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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).

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Vietnam to Go Back to Solar Auctions, Decides to Ditch Feed-in-Tariffs

Vietnam to Go Back to Solar Auctions, Decides to Ditch Feed-in-Tariffs

After months of confusion and uncertainty over the future of renewable projects in Vietnam, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has announced that the country will go back to conducting solar auctions, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
An Estimated $24.7 Trillion Investment Potential in Green Buildings by 2030, Says IFC Report An Estimated $24.7 Trillion Investment Potential in Green Buildings by 2030, Says IFC Report

An Estimated $24.7 Trillion Investment Potential in Green Buildings by 2030, Says IFC Report

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has come out with its latest report that sheds light on the enormous potential of green buildings in ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Tata Power Distribution to Procure 150 MW of Solar Power at a Tariff of ₹2.83_kWh

Tata Power Distribution to Procure 150 MW of Solar Power at a Tariff of ₹2.83/kWh

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has given its approval to Tata Power Company Limited-Distribution (TPC-D) to procure 150 MW of power on a long-term basis from solar projects at ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Floats Tender for Purchase of Power from 100 MW of Solar Projects

NTPC Floats Tender for Purchase of Power from 100 MW of Solar Projects

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids from eligible bidders for the purchase of power from existing solar power projects of a cumulative capacity up to 100 MW ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
LONGi to Supply 1.2 GW of Solar Modules to Adani Green by 2020

LONGi to Supply 1.2 GW of Solar Modules to Adani Green by 2020

Chinese module supplier LONGi has entered into a strategic partnership with Adani Green Energy, the renewable arm of Adani Group, to supply 1.2 GW of its new generation Hi MO4 ...
/ / Modules, Solar
Increasing Number of Insurance Companies Moving Away from Coal-Based Projects_ Report

Increasing Number of Insurance Companies Moving Away from Coal-Based Projects: Report

Coal, one of the most significant contributors to climate change, is on its way to becoming uninsurable. The Unfriend Coal campaign, which is now in its third year, shows how ...
/ / Other Energy
EESL Joins Hands with SDMC to Install 75 EV Charging Stations Across Delhi

EESL Joins Hands with SDMC to Install 75 EV Charging Stations Across Delhi

Facilitating the adoption of e-mobility in the national capital, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
ADB Approves $250 Million to EESL to Assist its Energy Efficiency Program in India

ADB Approves $250 Million to EESL to Assist its Energy Efficiency Program in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has sanctioned a loan of $250 million as a part of the assistance package to the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The loan will help ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Key Policy Updates for Solar and Other Renewables from November 2019

Key Policy Updates for Solar and Other Renewables from November 2019

The month of November witnessed some key policy announcements and modifications in the domestic renewable industry, especially solar. During the course of the month, the central and state government agencies ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Grants Extension to Inox Wind for 250 MW of Wind Projects in Gujarat

SECI Grants Extension to Inox Wind for 250 MW of Wind Projects in Gujarat

Wind energy solutions provider, Inox wind, has been granted an extension by the Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) for the scheduled commissioning of 250 MW (5*50) of wind ...
/ / Other, Wind
GERC to Revisit Net Metering Rules, Surplus Energy Purchase for Open Access Solar Projects

GERC to Revisit Net Metering Rules, Surplus Energy Purchase for Open Access Solar Projects

In its latest order, the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has dismissed a petition requesting it to purchase surplus energy from open access solar projects set up for captive use ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Accepts Inadvertent Delay, Asks NLDC to Issue Pending RECs to a Cogeneration Project

CERC Accepts Inadvertent Delay, Asks NLDC to Issue Pending RECs to a Cogeneration Project

In its latest order, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has asked the National Load Despatch Center (NLDC) to accept the request put forth by Balrampur Chini Mills for the ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Capgemini’s Bengaluru Campus Receives Net-Zero Platinum Certification

Capgemini’s Bengaluru Campus Receives Net-Zero Platinum Certification

Capgemini, a French multinational corporation, has announced that its Bangalore EPIP (Export Promotion Industrial Park) has become the first corporate campus in the country to receive the Net-Zero-Platinum Certification from ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for its 1.2 GW Wind Tender

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for its 1.2 GW Wind Tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the deadline for the submission of bids for its 1,200 MW wind tender. The new bid submission deadline for the tender ...
/ / Wind
China’s TBEA Set to Launch its 2 GW Inverter Factory in Bengaluru

China’s TBEA Set to Launch its 2 GW Inverter Factory in Bengaluru

TBEA Xi’an Electric Technology Co., an affiliate of the TBEA Group, has announced that it will be unveiling its GW solar inverter factory on November 29, 2019, in Bengaluru. The ...
/ / Inverters & BOS, Solar
Hanergy Achieves 25.11% Conversion Efficiency for its Silicon Heterojunction Solar Technology

Hanergy Achieves 25.11% Conversion Efficiency for its Silicon Heterojunction Solar Technology

Beijing-based Hanergy Holding Group Ltd, the thin-film solar power company, has announced that its Chengdu Research & Development Center has once again breached the world record for its silicon heterojunction ...
/ / Solar, Technology
ANERT Tenders a 30 kW Rooftop Solar System with Battery Storage at its Premises

ANERT Tenders a 30 kW Rooftop Solar System with Battery Storage at its Premises

The Agency of Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) has floated a tender for a 30 kW grid-connected rooftop solar system with battery backup and electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Dismisses Azure Solar’s Claim for GST Compensation on O&M Expenses

CERC Dismisses Azure Solar’s Claim for GST Compensation on O&M Expenses

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has dismissed the petitions filed by Azure Power against the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) requesting ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tata Motors Signs Pact with Lithium Urban Technologies for 400 Tigor EV Sedans

Tata Motors Signs Pact with Lithium Urban Technologies for 400 Tigor EV Sedans

Tata Motors Limited has joined hands with Lithium Urban Technologies, a  commercial EV fleet provider (outside of China), to explore new models for customers who are looking for customized mobility ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
UL Launches Mobile OVRT Lab in India for Solar and Wind

UL Launches Mobile OVRT Lab in India for Solar and Wind

Underwriters Laboratories, commonly known as UL, a global safety science company, has come up with India’s first mobile over-voltage ride through (OVRT) laboratory to help solar and wind companies comply ...
/ / Solar, Technology
ONGC Floats Tender for a 15 MW Solar Project at its Vagra Site in Gujarat

ONGC Floats Tender for a 15 MW Solar Project at its Vagra Site in Gujarat

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), a leading public sector undertaking, has floated a tender for the construction and installation of a 15 MW solar project at its ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Jaipur Dairy Floats a Tender for 1.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Jaipur Dairy Floats a Tender for 1.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Jaipur Zila Dugdh Utpadak Sahakari Sangh Limited (JZDUSSL), known as the Jaipur Dairy, has floated a tender for the supply and construction of 1.5 MW of roof-mounted captive solar ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Sterling and Wilson’s Net Profit Reaches ₹1.25 Billion in 1H of FY 2020

Sterling and Wilson’s Net Profit Reaches ₹1.25 Billion in 1H of FY 2020

Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd. (SWSL), the solar engineering and construction arm of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, has announced its results for the second quarter (Q2) and the first half ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Azure Power and ReNew Power Were the Top Utility-Scale Solar Developers During 1H 2019

Azure Power and ReNew Power Were the Top Utility-Scale Solar Developers During 1H 2019

In the first half of this year (1H 2019), Azure Power, ReNew Power, Sprng Energy, and Tata Power emerged as the top four developers of utility-scale solar power projects in ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Ecoppia to Provide Cleaning Solutions for Fortum’s Solar Projects at Pavagada and Bhadla

Ecoppia to Provide Cleaning Solutions for Fortum’s Solar Projects at Pavagada and Bhadla

Ecoppia, a company providing automation and robotics for large-scale solar projects, has been chosen by Fortum to deploy its field-proven cleaning solutions across its solar projects in India. Ecoppia develops fully ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale