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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CESL Floats Tender for 60 MW of Solar PV Modules in Maharashtra

CESL Floats Tender for 60 MW of Solar PV Modules in Maharashtra

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has floated a tender to procure 60 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules (330 Wp and ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tender Announced for 12,935 Residential Hybrid Solar PV Projects in Punjab

Tender Announced for 12,935 Residential Hybrid Solar PV Projects in Punjab

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has announced a tender for the design, manufacturing, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of residential hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across Bathinda city, Punjab ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Punjab Commission Allows Deviations in Competitive Bidding Process for Solar Projects

Punjab Commission Allows Deviations in Competitive Bidding Process for Solar Projects

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has allowed deviations in the guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding process for grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in two separate petitions filed by ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
REC Floats EPC Tender for 125 MW of Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh (1)

REC Floats EPC Tender for 125 MW of Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh

REC Power Distribution Company (RECPDCL) has issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) from engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors to set up 125 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Geological Survey of India Undertakes Seven Projects For Lithium Exploration (1)

Geological Survey of India Undertakes Seven Projects for Lithium Exploration

The Geological Survey of India (GSI), part of the Ministry of Mines, has taken up seven projects for lithium exploration across different states in India. Lithium is the crucial element ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Commission Adopts Tariff for SECI’s 1,070 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

Commission Adopts Tariff for SECI’s 1,070 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has accepted the petition filed by Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (RUVNL) for the adoption of tariff discovered through a transparent bidding process for 1,070 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Empanelment and Rate Contract Tender Floated for Off-Grid Solar Projects

Empanelment and Rate Contract Tender Floated for Off-Grid Solar Projects

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has announced a tender for empanelment of vendors and inviting rate contract for the supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Karnataka Proposes Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems up to 500 kW

Karnataka Proposes Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Up to 500 kW

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has proposed net metering for rooftop solar installations up to 500 kW from the earlier suggested cap of 10 kW. Earlier in February this ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Rajasthan Electronics Issues O&M Tender for 2 MW of Solar Projects in Jaipur

Rajasthan Electronics Issues O&M Tender for 2 MW of Solar Projects in Jaipur

Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) issued a notice inviting tender for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects of 2,000 kW installed in Rajasthan. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
China Adds 13 GW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2021

China Adds 13 GW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2021

According to the latest data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), 13.01 GW of solar capacity was installed in China during the first half (1H) of 2021. Installations saw ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan Flouts Policy Levies ₹0.60kWh Electricity Duty on Captive Solar Projects

Rajasthan Flouts Policy, Levies ₹0.60/kWh Electricity Duty on Captive Solar Projects

The Chairman of the Rajasthan distribution companies (DISCOMs) and the Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited have issued an order, levying electricity duty of ₹0.60 (~$0.00081)/kWh on the consumption of power ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Odisha DISCOM Gets Regulatory Approval to Procure Solar Power at ₹2.79kWh

Odisha’s GRIDCO Gets Regulatory Approval to Procure Solar Power at ₹2.79/kWh

The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has approved the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed between Grid Corporation of Odisha (GRIDCO) and Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha (GEDCOL) to procure ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CESL to Empanel a Consultant for its EV Charging Infrastructure Project

CESL to Empanel a Consultant for its EV Charging Infrastructure Project

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has invited e-bids for the empanelment of an independent third-party validation and verification agency for its electric ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Defense Lab Invites EoI for Fabrication of Flexible Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Modules

Defense Lab Invites EoI for Fabrication of Flexible Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Modules

Defense Laboratory, a research arm of the Ministry of Defense, has issued an expression of interest to select a development cum production partner for the fabrication of flexible dye-sensitized solar ...
Andhra Pradesh DISCOM Experiences Steepest Rating Decline in FY 2020

Andhra Pradesh DISCOM Experiences Steepest Rating Decline in FY 2020

The Ministry of Power released its ninth annual integrated ratings for the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) for the financial year (FY) 2020. Overall, 16 DISCOMs (out of 41) registered improvements ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
Bids Invited to Set Up 11 kV Transmission Line for a 1 MW Solar Project

Bids Invited to Set Up 11 kV Transmission Line for a 1 MW Solar Project

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) to design, supply, lay, test, and commission an 11 kV cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) transmission line for a ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Distributed Solar Company MYSUN Raises ₹150 Million from Tata Cleantech Capital

Distributed Solar Company MYSUN Raises ₹150 Million from Tata Cleantech Capital

Rooftop solar solution provider MYSUN has joined hands with Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd (TCCL) to raise ₹150 million (~$2 million) in debt funding. Tata Cleantech Capital is a joint venture ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Rajasthan Releases EV Policy, 2021, Offers Subsidies Up To ₹20,000 for E-Rickshaws

Rajasthan Releases EV Policy, 2021, Offers Subsidies Up to ₹20,000 for E-Rickshaws

The Rajasthan government has released the Rajasthan Electric Vehicle Policy, 2021, and has become the latest state to follow Goa, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and West Bengal. The policy is focused ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
State Mulls Threshold Limit for Transmission Projects Under Competitive Bidding Route

State Mulls Threshold Limit for Transmission Projects Under Competitive Bidding Route

The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has issued a consultation paper to determine the threshold limit to develop an intra-state transmission system through tariff-based competitive bidding. The deadline for submitting comments ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
PGCIL's Rajasthan Subsidiary Secures Transmission License for 8.1 GW of Solar Projects

PGCIL’s Rajasthan Subsidiary Secures Transmission License for 8.1 GW of Solar Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), in a recent order, has granted a transmission license to Bikaner-II Bhiwadi Transco, a special purpose vehicle of Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL), ...
/ / Grid, T&D
BSES Rajdhani to Empanel Private EV Charging Infrastructure Providers in Delhi

BSES Rajdhani to Empanel Private EV Charging Infrastructure Providers in Delhi

BSES Rajdhani Power (BRPL) has invited proposals to empanel vendors for deploying electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across various sites in Delhi. These include semi-public sites or commercial buildings such ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Tariff for Delayed Solar Project in Karnataka Reduced to ₹6.51kWh from ₹7.05kWh

Tariff for Delayed Solar Project in Karnataka Reduced to ₹6.51/kWh from ₹7.05/kWh

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC), in a recent order, has rejected Photon Suryakiran's petition asking for Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) not to reduce the tariff of the delayed ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
IndiGrid Completes Acquisition of 100 MW Solar Projects from Fotowatio for ₹6.6 Billion

IndiGrid Completes Acquisition of 100 MW Solar Projects from Fotowatio for ₹6.6 Billion

The Indian power sector’s first infrastructure investment trust (InvIT), IndiGrid, announced the completion of the acquisition of a 100% stake in two solar assets with a cumulative capacity of 100 ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Hyderabad International Airport Commissions Another 5 MW Solar Project

Hyderabad International Airport Commissions Another 5 MW Solar Project

The GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) has commissioned its second phase 5 MW solar project and raised its solar power capacity to 10 MW. In 2015, the airport had commissioned a ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Goa Issues Draft EV Policy, Proposes All Two-Wheelers to Switch to Electric After 2025

Goa Issues Draft EV Policy, Proposes All Two-Wheelers to Switch to Electric After 2025

The Goa government has issued the draft ‘Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy, 2021’. The policy would be enforced for five years, from the date of its notification in the official ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid