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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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UPNEDA

Uttar Pradesh Floats Tender for 106 MW of Solar Projects under KUSUM Program

Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has invited bids for setting up 106 MW of grid-connected solar projects of 0.5 MW, 1 MW, and 2 MW capacity ...
CREDA solar pumps

Chhattisgarh Floats Tender for 20,000 Solar Pumps

Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) has invited bids for 20,000 solar pumps in the state. The tender seeks the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of the 3 HP ...
BHEL Issues Module Mounting Structures Tender for a 500 MW Solar Project

BHEL Issues Module Mounting Structures Tender for a 500 MW Solar Project

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids for the supply of 2,250 MT of module mounting structure (3mm and above) for the 500 MW solar project at Neemuch Solar ...
Production-Linked Incentive Program for Battery Storage Gets Cabinet Approval

Production-Linked Incentive Program for Battery Storage Gets Cabinet Approval

The Union Cabinet has approved the 'National Program on Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Storage' under the production-linked incentive (PLI) initiative. According to the Cabinet's notification, the program aims to achieve ...
MNRE Allows Digital Invoices for Renewable Generators Amid Covid-19 Resurgence

MNRE Allows Digital Invoices for Renewable Generators Amid Covid-19 Resurgence

In the wake of the disruptive second wave of the Covid-19 across the country, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that for renewable energy projects that ...
MNRE Declares Commissioning Date Extension for Renewable Projects, Conditions Apply

MNRE Declares Commissioning Date Extension for Renewable Projects, Conditions Apply

Giving relief to solar developers amid the Covid-19 crisis, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in its latest notification, has stated that the renewable energy projects having their ...
Solar Developer’s Plea for GST Compensation Dismissed by Maharashtra Commission

Solar Developer’s Plea for GST Compensation Dismissed by Maharashtra Commission

Citing an increase in costs as a result of a change in the rate of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Azure Power Thirty Four, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Azure Power, ...
Tender Floated for 500 MW Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program in Odisha

Tender Floated for 500 MW Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program in Odisha

The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has invited bids to select solar power generators to set up 500 MW of solar projects under Component A of the Pradhan Mantri ...
Tender Announced for Solar Street Lighting Systems in Himachal Pradesh

Tender Announced for Solar Street Lighting Systems in Himachal Pradesh

The Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (Himurja) has invited bids for the supply and installation of 20,000 solar street lighting systems in various villages, gram panchayats, and other agencies in ...
Solar Imports Up 72% YoY in Q1 2021, Exports Show a Marginal Drop of 19%

Solar Imports Up 72% YoY in Q1 2021, Exports Show a Marginal Drop of 19%

In the first quarter (Q1) of the calendar year (CY) 2021, India imported solar cells and modules amounting to $259 million (~₹18.93 billion), a 132% increase compared to Q4 CY 2020 ...
EIB and SBI Launch €100 Million Climate Action and Sustainability Financing

EIB and SBI Launch €100 Million Climate Action and Sustainability Financing

In a significant development, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the State Bank of India (SBI) have launched a new initiative of €100 million (~$121.63 million) for climate action and ...
SECI Seeks Land for a 100 MW Solar Project in Chhattisgarh

SECI Seeks Land for a 100 MW Solar Project in Chhattisgarh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids to select land banks and parcels to set up a 100 MW solar project in Chhattisgarh. The last date to ...
Freight Charges for Solar Module Imports Could Remain High for Six Months or More

Freight Charges for Solar Module Imports Could Remain High for Six Months or More

The Indian solar developers and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) service providers have been hit hard by the increase in freight charges and the shortage of raw materials that have ...
Uttar Pradesh Regulator Approves Tariff of ₹4.53/kWh for Bagasse-Based Power

Uttar Pradesh Regulator Approves Tariff of ₹4.53/kWh for Bagasse-Based Power

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), in a recent order, adopted the levelized tariff of ₹4.53 (~$0.062)/kWh for the purchase of 20 MW (+/-25%) of bagasse-based power. The Commission ...
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MSEDCL tender

Maharashtra DISCOM Invites Bids to Procure 500 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Power

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has invited bids to procure 500 MW of wind-solar hybrid power on a long-term basis from grid-connected interstate and intrastate projects. The ...
Rising Sun Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 190 MW Solar EPC Tender

Rising Sun Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 190 MW Solar EPC Tender

Rising Sun Energy, a New Delhi-based independent power producer, has extended the bid submission deadline for engineering, procurement, and construction of 190 MW grid-connected solar projects at Nokh Solar Park ...
GUVNL Auction

SJVN Wins GUVNL’s 100 MW Solar Auction

SJVN Limited, a joint venture between the central government and the government of Himachal Pradesh, has won a 100 MW solar project in the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited's (GUVNL) auction ...
Kerala DISCOM Directed to Process Net Metering Request for a 1 MW Solar Project

Kerala DISCOM Directed to Process Net Metering Request for a 1 MW Solar Project

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC), in a recent order, directed the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to process Kerala Health Care’s request for the connectivity of 1 MW ...
MSEDCL tender

MSEDCL Issues Tender to Procure Power from 500 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) had invited bids to procure power from 500 MW of interstate or intrastate grid-connected solar projects on a long-term basis. The last ...
DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Slide to ₹120.25 Billion in March 2021

DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Slide to ₹120.25 Billion in March 2021

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹120.25 billion (~$1.62 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 283 pending invoices at the end of March 2021, according to ...
Meghalaya Issues Tenders to Empanel Installers of Renewable Energy Projects

Meghalaya Issues Tenders to Empanel Installers of Renewable Energy Projects

The Government of Meghalaya has invited bids to empanel firms for the design, engineering, and installation of hydro, solar, wind, and biomass projects in the state. The projects will be ...
Supreme Court Upholds APTEL’s Order on Commissioning Delay of Solar Projects

Supreme Court Upholds APTEL’s Order on Commissioning Delay of Solar Projects

In an important development, the Supreme Court of India upheld the judgment of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL), in which it had set aside the orders passed by the ...
Bids Invited to Set Up Solar Cold Storage Rooms Across Andhra Pradesh

Bids Invited to Set Up Solar Cold Storage Rooms Across Andhra Pradesh

The Agricultural Marketing Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, has invited bids to install 112 grid-connected solar cold storage rooms across the state. The last date to submit the bids online ...
LONGi, Jinko, and Adani: Top Solar Module Suppliers to India in 2020

LONGi, Jinko, and Adani: Top Solar Module Suppliers to India in 2020

In the calendar year (CY) 2020, the top ten module suppliers accounted for nearly 68% of the market share. LONGi Solar, Jinko Solar, and Adani Solar were the top three ...
CERC Asks SECI to Compensate Solar Developer for Impact of Safeguard Duty

CERC Asks SECI to Compensate Solar Developer for Impact of Safeguard Duty

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), in a recent order, directed the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to compensate a solar developer for the increased cost incurred due to ...