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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Damodar Valley Plans 1.7 GW of Floating Solar Projects in West Bengal and Jharkhand

Damodar Valley Plans 1.7 GW of Floating Solar Projects in West Bengal and Jharkhand

State-owned hydel and thermal power generator Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) announced that it would now focus solely on solar projects to add capacity. According to a PTI report, DVC has ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
Raipur Invites Fresh Bids to Set Up Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at 25 Locations

Raipur Invites Fresh Bids to Set Up Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at 25 Locations

Raipur Smart City Limited has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at 25 locations in the city. October 3, 2020, is the ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
7,332 Schools in the United States Benefit from Solar Energy

7,332 Schools in the United States Benefit from Solar Energy

By the end of 2019, 7,332 U.S. schools had turned towards solar power, nearly double the number five years earlier. As a result, more than five million students across the ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
Second Phase of FAME India Program for Electric Vehicles Gets New Extension

Second Phase of FAME India Program for Electric Vehicles Gets New Extension

The government has extended the validity of the second phase of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II program for all approved electric vehicle models. The validity has ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Bids Invited for Recycling and Management of Waste from Renewables and Power Industry

Bids Invited for Recycling and Management of Waste from Renewables and Power Industry

The Department of Science & Technology (DST) invited bids for solid waste management of residuals emanating from the power industry. The tender has been floated for the disposal and recycling ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Maharashtra’s Solar Association Alleges Mismanagement of Solar Subsidies by DISCOM

Maharashtra’s Solar Association Alleges Mismanagement of Solar Subsidies by DISCOM

The Maharashtra Solar Manufacturers Association (MASMA) has expressed its displeasure with the way Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has been handling the state’s solar sector. The association has ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Invites bids to Install 50 Innovative Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

MNRE Invites Bids to Install 50 Innovative Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) invited innovators, manufacturers, service providers to submit an expression of interest (EoI) for the installation of innovative solar pumps. MNRE will shortlist ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
India to Set up a Task Force to Establish Power Equipment Manufacturing Zones_ RK Singh

India to Set up a Task Force to Establish Power Equipment Manufacturing Zones: RK Singh

The Union Minister of Power, R.K. Singh, cautioned domestic manufacturers against importing necessary equipment from ‘countries of concern.’ Singh spoke at a webinar- Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Power Sale Agreement for 16.8 GW of Renewable Projects Yet to be Signed_ RK Singh

Power Sale Agreement for 16.8 GW of Renewable Projects Yet to be Signed: RK Singh

The Minister of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), R.K. Singh, told the Lok Sabha that power supply agreements (PSAs) for 16.8 GW of renewable energy projects are yet to be ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Off-Grid Solar Solutions Provider Greenlight Secures $90 Million in Funding

Off-Grid Solar Solutions Provider Greenlight Secures $90 Million in Funding

Greenlight Planet, a solar Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) off-grid solar solutions provider in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, secured $90 million in funding. The investment would fuel the expansion of the company’s ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
China’s New Framework to Boost Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

China’s New Framework to Boost Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

The finance ministry of the People’s Republic of China has issued a notice about launching demonstration applications of fuel cell vehicles. The notice about new policies to support hydrogen fuel ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Banks Continue to Support Fossil Fuels Despite Pact to Support Climate Deal

Banks Continue to Support Fossil Fuels Despite Pact to Support Climate Deal

Just when the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) marked its first anniversary, the latest review of the signatory banks' financial records shows how much they deviated from their ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Nearly 300,000 Households Electrified Through Off-Grid Solar Solutions_ RK Singh

Nearly 300,000 Households Electrified Through Off-Grid Solar Solutions: RK Singh

Over 300,000 households have been electrified through solar-based standalone systems, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) R.K. Singh said in Lok Sabha recently. In October 2017, the SAUBHAGYA ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Students in Gujarat Can Buy Cheaper Electric Vehicles through State Subsidies

Students in Gujarat Can Buy Cheaper Electric Vehicles through State Subsidies

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the state government would offer subsidies to encourage battery-operated two-wheelers and three-wheelers. Students studying from classes IX up to colleges will receive a ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Solar Installations Surged, Wind Fell in Italy During First Half of 2020

Solar Installations Surged, Wind Fell in Italy During First Half of 2020

In the first half of 2020, Italy added 339 MW of new solar, wind, and hydroelectric installations, a dip of 39% compared to the same period in 2019. Solar and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Construction Cost for Solar Projects Fell by 50% in the US During 2013-18

Construction Cost for Solar Projects Fell by 50% in the US During 2013-18

The latest report published the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that the annual capacity-weighted average construction cost for solar and onshore wind decreased considerably between 2013 and 2018. Natural ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Spain to Invest €181 Million in Innovative Renewable Energy Projects

Spain to Invest €181 Million in Innovative Renewable Energy Projects

The Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE) will allocate €181 million (~$214 million) to support renewable energy projects in seven autonomous communities of Spain. The allocation is ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Fourth Partner Energy Receives ₹1.26 Billion to Expand Distributed Solar Footprint (1)

Fourth Partner Energy Receives ₹1.26 Billion to Expand Distributed Solar Footprint

Symbiotics, an investment firm specialized in emerging, sustainable, and inclusive finance, issued its first bond the proceeds of which are exclusively used to finance renewable energy projects. It raised ₹1.26 ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Google Meets 100% of Its Electricity Consumption Through Renewable Energy

Google Meets 100% of Its Electricity Consumption Through Renewable Energy

Google's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai, in a video message, declared that Google had eliminated its carbon legacy. This brings Google's lifetime net carbon footprint to zero, making it ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
These High-Performance Organic Solar Cells Claim to Have an Efficiency of Over 14%

These High-Performance Organic Solar Cells Claim to Have an Efficiency of Over 14%

A research team from the South China University of Technology has claimed to have developed a new method of producing organic solar cells, which eliminate the need for potentially toxic ...
/ / Solar, Technology
India Poised to Drive Global Energy Demand Growth: bp Report

India Poised to Drive Global Energy Demand Growth: bp Report

The global energy system is fundamentally restructuring and becoming more diverse, driven by customer needs and increased competition between fuels, said the latest bp Energy Outlook 2020. The report highlights ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Maharashtra to Procure 200 MW of Power from Wind Projects with Expired EPAs

Maharashtra to Procure 200 MW of Power from Wind Projects with Expired EPAs

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL) issued a Request for Selection to procure 200 MW of wind energy from intra-state wind power projects with expired or soon-to-be expired ...
/ / Wind
Starkraft Acquires Five Irish Solar Farms Totalling 275 MW From Lightsource bp

Statkraft Acquires Five Irish Solar Farms Totaling 275 MW From Lightsource bp

Statkraft Ireland acquired five solar projects with a combined capacity of 275 MW from Lightsource bp. The projects are located in counties of Meath, Laois, Tipperary, and Cork. The acquisition is ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
ISA, MNRE, and World Bank Get Onboard to Bolster Global Cooperation for Solar Energy

ISA, MNRE, and World Bank Get Onboard to Bolster Global Cooperation for Solar Energy

The International Solar Alliance (ISA), the World Bank, and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement the ‘One Sun One World ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NREL Researchers Discover New Materials for Super-Efficient Solar Cells

NREL Researchers Discover New Materials for Super-Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered new materials for super-efficient solar cells of the future. The research focuses on a carefully designed molecule that can efficiently split ...
/ / Solar, Technology