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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Tunisia Invites Bids for 70 MW of Solar Projects

Tunisia Invites Bids for 70 MW of Solar Projects

Tunisia's ministry of energy, mines, and renewable energy has issued its fourth tender to develop 70 MW solar projects in the African nation. The deadline for submitting bids is February ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Eastern Coalfields to Install 1.4 MW of Rooftop Solar in Jharkhand and West Bengal

Eastern Coalfields to Install 1.4 MW of Rooftop Solar in Jharkhand and West Bengal

The Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) issued a notice inviting tender to set up 1,415 kW of rooftop solar systems at 11 of its premises spread across 26 locations in West ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Future Solar Bids Will Encourage Use of Advanced Technologies, Says RK Singh

Future Solar Bids Will Encourage Use of Advanced Technologies, Says RK Singh

Future bids would encourage solar manufacturing using advanced and latest technology, Minister of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), R.K. Singh, recently said. Singh was addressing the 'India PV Edge 2020', ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
This Startup Aims to Reduce Solar Cell Cost by Replacing Silver with Copper

This Startup Aims to Reduce Solar Cell Cost by Replacing Silver with Copper

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced a $3 million funding to Australian startup SunDrive to advance the commercial development of its low cost, a high-efficiency solar manufacturing process in ...
/ / Solar, Technology
It's Official: LoUs from State-Run Financiers to Serve as Bank Guarantees for Solar Tenders

It’s Official: LoUs from State-Run Financiers to Serve as Bank Guarantees for Solar Tenders

The Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued amendments to its guidelines for the tariff-based competitive bidding process to procure power from grid-connected solar projects. The amendments address the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Kerala to Resume Generation-Based Incentives for Off-Grid Captive Solar Projects

Kerala to Resume Generation-Based Incentives for Off-Grid Captive Solar Projects

The Kerala State Electricity Regulation Commission has once again issued an order extending the applicability of the Generation-Based Incentive (GBI) program for off-grid captive solar power projects in the state ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Scientists Use Machine Learning to Schedule Off-Grid Solar Module Cleaning

Scientists Use Machine Learning to Schedule Off-Grid Solar Module Cleaning

A group of scientists have developed a new low-cost machine learning technology to run scheduled cleaning of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules installed in remote locations that are off the grid ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Ministry of Power Signs Pact with Three State-Run Utilities for Augmenting Generation (1)

Ministry of Power Signs Pact with Three State-Run Utilities for Augmenting Generation

The Government of India's Ministry of Power (MoP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with three state-run major power utilities: SJVN, NTPC, and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Australia Installed Nearly 12 GW of Rooftop Solar Capacity as of August 2020

Australia Installed Nearly 12 GW of Rooftop Solar Capacity as of August 2020

Australia installed 107.56 MW of rooftop solar capacity in August 2020, an increase of 67 MW compared to 175 MW installed in the same month last year. In all, Australia ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
SJVN Bags a 100 MW Project in Gujarat’s Raghanesda Solar Park

SJVN Bags a 100 MW Project in Gujarat’s Raghanesda Solar Park

State-owned SJVN Limited announced that it bagged a 100 MW project at the Raghanesda Solar Park in Gujarat. In July, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) had retendered 100 MW ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
NHPC Signs Power Sale Agreements for 1.7 GW of Solar Projects

NHPC Signs Power Sale Agreements for 1.7 GW of Solar Projects

NHPC announced that it entered a power sale agreement (PSA) with Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd. (CSPDCL) for the supply of 400 MW of solar power. The tariff decided ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Andhra Pradesh Government Allots Over 1,454 Acres of Land to Set up a Solar Project

Andhra Pradesh Government Allots Over 1,454 Acres of Land to Set up Solar Projects

In an important development, the Andhra Pradesh Green Energy Corporation Ltd (APGECL) has received over 1,454 acres of vacant land for setting up solar projects. According to a government notification, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Power Sector Financier REC Ltd to Increase its Borrowing Limit to ₹4.5 Trillion

Power Sector Financier REC Ltd to Increase its Borrowing Limit to ₹4.5 Trillion

REC Ltd, a public infrastructure finance company in India’s power sector, has received the approval to raise its overall borrowing limit to ₹4.5 trillion (~$60 billion). The foreign currency borrowing ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
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