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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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Shapoorji Pallonji Defers Repayment of Sterling & Wilson Solar’s Loan

Shapoorji Pallonji Defers Repayment of Sterling & Wilson Solar’s Loan

The Shapoorji Pallonji Group has told the subsidiary company, Sterling and Wilson Solar Limited (SWSL), that it would defer the payment of the loan amount of over ₹10 billion (~$135.8 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Relief to SMEs in Tamil Nadu As State Raises Low-Tension Category Limit to 150 kW

Relief to SMEs in Tamil Nadu As State Raises Low-Tension Category Limit to 150 kW

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a notice specifying amendments to the state’s electricity supply and distribution code, according to which the limit of electricity demand has ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Railways’ 1 GW Solar Tender Gets Another Bidding Deadline Extension

Railways’ 1 GW Solar Tender Gets Another Bidding Deadline Extension

RITES Limited, an engineering consultancy company, specializing in transport infrastructure, has extended the bid submission deadline for setting up 1 GW of land-based solar power projects on various zonal railways ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
West Bengal Regulator Directs State DISCOM to Allow Open Access to ITC Limited

West Bengal Regulator Directs State DISCOM to Allow Open Access to ITC Limited

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) approved ITC Limited's request for open access. The Commission directed the West Bengal State Load Despatch Center (SLDC) to coordinate with Calcutta Electricity ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Gross Metering Proposed for Residential Rooftop Solar Systems of Above 5 kW Capacity

Gross Metering Proposed for Residential Rooftop Solar Systems of Above 5 kW Capacity

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has come out with draft electricity rules 2020 aimed at streamlining the process of supply of electricity to consumers by distribution licensees (DISCOMs). The rules ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Indian Oil Invites Bids to Set Up a 2.75 MW Solar Project at its Trichy Unit

Indian Oil Invites Bids to Set Up a 2.75 MW Solar Project at its Trichy Unit

The Indian Oil Corporation of India (IOCL) has invited bids for setting up a 2.75 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project at the Indian Oil LPG bottling plant in Trichy, ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
APGENCO Seeks Approval for a Tariff of ₹3.57_kWh for 400 MW of Solar Projects

APGENCO Seeks Approval for a Tariff of ₹3.57/kWh for 400 MW of Solar Projects

The Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGENCO) has requested the state’s electricity regulatory commission (APERC) to approve the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with distribution companies (DISCOMs) on July ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NHPC Seeks Bidders for a Detailed Project Report for a 100 MW Floating Solar Project

NHPC Seeks Bidders for a Detailed Project Report for a 100 MW Floating Solar Project

NHPC Limited issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) for hiring consultants for technical assistance and preparation of a detailed project report for a 100 MW floating solar project at the ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
SECI Announces 100 MW Solar Tender with Battery Energy Storage in Chhattisgarh

SECI Announces 100 MW Solar Tender with Battery Energy Storage in Chhattisgarh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids for a 100 MW (AC) solar power project along with a 50 MW/150 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS). The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
West Bengal Retenders 10 MW Floating Solar Project in Murshidabad

West Bengal Retenders 10 MW Floating Solar Project in Murshidabad

The West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) has invited bids for setting up a 10 MW grid-connected floating solar project at Sagardighi Thermal Power Project in  Murshidabad. The scope ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
MNRE Clarifies its Subsidy Allocation Plan for KUSUM Solar Pump Program

MNRE Clarifies its Subsidy Allocation Plan for KUSUM Solar Pump Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued new clarifications for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) program. According to the clarifications, for Component ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Issues Tender for a 210 MW Solar Power Project in Jamnagar

Gujarat Issues Tender for a 210 MW Solar Power Project in Jamnagar

The Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has invited bids for a 210 MW grid-connected solar power project in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. The general scope of work involves ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Andhra_ Bids Invited for Detailed Report to Set Up 6.3 GW of Pumped Storage Hydro Projects

Andhra: Bids Invited for Detailed Report to Set Up 6.3 GW of Pumped Storage Hydro Projects

The New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (NREDCAP) has invited bids for preparing a pre-feasibility report and a detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed 6.3 ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Despite Relief Measures, DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Rose to ₹103 Billion in July

Despite Relief Measures, DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Rose to ₹103 Billion in July

The distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed renewable generators nearly ₹103.11 billion (~$1.4 billion) in overdue payment (excluding dues under dispute) spread across 579 invoices at the end of July 2020, according ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Haryana Retenders 57 MW of Solar Projects at Three Locations

Haryana Retenders 57 MW of Solar Projects at Three Locations

The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has invited fresh bids to install 57 MW of grid-connected ground-mounted solar projects at three sites in the state. This is a retender ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Bids Invited to Set Up Rooftop Solar Systems on District Court Campuses in Uttarakhand (1)

Bids Invited to Set Up Rooftop Solar Systems on District Court Campuses in Uttarakhand

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has issued a notice inviting tender for installing 575 kW of grid-connected rooftop and small solar projects in district court campuses of Uttarakhand ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
COVID or Not, Indian EV Startups Continue to Push Forward

COVID or Not, Indian EV Startups Continue to Push Forward

Historically, mobility and fossil fuels have been inextricably linked, and electric vehicles (EVs) have been on the fringes relevant only in a few niche markets. But with climate change taking ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Tamil Nadu’s New Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy Includes Subsidies for Solar Cells

Tamil Nadu’s New Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy Includes Subsidies for Solar Cells

The state of Tamil Nadu has come out with the ‘Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy 2020’ to increase the state’s electronic output to $100 billion (~₹7.3 trillion) by 2025. The government ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tamil Nadu Proposes Levelized Tariff of ₹2.09_kWh for KUSUM-C Solar Program

Tamil Nadu Proposes Levelized Tariff of ₹2.09/kWh for KUSUM-C Solar Program

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a consultative paper for establishing tariffs to purchase power from solar energy generated under Component C of the Pradhan Mantri-Kisan Urja ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Issues Empanelment Tender for 25 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Maharashtra Issues Empanelment Tender for 25 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has invited bids for empaneling agencies to install 25 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems in the state. The contract will also ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Power From Fossil Fuel-Based Co-Generation Projects Not Considered for RPO Compliance

Power from Fossil Fuel-Based Cogeneration Projects Not Considered for RPO Compliance

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) said that any power purchased from fossil fuel cogeneration projects would not be counted for renewable purchase obligation (RPO) compliance. However, the regulatory ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
CEL Invites Bids for 1,707 Solar Pumps Under PM KUSUM Program in Rajasthan

CEL Invites Bids for 1,707 Solar Pumps Under PM KUSUM Program in Rajasthan

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has invited bids for 1,707 grid-connected solar pumps under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program’s component C. The solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tender Issued for a 2 MW Grid-Connected Solar Power Project in Punjab

Tender Issued for a 2 MW Grid-Connected Solar Power Project in Punjab

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), on behalf of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), has invited bids to develop a 2 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project at Pong ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Andhra Pradesh Releases ₹9 Billion to Pay NTPC Towards Letter of Credit

Andhra Pradesh Releases ₹9 Billion to Pay NTPC Towards Letter of Credit

The government of Andhra Pradesh approved ₹9 billion (~$123 million) to meet the expenditure of the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) in line with the payment mechanism notified by the central ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Gujarat Commission Directs Distribution Licensee to Comply with Solar RPO Target

Gujarat Commission Directs Distribution Licensee to Comply with Solar RPO Target

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), in a recent ruling, directed MPSEZ Utilities Private Limited (MUPL) to make up for the shortfall of 1.441 MUs in solar RPO within the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar