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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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China’s Draft Solar Manufacturing Guidelines May Lead to Consolidation

China’s Draft Solar Manufacturing Guidelines May Lead to Consolidation

The share of installed renewable power generation capacity in China amounted to 40% (hydro 17.7%, wind 10.4%, solar 10.2%, and biomass 1.5%) for the calendar year (CY) 2019. According to ...
Andhra Pradesh Addresses Concerns on DSM Amendment for Solar and Wind

Andhra Pradesh Addresses Concerns on DSM Amendment for Solar and Wind

Several renewable energy companies have put forward their suggestions and objections to the proposed amendments for the forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement regulations put in place by the Andhra Pradesh ...
Solar Installations Helping Nigerian Health Centers Fight COVID-19 Outbreak

Solar Installations Helping Nigerian Health Centers Fight COVID-19 Outbreak

All On, an independent impact investment company, has announced the completion of the first phase of nationwide solar installations at emergency health facilities related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. The ...
Industry Asks SECIto Issue ClarificationsBefore Calling Bids for 2 GW of Solar Projects

Industry Asks SECI to Issue Clarifications Before Calling Bids for 2 GW of Solar Projects

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has written a letter to the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) asking it to extend the bid submission deadline of a ...
NTPC Once Again Extends Bidding Deadline for 1.2 GW of Solar Projects

NTPC Once Again Extends Bidding Deadline for 1.2 GW of Solar Projects

NTPC Limited has once again extended the bid submission deadline for its tender to set up 1.2 GW of the interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected solar power projects in India. The ...
REMCL Invites Bids to Develop Up to 400 MW of Solar Projects on Vacant Land of Railways

REMCL Invites Bids to Develop Up to 400 MW of Solar Projects on Vacant Land of Railways

The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and RITES Limited, has invited bids for the development of up to 400 MW of grid-connected ...
Renewable Expansion Key to Economic Growth Post-Pandemic

Renewable Expansion Key to Economic Growth Post-Pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, governments across the world have been forced to take stringent measures to curb its spread. The pandemic has had a deep impact on economies around ...
ADB to Invest $17.7 Million in a 35 MW Solar Power Project in Bangladesh

ADB to Invest $17.7 Million in a 35 MW Solar Power Project in Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a deal with Spectra Solar Park Limited (SSPL) to invest $17.7 million (~₹1.33 billion) in a 35 MW utility-scale solar project in Bangladesh ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Abu Dhabi-Based Masdar to Develop a 500 MW Wind Project in Uzbekistan

Abu Dhabi-Based Masdar to Develop a 500 MW Wind Project in Uzbekistan

Masdar (or Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) has entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan to develop a 500 MW ...
/ / Wind
SECI Calls Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss the Structure of Future Renewable Energy Bids

SECI Calls Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss the Structure of Future Renewable Energy Bids

The Solar energy Corporation of India (SECI) is organizing a stakeholder meeting to discuss the need to generate flexible and firm renewable energy with high plant load factor (PLF). The ...
China, the United States, and India Added 8.7 GW of Solar Capacity in Q1 2020

China, the United States, and India Added 8.7 GW of Solar Capacity in Q1 2020

The United States installed 3.6 GW of new solar capacity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, according to the latest report published by the Solar energy Industries Association (SEIA) ...
South African Solar Company Sun Exchange Secures $3 Million Funding

South African Solar Company Sun Exchange Secures $3 Million Funding

South Africa-based Sun Exchange, a peer-to-peer solar leasing platform, has announced that it has secured a $3 million (~₹226.02 million) investment. It secured the investment from ARCH Emerging Markets Partners’ ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
China Proposes to Streamline Solar Manufacturing Expansion

China Proposes to Streamline Solar Manufacturing Expansion

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a draft that proposes several guidelines for the manufacturing capacity of solar components in the country. China is the ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
Tata Power to Deploy EV Chargers at MG Motor Dealership Outlets

Tata Power to Deploy EV Chargers at MG Motor Dealership Outlets

Tata Power has joined hands with MG Motor to deploy 50 kW DC superfast electric vehicle (EV) chargers at select MG Motor dealership outlets. The agreement is expected to help ...
Armenia Set to Develop 200 MW of Solar Projects

Armenia Set to Develop 200 MW of Solar Projects

The Armenia Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Fund has issued a request for qualification (RfQ) for the development of 200 MW (AC) of grid-connected solar power projects. The projects will ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Maruti Suzuki Commissions a 5 MW Solar Carport at its Gurugram Facility

Maruti Suzuki Commissions a 5 MW Solar Carport at its Gurugram Facility

Maruti Suzuki India Limited has announced that it has commissioned a 5 MW carport style solar power project in Gurugram. The car manufacturer said it had invested more than ₹200 ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
ADB Approves $300 Million for Facilitating 110 MW of Geothermal Power in Indonesia

ADB Approves $300 Million for Facilitating 110 MW of Geothermal Power in Indonesia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $300 million (~₹22.4 billion) to help PT Geo Dipa Energy (GDE), an Indonesian state-owned company, to expand its geothermal base ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Guidelines Revised for EV Charging Infrastructure

Guidelines Revised for EV Charging Infrastructure

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued an amendment to its guidelines and standards for the charging infrastructure of electric vehicles (EVs). The guidelines were issued by the Ministry in ...
Amara Raja and Gridtential Energy to Collaborate on Bipolar Battery Technology

Amara Raja and Gridtential Energy to Collaborate on Bipolar Battery Technology

Amara Raja Batteries has entered into an agreement with Gridtential Energy to collaborate on bipolar battery technology. Gridtential Energy is the inventor of the silicon joule bipolar battery technology, which ...
Maharashtra Energy Development Agency Invites Bids for 4 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Energy Development Agency Invites Bids for 4 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has invited bids for over 4 MW of solar projects. These solar projects will be developed at the following locations: 1.4 MW solar project ...
PGCIL Approves ₹10.75 Billion As Rebate to DISCOMs on ISTS Charges Amid COVID Crisis

PGCIL Approves ₹10.75 Billion as Rebate to DISCOMs on ISTS Charges Amid COVID Crisis

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) announced that it had approved ₹10.75 billion (~$142.5 million) as a one-time consolidated rebate to distribution companies (DISCOMs) and power departments of ...
NHDC Announces Two Empanelment Tenders for Solar Projects

NHDC Announces Two Empanelment Tenders for Solar Projects

The Narmada Hydroelectric Corporation Limited (NHDC) has announced two empanelment tenders for its solar projects. In the first tender, NHDC has invited bids for the empanelment of engineering, procurement, and ...
Impact of Basic Customs Duty on Solar Manufacturers Located in India’s SEZs

Impact of Basic Customs Duty on Solar Manufacturers Located in India’s SEZs

The Indian government has introduced several protectionist policies in the recent past to boost domestic manufacturing in the solar sector. Some of these measures include the anti-dumping duty, safeguard duty, ...
West Bengal Seeks EPC Contractors for a 125 MW Project in its Ramnagar Solar Park

West Bengal Seeks EPC Contractors for a 125 MW Project in its Ramnagar Solar Park

The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) for EPC contractors to develop a 125 MW solar park project. The project will ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
BHEL to Procure 12 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

BHEL to Procure 12 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a government undertaking, has invited bids to manufacture and supply 12 million units of solar cells. The last date for the submission of bids ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar