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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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MNRE Stops Processing Concessional Customs Duty Certificates for Solar Projects

MNRE Stops Processing Concessional Customs Duty Certificates for Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has stopped processing all applications seeking concessional customs duty certificates for setting up solar power projects from February 2, 2021. The move ...
DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Edged Up to ₹122 Billion in January 2021

DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Edged Up to ₹122 Billion in January 2021

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹122.49 billion (~$1.65 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 384 pending invoices at the end of January 2021, according to ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Clarity Still Lacking in BIS Certification Process for Solar PV Inverters

Clarity Still Lacking in BIS Certification Process for Solar PV Inverters

India has been a thriving market for solar components, and the demand for inverters is set to grow. The government has begun to paying attention to quality issues considering the ...
/ / Inverters & BOS, Solar
Investments in the Indian Solar Sector Declined by 66% in 2020

Investments in the Indian Solar Sector Declined by 66% in 2020

Investments in the Indian solar sector declined by 66% and stood at approximately $2.8 billion (~₹203.17 billion) in the calendar year (CY) 2020, compared to $8.2 billion (~$595.02 billion) in ...
/ / Uncategorized
CERC Revises Grant of Connectivity Guidelines for ISTS-Connected Renewable Projects

CERC Revises Grant of Connectivity Guidelines for ISTS-Connected Renewable Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved the revised guidelines for the grant of interstate transmission system (ISTS) connectivity to renewable energy projects. The Commission had issued draft amendments ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Unsigned Power Sale Agreements – A Major Hurdle for Growth in the Solar Sector

Unsigned Power Sale Agreements – A Major Hurdle for Growth in the Solar Sector

The Indian solar industry added just 3.2 GW of solar in 2020 as the market slumped by 56% due to COVID-related disruptions. However, Mercom expects 2021 and 2022 to be ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Uttar Pradesh Commission Allows Part Commissioning of a 20 MW Solar Project

Uttar Pradesh Commission Allows Part Commissioning of a 20 MW Solar Project

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved the part commissioning (14 MW) of a 20 MW solar project. It said that separate wheeling and banking agreements should be ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NOIDA Invites Bids for 2.6 MW of Rooftop Solar Under RESCO Model

NOIDA Invites Bids for 2.6 MW of Rooftop Solar Under RESCO Model

The New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) has invited bids for the design, procurement, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of 2.6 MW (AC) rooftop solar systems on identified buildings of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
India-AIIB Sign ₹21.9 Billion Loan Deal to Strengthen Power Transmission in Assam

India, AIIB Sign ₹21.9 Billion Loan Deal to Strengthen Power Transmission in Assam

The Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have signed a loan agreement for $304 million (~₹21.9 billion) to develop the 'Assam Intra-State Transmission System Enhancement' project ...
/ / Grid, T&D
MNRE Incentives Restricted to Rooftop Solar Systems Connected to the Grid

MNRE Incentives Restricted to Rooftop Solar Systems Connected to the Grid

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued amendments to the guidelines for the Phase II of the rooftop solar program. In the new guidelines, the Ministry has ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Over 3,000 Rooftop Solar Systems with Net Metering Totaling 106 MW Installed in Delhi

Over 3,000 Rooftop Solar Systems with Net Metering Totaling 106 MW Installed in Delhi

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Delhi have installed 3,140 rooftop solar installations with a connected load of 106 MW in the national capital. These systems are saving ₹680 million ($9.35 million) ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
The Ministry of Power has issued new regulations regarding the late payment surcharge, which will be applicable for power purchase agreements

Ministry of Power Issues New Rules for Late Payment Surcharge Payable by DISCOMs

The Ministry of Power has issued new regulations regarding the late payment surcharge, which will be applicable for power purchase agreements (PPAs) and transmission service agreements in which the tariffs ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
United Nations Invites Bids to Set Up Biomethanation Projects in India

United Nations Invites Bids to Set Up Biomethanation Projects in India

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has invited bids from companies or consortiums of companies to set up biomethanation projects showcasing specific developments in one or more areas of ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
TANGEDCO Seeks Consultants to Verify Captive Solar and Wind Projects

TANGEDCO Seeks Consultants to Verify Captive Solar and Wind Projects

The Tamil Nadu Transmission and Generation Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) has invited bids for consultancy services to verify captive projects for the financial years (FY) 2014-15 to 2019-20 in the Coimbatore ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tender Floated for a 1 MW Solar Project with 3 MWh of Battery Energy Storage in Tamil Nadu

Tender Floated for a 1 MW Solar Project with 3 MWh of Battery Energy Storage in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) has invited bids for the design, engineering, testing, and commissioning of a 1 MW (AC) solar power project with a 1 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
India Adds 3.2 GW of Solar in 2020 a 56% Decline as COVID Takes a Toll

India Adds 3.2 GW of Solar in 2020, a 56% Decline as COVID Takes a Toll

India installed 3,239 MW of solar capacity in the calendar year (CY) 2020, a 56% decline, compared to 7,346 MW in 2019, according to the latest 2020 Q4 & Annual ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Kerala Regulator Allows Net Metering for a 100 kW Solar System at a Housing Society

Kerala Regulator Allows Net Metering for a 100 kW Solar System at a Housing Society

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC), in a recent ruling, has ruled that distribution licensees should allow group housing societies to avail supply at low tension (LT) voltage levels ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Tender Floated for Setting Up 9.9 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems in West Bengal

Tender Floated for Setting Up 9.9 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems in West Bengal

The West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) has invited bids for the design, manufacturing, installation, and commissioning of 9.9 MW of rooftop solar power projects on a turnkey basis ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
O&M Tenders Issued for Solar Projects in West Bengal

O&M Tenders Issued for Solar Projects in West Bengal

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued two tenders for operation and maintenance (O&M) services. It has invited bids for the O&M works for the West Bengal Electricity Distribution ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Torrent Power to Acquire 51% Stake in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu DISCOMs

Torrent Power to Acquire 51% Stake in Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu DISCOMs

Torrent Power has emerged as the highest bidder for the acquisition of the power distribution company (DISCOM) in the union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, according ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Tender Issued to Empanel Contractors for 200 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Tender Issued to Empanel Contractors for 200 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) has invited bids to empanel contractors for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of 200 MW of grid-connected residential rooftop solar systems in Kerala ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Bagasse-Based Cogeneration Plant Exempted from Cross-Subsidy, Additional Surcharge

Bagasse-Based Cogeneration Plant Exempted from Cross-Subsidy, Additional Surcharge

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), in a recent ruling, exempted a bagasse-based cogeneration project owner from paying cross-subsidy surcharge and additional surcharge and quashed the recovery notice issued by ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Torrent Power and Adani Green Winners in Gujarat’ 300 MW Solar Auction

Torrent Power and Adani Green Winners in Gujarat’s 300 MW Solar Auction

Torrent Power Generation and Adani Green Energy are winners in Torrent Power Limited’s auction to develop 300 MW of grid-connected solar projects in Gujarat. Adani Green and Torrent Power quoted ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Ground Realities And Market Outlook Amid Rapid Energy Transformation In India

Ground Realities And Market Outlook Amid Rapid Energy Transformation In India

With 38 GW of solar installed, India is one of the leading solar markets in the world. According to Mercom's forecast, 2021 and 2022 could be the two best years ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Africa on Track to Make the Transition to Solar Power: Report

Africa on Track to Make the Transition to Solar Power: Report

The Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) has pointed out the growing popularity of solar in its 'Annual Solar Outlook Report,' which gives an overview of how African countries are faring ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar