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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ENGIE Africa Commissions Egypt’s Largest Wind Farm

ENGIE Africa Commissions Egypt’s Largest Wind Farm

ENGIE Africa, the African arm of the French multinational electric utility company, has announced the commissioning of the 262.5 MW Ras Ghareb wind farm in Egypt, 45 days ahead of ...
/ / Wind
Tata Signs PPA for a 250 MW Solar Project at Gujarat’s Dholera Solar Park

Tata Signs PPA for a 250 MW Solar Project at Gujarat’s Dholera Solar Park

The renewable arm of Tata Power, Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd. (TPREL), has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUVNL) for a 250 MW ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tamil Nadu Likely to Set Solar RPO for FY 2020 at 6%

Tamil Nadu Likely to Set Solar RPO for FY 2020 at 6%

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has invited suggestions and comments on the proposed amendments to its Renewable Energy Purchase Obligations (RPOs). The commission has been mandated to set ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
GAIL Floats Tender for 3.2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects for its Premises Across India

GAIL Floats Tender for 3.2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects for its Premises Across India

The Gas Authority of India (GAIL) has floated a tender for the installation of rooftop solar projects with a total capacity of 3.2 MW at various locations of GAIL across ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Kerala Floats Tender for the Procurement of Solar Boats

Kerala Floats Tender for the Procurement of Solar Boats

The State Water Transport Department (SWTD), Government of Kerala, has floated a tender for the construction and supply of three solar boats. The last date for the submission of bids ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Renewable Arm of Tata Power Receives the LoA to Develop a 150 MW Solar Project

Renewable Arm of Tata Power Receives the LoA to Develop a 150 MW Solar Project

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd. (TPREL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has received the Letter of Award from Tata Power-Distribution to develop a 150 MW solar project in the ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Solar Developers Can Install DC Capacity Higher than the Project’s Contracted AC Capacity

Solar Developers Can Install DC Capacity Higher than the Project’s Contracted AC Capacity

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an advisory that clarifies that as long as a solar PV project is in accordance with the contracted alternating current ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Japan’s Univergy to Invest $200 Million in Zambian Solar Projects

Japan’s Univergy to Invest $200 Million in Zambian Solar Projects

Univergy Solar, a renewable energy company, based in Japan, is going to invest more than $200 million in two solar projects in the central African nation of Zambia. This is ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Trading Platform for International Renewable Energy Certificates Started in Singapore

Trading Platform for International Renewable Energy Certificates Started in Singapore

Singapore-based SP Group, one of the leading names in the energy utility business, has now become the first authorized local issuer of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) in the Asia ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tamil Nadu Floats Tender to Procure 117 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

Tamil Nadu Floats Tender to Procure 117 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, has issued a tender for 117 battery-operated carts for solid waste management in the village panchayats of Vellore district ...
/ / Other, Tenders & Auctions
Not the Right Time to Implement Flexibility in Power Generation, Says MERC

Not the Right Time to Implement Flexibility in Power Generation, Says MERC

In response to a petition filed by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd. (MSPGCL), the Maharashtra Energy Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued an order which states that it is not ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
China and India Poised to Lead Asia in Harnessing Wind by 2050_ IRENA Report

China and India Poised to Lead Asia in Harnessing Wind by 2050: IRENA Report

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released its latest Global Energy Transformation Report, which explores global energy development scenarios up to the year 2050. The report states that Asia ...
/ / Wind
NTPC to Procure 250 Electric Buses for Three Cities in Madhya Pradesh

NTPC to Procure 250 Electric Buses for Three Cities in Madhya Pradesh

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd. (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, has announced a tender to procure and operate 250 air-conditioned (AC) electric buses. The electric buses will be purchased ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Adani to Build Power Transmission Network in Gujarat for Renewable Energy Evacuation

Adani to Build Power Transmission Network in Gujarat for Renewable Energy Evacuation

Adani Transmission Ltd. (ATL), the transmission business arm of the Adani Group, has received two Letters of Intent (LoI) from REC Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL) to develop two transmission ...
/ / Grid, T&D
China Approves Over 20 GW of Subsidy-Free Wind and Solar Projects

China‘s Solar Installations Dip by 45% YoY during January-September 2019

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has announced that between January to September 2019, the country added 16 GW of solar capacity, a decrease of 45% year-over-year (YoY) from the 44 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Bengaluru-based Fuel Cell Startup Log 9 Materials Gets $3.5 Million in Series A Funding

Bengaluru-based Fuel Cell Startup Log 9 Materials Gets $3.5 Million in Series A Funding

Bengaluru-based fuel cell startup Log 9 Materials has announced that it has secured $3.5 million in the latest Series A round of funding led by Exfinity Venture Partners and Sequoia ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Hindustan Aeronautics Seeks a Partner to Foray into EV Charging Business

Hindustan Aeronautics Seeks a Partner to Foray into EV Charging Business

The electronics manufacturing division of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has issued a Request for Information (RfI) to identify a potential Indian entity for business cooperation in the electric vehicle ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Meghalaya Floats Tender for 3 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects with Net Metering

Meghalaya Floats Tender for 3 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects with Net Metering

Meghalaya New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (MNREDA) has issued a tender for 3 MW grid-connected solar rooftop projects under the net metering arrangement. The tender has been floated under ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
ABB Set to Acquire Majority Stake in Chinese E-Mobility Company

ABB Set to Acquire Majority Stake in Chinese E-Mobility Company

Switzerland-headquartered ABB is set to acquire a 67% share stake in Shanghai Chargedot New Energy Technology Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese e-mobility solution provider. According to the company statement, the ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Indian Railways to Procure Power from Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

Indian Railways to Procure Power from Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

The Railway Energy Management Company Ltd. (REMCL), a joint venture between the Indian Railways and RITES Limited, has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) to procure power from wind-solar hybrid ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Cochin Port Trust to Install Nearly 1 MW of Rooftop and Floating Solar Systems

Cochin Port Trust to Install Nearly 1 MW of Rooftop and Floating Solar Systems

Cochin Port Trust (CoPT), a government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Shipping, has invited bids for both rooftop and floating solar power projects at its premises. Initially, approximately ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Jinko Solar Signs 240 MW Solar Module Supply Deal in Vietnam

LONGi Solar Bags 200 MW Module Supply Deal in Vietnam

LONGi Solar, a Chinese manufacturer of high-efficiency mono-crystalline solar cells and modules, has inked a supply deal with Hexagon Peak, the project development arm of Hexagon Holdings. Under the agreement, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar