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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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CESL to Empanel Financial Institutions to Provide Loans for Electric Vehicles

CESL to Empanel Financial Institutions to Provide Loans for Electric Vehicles

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has invited expressions of interest to empanel financial institutions for financing electric vehicles (EVs) across ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Bids Invited for 1,200 EVs and Charging Stations in Kerala

Bids Invited for 1,200 EVs and Charging Stations in Kerala

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for the supply of 200 electric vehicles (EVs) and 1,000 special purpose EVs, along with setting up charging ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
CERC Approves Introduction of Green Day Ahead Contracts on Energy Exchanges

CERC Approves Introduction of Green Day Ahead Contracts on Energy Exchanges

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), in a recent order, approved the introduction of the Green Day Ahead Contract (GDAC) at the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) and the Power Exchange ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rooftop Solar Segment on a Path to Recovery Despite Challenges

Rooftop Solar Segment on a Path to Recovery Despite Challenges

India installed 521 MW of rooftop solar capacity in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2021, an increase of 53% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ), the highest for any quarter, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Sets Tariff of ₹1.75/kWh for Surplus Wind Energy from Captive Projects

Gujarat Sets Tariff of ₹1.75/kWh for Surplus Wind Energy from Captive Projects

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), in a recent order, approved the tariff of ₹1.75 (~$0.023)/kWh for the purchase of surplus power by distribution companies (DISCOMs) from wind power projects ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BHEL Invites Expression of Interest for Procuring Wafers for Manufacturing Solar Cells

BHEL Invites Expression of Interest for Procuring Wafers for Manufacturing Solar Cells

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with vendors for procuring silicon wafers for manufacturing solar cells to meet the annual ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Feasibility of Domestic Solar Manufacturing Initiative and Demand Visibility

Feasibility of Domestic Solar Manufacturing Initiative and Demand Visibility

The government is pushing for solar manufacturing in India with restrictive and enabling policies. In April this year, the Union Cabinet approved the production-linked incentive (PLI) program for the 'National Program ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
SECI Paid ₹6.52 Billion for Solar and Wind Power Purchased in August

SECI Paid ₹6.52 Billion for Solar and Wind Power Purchased in August

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) paid ₹6.52 billion ($86.7 million) to solar and wind developers for the power purchased in August 2021. The disbursed amount accounted for 97% ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Renewables Invites Expressions of Interest for Sourcing 15 GW of Solar Modules

NTPC Renewables Invites Expressions of Interest for Sourcing 15 GW of Solar Modules

NTPC Renewables, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited, has invited expressions of interest (EoI) to form strategic tie-ups for sourcing solar modules for a total capacity of 15 GW over ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI to Invite Bids for 1 GWh Standalone Battery Energy Storage System Pilot Project (1)

India Needs a Clear Roadmap to Meet the Massive 300 GW Solar Target by 2030

India has set a lofty target of 100 GW of solar installations by 2022 and 450 MW of renewables by 2030, with solar accounting for nearly 300 GW of the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Lowest Tariff of ₹3.01/KWh Discovered in SECI's 2.5 GW Round-the-Clock Auction

Tariff of ₹3.01/KWh Wins 2.5 GW Round-the-Clock Renewables Bundled with Thermal Auction

Hindustan Thermal Projects, Greenko Energies, ReNew Samir Urja (SPV of ReNew Power), Power Mech Projects, and JSW New Energy were declared winners in the Solar Energy Corporation of India's (SECI) ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tariff of ₹2.28/kWh Set for KUSUM Solar Pump Program in Tamil Nadu

Tariff of ₹2.28/kWh Set for KUSUM Solar Pump Program in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC), in a recent order, adopted a tariff of ₹2.28 (~$0.030)/kWh for the solar energy generated from 20,000 agricultural pumps under Component-C of the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Regulator Denies Tariff of ₹3.27kWh for a 100 MW Wind Project

Maharashtra Regulator Denies Tariff of ₹3.27/kWh for a 100 MW Wind Project

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), in a recent order, rejected Tata Power-Distribution’s petition to adopt a tariff of ₹3.27 (~$0.043)/kWh for a 100 MW wind project. The Commission said ...
/ / Other, Wind
Rajasthan Electronics Invites Bids for 1 Million Mono or Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Rajasthan Electronics Invites Bids for 1 Million Mono or Multicrystalline Solar Cells

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Rajasthan, has invited bids for the supply of 1 million monocrystalline ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Residential Rooftop Karnataka

Installing a Rooftop Solar System on Your Home in Karnataka? Here’s What You Need to Know

Residential rooftop solar installations have been growing in popularity due to the ease of installations and the savings they provide to homeowners. According to Mercom's latest report, India Rooftop Solar ...
Three Cogeneration Projects in Odisha Exempted from Renewable Purchase Obligation

Three Cogeneration Projects in Odisha Exempted from Renewable Purchase Obligation

The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has ruled in favor of three captive power generating projects and exempted them from renewable purchase obligation (RPO) compliance if the consumption from the ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Punjab Open Access Consumers to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹1.16/kWh Until March 2022

Punjab Open Access Consumers to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹1.16/kWh Until March 2022

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has extended the validity of the additional surcharge of ₹1.16 (~$0.016)/kWh payable by open access consumers until September 30, 2021, to the second ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
MAHAGENCO Issues EPC Tender for a 25 MW Solar Project in Maharashtra

MAHAGENCO Issues EPC Tender for a 25 MW Solar Project in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) has invited bids for the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, and commissioning of a 25 MW grid-connected solar power project with associated 33 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tariff of ₹2.64/kWh Approved for 100 MW of Solar Projects at Raghanesda Solar Park

Tariff of ₹2.64/kWh Approved for 100 MW of Solar Projects at Raghanesda Solar Park

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), in a recent order, approved the tariff of ₹2.64 (~$0.035)/kWh to procure power from a 100 MW solar project (PhaseX-R) being developed by SJVN ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Central Electronics Floats Tender for 147 MW of Decentralized Solar Systems

Central Electronics Floats Tender for 147 MW of Decentralized Solar Systems

Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Science and Technology, has invited bids for the supply, construction, testing, and commissioning of 147 MW (in 11 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Karnataka DISCOMs Asked to Compensate Solar Developer for Safeguard Duty Imposition

Karnataka DISCOMs Asked to Compensate Solar Developer for Safeguard Duty Imposition

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has recently ruled that five special purpose vehicles (SPVs) of ACME Solar were entitled to levelized incremental tariffs to compensate for the additional cost ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Bids Invited for 220 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program in Punjab

Bids Invited for 220 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program in Punjab

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has invited bids for 220 MW of grid-connected solar power projects of 1 MW, 1.5 MW, or 2 MW capacity. The projects will be ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Rajasthan Is Now the Top Solar State in India with 8.2 GW of Installed Capacity

Rajasthan is Now the Top Solar State in India With 8.2 GW of Installed Capacity

Rajasthan is now the top state in solar installations overtaking Karnataka at the end of the third quarter of the calendar year (CY) 2021. At the end of September, the ...
DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Rise to ₹154.83 Billion at the End of September

DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Rise to ₹154.83 Billion at the End of September

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹154.83 billion (~$2.09 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments at the end of September 2021, according to data released by the ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Tender Issued to List Components for Supply to Solar Projects in Kerala

Tender Issued to List Components for Supply to Solar Projects in Kerala

The Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has issued a tender to list solar components on a rate contract basis. The bidders must list on ANERT’s ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions