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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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Seraphim to Open a 500 MW Solar Cell Factory in South Africa

Seraphim to Open a 500 MW Solar Cell Factory in South Africa

Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System, a solar product manufacturer, has announced to open 500 MW solar cell factory in the Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The cell factory based in Coega Industrial ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Oman Calls for Proposals for Technical Consultancy for its Third Large-Scale Solar Project

Mercom India Research Releases White Paper on Domestic Solar Market at Intersolar India

Mercom India, an exclusive knowledge partner of Intersolar India, has released its whitepaper India Solar Market Drivers and Challenges, in partnership with the Intersolar India conference. The conference will be ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Dispute Over One Day Commissioning Delay Causes 30% Solar Tariff Reduction in Karnataka

Iron Ore Company in Karnataka Announces Tender for a 5 MW Captive Solar Project

Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL), a government of India enterprise, has invited a tender for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a 5 MW captive solar power project ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar PV Deployed at CAGR of 38% from 1998 to 2015: United Nations Report

Solar PV Deployed at CAGR of 38% from 1998 to 2015: United Nations Report

Global emissions have witnessed a mercurial rise in the recent years. In order to bridge the emissions gap, innovation in the use of existing technologies, promotion of investment in new ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Developers Win Four Project Commissioning Delay Cases in Telangana

African Development Bank Approves $18 Million Loan for a 50 MW Solar Project in Kenya

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a senior loan of $18.17 million for the development of 50 MW Kopere solar power project in Nandi County, Kenya. The project also ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
SECI Auctions 200 MW of Solar Projects to be Developed in Karnataka’s Pavagada

Tender Issued for 50 MW of Projects at Karnataka’s Pavagada Solar Park

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has issued a tender for the selection of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for developing 50 MW (10 MW x 2 blocks ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Maharashtra Announces Tender for 1 GW of Solar Projects with a Ceiling Tariff of ₹2.80/kWh

Maharashtra Announces Tender for 1 GW of Solar Projects with a Ceiling Tariff of ₹2.80/kWh

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender for the purchase of power on long term basis from 1,000 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects (Phase ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Ministry of Power Issues Revised Proposal for Amendments to the Electricity Act

EBRD to Lend $265 Million to Jordan to Develop its Grid for Renewable Energy Integration

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has said it will provide $265 million long-term loan to Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO). The fund will be used to improve ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Uttar Pradesh Invites Bids for 200 MW in its Private Sector Owned Solar Park

GST Compensation for Solar Projects and Other Policy Highlights from November 2018

The month of November witnessed a series of orders in the renewable energy sector, especially from the State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERC). One of the important orders that made headlines ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
India’s Solar Market Share Leaders for First Half of 2018 Revealed

EBRD and Green Climate Fund to Lend $73.5 Million to Kazakhstan’s 100 MW Solar Project

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed an agreement with a German company, Joachim Goldbeck Holding GmbH,  to develop a 100 MW solar project in the Karaganda region ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Decrease in Cost of Solar by 50% can Increase Solar Penetration by 8 Times: NITI Aayog

African Development Bank Approves $220 Million Loan for a Solar Project in South Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a senior loan of ZAR 3 billion (~$220.3 million) to the 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power project. The project is located in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Ceiling Tariff of ₹3.10/kWh Set for Maharashtra’s Solar Agricultural Feeder Program

Month in a Minute: Notable Renewable Energy and Solar News from India in November 2018

November 2018 witnessed some key announcements in the Indian renewable sector. Indian solar imports spiked considerably in the third quarter (Q3) of calendar year (CY) 2018. According to the latest ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Karnataka Exempts Rooftop Solar Projects below 1 MW from CEIG Clearance

Tender Announced for 35 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Delhi

Delhi’s Indraprastha Power Generation Co. Ltd. (IPGCL) has issued a tender for 35 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects in Delhi under the Mukhyamantri Solar Power Program. Project developers, technology ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Deadline for Self-Certification of Solar Modules Extended Again to January 1, 2019

16 Companies Pre-Qualified for 500 MW of Solar Projects to be Developed in Tunisia

Tunisia has released a list consisting of 16 bidders in total for the development of 500 MW of solar projects across the country. The following companies have been pre-qualified by ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
India’s Solar Installations Decline Quarter-Over-Quarter to 1.6 GW in Q2 2018

African Countries Receive Financial Assistance Against Payment Risk for Renewable Projects

The Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF) has signed agreements with five African countries to provide financial assistance to their independent power producers (IPPs) against payment risks, noting that the lack of ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Bihar DISCOMs Liable to Pay Penalty in Case of Non-fulfillment of Solar RPO

Bihar DISCOMs Liable to Pay Penalty in Case of Non-fulfillment of Solar RPO

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has revised the draft regulations pertaining to Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) compliance and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) framework implementation. According to the new provisions, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
15 States in India Achieve 100% Household Electrification Under SAUBHAGYA Program

15 States in India Achieve 100% Household Electrification Under SAUBHAGYA Program

According to the government, 15 states in India have achieved 100 percent household electrification under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (SAUBHAGYA) program so far. Mercom had reported on ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Haryana Announces Subsidy of ₹15,000 for Installing Solar Home Systems

Haryana Announces Subsidy of ₹15,000 for Installing Solar Home Systems

Haryana government recently announced that it would provide subsidy to the tune of ₹15,000 (~$214.75) to consumers for installing solar home systems under the ‘Manohar Jyoti Yojana’ which aims to ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Madhya Pradesh’s 35 MW Solar Rooftop Tender Sets Historic Lowest Tariff of ₹1.58/kWh

Greater Chennai Corporation’s 662 Buildings to Get Solar Panels Under Smart City Program

The Greater Chennai Corporation has planned to install solar panels on 662 of its buildings. These buildings would include government offices, schools, and hospitals and these together are expected to ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Delhi to Fight Toxic Air with 1,000 Electric Buses

Delhi’s Draft EV Policy Aims at 25% Of All New Vehicles to Be Electric by 2023

The Delhi government has released its draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 to improve Delhi’s air quality by bringing down the emissions from transport sector. With this policy, the government ...
Tata Power’s Renewables Business Profit Jumps to ₹720 million in Q3 FY2018

Rise in Module Shipments Help Jinko Solar Increase Its Gross Profit by 37% in Q3 2018

Jinko Solar, a Chinese solar module and cell manufacturer, has announced its financial results for the third quarter (Q3) ending September 2018. The company’s total revenue for Q3 2018 was RMB 6.69 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Ministry of Power Proposes Adoption of Uniform Tariff Structure for All States

Telangana Sets the Pooled Cost of Power Purchase for FY 2018-19 at ₹4.1/kWh

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has passed an order stating that the pooled cost of power purchase in FY 2017-18 would be considered again for FY 2018-19 at ₹4.097/kWh (~$0.058/kWh) ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
Shapoorji Pallonji Wins SECI’s 50 MW Floating Solar Auction Quoting ₹3.29/kWh

Shapoorji Pallonji Wins SECI’s 50 MW Floating Solar Auction Quoting ₹3.29/kWh

Shapoorji Pallonji, one of India’s leading renewable energy project developers, has won the bid to develop 50 MW of floating solar project in Uttar Pradesh. This 50 MW project is ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Indian Rooftop Solar Company Freyr Energy Raises ₹270 Million in Series- A Funding

Indian Rooftop Solar Company Freyr Energy Raises ₹270 Million in Series-A Funding

Freyr Energy, a Hyderabad-based rooftop solar company, has announced raising ₹270 million (~$3.81 million) through a mix of equity and debt investments. The company has more than 1,000 installations across ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
NREDCAP Issues Tender for Off-Grid Solar Gadgets in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh

NREDCAP Issues Tender for Off-Grid Solar Gadgets in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh

The New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd (NREDCAP) has issued a tender for the supply, installation and commissioning of 1,490 solar lanterns and  235 solar street ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar