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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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CERC Gives Relief to Solar Project Developers by Accepting GST as ‘Change in Law’

Make in India Products Compulsory for Government Developed Renewable Energy Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum for the implementation of public procurement in renewable energy sector giving preference to ‘Make in India’ products. This ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
IIT Indore Campus to be Powered Through a 422 kW Rooftop Solar System

IIT Indore Campus to be Powered By a 422 kW Rooftop Solar System

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Indore has joined the league of green campuses in the country by installing 422 kW solar rooftop power system in its premises. The ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Jammu & Kashmir to get 23 GW of Solar Projects Starting With 2.5 GW in Kargil and 5 GW in Leh

NLCIL Could Face 31% Tariff Cut for its 400 MW of Delayed Solar Projects

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has rejected the plea made by Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL) for a tariff protection of ₹4.41 (~$0.062)/kWh for 400 MW solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Haryana Electricity Regulator Approves PPA with Deviations for a 10 MW Solar Project

India’s ISA and European Union Join Hands to Expand Solar Power

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the European Union (EU) have signed a joint declaration for cooperation on solar energy. The declaration was inked at the 24th conference of United Nations ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Mumbai’s St Xavier’s High School Turns to Solar, Installs 35 kW Rooftop Solar System

Mumbai’s St Xavier’s High School Turns to Solar, Installs 35 kW Rooftop Solar System

Taking a cue from an increasing number of schools and colleges in the country that are turning to solar power, St Xavier’s High School in Mumbai has installed a 35 ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
SBI Raises $650 Million Via Green Bonds, Announces Plans for Going Solar

ADB to Invest $155 Million in B.Grimm Power’s Green Bonds for Solar Projects in Thailand

The Asian Development Bank (ADB ) has announced that it will invest 5 billion Thai baht ($155 million) in one of Thailand’s largest private power producers, B.Grimm Power through 5-year ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Husk Power Systems Receives $20 Million Investment to Expand Mini-Grid Projects in Asia and Africa

GCF Pledges $27 Million to Install Solar Mini Grids For 100 Villages In Burkina Faso

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has pledged to provide €24.3 million (~$27.54 million) to the Yeleen Rural Electrification Project in the West African country of Burkina Faso. The project will provide ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Average Peak Power Supply Deficit Rose to 2% Across India During FY 2017-18

World Bank and AFD to Launch Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative in Emerging Economies

The World Bank and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France’s public development bank, have announced that they are jointly working on a Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI) to improve solar energy deployment in some ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Confusion Around BIS Certification for Inverters

Confusion Around BIS Certification for Solar Inverters

The Indian solar market has expanded impressively over the past few years and as the market has grown the government has begun to pay attention to quality issues. The concern ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
JNU Installs 500 kW Rooftop Solar System to Light up its Classrooms

JNU Installs 500 kW Rooftop Solar System to Light up its Classrooms

India’s premier educational institution, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), is going to be powered by solar energy, courtesy a 500 kW rooftop project commissioned by Fourth Partner Energy. The project has ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
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