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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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Quality of Rooftop Solar Projects Suffer Due to Lack of Standards and Intense Competition

Quality of Rooftop Solar Projects Suffer Due to Lack of Standards and Intense Competition

The rooftop is the Achilles' heel of India’s solar story. The lack of regulations for product quality certification, intense competition, and absence of requisite awareness have only emboldened the problem ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
NTPC’s Net Profit Increases by 41% in Q4 of 2017-18

NTPC’s Net Profit Increases by 41% in Q4 of 2017-18

The state-owned power company National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC) recently declared its annual financial results, registering a growth of 10.21 percent Profit After Tax (PAT) for the year 2017-18. NTPC’s ...
Five of the World’s Largest Solar Parks to Come Up in India_ IEEFA Report

Five of the World’s Largest Solar Parks to Come Up in India: IEEFA Report

Five of the world’s largest under-construction solar parks are located in India, as reported by the United States-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report also discusses ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
31 Companies Submit Bids for 35 MW Solar Rooftop Tender by Madhya Pradesh

MNRE Invites Suggestions on Setting Standards for Rooftop and Off-Grid Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited suggestions on construction standards for civil, mechanical, and electrical works for rooftop solar and off-grid solar PV systems. The ministry ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Sustainable Energy Innovation Needs to Grow at a Quicker Pace: World Economic Forum

Sustainable Energy Innovation Needs to Grow at a Quicker Pace: World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has released a white paper titled  ‘Accelerating Sustainable Energy Innovation’ that argues the pace of innovation in sustainable energy is not adequate to address the challenges ...
ReNew Power Likely to Acquire 700 MW of Renewable Assets Across Four States

ReNew Power Likely to Acquire 700 MW of Renewable Assets Across Four States

In a bid to expand its foothold in the industry, India’s leading renewable energy project developer ReNew Power, is looking at new acquisition opportunities. According to its Draft Red Herring ...
SDMC Earns ₹0.96 Million by Selling Surplus Rooftop Solar Power

SDMC Earns ₹0.96 Million by Selling Surplus Rooftop Solar Power

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has announced that it has become country’s first civic body to generate solar power through rooftop solar installations atop 55 of its buildings, earning ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Dynapower and Raychem Sign Agreement to Bring Energy Storage Inverter Technology to India

Dynapower and Raychem Sign Deal to Bring Energy Storage Inverter Technology to India

Dynapower, an energy storage solutions provider, has entered into an agreement with Raychem RPG to bring its energy storage inverter technology and know-how to India and other SAARC (South Asian Association ...
Sandia Laboratories to Receive $10.5 Million to Design a Cheaper Solar Energy System

Sandia Laboratories to Receive $10.5 Million to Design a Cheaper Solar Energy System

Solar energy technology entities are witnessing a lot of dynamism and attracting early-stage research and development funding. Sandia National Laboratories will receive $10.5 million to research and design a cheaper ...
/ / Other, Solar
India to Soon Provide Solar-Powered Internet Access to 250,000 Villages

Indian Government to Soon Provide Solar-Powered Internet Access to 250,000 Villages

Soon, 250,000 villages across India will have solar-powered internet under the Common Service Centres (CSCs) program. This initiative by the government is aimed at providing banking, pension, digital literacy, and ...
Trina Solar Acquires Spain’s Solar Tracker Manufacturer Nclave Renewables

Trina Solar Acquires Spain’s Solar Tracker Manufacturer Nclave Renewables

Trina Solar, a Chinese solar module and cell manufacturer has completed the acquisition of Nclave Renewable S.L., a Spanish solar tracker system manufacturer. The value of the deal has not ...
Microgrids an Important Piece of the Puzzle for Energy Access in Frontier Markets

Microgrids an Important Piece of the Puzzle for Energy Access in Frontier Markets

Microgrids are becoming important part of the frontier power markets for distributed energy systems. Advances in technology such as energy storage along with rising diesel prices, and favorable government policies ...
/ / Grid, Microgrid
Solar Projects Totaling 127 MW Commissioned in a Week

Solar Projects Totaling 127 MW Commissioned This Week

Utility scale solar projects totaling 127 MW have been commissioned across three Indian states by three large-scale project developers during the third week of May. The projects are located in ...
Storms Affect Solar Assets in North Indian States

Storms Affect Solar Assets in North Indian States

North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and adjoining regions have seen an unusual spate of dust storms recently. In an unfortunate event that cost many lives, the recent ...
String Inverters Making Inroads into the Indian Solar Market

String Inverters Making Inroads into the Indian Solar Market

Choosing an inverter for a large-scale solar project in India has historically been an easy one. However, with the entrance of string inverters, the decision for EPC players and developers ...
Four-junction Tandem Thin Film Cells Have Huge Potential for Rooftop Solar

Four-junction Tandem Thin Film Cells Have Huge Potential for Rooftop Solar: MIT Study

Scientists working in the field of solar energy are constantly trying to find a balance between efficiency and cost. Recently, a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Renewables a Significant Contributor to Tata Power’s Annual Profit of ₹26.79B for FY 2017-18

Renewables a Significant Contributor to Tata Power’s Annual Profit of ₹26.79B for FY 2017-18

Tata Power’s annual consolidated profit after tax (PAT) stood at ₹26.79 billion (~$401.48 million), up 144 percent when compared with the previous year, the company announced recently. Tata Power’s underlying ...
has signed a mandate with the government of Uzbekistan to increase its renewable power capacity and encourage private sector investment in Uzbekistan’s renewable energy sector.

New Water-Based Battery to Store Solar, Wind Energy

Researchers at Stanford claim to have developed a water-based battery that can provide a better solution than lithium-ion for storing solar and wind energy, according to the journal Nature Energy. Though ...
MSEDCL’s 1 GW Solar Tender Oversubscribed by 450 MW

Sunsure Energy Raises $2.2 Million in Working Capital for Solar Projects

Sunsure Energy, a solar turnkey solutions provider, has raised zero-collateral based debt capital worth $2.2 million from TATA Cleantech Capital, L&T Finance, and cKers Finance to be used as working ...
World Bank Approves $180 Million Fund to Support Kenya’s Energy Sector

World Bank Approves $180 Million Fund to Support Kenya’s Energy Sector

The World Bank has approved $180 million in assistance to Kenya to strengthen the financial health of the Kenya Electricity Generation Company Limited (KenGen) and improve private sector financing in ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
ReNew Power Acquires Indian Energy Limited for ₹364 Million

ReNew Power Acquires Indian Energy Limited for ₹364 Million

Indian renewable energy project developer ReNew Power has acquired a 100 percent stake in Indian Energy Limited (IEL) at a price of ₹364 million (~$5.545 million). In April 2018, ReNew ...
Government Says 100% of Villages Now Have Access to Electricity

Government Says 100% of Villages Now Have Access to Electricity

With the electrification of Leisang village in the Senapati district of Manipur, India has now achieved total electrification of its 597,464 inhabited villages. Though the success of DDUGJY sounds like ...
India Enters Bilateral Agreements with Morocco and Guyana to Grow Renewables

India Enters Bilateral Agreements with Morocco and Guyana to Grow Renewables

India has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Morocco and Guyana under which the participant countries have agreed to cooperate for the expansion of renewable energy. These bilateral agreements ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy