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About Rakesh Ranjan

Rakesh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

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China Adds 11.5 GW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2020

China Adds 11.5 GW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2020

According to the latest data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), 11.52 GW of solar capacity was installed in China during the first half (1H) of 2020. Large-scale solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tender Released for a 1.5 MW Solar Power Project in Kerala’s Palakkad District

Tender Released for a 1.5 MW Solar Power Project in Kerala’s Palakkad District

The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) has invited bids from domestic bidders for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors for a 1.5 MW grid-connected solar project in the state ...
Gujarat’s Retender for 700 MW of Solar Gets Good Response, Oversubscribed by 600 MW

Gujarat’s Retender for 700 MW of Solar Gets Good Response, Oversubscribed by 600 MW

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited’s (GUVNL) tender for 700 MW of grid-connected solar projects in the state’s Dholera solar park (Phase IX) has been oversubscribed by 600 MW. The ...
Rajasthan Commission Asks Wind Generator to Pay ₹14 Million in Transmission Charges

Rajasthan Commission Asks Wind Generator to Pay ₹14 Million in Transmission Charges

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has asked a textile company to pay the transmission charges, and the state load despatch center (SLDC) charges amounting to ~₹14 million (~$187,357) to ...
/ / Wind
Rajasthan Electronics Issues Tender for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Bihar

Rajasthan Electronics Issues Tender for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Bihar

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has invited bids for the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of 1 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects across various locations in Bihar ...
India’s Solar Imports Plunged by 83% in Q2 2020

India’s Solar Imports Plunged by 83% in Q2 2020

Indian solar imports declined by 83% in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2020, totaling $69 million (₹5.15 billion) as compared to $399 million (₹29.7 billion) during ...
REIL Floats Tender for 6,500 Locally Made Polycrystalline Solar Modules

REIL Floats Tender for 6,500 Locally Made Polycrystalline Solar Modules

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has issued tender for rate contract manufacturing of polycrystalline solar modules of 325W. If solar cells are domestically manufactured, the diffusion process on ...
SJVN Seeks Solar and Hydro Power Projects for Acquisition

SJVN Seeks Solar and Hydropower Projects for Acquisition

SJVN Limited has issued a notice inviting expressions of interest (EoI) from interested parties to offer their solar and hydropower projects for acquisition by SJVN. Power generation companies, power project ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Karnataka Commission Reduces Tariff for a 20 MW Solar Project for Commissioning Delay

Karnataka Regulator Reduces Tariff for a 20 MW Solar Project for Commissioning Delay

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) dismissed Adani Green Energy (UP) Limited’s (Adani Green) plea for relief on the grounds of the ‘force majeure’ clause for its 20 MW solar ...
SECI’s Tender for 14 MW Solar with 42 MWh Battery Energy Storage Extended Again

SECI’s Tender for 14 MW Solar with 42 MWh Battery Energy Storage Extended Again

Amid the ensuing COVID-19 crisis, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for its tender for 14 MW of solar projects with ...
MNRE Allows System Integrators to Bid for Component C of KUSUM Solar Pump Program

MNRE Allows System Integrators to Bid for Component C of KUSUM Solar Pump Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released amendments to the guidelines for the implementation of Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan ...
Solis to Take Its Solar InverterProduction Capacity in India to 20GW by Q1 2021_ Interview

Solis to Take Its Solar Inverter Production Capacity to 20 GW by Q1 2021: Interview

In the calendar year (CY) 2019, Solis was among the top five solar inverter suppliers to India. The top five suppliers together accounted for 76% of shipments to the Indian ...
/ / Inverters & BOS, Solar
Guidelines Issued for MNRE’s Program for Off-Grid Solar Projects Under RESCO Model

Guidelines Issued for MNRE’s Program for Off-Grid Solar Projects Under RESCO Model

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for off-grid solar power projects under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) model. The ministry had issued the draft ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Haryana Releases Tender for 33,000 Solar Inverter Chargers

Haryana Releases Tender for 33,000 Solar Inverter Chargers

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has invited bids for the supply of solar inverter chargers. The agency would procure 30,000 inverter-chargers of 640 W and 3,000 inverter-chargers of ...
Solar Developers to Be Compensated for Per Unit Impact of Safeguard Duty Imposition

Solar Developers to be Compensated for Per Unit Impact of Safeguard Duty Imposition

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) approved two solar developers’ claims for compensation on account of safeguard duty imposition. The developers sought relief under the ‘Change in Law’ provision for ...
Guidelines Released for Round-the-Clock Procurement of Renewables with Thermal Power

Guidelines Released for Round-the-Clock Procurement of Renewables with Thermal Power

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued guidelines for the procurement of round-the-clock (RTC) power from grid-connected renewable projects complemented with power from thermal power projects. According to the notification, ...
Bidders from Neighboring Countries to Face Restrictions for Indian Government Tenders

Bidders from Neighboring Countries to Face Restrictions for Indian Government Tenders

The central government has amended the General Financial Rules 2017, which will allow it to impose restrictions on bidders from countries that share a land border with India. According to ...
With New Investment of ₹840 Million, Hero’s Share in Ather Energy Rises to 34.58%

With New Investment of ₹840 Million, Hero’s Share in Ather Energy Rises to 34.58%

Hero MotoCorp, a leading manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, has announced that it has invested ₹840 million (~$11.25 million) in Ather Energy. According to a BSE filing, with this latest ...
Researchers at NREL Assess Ways to Recycle Silicon Used in Solar Modules

Researchers at NREL Assess Ways to Recycle Silicon Used in Solar Modules

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have conducted the first global assessment of various approaches used to manage solar photovoltaic (PV) modules at the end of their life ...
/ / Solar, Technology
_Engineering Services Tender Announced for a 32 MW Solar Project in Africa’s Chad

Engineering Services Tender Announced for a 32 MW Solar Project in Africa’s Chad

The Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) has floated a request for proposal (RfP) for the selection of owner’s engineer contract for a 32 MW solar power project in the African ...
CERC Announces Levelized Tariffs for Renewable Energy Sources for FY 2020-21

CERC Announces Levelized Tariffs for Renewable Energy Sources for FY 2020-21

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued levelized generic tariffs for renewables for the financial year (FY) 2020-21. The Commission had issued another order last month, which provided the ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Uttar Pradesh Drafts Bidding Document for Slop-Based Renewable Power

Uttar Pradesh Drafts Bidding Document for Slop-Based Renewable Power

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) dismissed a petition filed by the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) seeking to fulfill its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) target by procuring ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
MNRE Issues New Benchmark Costs for Rooftop Solar Projects in FY 2021

MNRE Issues New Benchmark Costs for Rooftop Solar Projects in FY 2021

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published benchmark costs for grid-connected rooftop solar projects for the financial year (FY) 2020-21. The benchmark costs will be applicable for ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Recovery of Power Demand After Lockdown More Pronounced in India_ IEA Report

Recovery of Power Demand After Lockdown More Pronounced in India: IEA Report

Analyzing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report on the demand for electricity during this period. According to ...
NHPC Signs MOU to Develop 500 MW of Floating Solar Projects in Odisha

NHPC Signs MoU to Develop 500 MW of Floating Solar Projects in Odisha

NHPC Limited (formerly the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha Limited (GEDCOL). As part of the MoU, both ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar