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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). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.

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Should Solar Generators Worry About SECI Amid Rising Dues from DISCOMs_

Should Solar Generators Worry About SECI Amid Rising Dues from DISCOMs?

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has started reimbursing renewable developers' claims falling under the 'change in law' clause. These reimbursements have been filed for the additional costs incurred by ...
Uttarakhand Issues Empanelment Tender for 250 MW of Solar Projects

Uttarakhand Issues Empanelment Tender for 250 MW of Solar Projects

The Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has invited bids to empanel firms to develop 250 MW of solar power projects. The projects would be set up under the Mukhyamantri ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
At 119 MW, Australia’s Rooftop Solar Capacity Additions in September Lowest in a Year

At 119 MW, Australia’s Rooftop Solar Capacity Additions in September Lowest in a Year

Australia installed 119.47 MW of rooftop solar capacity in September this year, a decrease of 57 MW, compared to the same period last year, according to Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
MERC Refuses Transfer of Execution Right in a 225 MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Project

MERC Refuses Transfer of Execution Right in a 225 MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Project

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) dismissed Tata Power Company-Distribution's (TPC-D) request to change the name of the execution entity from Tata Power Green Energy Limited (TPGEL) to Tata Power ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
China Adds 1.3 GW of Residential Rooftop Capacity in September 2020

China Adds 1.3 GW of Residential Rooftop Capacity in September 2020

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has published the latest figures for the residential rooftop solar installations. The country added 1.3 GW of residential rooftop solar capacity in September 2020. The ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Tariff of ₹5.34_kWh to Apply on Tamil Nadu's Bagasse-Based Cogeneration Projects

Tariff of ₹5.34/kWh to Apply on Tamil Nadu’s Bagasse-Based Cogeneration Projects

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Commission (TNERC) has issued the tariff order for bagasse-based cogeneration projects. The order will be applicable for power procurement by distribution licensees (DSCOMs) from bagasse-based cogeneration ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Solar Industry Awaits Clarity on ALMM Extension and Implementation (1)

Solar Industry Awaits Clarity on ALMM Extension and Implementation

The deadline for implementing the approved list of models and manufacturers (ALMM) has passed, and the industry is still in limbo. There's no update yet on the new deadline as ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Kerala DISCOM Keen on Purchasing Power from NHPC’s 200 MW Solar Project

Kerala DISCOM Keen on Purchasing Power from NHPC’s 200 MW Solar Project

The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) has decided to seek in-principle approval from the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) to procure 200 MW of solar power from NHPC ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Haryana Asks Another Open Access Solar Project to Supply Power to DISCOMs

Haryana Asks Another Open Access Solar Project to Supply Power to DISCOMs

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) approved the draft power purchase agreement (PPA) to be executed between LR Energy Private Limited and the Haryana Power Purchase Center (HPPC) for the ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
Pandemic Pulls Down Sales of Off-Grid Solar Products in India

Pandemic Pulls Down Sales of Off-Grid Solar Products in India

Sales of off-grid solar products in India fell by 50% in the first half of 2020 compared to the second half of 2019. The sales were also down 59% compared ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Solar Developer in Uttar Pradesh Penalized for Not Complying with Commission's Order

Solar Developer in Uttar Pradesh Penalized for Not Complying with Commission’s Order

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has come down on a project developer for non-compliance with its previous order. The regulator has given Pinnacle Renewable Energy Private Limited four ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Bidding Deadline for SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender Extended Again

Bidding Deadline for SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar-Wind Hybrid Tender Extended Again

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has again extended the bid submission deadline for the 1.2 GW wind-solar hybrid tender. The tender was issued under Tranche III of the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Gujarat to Empanel Contractors for Biogas Projects

Gujarat to Empanel Contractors for Biogas Projects

The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has floated an empanelment tender for large-sized biogas projects in the state. The contract will also include the running and maintenance of the project ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
CERC Asks Power Ministry to Stay Out of its Regulatory Jurisdiction for Electricity Act

CERC Asks Power Ministry to Stay Out of its Regulatory Jurisdiction for Electricity Act

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued an advisory for the recent draft rules proposed by the Ministry of Power (MoP), asking it to work in harmony by honoring ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
REC to Install 1,650 Solar Lights in Nashik Under its CSR Program

REC to Install 1,650 Solar Lights in Nashik Under its CSR Program

REC Foundation, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of REC Limited, has floated a tender for installing 1,650 solar street lights in the Nashik district of Maharashtra on a turn-key ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Uttar Pradesh to Install 179 Community Solar Tubewells under KUSUM Program

Uttar Pradesh to Install 179 Community Solar Tubewells under KUSUM Program

The government of Uttar Pradesh has come up with a new program for small and marginal farmers to promote solar energy in the state. The government has proposed a 'community ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tender Announced for Solar Lanterns, Home Lighting Systems, and Streetlights in Kerala

Tender Announced for Solar Lanterns, Home Lighting Systems, and Streetlights in Kerala

The Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has invited bids for the empanelment of agencies for the supply and installation of solar systems below 1 kW ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Rajasthan Regulator Says DISCOMs Not to be Blamed for Failure to Meet RPO Targets

Rajasthan Regulator Says DISCOMs Not to be Blamed for Failure to Meet RPO Targets

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) ruled in favor of the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) in a petition demanding action against them for not achieving their renewable purchase obligation (RPO) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Telangana Regulator Asks DISCOM to Pay Up for Using Banked Energy from a 2 MW Solar Project

Telangana Regulator Asks DISCOM to Pay Up for Using Banked Energy from a 2 MW Solar Project

The Telangana Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) directed the Transmission Corporation of Telangana Limited (TSTRANSCO) and the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) to provide long-term intrastate open access ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Puducherry to Empanel Contractors for 30 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Puducherry to Empanel Contractors for 30 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

The Electricity Department of Puducherry has invited bids for contractors' empanelment to install 30 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems ranging from 1 kW to 500 kW on residential buildings ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Disagreement on Trading Margin Puts Sale of 50 MW of Wind Energy in Limbo

Disagreement on Trading Margin Puts Sale of 50 MW of Wind Energy in Limbo

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories has dismissed DNH Power Distribution Corporation Limited's (DNHPDCL) request seeking the approval of the power sale ...
/ / Wind
REC Subsidiary to Empanel Owner’s Engineer for Developing Solar Projects

REC Subsidiary to Empanel Owner’s Engineer for Developing Solar Projects

The REC Power Distribution Company Limited (RECPDCL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of REC Limited, has invited bids for the empanelment of owner's engineer for solar power projects across India. The tender ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Tenders Rise by 14% as Auctions Decline in Q3 2020

Solar Tenders Rise by 14% as Auctions Decline in Q3 2020

The government agencies announced about 6.3 GW of tenders in the third quarter Q3 of the calendar year (CY) 2020, an increase of 14% compared to the previous quarter, according ...
ANERT Releases Rate Contract Tender for 10 MW of Solar Projects in Kerala

ANERT Releases Rate Contract Tender for 10 MW of Solar Projects in Kerala

The Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has invited bids from empanelled agencies for the rate contract of 10 MW of solar power projects. "The tender ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
At Over ₹109 Billion in August, DISCOMs' Dues to Renewable Generators Keep Rising

At Over ₹109 Billion in August, DISCOMs’ Dues to Renewable Generators Keep Rising

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) across the country owed renewable generators ₹109.08 billion (~$1.49 billion) in overdue payments (excluding dues under disputes) spread across 497 invoices at the end of August, as ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy