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About Raj Prabhu

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. More articles from Raj Prabhu.

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

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
TANGEDCO Proposes Cuts

TANGEDCO Proposes Cuts to Net-Metering Rates for Solar Customers

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has proposed adopting a revised accounting methodology to cut back on tariffs for the existing net-metering program in the state. TANGEDCO has ...
Rooftop and Small Solar PowerROOFTOP AND SMALL SOLAR POWER

MNRE De-Empanels 71 Channel Partners of the Grid-Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Projects Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) de-empaneled 71 channel partners of its grid-connected rooftop and small solar power projects program. The de-empaneled entities will not get a chance ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Where Are We With GST

UPDATED: Where Are We with Solar GST in India

The government of India released the Goods and Services Tax (GST) schedule on May 18th, listing commodities in respective tax slabs of zero, 5 percent, 12 percent, 18 percent and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UP 750 MW Bhadla

Uttar Pradesh Government Plans to Set Up 750 MW Solar Projects at Bhadla

In an aim to replicate the success of the recently concluded Bhadla Phase-III and Phase-IV Solar Park auctions, the government of Uttar Pradesh is also considering setting up 750 MW ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
power

Mercom Exclusive: India Power Utilities Performance Ratings – Some Improve, Some Don’t

According to the latest “Integrated Rating for State Power Distribution Utilities” report by the Ministry of Power, the four Gujarat state power distribution utilities (DISCOMs) have emerged as top performers ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Solar Imports Grew by 34 Percent Year-over-Year, Exports Declined 58 Percent in the First 11 Months of Financial Year 2016-17

Solar Imports Grew by 34 Percent Year-over-Year, Exports Declined 58 Percent in the First 11 Months of Financial Year 2016-17

In the 11 months from April to February in financial year (FY) 2016-17, export and import activity totaling $2.61 billion (~Rs.175.7 billion) was registered in the Indian solar sector, according ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Records Keep Falling at Bhadla Solar Park Auctions as Tariff Breaches Rs.2.50 (~$0.038)/kWh in the 500 MW Phase-III Solar Park Auction

Records Keep Falling at Bhadla Solar Park Auctions as Tariff Breaches Rs.2.50 (~$0.038)/kWh in the 500 MW Phase-III Solar Park Auction

In India, the solar tariff breached Rs.2.50 (~$0.038)/kWh, making it cheaper than thermal power in some cases. In the 500 MW Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park auction, ACME quoted a tariff ...
Breaking: New Record Low Solar Tariff of Rs.2.44 (~$0.037)/kWh Set at the 500 MW Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park Auction in India

Breaking: New Record Low Solar Tariff of Rs.2.44 (~$0.037)/kWh Set at the 500 MW Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park Auction in India

Solar tariff in India has now breached Rs.2.50 (~$0.038)/kWh mark. Within a week solar tariff declined from Rs.2.62 (~$0.0405)/kWh to Rs.2.44 (~$0.037)/kWh. In the 500 MW Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
DEEP DIVE: Intense Competition Drives Solar Tariffs to a New Record Low of Rs.2.62/kWh at Bhadla Phase-IV Solar Park Auction in India

DEEP DIVE: Intense Competition Drives Solar Tariffs to a New Record Low of Rs.2.62/kWh at Bhadla Phase-IV Solar Park Auction in India

The solar tariff in India breached the Rs.3 (~$0.046)/kWh mark in the recently concluded 250 MW Bhadla Phase-IV Solar Park auction. The winning tariff of Rs.2.62 (~$0.0405)/kWh quoted in the ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tenders

BREAKING: New Record Low Tariff to be Set in India as Solar Bids Breach Rs.3/kWh in Bhadla Phase IV Auction

For the first time in India, solar bids have breached the Rs.3 (~$0.046)/kWh mark in the 250 MW Bhadla Phase IV Solar Park auction under the National Solar Mission (NSM) ...
Solar Park

Mercom Exclusive: Solar Park Costs on the Rise in India

Solar parks are a vital piece to India’s solar future and were designed to reduce bottlenecks and bring down large-scale project development costs by allocating land and providing transmission infrastructure, ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Solar Installations

A Record Year for India Forecasted with Approximately 10 GW of Solar Installations in 2017

Mercom Communications India, a subsidiary of Mercom Capital Group, today released its quarterly update on the Indian solar market. For the complete report, visit: MercomQ12017IndiaSolarReport The Indian solar sector is ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale