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About raj prabhu

Raj is a recognized thought leader in clean energy markets where his work has influenced policies worldwide. He has a deep understanding of regulatory policy and clean energy markets and his market and opinion pieces are regularly published on both MercomIndia.com and other leading publications globally. Raj is also a regular speaker and presenter on clean energy policy and finance topics at conferences worldwide. Raj attended the KLE College of Science in Bangalore, India for physics and chemistry, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel and Institutional Management from Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island. Raj can be reached at:

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Renewable Energy Expo 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Renewable Energy Expo 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Renewable Energy Expo 2017 As India’s largest cleantech conference opens, there are a lot of unanswered questions that everyone wants answers to. Here ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Imports and Exports

Solar Imports Fell by 9 Percent Quarter-over-Quarter in Q2 2017, Ahead of Anti-Dumping Recommendations

In the second quarter (Apr-Jun) of 2017, export and import activity totaling $1.24 billion (~₹ 79.9 billion) was registered in the Indian solar sector. This was $124.08 million (~₹11.1 billion) ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Rising Chinese Solar Module Price Pose Significant Challenge for India

Rising Chinese Module Prices Pose Significant Short-Term Challenge for India’s Solar Industry

After falling by approximately 5 percent in the second quarter of 2017, for the first time in years, the average selling price (ASP) for Chinese modules is increasing quarter-over-quarter in ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Tempered Glass AntiDumping India

India Imposes Anti-Dumping Duty on Tempered Solar Glass Imported from China

The Indian Ministry of Finance has imposed an anti-dumping duty on tempered glass (solar glass) imported from China in the range of $64.04 per metric ton (MT) to $136.21/MT. The ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Anti-Dumping Hearing

Lessons for India from the Suniva Solar Anti-Dumping Case Hearing

On Tuesday, the much-anticipated public hearing by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on the Suniva and SolarWorld Section 201 trade case was held in Washington, D.C., with both sides ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Domestic Manufacturers

7.5 GW CPSU Program Could Be a Game Changer for Indian Domestic Solar Manufacturers

Mercom recently broke the news that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed developing 7.5 GW of solar by 2022 using domestically manufactured solar cells and modules ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
EVs Electric Vehicles India

India Plans to Deploy Seven Million Electric Vehicles by 2020

India is targeting the deployment of five to seven million electric vehicles in the country by 2020 under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020. The NEMMP’s goal is ...
/ Other, Other Energy
Edify Energy Solar Project

First Solar to Supply 241 MW of Modules to Edify Energy’s Solar Projects in Australia

First Solar has won contract to supply solar modules totaling 241 MW for solar projects being developed by Edify Energy in Australia. According to a company release, RCR Tomlinson, the ...
/ Modules, Solar
Equis Energy 1 GW Solar Project

Equis Energy to Develop a 1 GW Solar Project in Queensland, Australia

Equis Energy, a renewable energy IPP, will develop a 1 GW solar project in Queensland, Australia. The 1 GW project is called Wandoan South Solar Project and Western Downs Regional ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
China Installs 24.4 GW of Solar in H1 2017

China Installs 24.4 GW of Solar in 1H 2017

China further consolidated its topmost ranking as the largest installer of solar projects in the world by installing 24.4 GW of solar projects in the first half of 2017. With ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
Installed Solar Capacity in Singapore Reaches 129.8 MW in First Quarter of 2017

Installed Solar Capacity in Singapore Reaches 129.8 MW in First Quarter of 2017

The adoption of solar PV systems in Singapore has accelerated over the last three years with cumulative solar installations reaching 129.8 MW in the first quarter of 2017, according to ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
India MNRE Solar DCR

MNRE Proposes Allocating 7.5 GW of Solar Under CPSU Phase-II Program to Support Domestic Solar Manufacturing

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed 7.5 GW of solar to be developed using domestically manufactured solar cells and modules during the second phase of its ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
DGAD Recommends Imposition of Anti-Dumping Duty on Imports of Wind Turbine Castings from China

DGAD Recommends Imposition of Anti-Dumping Duty on Imports of Wind Turbine Castings from China

The office of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) has recommended the imposition of an anti-dumping duty on castings for wind-operated electricity generators originating in or exported ...
/ Other, Wind
India Solar Anti-dumping Case Initiation

India’s Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar Imports from China, Taiwan and Malaysia Underway

The office of the Directorate General of Anti-dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) India, has started the investigation into the anti-dumping petition - filed by the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Wind Reverse Auction India

With the Advent of Reverse Auctions Wind is a Player Again

India’s wind sector has been around for much longer than the solar sector with steady installations of about 1.5 – 2.5 GW per year. Cumulative wind installations have reached 32 ...
/ Other, Wind
Greening the Grid

India Can Integrate 175 GW of Renewable Energy into the Electricity Grid, Study Reveals

India can integrate the entire targeted 175 GW of renewable energy into the national electricity grid based on projected power system plans and regulations according to a study conducted under ...
/ Grid, T&D
Political Considerations at Play as 'DISCOM's Subsidy Dependence up by 7-8 Percent

Political Considerations at Play as ‘DISCOM’s Subsidy Dependence up by 7-8 Percent

The overall subsidy dependence of power distribution companies (DISCOMs) is estimated to increase by 7-8 percent to Rs.810 billion (~$12.53 billion) in the current financial year. The overall subsidy requirement ...
/ Grid, Utilities
TANGEDCO Solar Tariff

Breaking News: New Tariff Low in TANGEDCO; Rs.3.47 (~$0.05364) per Unit Quoted in 1,500 MW Solar Tender

In the 1,500 MW Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) tender, Raasi Green Earth Energy won the bid to develop 100 MW of solar by quoting Rs.3.47 (~$0.05364)/unit. This ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
US Power Grid

United States to Provide $7.5 Million for Enhancement of India’s Power Grid

The United States will provide India with $7.5 million to improve the national grid. The fund is provided by Department of Energy (DOE), United States Government, and will go towards ...
/ Grid, T&D
Abu Dhabi

Sterling and Wilson to Develop World’s Largest 1,177 MW Solar Project in Abu Dhabi

Sterling & Wilson has won an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) bid to develop a 1,177 MW solar project in Sweihan in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi. Once complete, the ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
Indian Solar Imports Grow 36 Percent Year-over-Year, Exports Decline 60 Percent in FY 2016-17

Indian Solar Imports Grow 36 Percent Year-over-Year, Exports Decline 60 Percent in FY 2016-17

In the financial year (FY) 2016-17, import and export activity totaling $3.27 billion (~Rs.218.8 billion) was registered in the Indian solar sector according to Department of Commerce data. This was ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
shipping container

Mercom Exclusive: Anti-Dumping Petition from Indian Solar Manufacturers Comes at a Crucial Time as Solar Becomes Cheaper than Coal

The Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) filed a new anti-dumping petition against solar imports from China, Taiwan, and Malaysia with the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping (DGAD), Ministry of Trade and ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Renewables

Renewable Energy Installations Reach 57.5 GW in India

Renewable energy installations in India continue to grow, accounting for ~17.5 percent of India’s energy mix as of April 2017. In comparison, renewable energy accounted for 14.15 percent a year ...
/ Other, Renewable Energy
Where Are We With GST

Mercom Exclusive: Effects of 5 Percent GST on Solar in India

India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, confirmed a solar goods and services tax (GST) rate of 5 percent at the 15th meeting of the GST Council with the official order to the effect still ...
/ Other, Renewable Energy
modules

BREAKING NEWS: Indian Solar Manufacturers File Anti-Dumping Petition

Indian solar manufacturers have filed an anti-dumping petition with the Ministry of Trade and Commerce, against Chinese solar modules and cells hoping that an interim duty will be levied, according ...
/ Manufacturing, Solar