its Electric Cars

EESL Floats Tender Seeking Fleet Management Services for its Electric Cars

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has floated a tender seeking to hire a fleet management agency to deploy its electric cars to government organizations or public sector undertakings (PSUs) ...
NTPC Subsidiary Floats Tender for 30 MW of Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh

NTPC Subsidiary Floats Tender for 30 MW of Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited, has issued a tender for 30 MW of grid-connected rooftop, ground-mounted, and elevated structure solar photovoltaic (PV) projects ...
Maharashtra Approves Draft Policy to Deploy 17 GW of Renewable Power by 2025

Maharashtra Approves Draft Policy to Deploy 17 GW of Renewable Power by 2025

The Maharashtra State Cabinet has approved the draft policy ‘Unconventional Energy Generation Policy 2020’ to be adopted by the Department of Energy to promote non-conventional energy generation in the state. The agency ...
Chhattisgarh Issues Tender for Solar-Based Mother Care and Maternity Kits

Chhattisgarh Issues Tender for Solar-Based Mother Care and Maternity Kits

The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) has floated a tender for solar mother care cum maternity kits in the state. Interested bidders are expected to make an earnest ...
Mercom India Research Releases White Paper at The Smarter E India 2020 Conference

Mercom India Research Releases White Paper at The Smarter E India 2020 Conference

Mercom India Research, the research arm of Mercom India, has released an exclusive whitepaper, in partnership with ‘The Smarter E India 2020’. The conference will be hosted virtually from December 9 ...
Tripura Sets ₹3.31_kWh as Levelized Tariff for Decentralized Solar Projects Under KUSUM

Tripura Sets ₹3.31/kWh as Levelized Tariff for Decentralized Solar Projects Under KUSUM

The Tripura State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has set ₹3.31 (~$0.045)/kWh as the levelized tariff for power from decentralized solar projects under component-A of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem ...
Rajasthan Regulator Asks DISCOM to Ensure Timely Payments to Solar and Wind Generators

Rajasthan Regulator Asks DISCOM to Ensure Timely Payments to Solar and Wind Generators

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued an order directing the Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (JdVVNL) to verify and pay its overdue late payment surcharges (LPS) to a ...
Mahanadi Coalfields Floats Tender for 1.2 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on its Buildings

Mahanadi Coalfields Floats Tender for 1.2 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on its Buildings

Odisha’s Sambalpur-based Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), one of the eight subsidiaries of Coal India Limited (CIL), has issued a tender to set up 1.21 MW of solar rooftop systems at ...
NPAs in Renewable Industry Inevitable If Andhra Doesn’t Resolve Issue Soon

NPAs in Renewable Industry Inevitable If Andhra Doesn’t Resolve Issue Soon

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) and the Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA) have written to the High Court of Andhra Pradesh urging them to expedite pending hearings ...
Assam Power Generation Corporation Seeks ₹760 Million Loan for a 25 MW Solar Project

Assam Power Generation Corporation Seeks ₹760 Million Loan for a 25 MW Solar Project

The Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) from financial institutions for advancing a term loan to finance a 25 MW solar project in Namrup, ...
Military Engineer Services Floats EPC Tender for 1.5 MW of Solar Projects in Tamil Nadu

Military Engineer Services Floats EPC Tender for 1.5 MW of Solar Projects in Tamil Nadu

The Military Engineer Services (MES) has invited bids for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of a 1.5 MW grid-connected solar power project at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The project is ...
Jharkhand Floats Tenders for 2,253 Solar Systems, 8,000 Solar LED Streetlights

Jharkhand Floats Tenders for 2,253 Solar Systems, 8,000 Solar LED Streetlights

The Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has floated tenders for empanelling agencies for solar standalone systems and solar street lighting systems in the state. The first tender was for ...
German Wind Turbine Maker Senvion to Sell its Indian Arm to Dubai’s GREDHCL

German Wind Turbine Maker Senvion to Sell its Indian Arm to Dubai’s GREDHCL

Senvion GmbH, a German wind turbine manufacturer, said it has entered into contractual agreements to sell its Indian operations to Global Renewable Energy Development Holding Company Limited (GREDHCL). The company ...
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IEX Launches Daily and Weekly Contracts on its Green Term-Ahead Trading Platform

IEX Launches Daily and Weekly Contracts on its Green Term-Ahead Trading Platform

The Indian Energy Exchange Limited (IEX) said it launched green daily and green weekly contracts on its green market trading platform. The contracts will be available for both solar and ...
Orient Cement to Buy Solar Under Group Captive Model From AMPSolar’ Open Access Project

Orient Cement to Buy Solar Under Group Captive Model from AMPSolar’s Open Access Project

Orient Cement, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate CK Birla Group, announced that it would acquire a 26% stake in AMPSolar Systems Private Limited for ₹40.5 million (~$549,244) to set up a ...
Month in a Minute_ Top Headlines from Indian Renewable Sector in November 2020

Month in a Minute: Top Headlines from Indian Renewable Sector in November 2020

Here is a recap of some of the most important headlines from November 2020: Blueleaf Energy, a Singapore-based renewable energy company, announced that it acquired a majority stake in an ...
SJVN Floats Tender to Enlist EPC Contractors for 100 MW of Solar Projects

SJVN Floats Tender to Enlist EPC Contractors for 100 MW of Solar Projects

SJVN Limited, a joint venture between the central government and the government of Himachal Pradesh, has floated a notice inviting expressions of interest (EOI) to enlist engineering, procurement, and construction ...