Author Archives: Rahul Nair

About Rahul Nair

Rahul is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before entering the world of renewables, Rahul was head of the Gujarat bureau for The Quint. He has also worked for DNA Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad Mirror. Hailing from a banking and finance background, Rahul has also worked for JP Morgan Chase and State Bank of India. More articles from Rahul Nair.

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Gadkari Urges R K Singh to Reconsider Net Metering Restriction for Rooftop Solar

Gadkari Urges R K Singh to Reconsider Net Metering Restriction for Rooftop Solar

The Minister of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Nitin Gadkari, has brought the attention of the Minister of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), R K Singh, to a representation ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Ashok Leyland to Buy Solar Via Group Captive Model from Hinduja Group' Open Access Project

Ashok Leyland to Buy Solar Via Group Captive Model from Hinduja Group’s Open Access Project

Ashok Leyland, the multinational automobile company owned by the Hinduja Group has announced that it has invested ₹186.6 million (~$2.56 million) for a 26% stake in Prathama Solarconnect Energy Private ...
Villages Reap Benefits from Punjab's First Solar-Based Water Supply Projects

Villages Reap Benefits from Punjab’s First Solar-Based Water Supply Projects

The Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department has set up the first-of-its-kind solar-based water supply projects at Jagrawan-Muradpur and Talwara villages of Jalandhar district under the 'Har Ghar Paani, Har ...
/ / Solar, Uncategorized
MNRE to Remotely Monitor Solar Assets Under KUSUM Program

MNRE to Remotely Monitor Solar Assets Under KUSUM Program

The United Kingdom (U.K.)-India Power Sector Reforms (PSR) Program will assist the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in the conceptualization, design, and development of the Solar Energy Data ...
/ / Solar, Technology
GreenCell Joins Hands with PMI Electro to Deploy 350 Electric Buses Across Uttar Pradesh

GreenCell Joins Hands with PMI Electro to Deploy 350 Electric Buses Across Uttar Pradesh

GreenCell Mobility, an electric mobility-as-a-service (eMaaS) platform, has announced that it is investing ₹4 billion (~$55.09 million) in a consortium run by PMI Electro Mobility Solutions to deploy 350 electric ...
Ather Energy Begins Electric Two-Wheeler Production at its Hosur Facility

Ather Energy Begins Electric Two-Wheeler Production at its Facility in Tamil Nadu

Indian electric two-wheeler manufacturer, Ather Energy, has commenced operations from its facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. Ather has also started deliveries in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad, and ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Solar Inverter, Import Duty, Customs Duty, MNRE, Solar Modules, PV

Is Customs Duty Hike Sufficient to Incentivize Domestic Manufacture of Solar Inverters?

In the Budget 2021, the Finance Minister proposed to raise the customs duty on solar inverters from 5% to 20% and on solar lanterns from 5% to 15% to encourage ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Shell to Annually Invest $5-6 Billion in Renewables, Low-Carbon Fuels & EV Charging

Shell to Annually Invest $5-6 Billion in Renewables, Low-Carbon Fuels & EV Charging

Global energy conglomerate, Royal Dutch Shell, has said it will invest $5-6 billion annually in its Growth Pillar, including $2-3 billion in renewables and energy solutions, to accelerate its transformation ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Goa Announces Electric Mobility Initiatives

Goa Announces Electric Mobility Initiatives

Goa's Minister of Power, Environment, and New & Renewable Energy Nilesh Cabral emphasized the importance of ushering in electric two-wheelers in Goa. He also highlighted other electric mobility initiatives as ...
Daily News Wrap-Up_ Hyderabad Metro Rail Goes Solar

Daily News Wrap-Up: Hyderabad Metro Rail Goes Solar

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Amp Energy India has commissioned a behind-the-meter solar project for L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited, a public-private ...
NTPC's 520 MW Hydropower Project Damaged in Glacier Burst and Floods

NTPC’s 520 MW Hydropower Project Damaged in Glacier Burst and Floods

A glacial lake burst led to a rise in water levels in the river Rishiganga in Uttarakhand, damaging part of NTPC's 520 MW Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower project which was under ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Developers Write to Prime Minister’ Office on the Gujarat Solar Auction Fiasco

