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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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Green Climate Fund Approves $299 Million for Expansion of Renewable Projects in Africa

CEA Projects Rise in Share of Renewables in India to 36% by 2021-2022, Coal to Shrink to 26%

With India’s plan to install 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 grid integration of intermittent renewable energy sources is expected to be a challenge and the Central Electricity Authority ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Open Access Banked Units Can be Adjusted If Power Sourced from Same Generator: MERC

SECI to Implement 2 MW of Solar Projects at Army Posts in J&K’s Siachen and Partapur

In another step to make energy access in difficult terrains of Jammu and Kashmir easier, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender for setting up of ...
Azure’s Petition before MERC Seeking Declaration of GST as Change in Law Dismissed

Kuwait-Saudi Consortium Wins 500 MW Solar Project in Oman

A consortium of Kuwait and Saudi Arabian companies has won the bid to develop 500 MW of large utility-scale solar independent power projects (IPP) located at Ibri in Oman, according ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Government Proposes Customs Duty Hike on EV Parts to Incentivize Domestic Manufacturing

Government Proposes Customs Duty Hike on EV Parts to Incentivize Domestic Manufacturing

The Indian government recently notified the implementation of ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Phase II (FAME India Phase II)’ with a total budget outlay of ₹100 ...
EXIM Bank Approves $83 Million Loan for Financing of 35 MW of Solar Projects in Congo

EXIM Bank Approves $83 Million Loan for Financing of 35 MW of Solar Projects in Congo

The Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) has approved $83.11 million financing for the installation of three solar projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a total capacity ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Panasonic Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Station at BSES Head Office in Delhi

Panasonic Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Station at BSES Head Office in Delhi

Panasonic, a global technology company has collaborated with BSES Yamuna Power Limited to set up an electric vehicle charging station at their New Delhi head office. This pilot facility will ...
Tirupati Smart City Invites Tender for 6 MW of Solar Projects

Tender Announced for 7 MW of Solar Projects in West Bengal’s Durgapur

Of late, the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) has issued several tenders for the expansion of solar in the state, with the latest tender calling for the development ...
Sri Lanka to Develop 28 Small Solar Power Projects

Sri Lanka to Develop 28 Small Solar Power Projects

Sri Lanka will develop 28 small solar power projects in its north-central and eastern regions. The proposal was recently approved by the Cabinet of Ministers who gave consent to the development ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Amends Regulations for Open Access in Interstate Transmission

Cross-Border Power Trading Can be the New Frontier for Solar Growth

In the last month of 2018, the Ministry of Power (MoP) issued new guidelines for the import and export of electricity and power trading with neighboring countries, replacing its previous guidelines issued ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Ayana, EverSource, and NIIF to Invest $330 Million into India’s Renewable Projects

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

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)’s solar PV tender coupled with manufacturing component has been extended again.  The agency has now extended the bid submission deadline to April 4, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BHEL to Set Up 129 MW of Solar Projects in Telangana for Singareni Collieries

2 GW of Solar Projects Tendered Under Second Phase of Government’s CPSU Program

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for the setting up of 2,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects (Tranche-I) under the ...
India Announces New Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings

With Only 4% Green Buildings, India Suffers from Tech and Funding Barriers: Survey

India has only four percent of the building that can be classified as ‘green,’ according to a smart cities indicator survey conducted by Ireland-based multinational, Johnson Controls. However, 38 percent ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
600 MW of Solar Projects Synchronized to the Grid at Karnataka’s Pavagada Park

NTPC Issues O&M Tender for Power Evacuation System of Solar Projects in Madhya Pradesh

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued a tender for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of power evacuation system of Rajgarh solar project for two years. The Rajgarh solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Auctions 500 MW of Wind Projects to be Developed Across the State

MSEDCL May Procure Wind Power from Projects with Expired Agreements to Fulfil its RPO

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has filed a petition with the  Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) seeking its approval to procure power from wind projects whose energy purchase ...
/ / Other, Wind
World Bank Commits $22.5 Billion to Scale Up Climate Action in Africa

World Bank Commits $22.5 Billion to Scale Up Climate Action in Africa

The World Bank has committed $22.5 billion to Africa for climate adaptation and mitigation in the next five years. The funding is part of the World Bank’s 2025 target to accelerate ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for its 2 GW Solar Tender

Bangladesh Signs Agreement with Saudi-Based Alfanar for 100 MW of Solar Power Projects

The Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (ECGB) and Alfanar of Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement for the construction of 100 MW of solar power projects. The total capacity of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
NTPC Issues Tender for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

NTPC Issues Tender for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids to set up charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) including buses and four-wheelers, on a turnkey basis. The scope of work ...
Airports Authority of India Seeks EPC Contractors for a 4 MW Solar Project in Odisha

After January’s Slump, Solar Auctions Gather Speed in February 2019

The shortest month of February proved to be a busy one for the solar sector with auction activity increasing exponentially. In February, about 2.7 GW of solar capacity was auctioned in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Tenders 2 GW of ISTS-Connected Wind Projects under Tranche-V

Siemens Acquires 46% Equity in Greenko’s Poovani Wind Project in Tamil Nadu

Greenko Group has signed an agreement with Siemens Financial Services (Siemens) for 46 percent equity investment in its 200 MW Poovani wind power project in Tamil Nadu. This is the ...
/ / Other, Wind
Sweden’s Trine Helps Finance Greenlight Planet’s Off-Grid Solar Projects in India

Sweden’s Trine Helps Finance Greenlight Planet’s Off-Grid Solar Projects in India

Trine, a Swedish investment company that enables individuals to invest sustainably, and Greenlight Planet, a provider of off-grid solar products, have announced the closure of a €1.8 million ($2.36 million) ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Lucknow’s Sanjay Gandhi Medical Institute Installs 1.1 MW of Solar

Lucknow’s Sanjay Gandhi Medical Institute Installs 1.1 MW of Solar

Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) in Lucknow has installed 1.1 MW of solar projects which will help the institute save approximately ₹6 million (~$85,646.99) annually in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Andhra Pradesh Gets ₹2 Billion from Urja Global to Set Up EV Manufacturing Ecosystem

Andhra Pradesh Gets ₹2 Billion from Urja Global to Set Up EV Manufacturing Ecosystem

The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and Urja Global have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up manufacturing units of lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles for the ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
ADB to Provide $11.5 Million for 50 MW of Solar Projects in Kazakhstan

10 MW Rooftop Solar Tender Announced in Bihar

The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to install 10 MW of rooftop solar projects for sale of power under RESCO model. The ...
Haryana: Wheeling, Cross-Subsidy & T&D Charges Waived for Open Access Solar Consumers

Telangana Launches 31 MW Rooftop Solar RESCO Tender with Net Metering

The Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) has issued a tender for 31.12 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects under the RESCO model. The solar PV systems are to ...
Maharashtra Announces 184 MW Solar Tender for Agricultural Feeders

Maharashtra Announces 184 MW Solar Tender for Agricultural Feeders

The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO) has issued a tender for developing 184 MW (AC) of grid-interactive solar power projects at various locations in the state. The successful bidder ...