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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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Malaysia Seeks Consultations with India over Solar Safeguard Duty: WTO

Duties and Tariffs Piling Up in the Indian Renewable Industry

India’s total renewable energy installations stand at around 75 GW, of which wind energy accounts for more than 35 GW, followed by solar energy, which has witnessed exponential growth with ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Jharkhand Adopts E-Mobility Program in Partnership With EESL

10 Drivers of EV Market in India

The Indian government launched the National E-Mobility Program in March 2018 to achieve 100 percent e-mobility by . Since then, the country has taken several policy initiatives to propel the growth ...
ACME to Reduce its IPO Size from ₹22 billion to ₹10-15 billion

Solar EPC Company Sterling and Wilson Files for ₹45 Billion IPO

Sterling and Wilson Solar Limited, an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company of Shapoorji Pallonji Group, has filed a draft red herring prospectus as part of its planned initial public ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NHPC Invites EPC Contractors to Construct a 40 MW Solar Project in Odisha

Any Tax Levied Through an Act of Parliament Resulting in Extra Cost is ‘Change in Law’: CERC

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has observed that the enactment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) that came into effect from July 1, 2017, will be covered under the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tariff of  ₹7.5/kWh Maintained for Increased Capacity of Two Waste to Energy Projects

Tariff of ₹7.5/kWh Maintained for Increased Capacity of Two Waste to Energy Projects

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC)  has approved a tariff of ₹7.5 (~$0.011)/kWh for 5 MW  of waste to energy projects each belonging to Anantapur MSW Private Limited and ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
West Bengal Invites Developers to Install 2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Third Deadline Extension for SECI’s 97.5 MW Rooftop Solar Tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for 97.5 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects from April 16 to April 30, 2019 ...
SECI Issues Tender for 3 MW of Solar Projects with Battery Energy Storage System

Ongoing General Elections Delay Land Allotment for 7.5 GW of Solar Projects in Leh and Kargil

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) officials recently met with the additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of Leh to arrange a visit to assess the land for the upcoming ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Grid Access Registration Fees Set for DISCOMs, Power Traders, Generating Companies

Grid Access Registration Fees Set for DISCOMs, Power Traders, Generating Companies

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued a notification about fees to be collected by Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDC) from the generating companies, distribution licensees, inter-state transmission licensees, buyers, ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Solar Auctions Plummeted While Tender Activity Soars in March 2019

Solar Auctions Plummeted While Tender Activity Soared in March 2019

Solar auction activity in March plummeted to 750 MW, which was approximately one-fourth of the capacity auctioned in the previous month. The auctioned capacity in March 2019 was also lower ...
SECI Extends Deadline to Submit Bids for 97.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects for Second Time

SECI Extends Deadline to Submit Bids for 97.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects for Second Time

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for 97.5 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects from April 11, 2019, to April 16, ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
NHPC Invites EPC Contractors to Construct a 40 MW Solar Project in Odisha

NHPC Invites EPC Contractors to Construct a 40 MW Solar Project in Odisha

As part of its green energy commitment, The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has issued an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract for developing 40 MW of grid-connected solar power ...
SECI Issues Tender for 500 MW of Solar Power Projects to be Developed in Tamil Nadu

SECI Issues Tender for 500 MW of Solar Power Projects to be Developed in Tamil Nadu

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for 500 MW (Phase I) of grid-connected solar PV projects in Tamil Nadu on Build Own Operate ...
51 GW of Wind Projects Installed Globally in 2018_ Report

51 GW of Wind Projects Installed Globally in 2018: Report

In 2018, nearly 51.3 GW of new wind energy projects were installed globally, 4 percent less than the previous year, says Global Wind Report 2018. In the last five years, ...
/ / Other, Wind
SECI’s 3 GW Solar Tender with Manufacturing Gets Another Bid Deadline Extension

SECI’s 3 GW Solar Tender with Manufacturing Gets Another Bid Deadline Extension

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)’s solar PV tender coupled with manufacturing component has been extended yet again. The agency has now extended the bid submission deadline to April ...
MNRE to Hold the Third Edition of RE-INVEST in October 2019

MNRE to Hold the Third Edition of RE-INVEST in October 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a new circular which states that the third edition of global renewable energy investors’ meet and expo will be held ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
A Roundup of Major Solar and Renewable Energy Policy Updates from March 2019

A Roundup of Major Solar and Renewable Energy Policy Updates from March 2019

March witnessed some big announcements in the Indian renewable industry. Several states issued a flurry of orders on relevant issues like RPO compliance and net-metering policies, which have helped the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Toxic Air Killed 1.2 Million Indians in 2017: Report

Toxic Air Killed 1.2 Million Indians in 2017: Report

Air pollution is estimated to have caused nearly 4.9 million deaths in 2017 with India and China accounting for 1.2 million each, which was the highest in the world, according ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
MERC Asks DISCOM to Reduce ₹0.18_kWh from Solar Tariff to Account for Safeguard Duty

India, China Help Establish Asia’s Leadership Role in Solar: IRENA

Through 2018, the world added 171 GW of renewable energy, witnessing a growth of 7.9 percent in renewable capacity during the year. These findings were revealed by the International Renewable ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan Amends Net Metering Regulations for Rooftop and Small Solar Systems

New Net Metering Order for Rooftop Solar Systems in Himachal Pradesh

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC)  has issued an order for rooftop solar grid-interactive systems based on net metering. Last month, it had issued a draft order called the Himachal ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
3 MW of Solar Projects to Come up at NTPC’s Thermal Station in Bihar

3 MW of Solar Projects to Come up at NTPC’s Thermal Station in Bihar

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued a tender for the installation of 3 MW of solar power projects at its Kahalgaon unit, located in Bhagalpur district of Bihar. The ...
NTPC, Karnataka, Wind-Solar Hybrid, EPC, Bid

IREDA’s Tender Calls for Empanelment of Resource Assessment Agencies for Wind and Solar

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) has invited bids for the empanelment of resource assessment agencies for wind and solar technologies. The last date for the submission of ...
Green Climate Fund Approves $299 Million for Expansion of Renewable Projects in Africa

News Highlights from India’s Renewable Industry in March 2019

The month of March witnessed some important announcements from the Indian government in the renewable energy and e-mobility sectors. For instance, March witnessed the important announcement that the Union Cabinet ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
The Effective Rate of GST on Solar Projects is 8.9%, Argues SPDA in Letter to Jaitley

No Additional Surcharge for Captive Power Projects, Rules APTEL in Maharashtra

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has ruled that no additional surcharge can be levied on captive users, a ruling that sets aside another order passed by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Madhya Pradesh Commission Rejects DISCOM’s Petition to Review Old Wind Tariff Order

Maharashtra DISCOM Seeks Dismissal of PPA with Wind Generator over Lack of Funds

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has asked the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to pay the dues Rajlakshmi Minerals for the electricity supplied under their wind energy ...
/ / Other, Wind
Chinese Solar Panels Free from EU Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Measures

India Imposes Anti-dumping Duty on Import of Solar EVA Sheets from 4 Countries

The government of India has notified the imposition of anti-dumping duty on the ‘Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)’ sheets for solar modules imported from China PR, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar