Author Archives: Rakesh Ranjan

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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Rooftop Solar Developers Approach APTEL Against Karnataka’s Net Metering Order

Rooftop Solar Developers Approach APTEL Against Karnataka’s Net Metering Order

Four leading solar developers in the state have petitioned the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) against the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (KERC) order, which was issued in December 2019. The ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Madhya Pradesh Issues Tender for Supply of Spares for 2,792 Solar Pumps

Madhya Pradesh Issues Tender for Supply of Spares for 2,792 Solar Pumps

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has invited Request for Proposal (RfP) for standardization of rates for the supply, installation, and commissioning of spares for solar surface water ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Andhra Pradesh to Install and Supply 10 GW of Free Solar Power to Farmers

Andhra Pradesh to Install and Supply 10 GW of Free Solar Power to Farmers

The Andhra Pradesh government has announced that it is planning to develop 10 GW of solar power projects as a permanent solution to supply free power to farmers in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar Tender Gets Enthusiastic Response, Oversubscribed by 2.3 GW

SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar Tender Gets Enthusiastic Response, Oversubscribed by 2.3 GW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has announced the list of participants for its tender for 1.2 GW of solar projects. In January 2020, SECI had issued a detailed ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Andhra Pradesh to Install and Supply 10 GW of Free Solar Power to Farmers

Five Developers Win CEL’s 44 MW Solar Tender for Substations in Maharashtra

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has announced the auction results for its 44 MW solar tender. In December last year, CEL had invited bids to install solar-based small projects with ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tamil Nadu Lays Out Details for Procuring Solar Power by Distribution Licensees

Tamil Nadu Lays Out Details for Procuring Solar Power by Distribution Licensees

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a consultative paper for procuring solar power by distribution licensees and has asked all the stakeholders to submit their comments and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Bangalore to Add 90 Electric Buses to its EV Fleet

Bangalore to Add 90 Electric Buses to its EV Fleet

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has invited bids for the procurement and operation & maintenance (O&M) of nine-meter 90 electric buses on the gross cost contract (GCC) model. The ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Researchers Claim Climate Costs Could be Less if Global Warming is Limited to 2°C

Researchers Claim Climate Costs Could be Less if Global Warming is Limited to 2°C

The researchers at the University of Potsdam have claimed that the climate costs are likely to be less if the temperature increase because of global warming is limited to two ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Panasonic Claims Highest Conversion Efficiency of 16.09% for Perovskite Solar Panel

Panasonic Claims Highest Conversion Efficiency of 16.09% for Perovskite Solar Panel

Panasonic Corporation has announced that it has achieved the world’s highest energy conversion efficiency of 16.09% for a perovskite solar module by developing a lightweight technology using a glass substrate ...
/ / Solar, Technology
MNRE Opens Facilitation Center for Renewable Industry and its Investors

MNRE Opens Facilitation Center for Renewable Industry and its Investors

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has opened an Industry and Investors' Facilitation Centre, which would work as a focal point to provide all the information regarding programs ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Sterling & Wilson Reports Lower Revenues and Profits in Nine Months of FY20

Sterling & Wilson Reports Lower Revenues and Profits in Nine Months of FY20

Sterling and Wilson, a Shapoorji Pallonji Group company, has released its consolidated and standalone financial results for the third quarter (Q3) and nine months ended on December 31, 2019. The ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
MNRE Asks Solar Manufacturers to List Items for Basic Customs Duty Exemption

MNRE Asks Solar Manufacturers to List Items for Basic Customs Duty Exemption

Amid ongoing confusion in the solar industry over the imposition of basic customs duty, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification asking solar PV manufacturers ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MERC Rejects Biomass Developer’s Plea for Compensation After EPA Termination

MERC Rejects Biomass Developer’s Plea for Compensation After EPA Termination

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected Spark Green Energy Limited’s plea for relief and compensation after the termination of the energy purchase agreement (EPA) by Brihanmumbai Electric Supply ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Azure Power’s Revenue up 25%, Net Loss Rises Amid Higher Expenses and Curtailment in AP

Azure Power’s Revenue up 25%, Net Loss Rises Amid Higher Expenses and Curtailment in AP

Azure Global Power Limited reported revenue of ₹3.05 billion (~$42.6 million) for Q3 FY20, an increase of 25% year-over-year but the company still registered a net loss of ₹1.36 billion ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
BHEL Set to Procure 12 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

BHEL Set to Procure 12 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids to manufacture and supply 12 million units of 156.75 mm multicrystalline solar cells with five busbars and 4.62Wp. The cells should ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
West Bengal Approves PPA for a 16 MW of Waste Gas-Based Captive Project

West Bengal Approves PPA for a 16 MW of Waste Gas-Based Captive Project

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has approved a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the purchase of surplus power from a waste gas-based generating project. The PPA was signed ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Solar Imports Declined, Exports Surged in 2019

Solar Imports Declined, Exports Surged in 2019

In the calendar year (CY) 2019, India imported solar cells and modules worth $2.17 billion, a drop of almost 16% compared to CY 2018. In CY2018, the Indian solar sector ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
ib vogt, Jakson, Vijay Printing Press & SolarArise Winners in the UP 184 MW Solar Auction

ib vogt, Jakson, Vijay Printing Press & SolarArise Winners in the UP 184 MW Solar Auction

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has announced the auction results for its 500 MW solar tender. In September 2019, the UPNEDA had issued a request for ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Toyota and Panasonic Join Hands to Develop Automotive Prismatic Batteries for EVs

Toyota and Panasonic Join Hands to Develop Automotive Prismatic Batteries for EVs

Toyota Motor and Panasonic Corporation have joined hands to establish a joint venture specializing in automotive prismatic batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). The joint venture will be called Prime Planet ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Chandigarh Floats Tender for 40 Electric Buses with Charging Stations

Chandigarh Floats Tender for 40 Electric Buses with Charging Stations

The Chandigarh City Bus Service Society (CCBSS) has floated a tender to procure 40 midi AC electric buses, including charging stations on a kilometer basis for ten years. The society ...
Government-Owned Solar Cell and Module Manufacturer CEL Up for Sale

Government-Owned Solar Cell and Module Manufacturer CEL Up for Sale

The government of India has invited an expression of interest (EoI) for the proposed disinvestment of 100% shareholding in Central Electronics Limited (CEL). The last date for the submission of ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Large Manufacturers with Multiple Products Could Pay Hefty Application Fee for ALMM

Large Solar Module Manufacturers with Multiple Products Could Pay a Hefty Fee for ALMM

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification regarding the compulsory requirements of registration for solar manufacturers under the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Power Generation Up by 12% in the Fourth Quarter of 2019

Solar Power Generation Up by 12% in the Fourth Quarter of 2019

The solar power generation increased by 12% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) in the last quarter of the calendar year (CY) 2019, totaling 11,750 MUs, according to the data released by the Central ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Total to Acquire 50% Stake in Adani Green’s Solar Portfolio for $510 Million

Total to Acquire 50% Stake in Adani Green’s Solar Portfolio for $510 Million

Total, a French oil and gas major, has entered into an agreement with Adani Green Energy Limited  (AGEL) to acquire a 50% stake in a joint venture company for $510 ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Adani Green Registers 11% YoY Revenue Growth in Q3 of FY 2020

Adani Green Registers 11% YoY Revenue Growth in Q3 of FY 2020

Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), a part of the Adani Group, has announced its financial results for the nine months (9M) and quarter ending December 31, 2019. The total revenue ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar