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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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MERC Approves Tariff for 283 MW of Solar Projects Under Agricultural Feeder Program

MERC Approves Tariff for 283 MW of Solar Projects Under Agricultural Feeder Program

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved tariff ranging between ₹3.28 (~$0.0436)/kWh to ₹3.30 (~$0.0439)/kWh for the procurement of power from 283 MW of solar projects by the Maharashtra ...
Myanmar Announces Tender to Develop Over 1 GW of Solar Projects

Myanmar Announces Tender to Develop Over 1 GW of Solar Projects

Myanmar’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has invited bids for the implementation of 1.06 GW of ground-mounted solar power projects from independent power producers (IPP) on a build-operate-own (BOO) ...
Punjab Announces Tender for 19,000 LED Solar Streetlights

Punjab Announces Tender for 19,000 LED Solar Streetlights

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has floated a tender for 19,000 solar streetlights in the state under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) off-grid and decentralized solar ...
Maharashtra Approves Tariff of ₹2.90_kWh To Procure 350MW of Solar from Tata and Avaada

Maharashtra Approves Tariff of ₹2.90/kWh to Procure 350 MW of Solar from Tata and Avaada

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved a tariff of  ₹2.90 (~$0.04)/kWh for the long-term procurement of 350 MW of solar power by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited ...
Nigeria Seeks EPC Contractors to Set Up 10 MW of Solar Projects

Nigeria Seeks EPC Contractors to Set Up 10 MW of Solar Projects

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has sought expressions of interest (EoI) from engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms to set up a 10 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power ...
SECI Reschedules Pre-Bid Meeting for its Tender for 2 GW of Solar Projects

SECI Reschedules Pre-Bid Meeting for its Tender for 2 GW of Solar Projects

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) announced that it is rescheduling its pre-bid meeting for its tender for the selection of solar power developers for its 2 GW interstate ...
European Commission and India to Cooperate on Integrated Local Energy System Solutions

European Commission and India to Cooperate on Integrated Local Energy System Solutions

The European Commission’s (EC) Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) have called for proposals that make use of existing local energy ...
NTPC Invites Bids for 33.6 MW of Modules for Maharashtra’s Solapur Solar Project

NTPC Invites Bids for 33.6 MW of Modules for Maharashtra’s Solapur Solar Project

NTPC Limited has invited bids for 33.6 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a solar project in Solapur, Maharashtra. The scope of work includes the manufacturing, supply, packing, forwarding, ...
NTPC Invites Bids for HT Switchgear Package for Solapur Solar Project in Maharashtra

NTPC Invites Bids for HT Switchgear Package for Solapur Solar Project in Maharashtra

NTPC Limited has floated an invitation for bids (IFB) for a high tension (HT) switchgear package for its solar project at Solapur in Maharashtra. Interested bidders must submit their bids ...
By 2050, Mineral Demand to Soar by 500% Pushed by Renewable Expansion_ World Bank

By 2050, Mineral Demand to Soar by 500% Pushed by Renewable Expansion: World Bank

The World Bank Group (WBG) has released a report that said demand for key minerals used in clean energy technology could grow almost 500% by 2050 to meet growing demand ...
REIL Announces Tender for 1.1 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

REIL Announces Tender for 1.1 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Rajasthan, has invited bids for 1.1 million solar cells with wattages of ...
CERC Approves Construction of Transmission Systems for 20 GW of Solar in Rajasthan

CERC Approves Construction of Transmission Systems for 20 GW of Solar in Rajasthan

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has passed an order granting regulatory approval to the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) for setting up transmission systems under the second ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Government to Inject ₹900 Billion to Help Ailing Power DISCOMs Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Government to Inject ₹900 Billion to Help Ailing Power DISCOMs Amid Coronavirus Crisis

In a press conference in New Delhi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced that power distribution companies (DISCOMs) would receive ₹900 billion (~$12.03 billion) as part of the Government of India’s ...
Uttarakhand Issues Tender for 575 kW of Rooftop and Small Solar Projects

