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About Nitin Kabeer

Nitin is a staff reporter at Mercomindia.com and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer

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Jharkhand Announces Additional 20 Percent Subsidy for Schools Opting for Rooftop Solar

Residential Segment Made Up 60% of the 1,000 Solar Rooftop Installations by BSES Delhi

BSES, Delhi’s major distribution company (DISCOM), announced that it has installed more than 1,000 solar rooftop connections with a sanctioned solar load of over 40 MW. According to BSES, the ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Karnataka Exempts Rooftop Solar Projects below 1 MW from CEIG Clearance

MPUVNL Conducts Pre-Bid Meeting for its 8.6 MW Rooftop Solar Tender

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has issued tender for 8.6 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar under RESCO II model at more than 13 locations across Madhya Pradesh ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Maharashtra Floats a 50 MW Solar Tender Across 30 Districts

Maharashtra Floats a 50 MW Solar Tender Across 30 Districts

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL) has issued a tender to develop 50 MW (AC) of solar projects in thirty districts of the state. The tender has invited ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Proposed Reductions in Solar Project Commissioning Timelines Not Enough to Reach 100 GW

Proposed Reductions in Solar Project Commissioning Timelines Not Enough to Reach 100 GW

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has recently proposed to reduce the commissioning timelines of solar projects to meet the country’s target of 100 GW of solar capacity ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
ENGIE And STOA Form Joint-Venture to Develop Wind Projects in India

ENGIE And STOA Form Joint-Venture to Develop Wind Projects in India

ENGIE, a global independent power producer (IPP), and STOA, a French infrastructure and investment firm, have announced a joint-venture (JV) to build a wind platform in India. The platform, with ...
/ / Other, Wind
DGTR to Hold Public Hearing on Safeguard Duty Investigation on June 26, 2018

Government Asks Custom Authorities to Begin Collection of 25% Solar Safeguard Duty

Just a few days after the Supreme Court put aside the stay order on safeguard duty by the Orissa High Court, the Ministry of Finance has now issued an instruction ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 10 GW Solar Tender with 3 GW Manufacturing

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 10 GW Solar Tender with 3 GW Manufacturing

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)  has extended the bid submission deadline for the setting up of 10 GW of  ISTS connected solar PV power projects linked with 3 GW ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Kavitsu and DEGERRenergie to Set Up Solar Trackers Manufacturing Facility in India

Kavitsu and DEGERenergie to Set Up Solar Tracker Manufacturing Facility in India

Kavitsu, a manufacturer of transmission gears, and DEGERenergie GmbH, a German PV tracker company have announced to set up a solar PV trackers manufacturing facility in Satara, Maharashtra. The new ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Asks Implementing Agencies to Adhere to Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Guidelines

Thailand’s Independent Solar Power Producers Brace for Levy of Extra Charges

Soon, small independent solar power producers will have to pay extra charges in Thailand to help minimize the impact of blockchain-enabled competition with the state-owned utility, reported the Nikkei Asian ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Spot Power Price Declines by 7% to ₹3.46/kWh in July but Still Higher than Solar Tariffs

Bombay Stock Exchange, ICICI Bank and PTC India Appeal to CERC for a New Power Exchange

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), ICICI bank, and PTC India have filed a petition with the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) for grant of license in order to set up ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Sony Corporation Joins RE 100 to Source 100% Renewable Power

Sony Corporation Joins RE 100 to Source 100% Renewable Power

Sony corporation, an electronics and entertainment company, has announced to join RE 100 ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, United Sates. RE 100 is a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Karnataka Exempts Rooftop Solar Projects below 1 MW from CEIG Clearance

TCIL Issues Tender for Engineering Consultancy Services for Rooftop Solar in Assam

The Telecommunications Consultant India Limited (TCIL) has issued a tender for providing engineering consultancy services for the setting up of rooftop solar power project in Bodoland Territorial Council Area in ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
ONGC Commissions 10 MW Solar Project at Hazira in Gujarat

ONGC Commissions 10 MW Solar Project at Hazira in Gujarat

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has commissioned a 10 MW solar project which will power its plants at Dhaej, Gandhar, and Hazira located in the state of Gujarat ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
India-Nepal Electricity Trade to Grow with the Commissioning of 220 kV Dhalkebar Substation

India-Nepal Electricity Trade to Grow with the Commissioning of 220 kV Dhalkebar Substation

India and Nepal have strengthened their electricity trade with the commissioning of the high-voltage Dhalkebar substation in southern Nepal. This is part of a World Bank-supported Nepal-India Electricity Transmission and ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
Karnataka Exempts Rooftop Solar Projects below 1 MW from CEIG Clearance

Key Government Policy Announcements for India’s Renewable Sector in August 2018

August 2018 witnessed some important policy announcements in the renewable energy sector, especially solar. The sudden imposition of 25 percent safeguard duty on solar imports and then the deference of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Delhi to Soon Have World’s Second Largest EV Fleet

Delhi Government Announces Financial Incentives to Fight Air Pollution

The Delhi government has approved several measures to encourage the use of clean energy to fight against air pollution, reported news agency Reuters. The city government is giving financial incentives ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 150 MW of Floating Solar Project Tender

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 150 MW of Floating Solar Project Tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)  has extended the bid submission deadline for setting up 150 MW (50 MW x 3) of grid connected floating solar power projects at ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
NTPC Issues Solar Module Package Tender for Anta Solar Project in Rajasthan

NTPC Issues Solar Module Package Tender for Anta Solar Project in Rajasthan

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for solar module package for the development of Anta solar project located at Baran district in Rajasthan. Elaborating on this tender ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Month in a Minute: Important News from the Indian Solar Industry in August 2018

Month in a Minute: Important News from the Indian Solar Industry in August 2018

The month of August saw a spate of developments in the Indian solar industry amid regulatory uncertainties, especially in the face of growing ambiguity surrounding safeguard duty. Here is a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Commissions Its Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Vishakhapatnam

NTPC Commissions Its Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Vishakhapatnam

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has commissioned its electric vehicle charging station in Simdhari, located in Vishakhapatnam, reported PTI. The charging station has been designed by the engineering team ...
India Auctioned 2 GW of Solar Projects in August 2018

India Auctioned 2 GW of Solar Projects in August 2018

The auction activity in the month of August plummeted to almost a third of July, which saw the highest auction activity in the year with 6 GW of solar projects ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Railways Issues Solar Tender for 50 MW of Projects to be Developed in Bhilai

Railways Issues Solar Tender for 50 MW of Projects to be Developed in Bhilai

The Railways Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of Indian Railways and RITES Limited, has invited bid for the setting up of 50 MWp solar project on railways ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
REIL Retenders 50 MW of Rooftop Solar to be installed on Government Buildings

AMP Solar Quotes Lowest Tariff in Madhya Pradesh’s 35 MW Solar Rooftop Auction

AMP Solar India quoted the lowest tariff (L1) of ₹1.58 (~$ 0.022)/kWh at the recently concluded auction held by Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) for the development of ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Government PSU Rural Electrification Corporation’s Net Worth Increases by 6 Percent

Government PSU Rural Electrification Corporation’s Net Worth Increases by 6 Percent

The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), a public sector unit of the government of India involved in financing all segments of the power sector, has announced its 49th annual report for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Ministry of Finance Clarifies Safeguard Duty Assessment Tariff Code

Ministry of Finance Clarifies Solar Safeguard Duty Assessment Tariff Code

The Ministry of Finance has issued a new memorandum clarifying that only goods specifically classified under tariff item 8541 40 11 (solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar