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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.

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New Technology to Develop Indigenous Graphene Supercapacitor for Energy Storage

New Technology to Develop Indigenous Graphene Supercapacitor for Energy Storage

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) and SPEL Technologies Pune have jointly developed a technology for generating functionalized graphene at lower costs. This process will be used ...
Gujarat and Tamil Nadu Have Offshore Wind Energy Potential of 70 GW_ MNRE

Gujarat and Tamil Nadu Have Offshore Wind Energy Potential of 70 GW: MNRE

The Ministry of Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy that India has an offshore wind energy potential of around 70 GW in parts along the ...
/ / Wind
SECI Issues RfS for 1,200 MW of Solar Projects Under Tranche VIII of ISTS Program

SECI Issues RfS for 1,200 MW of Solar Projects Under Tranche VIII of ISTS Program

The Solar Electricity Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a detailed request for selection documents to set up 1,200 MW of interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected solar projects. The tender was ...
Over 181,000 Solar Water Pumps Installed in India

Over 181,000 Solar Water Pumps Installed in India

In response to an inquiry raised in the Lok Sabha, Union Power Minister R.K. Singh announced that over 181,000 solar water pumps had been installed across the country by October ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Month in a Minute_ Top Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in December 2019

Month in a Minute: Top Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in December 2019

The year 2019 wrapped up with a host of newsworthy developments recorded in the renewable energy industry. There were several important company announcements besides crucial government updates during the last ...
Maharashtra Retenders 1.35 GW of Solar Projects, Ups Tariff Cap to ₹3.30_kWh

Maharashtra Retenders 1.35 GW of Solar Projects, Ups Tariff Cap to ₹3.30/kWh

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has reissued a tender for 1,350 MW of solar projects to be developed across 30 districts. The ceiling tariff has been raised ...
Prime Minister’s Office Proposes Waiving Carbon Tax on Coal

Prime Minister’s Office Proposes Waiving Carbon Tax on Coal

According to a communique reviewed by Mercom, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has proposed waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Compensation Cess, (earlier called the Clean Energy ...
Bihar Announces a 5 MW Tender for Residential Rooftop Solar Projects

Bihar Announces a 5 MW Tender for Residential Rooftop Solar Projects

The South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) has floated a tender for 5 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects across the state for the residential sector. The scope of ...
Maharashtra Tenders 100 MW of Bagasse-Based Power with a Tariff Cap of ₹3.56_kW

Maharashtra Tenders 100 MW of Bagasse-Based Power with a Tariff Cap of ₹3.56/kW

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender for the procurement of 100 MW of power generated from bagasse-based co-generation projects. Interested bidders are expected to ...
Indian Solar Industry Optimistic Going Into 2020

Indian Solar Industry Optimistic Going Into 2020

After a somewhat disappointing year, the domestic solar industry’s hopes are pinned on 2020. Towards the end of 2019, Mercom revised its estimates for the calendar year (CY) 2019 down ...
Tata Motors Partners with Delhi-based EV Taxi App to Deploy 500 Tigor EVs

Tata Motors Partners with Delhi-based EV Taxi App to Deploy 500 Tigor EVs

Tata Motors Limited has partnered with Prakriti E-Mobility Limited, an electric vehicle (EV) based taxi service, to deploy 500 of its Tigor EVs in New Delhi. The cars will be ...
Torrent Power to Pay Revised Tariff for 750 kW of Rooftop Solar to Surat’s Municipal Body

Torrent Power to Pay Revised Tariff for 750 kW of Rooftop Solar to Surat’s Municipal Body

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has directed Torrent Power Limited to pay the revised tariffs for rooftop solar projects to the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). The new tariffs are ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
CEL Floats Tender for 5 MW of Multicrystalline Solar Modules in Maharashtra

CEL Floats Tender for 5 MW of Multicrystalline Solar Modules in Maharashtra

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has floated a tender for 5 MW of multicrystalline solar modules for several substations in Maharashtra. The modules must be rated for a minimum of ...
MSEDCL’s New Tender for 500 MW of Solar Projects Comes with a Tariff Cap of ₹2.90_kWh

MSEDCL’s New Tender for 500 MW of Solar Projects Comes with a Tariff Cap of ₹2.90/kWh

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a request for selection (RfS) for the long-term procurement of power from 500 MW of intra-state grid-connected solar power projects ...
African Development Bank Approves $21.7 Million for Solar Pumps in Sudan

African Development Bank Approves $21.7 Million for Solar Pumps in Sudan

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $21.78 million (~₹1.54 billion) grant to the government of Sudan to promote the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps in the country. The ...
JA Solar Lists on Shenzhen Stock Exchange

JA Solar Lists on Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Beijing-based solar module manufacturer JA Solar has announced that it has successfully listed its common stock on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) and has started trading from December 13, 2019. The company ...
MNRE Amends Guidelines for Disbursement of NCEF Grant for Intra-State Transmission System

PGCIL Invites Bids for Transmission Systems and Reactor Package for Solar and Wind Zones

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has floated two tenders, one for the installation of reactor packages and another for the supply of transmission lines in the states ...
EESL Issues Tender for 181,200 Off-Grid Solar Pumps Across India Under KUSUM Program

EESL Issues Tender for 181,200 Off-Grid Solar Pumps Across India Under KUSUM Program

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids for off-grid solar water pump systems across India under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM KUSUM) program that ...
At Over ₹844 Million, DISCOM Dues to Power Generators in October up 54% YoY

At Over ₹844 Billion, DISCOM Dues to Power Generators in October up 54% YoY

Outstanding dues to power generators from distribution companies (DISCOMs) at the end of October 2019 stood at ₹844.45 billion (~$11.83 billion), up by ₹297.76 billion (~$4.17 billion) or 54% from ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Maharashtra Approves Tariff of ₹2.99_kWh for 50 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Approves Tariff of ₹2.99/kWh for 50 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has allowed the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to procure solar power at rates ...
Gujarat Proposes Amendments to its Net Metering Rules for Rooftop Solar

Gujarat Proposes Amendments to its Net Metering Rules for Rooftop Solar

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has issued a draft notification regarding the second set of amendments for its net metering regulations for grid-connected rooftop solar systems. The new amendment ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
AIIB Approves $65 Million Loan for Hero Future Energies’ Solar Project in Jodhpur

AIIB Approves $65 Million Loan for Hero Future Energies’ Solar Project in Jodhpur

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral development bank, has announced that its board of directors has approved a $65 million (~₹912,896) loan for a 250 MW solar power ...
Tata Motors Announces the Launch of Electric SUV - Nexon EV

Tata Motors Announces the Launch of Electric SUV – Nexon EV

Tata Motors has announced Nexon EV, its first long-range electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the country, and has scheduled it to be launched in January 2020. The electric vehicle, priced ...
ŠKODA Commissions 8.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems at its Pune Production Plant

ŠKODA Commissions 8.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems at its Pune Production Plant

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited, a Czech Republic-based automobile company, has announced that it has commissioned 8.5 MW of solar rooftop systems at its manufacturing plant in Chakan, Pune ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Chhattisgarh Commission Lays Out Tariff Terms for Renewable Projects in the State

Chhattisgarh Commission Lays Out Tariff Terms for Renewable Projects in the State

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has specified the terms and conditions of tariffs for renewable energy sources for the sale of power to distribution licensees. The renewable projects ...