Uttarakhand Issues Tender for 575 kW of Rooftop and Small Solar Projects

The Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has issued a tender to empanel contractors for 575 kW of grid-connected rooftop and small solar power projects ranging between 1 kW and ...
EESL Installs 1.2 Million Smart Meters, Helps DISCOMs in Billing During COVID-19 Crisis

EESL Installs 1.2 Million Smart Meters, Helps DISCOMs in Billing During COVID-19 Crisis

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) announced that it has installed over 1.2 million smart meters in India to date under the Ministry of Power’s (MoP) Smart Meter National Program ...
CEL Issues EoI for Empanelling Balance of Systems Vendors for Solar Power Packs

CEL Issues EoI for Empaneling Balance of Systems Vendors for Solar Power Packs

The government-owned Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has issued a notice inviting expressions of interest (EoI) for empaneling vendors or suppliers for the balance of systems (BoS) to be used for ...
Karnataka DISCOMs to Pay Lower Late Payment Surcharge Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Karnataka Power DISCOMs to Pay Lower Late Payment Surcharge Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has issued an order lowering the late payment surcharges (LPS) by distribution companies (DISCOMS) to generation companies and transmission licensees in light of the ...
Chhattisgarh Revises Late Payment Surcharge for Industrial and Commercial Consumers

Chhattisgarh Revises Late Payment Surcharge for C&I Electricity Consumers

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has issued an order through a suo moto petition revising the late payment surcharges (LPS) for fixed electricity bills payable by industrial and ...
Indian Oil Floats Tenders for Rooftop Solar Systems in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra

Indian Oil Floats Tenders for Rooftop Solar Systems in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra

The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has floated tenders for 580 kW of grid-connected rooftop captive solar power projects at its terminals in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The IOCL floated ...
Renewables Can Play Key Role in COVID-19 Response Strategies_ IRENA

Renewables Can Play Key Role in COVID-19 Response Strategies: IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Coalition for Action has asked governments to take effective response measures to address the immediate and long-term impacts of the global COVID-19 crisis. The ...
ReNew Power Wins SECI’s 400 MW Round-The-Clock Renewable Tender at ₹2.90_kWh

ReNew Power Wins SECI’s 400 MW Round-The-Clock Renewable Tender at ₹2.90/kWh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has announced the winner of its tender for 400 MW of renewable power on a round-the-clock (RTC) basis. ReNew Power won the auction for ...
Wind Turbine Maker Siemens Gamesa’s Revenue Slips 7.7%

Wind Turbine Maker Siemens Gamesa’s Revenue Slips 7.7%

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), a wind turbine maker, has reported a 7.7% fall in revenue in the second quarter of the financial year 2020 (January-March) as a result of ...
/ / Wind
DISCOM Dues to Renewable Energy Generators Continues to Rise

DISCOM Dues to Renewable Energy Generators Continue to Rise

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed renewable energy generators ₹68.37 billion (~$914.5 million) in outstanding payments spread across 307 pending invoices at the end of March 2020, according to data from the ...
Mozambique Seeks Consultants for Feasibility Study of 11 Solar Mini-Grid Projects

Mozambique Seeks Consultants for Feasibility Study of 11 Solar Mini-Grid Projects

The Fundo de Energia (FUNAE), a public institution to promote the conservation, rational and sustainable management of power resources in Mozambique, has issued a request for expression of interest (EoI) ...
Tata Power Solar, Fourth Partner Energy, Azure Power_ Top Rooftop Solar Installers in 2019

Tata Power Solar, Fourth Partner Energy, Azure Power: Top Rooftop Solar Installers in 2019

Tata Power Solar, Fourth Partner Energy, and Azure Power emerged as the top solar rooftop installers in India in the calendar year (CY) 2019, according to Mercom’s India Solar Market Leaderboard ...