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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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Gujarat Commission Approves Tariff of ₹2.80_kWh for Over 202 MW of Wind Projects

Gujarat Commission Approves Tariff of ₹2.80/kWh for Over 202 MW of Wind Projects

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.80 ($0.039)/kWh for 202.6 MW of power from grid-connected wind power projects in Gujarat. In its order, the Commission ...
/ / Other, Wind
Solar Projects are Helping Generate Income, Create Jobs and New Skills in Rural Areas

Solar Projects are Helping Generate Income, Create Jobs and New Skills in Rural Areas

The development of large solar power projects in rural areas usually gets a bad rap as it is associated with issues like land grabbing, deforestation, and disruption of the rural ...
MERC Permits Adani to Renegotiate Tariff for 700 MW of Solar-Wind Hybrid Power

MERC Permits Adani to Renegotiate Tariff for 700 MW of Solar-Wind Hybrid Power

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulator Commission (MERC) has allowed Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML) to renegotiate a lower tariff for 700 MW of grid-connected solar-wind hybrid power. The Mumbai-based private power ...
To Promote Energy Efficiency, BEE Sets New Standards for Air Conditioners

To Promote Energy Efficiency, BEE Sets New Standards for Air Conditioners

The central government and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) have set new energy performance standards for room air conditioners and have mandated that the default temperature must be set ...
NITI Aayog Reports on States’ Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals

NITI Aayog Reports on States’ Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals

The National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog’s sustainable development goals (SDG) index showed that Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana held the top spots in terms ...
IFC to Lend $36 Million to Mahindra Renewables for a 250 MW Solar Project in Rajasthan

IFC to Lend $36 Million to Mahindra Renewables for a 250 MW Solar Project in Rajasthan

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the financial arm of the World Bank, has announced its plan to lend $36 million (~₹2.57 billion) for a 250 MW solar project by Mahindra ...
Karnataka Smart Cities Issue Rooftop Solar Tenders for Government Buildings

NTPC Tenders for 550 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems at Thermal Power Stations in Odisha

The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited has floated a tender for the supply, installation, and commissioning of 550 kW of rooftop solar systems at thermal power stations in the state ...
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 ...
To Boost India’s Offshore Wind Sector, MNRE Issues Draft Lease Rules

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 ...