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.

rahul@mercomindia.com

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SECI to Invite Bids for 1 GWh Standalone Battery Energy Storage System Pilot Project

SECI to Invite Bids for 1 GWh Standalone Battery Energy Storage System Pilot Project

The Government of India has given the go-ahead for inviting an expression of interest (EoI) to install a 1 GWh battery energy storage system (BESS) as a pilot project. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
ENEOS to Acquire 100% Stake in Japan Renewable Energy for ¥200 Billion

ENEOS to Acquire 100% Stake in Japan Renewable Energy for ¥200 Billion

ENEOS Holdings, an oil refiner and distributor, based in Japan, announced that its consolidated subsidiary ENEOS Corporation would acquire a 100% stake in Japan Renewable Energy Corporation (JRE) for ¥200 ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
BHEL Invites EoI from Partners to Set Up Battery Storage Gigafactory Under PLI Program

BHEL Invites EoI from Partners to Set Up Battery Storage Gigafactory Under PLI Program

Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has invited bids to select partners to set up a gigawatt-scale advanced chemistry cell battery storage facility through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) under the Government ...
Railways Tenders Grid-Connected and Rooftop Solar Projects

Railways Tenders Grid-Connected and Rooftop Solar Projects

The Ministry of Railways (MoR) has issued two tenders inviting bids to set up a 1,160 kW grid-connected solar project for Konkan Railways and rooftop solar installations on seven railway ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
EPC Tenders Issued for 20 MW of Solar Projects in West Bengal

EPC Tenders Issued for 20 MW of Solar Projects in West Bengal

The West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL) has issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) from engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors to set up two 10 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
RUMSL Issues Consultancy Tender for a 950 MW Solar Plus Battery Energy Storage Park

RUMSL Issues Consultancy Tender for a 950 MW Solar Plus Battery Energy Storage Park

Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMSL) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) to select consultants for transaction advisory services for a 950 MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) park with battery ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
If Coal Shortage Impacts Power Consumption, Can Solar Save The Day

If Coal Shortage Impacts Power Consumption, Can Solar Save the Day?

India is seeing a surge in power demand, with industrial and economic activity picking up pace in the past few months. But thermal power plants are in a crisis as ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Delhi Metro Invites Bids for 2 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

Delhi Metro Invites Bids for 2 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has issued a request for selection (RFS) to set up 2 MW of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
NHPC Issues EPC Tender for 1 GW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects

NHPC Issues EPC Tender for 1 GW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects

NHPC Limited has floated an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) tender for grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects (up to 1 GW capacity). The tender includes a transmission line to evacuate ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Power Rationing in China Could Raise Commodity Prices and Disrupt Solar Supply Chain

Power Rationing in China Could Raise Commodity Prices and Disrupt Solar Supply Chain

The Chinese government has introduced an electricity rationing policy leading to some industrial sectors shutting down operations temporarily while others are operating only two to four days a week. According ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Bids Invited to Set up a 40 MW Grid-Connected Solar Project in Chhattisgarh

Bids Invited to Set Up a 40 MW Grid-Connected Solar Project in Chhattisgarh

Coal Lignite Urja Vikas, a joint venture company of Coal India (CIL) and National Lignite Corporation (NLC), issued a tender to set up a 40MW ground-mounted grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
IREDA to Float IPO and Issue Green Bonds, Invites Bids for Asset Valuation

IREDA to Float IPO and Issue Green Bonds, Invites Bids for Asset Valuation

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has announced that it will soon float an initial public offering (IPO) of fresh equity shares and issue green bonds in domestic and ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tender Issued to Set Up a Temporary Office for BHEL at a 50 MW Solar Project Site

Tender Issued to Set Up a Temporary Office for BHEL at a 50 MW Solar Project Site

The solar business division of Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has issued a tender to set up a temporary office at the 50 MW Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENO) solar project ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CESL to Empanel OEMs for Electric Two-Wheelers in Andhra Pradesh

CESL to Empanel OEMs for Electric Two-Wheelers in Andhra Pradesh

Convergence Energy Services (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), has invited original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to empanel for supplying electric two-wheelers (E2Ws) in Andhra Pradesh. The last ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Adani Group to Invest $20 Billion in Renewable Energy, Foray into Green Hydrogen (1)

Adani Group to Invest $20 Billion in Renewable Energy, Foray into Green Hydrogen

The Adani Group will invest $20 billion in renewable energy generation and component manufacturing over the next ten years and produce the world's cheapest green electron, its Chairman Gautam Adani ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Rate Contract Tenders Floated for 3,000 Polycrystalline Solar Modules (1)

Rate Contract Tenders Floated for 3,000 Polycrystalline Solar Modules

Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has invited tenders for two rate contracts. The first tender has invited bids to procure 2,000 mono or polycrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) modules qualifying for ...
/ / Modules, Solar
Consultancy Tender Issued for 25 Solar Projects in Gujarat

Consultancy Tender Issued for 25 Solar Projects in Gujarat

The Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL) has issued an e-tender inviting consultancy services to verify the designs and drawings of 25 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. The projects with capacities of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
India Installs 521 MW of Rooftop Solar Capacity in Q2 2021, the Highest in a Quarter

India Installs 521 MW of Rooftop Solar Capacity in Q2 2021, the Highest in a Quarter

India marked a 53% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) increase in rooftop solar installations in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021, the highest for any quarter, with 521 MW installations compared to 341 ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Andhra Pradesh Accepts SECI's Offer for 9 GW of Solar at ₹2.49kWh

Andhra Pradesh Accepts SECI’s Offer for 9 GW of Solar at ₹2.49/kWh

The Andhra Pradesh government has agreed to procure 9 GW of solar power from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). SECI will supply power to the state's agriculture sector ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Generic Tariff of ₹3.51kWh Proposed for Small Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program (1)

Generic Tariff of ₹3.51/kWh Proposed for Small Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has issued a draft to determine the feed-in-tariff (FiT) for decentralized solar projects with 500 kW to 2MW capacity. These projects come under ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Railways Issues Tender to Empanel Consultants for Solar Projects

Indian Railways Issues Tender to Empanel Consultants for Solar Projects

The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and RITES Limited, has issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) to enroll agencies or consultants to set up ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Deadline to Complete Solar Projects Under Component-A of KUSUM Program Extended (1)

State Transmission Utility to Compensate Solar Project Developer for Generation Losses

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has directed Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation (KPTCL) to compensate a solar project developer for generation losses. KPTCL is directed to pay compensation at ₹4.43 ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
US Installs 345 MW of New Energy Storage Systems in Q2 2021 Report

US Installs 345 MW of New Energy Storage Systems in Q2 2021: Report

According to Wood Mackenzie’s latest report, the United States installed 345 MW of new energy storage systems in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021 – a year-over-year (YoY) increase of ...
/ / Energy Storage, Market & Policy
Los Angeles to Transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

Los Angeles to Transition to 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to have the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035. The proposal was passed in ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Average Cost to Build Large-Scale Solar Rises by 12% Year-Over-Year

Average Cost to Build Large-Scale Solar Rises by 12% Year-Over-Year

According to Mercom’s recently released Q2 2021 India Solar Market Update, the average cost of large-scale solar projects in the second quarter of 2021 (Q2 2021) was ₹38.6 million (~$529,036)/MW. The ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other