Author Archives: Nitin Kabeer

About Nitin Kabeer

Nitin is a staff reporter at 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


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 ...
Railways Management Company Announces Tender for 140 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

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
SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar Tender Oversubscribed by 900 MW

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
Sri Lanka to Develop 28 Small Solar Power Projects

Actis Acquires 194 MW of Solar Assets from Shapoorji Pallonji

Actis has acquired 194 MW of operating solar power assets from Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital (SP Infra) through Sprng Energy, its renewable energy platform in India. Actis is an investor ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Exicom Wins Tender to Supply 2,000 EV Chargers to EESL

EESL Floats Tender for 200 Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers

Government’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has issued a tender for 200 fast chargers along with three years’ on-site warranty and annual maintenance contract. The tender, extendable up to 10 ...
MNRE Implements Quality Control Measures to Address Low Quality Solar Equipment

To Curb Sub-Standard Products, MNRE Drafts Quality Control Order for Solar Thermal Systems

To address the lack of quality certification in solar components which has become a common concern in the sector, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Salem Smart City Invites Bids for Rooftop Solar Projects

New Net Metering Guidelines for Rooftop Solar Consumers in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued new net metering guidelines for solar rooftop consumers as part of its Solar Policy 2019. Tamil Nadu, the fifth largest solar market ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Kerala Issues Tenders for 1,500 Electric Buses on Lease

Tender Announced for Procurement of 100 Electric Buses in Goa

The NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) has invited bids for procuring 100 electric buses to operate in the state of Goa. The brief scope of work includes the operation of ...
MNRE Creates an RPO Compliance Cell to Meet India’s Solar and Wind Energy Targets

No Transmission Charges for the Use of ISTS Network by Solar and Wind Projects for 25 Years

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued a notification for an amendment in the regulation for sharing of the inter-state transmission system (ISTS) charges and losses. The regulation was ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Kochi Municipal Body’s Petition for 10 MW Waste to Energy Project PPA Approval Rejected

Kochi Municipal Body’s Petition for 10 MW Waste to Energy Project PPA Approval Rejected

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has rejected the petition filed by Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC) for the approval of a draft power purchase agreement (PPA) signed between Kerala State ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Solar Inverter Company Ginlong Solis Floats 20 Million Shares in IPO Raising $79 Million

Solar Inverter Company Ginlong Solis Floats 20 Million Shares in IPO Raising $79 Million

Ginlong (Solis) Technologies, a manufacturer of solar PV string inverters, has been listed as a public company on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the company announced in a press statement. According ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Issues Tender for 1 GW of Wind Projects

50.2 GW of Wind Power Projects Added in 2018 Globally: Report

In 2018, the world added the third highest annual total of wind power. According to the Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables 'Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q1 2019' report, 50.2 GW ...
/ / Other, Wind
KERC Mulls Setting Generic Rooftop Solar Tariff Under RESCO model

Assam to Implement 7 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects on Social and Institutional Buildings

The Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) has issued a tender for 7 MW of grid-connected solar rooftop projects for social and institutional buildings in the state. The projects will ...
India to Partner with Peru and France to Expand Renewable Energy

Energy Demand Grew by 2.3% Globally in 2018; China, US and India Account for 70% of the Rise

Energy demand across the world in 2018 grew by 2.3 percent the fastest in a decade on the back of a global economy that grew by 3.7 percent in 2018 ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Toyota Motor’s 87% of Power Needs at Karnataka Facility Sourced from Renewable Sources

Toyota Motor’s 87% of Power Needs at Karnataka Facility Sourced from Renewable Sources

In line with the worldwide push towards clean energy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has announced that 87 percent of the electricity used for ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur Smart City Floats Tender for 4.8 MW of Solar Power Projects

SECI’s New Solar Tender Calls for 750 MW of Projects in Rajasthan with Long-Term Open Access

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for 750 MW (Tranche-II) of grid-connected solar PV projects in Rajasthan. A single bidder must bid for ...
Asian Development Bank to Provide $18.7 Million for 15 MW of Solar Projects in Mongolia

Asian Development Bank to Provide $18.7 Million for 15 MW of Solar Projects in Mongolia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB)) and Asia’s Private Infrastructure Fund (LEAP) have signed an agreement to provide an $18.7 million loan to develop 15 MW of solar power project in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Sri Lanka Tenders 90 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV

Sri Lanka to Construct 100 MW of Floating Solar Projects in Maduru Oya Reservoir

The Sri Lankan government has approved the project for constructing 100 MW of floating solar power projects in Maduru Oya reservoir in Mahaweli Economic Zone. The floating solar power project ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
CEL Issues Tender for Supply of 100 MW of Grid-Tied Central Solar Inverter

Mizoram Announces Tender for 2,300 Solar Inverter Chargers

The Mizoram Power Plant Development Corporation (MPPDC) has issued a tender for the procurement of 2,300 solar inverter chargers. The chargers will be used to charge the batteries of existing ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uttar Pradesh Invites Bids for 200 MW in its Private Sector Owned Solar Park

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 50 MW of Projects in Kasargod Solar Park

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) has extended the bid submission deadline for 50 MW of solar PV projects at Kasargod Solar Park, located in the state of Kerala, ...
Karnataka is the Top Solar State in India with 5 GW in Cumulative Installed Capacity

India Emerged as the Third Largest Solar Market in 2018 Behind China and US

India was the third largest solar market behind China and the United States with 8.3 GW of solar PV capacity installed in 2018. Japan and Germany were the fourth and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar