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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India on Pace to Install 65 GW of Solar by 2022, Far Off the 100 GW Goal

India on Pace to Install 65 GW of Solar by 2022, Far Off the 100 GW Goal

The Indian government’s goal of installing 100 GW of solar by the year 2022 is becoming tougher by the day, especially after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The country ...
China Likely to Add Over 45 GW of Solar Power to its Grid in 2020

China Likely to Add Over 45 GW of Solar Power to its Grid in 2020

The National New Energy Consumption Monitoring and Early Warning Center has announced the projected addition of new solar and wind power capacities in China in 2020. The report is based ...
These Quantum Dot Solar Cells Have No Toxic Elements

These Quantum Dot Solar Cells Have No Toxic Elements

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have come up with new quantum dot solar cells that can match the efficiency of the existing quantum dot-based devices. The best ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Rajasthan Announces Winning Bidders for 45 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Rajasthan Announces Winning Bidders for 45 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has announced that 119 companies have been selected to develop 45 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems across the state. The project was ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Another Deadline Extension for Gujarat’s 700 MW Solar Tender for Dholera Solar Park

Another Deadline Extension for Gujarat’s 700 MW Solar Tender for Dholera Solar Park

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for its tender that calls for the development of 700 MW of solar projects at ...
New Generic Tariffs Announced for Renewable Projects in Goa and Union Territories

New Generic Tariffs Announced for Renewable Projects in Goa and Union Territories

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has announced generic tariffs for solar, wind, and small hydro projects. The JERC has jurisdiction over the state of Goa, and union territories of ...
SECI Extends Bidding Deadlines for its 2 GW Solar and 2 GW Wind Tenders Again

SECI Extends Bidding Deadlines for its 2 GW Solar and 2 GW Wind Tenders Again

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadlines for two of its tenders. These two tenders are for 2 GW of interstate transmission ...
Karnataka Extends Existing Tariff Structure for Solar Projects Until March 31, 2021

Karnataka Extends Existing Tariff Structure for Solar Projects Until March 31, 2021

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has extended the validity of the existing tariff structure determined by the Commission in August 2019. The earlier regulation had expired in April 2020 ...
Syria to Develop 63 MW of Solar Projects

Syria to Develop 63 MW of Solar Projects

The Public Establishment of Electricity for Generation (PEEG) of the Syrian Arab Republic has floated tenders for the development of two solar projects (40 MW and 23 MW ) in ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Solar Developers Urge Karnataka to Fast Track Safeguard Duty Reimbursements

Solar Developers Urge Karnataka to Fast Track Safeguard Duty Reimbursements

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has written a letter to BS Yeddyurappa, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, asking him to direct the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) ...
CERC Approves a Tariff of ₹2.69_kWh for Adani’s 600 MW of ISTS Solar-Wind Hybrid Projects

CERC Approves a Tariff of ₹2.69/kWh for Adani’s 600 MW of ISTS Solar-Wind Hybrid Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.69 (~$0.036)/kWh discovered by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for 600 MW of wind-solar hybrid projects (Tranche ...
Cochin Port Trust Invites Bids for 1.5 MW of Floating Solar Projects

Cochin Port Trust Invites Bids for 1.5 MW of Floating Solar Projects

The Cochin Port Trust (CPT) has invited bids for setting up 1.5 MW (two projects of 0.75 MW) of grid-connected floating solar power projects at the port’s walkway avenue between ...
Amid COVID-19, China Installs Nearly 4 GW of Solar in Q1 2020

Amid COVID-19, China Installs Nearly 4 GW of Solar in Q1 2020

According to the new energy statistics and the data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), nearly 3.95 GW of solar capacity was installed nationwide in China during the first ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
BHEL Seeks Bidders to Install a 22 MW Floating Solar Project for NTPC in Kerala

BHEL Seeks Bidders to Install a 22 MW Floating Solar Project for NTPC in Kerala

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids for a 22 MW (AC) floating solar grid-connected power project for NTPC Limited. The project will be installed at Rajiv Gandhi ...
Haryana Commission Approves Tariff of ₹2.73_kWh for Procurement of 240 MW of Solar Power

Haryana Approves Tariff of ₹2.73/kWh to Procure 240 MW of Solar From Avaada Energy

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has approved the tariff of ₹2.73 (~$0.036)/kWh discovered by the Haryana Power Purchase Center (HPPC) to procure 240 MW of solar power from Avaada ...
Amazon to Develop 615 MW of Solar Projects

Amazon to Develop 615 MW of Solar Projects

E-commerce giant Amazon has announced its plan to develop five new renewable energy projects in China, Australia, and the U.S. This latest initiative is a part of Amazon’s commitment to ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
US-Based Fenice Group to Invest $2.5 Million in SunEdison’s Rooftop Solar Subsidiary

US-Based Fenice Group to Invest $2.5 Million in SunEdison’s Rooftop Solar Subsidiary

The Chennai-based renewable energy company, SunEdison Infrastructure Limited, has announced that it has entered into a share subscription and shareholders’ agreement with U.S.-based Fenice Investment Group LLC. Under this deal, ...
Ginlong Solis Set to Double its Solar Inverter Production Capacity

Ginlong Solis Set to Double its Solar Inverter Production Capacity

Ginlong Technologies, one of the leading manufacturers of solar inverters, has laid out its plans to raise over $100 million (₹7.48 billion) through a non-public offering. The company aims to ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
Tata Power Registers 3% Revenue Dip in FY 2020 As Demand Drops Due to COVID-19

Tata Power Registers 3% Revenue Dip in FY 2020 As Demand Drops Due to COVID-19

Tata Power has announced its annual results for the financial year (FY) 2019-20. The company’s income statement said that in the FY 2020, its revenue declined by 3% and stood ...
Karnataka’s Hubballi Smart City Invites Bids for 340 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems (1)

Karnataka’s Hubballi Smart City Invites Bids for 340 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems

The Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City Limited (HDSCL) has invited bids for the development of nearly 340 kW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects for selected buildings in different locations owned by ...
Researchers Develop Technology to Map Renewable Projects Across the Globe

Researchers Develop Technology to Map Renewable Projects Across the Globe

Researchers at the University of Southampton have come up with a technology that can map the locations of renewable energy projects across the globe and provide valuable insights into the ...
Zimbabwe Announces Tender for the Development of 500 MW of Solar Projects

Zimbabwe Announces Tender for the Development of 500 MW of Solar Projects

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has issued a notice inviting tender for the procurement of 500 MW of solar power from projects at various locations in the ...
REC Releases Details for Bailing Out Distribution Companies Amid Coronavirus Crisis

REC Releases Details for Bailing Out Power Distribution Companies Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) has announced an opportunity for the distribution companies (DISCOMs) to avail loans to clear their dues. The loans under this program will be co-funded ...
IPGCL’s Rooftop Solar Empanelment Tender Receives Lowest Bid of ₹37,000_kW

IPGCL’s Rooftop Solar Empanelment Tender Receives Lowest Bid of ₹37,000/kW

The Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) has announced the lowest bidder (L1) and the quoted price for rooftop solar projects under the capital expenditure (CAPEX) model of Part A, ...
Deadline Extended for SECI’s Tender for 14 MW of Solar with 42 MWh Battery Energy Storage

Deadline Extended for SECI’s Tender for 14 MW of Solar with 42 MWh Battery Energy Storage

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for a tender that includes 14 MW of solar power projects with 42 MWh battery ...