Developers Write to Prime Minister’ Office on the Gujarat Solar Auction Fiasco

The Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) has written to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), against the delays in signing the power purchase agreements (PPA) by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam ...
Pathways for US to Meet Net Zero, Net Negative CO2 Emissions by 2050_ Report

Pathways for US to Meet Net Zero, Net Negative CO2 Emissions by 2050: Report

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has published a report claiming to have created multiple pathways to help the United States meet net-zero and net negative CO2 emissions by 2050. AGU ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Mumbai's Railway Stations to Get EV Charging Points

Mumbai’s Railway Stations to Get EV Charging Points

Central Railways has partnered with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Tata Power to install charging points for electric vehicles (EV) at all important railway stations in the city, suburbs, ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Macquarie's Green Investment Group Launches Solar Energy Company With an 8 GW Portfolio (1)

Macquarie’s Green Investment Group Launches Solar Energy Company With an 8 GW Portfolio

Macquarie's Green Investment Group (GIG) has launched Cero Generation, a specialist solar energy company working across Europe to support a net-zero future transition. Consolidating GIG's existing and future European solar ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
CERC Rejects Petition to Exempt Projects in Solar Parks from ISTS Charges

CERC Rejects Petition to Exempt Projects in Solar Parks from ISTS Charges

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has rejected a petition to declare an inter-state transmission system (ISTS) transmission network connecting the solar park with the national grid as a ‘project ...
Budget 2021 Receives Mixed Reactions from Energy Sector Stakeholders

Budget 2021 Receives Mixed Reactions from Energy Sector Stakeholders

The 2021-22 Budget tabled in the Parliament by the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has received a mixed response from stakeholders in the energy sector. While the massive outlay for revamping ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Budget 2021 Sets Aside ₹10 billion for SECI, Increases Customs Duty on Solar Inverters

Budget 2021 Sets Aside ₹10 Billion for SECI, Increases Customs Duty on Solar Inverters

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the 2021-22 budget in the parliament in the backdrop of a falling economy crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Finance Minister said that the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Eden Renewables Secures Financial Closure for its 450 MW SECI III Solar Project

EDEN Renewables Secures Financial Closure for its 450 MW SECI III Solar Project

Total Eren and EDF Renewables announced that EDEN Renewables India, which is their equally owned joint venture dedicated to large-scale Indian solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, has successfully secured financial closure ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
CDC Announces $30 Million Green Lending Facility to Tata Cleantech Capital

CDC Announces $30 Million Green Lending Facility to Tata Cleantech Capital

U.K.'s development finance institution and impact investor, CDC Group, has announced a $30 million facility to Tata Cleantech Capital Limited (TCCL) through CDC's directed green lending facility. This first of ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
500%-800% Rise in Freight Charges Adding Financial Burden on Solar Projects

500%-800% Rise in Freight Charges Adding Financial Burden on Solar Projects

Indian solar developers face a new challenge while importing modules, especially from China. Solar companies are reporting that shipping/freight charges have shot up substantially in the range of 500%-800% in ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Cipla to Procure Solar Via Open Access Under Group Captive Model from AMP Energy

Cipla to Procure Solar Via Open Access Under Group Captive Model from AMP Energy

Indian pharmaceutical major Cipla will be procuring solar from a 20 MWac (30 MWdc) group captive project in Tuljapur, Maharashtra. Spread across 115 acres, the solar project has been commissioned ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Government Mulls Imposing Green Tax on Transport Vehicles Older Than Eight Years

Government Mulls Imposing Green Tax on Vehicles Older Than Eight Years

The Minister of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Nitin Gadkari, has approved a proposal to levy 'Green Tax' on old vehicles polluting the environment. MoRTH has forwarded the proposal to ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Amara Raja Power Wins Bid to Install Balance of Systems at NTPC’s 90 MW Solar Project

Amara Raja Power Wins Bid to Install Balance of Systems at NTPC’s 90 MW Solar Project

Power control equipment manufacturer and power project developer Amara Raja Power Systems (part of the Amara Raja Group of companies) has won the reverse auction conducted by NTPC for a ...
SC Allows CERC to Pronounce Orders in Reserved Matters Until New Member of Law Joins

SC Allows CERC to Pronounce Orders in Reserved Matters Until New Member of Law Joins

In a new development regarding the appointment of Member (Law) at the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), the supreme court has allowed pronouncement of judgments in some reserved matters until ...