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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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EESL Subsidiary Floats Tender for Solar Home Lighting Systems in Goa

EESL Subsidiary Floats Tender for Solar Home Lighting Systems in Goa

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has invited bids for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, and commissioning of 151 solar conditioning units, ...
Rooftop Solar Cannot Thrive in a Restrictive Policy Environment

Rooftop Solar Cannot Thrive in a Restrictive Policy Environment

Rooftop solar has immense growth potential in India. However, the rooftop segment has been slow to get off the ground, thanks to inconsistent and restrictive government policy. A total of ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Large-Scale Project of the Year: ENGIE's 250 MW Solar Project in Kadapa

Large-Scale Project of the Year: ENGIE’s 250 MW Solar Project in Kadapa

In the recently concluded Mercom India Solar Summit 2021, the virtual event, which was held on April 08 and April 09, ENGIE Solar India was declared the winner in the ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tender Floated for One Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Tender Floated for One Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise under the Government of India's Ministry of Science and Technology, has floated a tender for the supply of one million multicrystalline solar ...
Jharkhand Issues Empanelment Tender for 25 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Projects

Jharkhand Issues Empanelment Tender for 25 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Projects

The Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) has invited bids to empanel agencies to develop 25 MW of residential rooftop solar power projects under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) ...
Bids Invited for 1.28 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects with Net Metering

Bids Invited for 1.28 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects with Net Metering

The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has invited bids for the design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of 1.28 MW (640 kW X 2) of grid-connected rooftop solar projects with ...
Daily News Wrap-Up: BP to Build Britain's Largest Hydrogen Plant

Daily News Wrap-Up: BP to Build Britain’s Largest Hydrogen Plant

Energy group BP aims to build Britain's largest hydrogen plant by 2030 as part of its push to boost the use of fuel and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Teesside ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Quality of Solar Assets, Regulatory Stability, Crucial in Solar Project Acquisitions

Quality of Solar Assets, Regulatory Stability, Crucial in Solar Project Acquisitions

The solar industry has emerged stronger after the pandemic, which is still raging worldwide. But solar projects have been considered as 'investment havens' in the uncertain COVID-19 world because of ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Transmission Infrastructure Crucial to Support Growing Solar Capacity

Transmission Infrastructure Crucial to Support Growing Solar Capacity

The pandemic was just one of the issues that pushed the solar back last year. The industry faced several other impediments coming in the way of project development. One of ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Gujarat Issues EPC Tender for 112 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects

Gujarat Issues EPC Tender for 112 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects

The Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has invited bids for the design, engineering, supply, procurement, and construction of 112 MW grid-connected solar power projects ranging from 10 MW to ...
PLI Program_ Higher the Efficiency of Solar Modules, Higher the Incentive

PLI Program: Higher the Efficiency of Solar Modules, Higher the Incentive

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown capped off a turbulent 2020 for the Indian solar sector. The pandemic affected the solar supply chain and brought the solar industry ...
Gujarat Floats Tender for 200 MW of Solar Projects at Dholera Solar Park

Gujarat Floats Tender for 200 MW of Solar Projects at Dholera Solar Park

The Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has invited bids for the design, supply, procurement, and construction of 4 X 50 MW grid-connected MW solar power projects at the Dholera ...
IEX's Green Term-Ahead Market Trades Over 21 MU of Solar Power in March 2021

IEX’s Green Term-Ahead Market Trades Over 21 MU of Solar Power in March 2021

Driven by an increasing electricity demand across Indian states, the electricity market at the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) witnessed an all-time high volume of 8,249 million units (MU) in March ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Maharashtra Sets Generic Tariff of ₹2.90/kWh for Rooftop Solar Projects

Maharashtra Sets Generic Tariff of ₹2.90/kWh for Rooftop Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has set ₹2.90 (~$0.039)/kWh as the generic tariff for surplus power procured at the end of the financial year from rooftop solar projects for ...
Madhya Pradesh Floats Tender for 41 MW of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Projects

Madhya Pradesh Floats Tender for 41 MW of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Projects

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has invited bids to select solar developers to implement 41 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects at various locations in the state ...
Where is the Solar Market Headed: Changing Face of the Indian Solar Sector

Where is the Solar Market Headed: Changing Face of the Indian Solar Sector

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant nationwide lockdown capped off a turbulent 2020 for the Indian solar sector. The pandemic affected the solar supply chain and brought the solar industry ...
National Average Power Purchase Cost of ₹3.85/kWh Set for Open Access Solar Projects

National Average Power Purchase Cost of ₹3.85/kWh Set for Open Access Solar Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has set the national Average Power Purchase Cost (APPC) for open access at ₹3.85 (~$0.052)/kWh. The APPC would be applicable during the financial year ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
NTPC Reissues Module Package Tender for Anta Solar Project in Rajasthan

NTPC Reissues Module Package Tender for Anta Solar Project in Rajasthan

NTPC Limited has reissued the tender for the supply of a solar PV module package for the Anta solar power project at Baran district in Rajasthan. The scope of work ...
ONGC Reissues Tender for a 15 MW Solar Project in Bharuch

ONGC Reissues Tender for a 15 MW Solar Project in Bharuch

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has reissued the tender for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning of a 15 MW (AC)/17.5 MW (DC) grid-connected solar power project ...
NTPC Subsidiary Invites Bids for a 1 MW Rooftop Solar Project at IIT Jodhpur

NTPC Subsidiary Invites Bids for a 1 MW Rooftop Solar Project at IIT Jodhpur

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, has invited bids for the design, engineering, construction, and commissioning of 1 MW rooftop solar power projects at the ...
Bids Invited to Set Up a Renewable Energy Park for Tourists in Maharashtra

Bids Invited to Set Up a Renewable Energy Park for Tourists in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has invited bids to develop a renewable energy park in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district. The contract will also include comprehensive maintenance of the project for ...
Coal India Subsidiary Tenders a 20 MW Solar Project in Jharkhand

Coal India Subsidiary Retenders a 20 MW Solar Project in Jharkhand

The Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), a subsidiary of Coal India, has invited fresh bids to develop a 20 MW grid-connected solar power project at Piparwar in Jharkhand. The scope of ...
Andhra DISCOMs Seek ₹30 Billion Loan from PFC and REC to Clear Power Generators’ Dues

Andhra DISCOMs Seek ₹30 Billion Loan from PFC and REC to Clear Power Generators’ Dues

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Andhra Pradesh have informed the Andhra Pradesh High Court they had sought a loan of ₹30 billion (~$407.95 million) from the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and ...
/ / Grid, T&D
DISCOMs’ Outstanding Payments to Renewable Generators Cross ₹123 Billion in February

DISCOMs’ Outstanding Payments to Renewable Generators Cross ₹123 Billion in February

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹123.45 billion (~$1.68 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 206 pending invoices at the end of February 2021, according to ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Rajasthan Electronics Tenders for 300,000 Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Rajasthan Electronics Tenders for 300,000 Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the Government of India and the Rajasthan government, has invited bids for the supply of 300,000 multicrystalline silicon solar cells ...