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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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Coal India Limited

Coal India Floats EPC Tender for a 100 MW Solar Project in Gujarat

Coal India Limited (CIL) has invited bids for the design, engineering, procurement, construction, testing, and commissioning of a 100 MW (AC) grid-connected solar power project in Gujarat. The successful bidder ...
Green Power Tariff

Consumers Opting for 100% Renewables to Pay ‘Green Power Tariff’ of ₹0.66/kWh

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has, in a recent order, allowed a 'Green Power Tariff' of ₹0.66 (~$0.009)/kWh to be levied on consumers opting for 100% green energy. The ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Contract Performance Guarantee for Power Transmission Projects Reduced by Over 60%

Contract Performance Guarantee for Power Transmission Projects Reduced by Over 60%

The Ministry of Power has reduced the contract performance guarantee for tariff-based competitive bidding transmission projects by more than 60%. The contract performance guarantee will now be charged at the ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Engie

Edelweiss Infrastructure Acquires 74% Stake in Engie’s Solar Portfolio in India

In one of the largest transactions in the renewables space in the last year, Edelweiss Infrastructure Yield Plus (EIYP), an alternative investment fund managed by Edelweiss Alternative Asset Advisors Limited ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Domestic Solar Manufacturing Amid Shortage of Raw Materials, Price Rise and Duties

Domestic Solar Manufacturing Amid Shortage of Raw Materials, Price Rise and Duties

India installed just about 3.2 GW of solar capacity in the calendar year (CY) 2020, a 56% decline compared to 7.3 GW in 2019, according to the latest 2020 Q4 & ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BHEL Tenders for Mono PERC and Multicrystalline Solar Cells

BHEL Tenders for Mono PERC and Multicrystalline Solar Cells

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids for the supply of 3.117 million monocrystalline passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) cells of 5.38 Wp output and 16.555 million multicrystalline ...
Rajasthan Extends Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Until June 30, 2021

Rajasthan Extends Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Until June 30, 2021

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has clarified that the net metering facilities for rooftop and small grid-connected solar systems will be valid up to June 30, 2021. Under the ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
NHPC Floats EPC Tender for a 100 MW Solar Project in Uttar Pradesh

NHPC Floats EPC Tender for a 100 MW Solar Project in Uttar Pradesh

NHPC has invited bids for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for a 100 MW grid-connected solar project along with associated power evacuation infrastructure in the Mirzapur district of ...
Supreme Court Upholds NCLT's Stay of Termination of GUVNL's PPA with Solar Developer

Supreme Court Upholds NCLT’s Stay of Termination of GUVNL’s PPA with Solar Developer

The Supreme Court, in a recent order, has said that the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) had correctly stayed the termination of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up: Turkey’s Solar Power Generation Increased by 50% in February 2021

Daily News Wrap-Up: Turkey’s Solar Power Generation Increased by 50% in February 2021

Here are some of the significant cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Turkey’s electricity generation from solar projects increased by 50% in February 2021 compared to February ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
APTEL Directs GUVNL to Maintain Status Quo in the 700 MW Scrapped Solar Auction

APTEL Directs GUVNL to Maintain Status Quo in the 700 MW Scrapped Solar Auction

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has asked the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) to maintain the status quo in the scrapped 700 MW solar auction until further orders ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
The Ministry of Power has directed the state governments and the governments of union territories (UT) to provide relaxation in performance security

Ministry Asks States to Relax Performance and Bid Security for Power Project Bids

The Ministry of Power has directed the state governments and the governments of union territories (UT) to relax performance security, earnest money deposits requirements for power project bids. It has ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up: Madhav Infra to Provide EPC Services For a 20 MW Solar Project

Daily News Wrap-Up: Madhav Infra to Provide EPC Services For a 20 MW Solar Project

Here are some of the significant cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Madhav Infra Projects Limited has received the letter of intent from Gujarat State Electricity Corporation ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Bharti Airtel Increases its Stake in Avaada Energy's Group Captive Solar Project

Bharti Airtel Increases its Stake in Avaada Energy’s Group Captive Solar Project

Bharti Airtel, one of India's largest telecom companies, has joined hands with Avaada Energy and decided to buy an additional 3.3% stake in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) Avaada MHBuldhana ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Tender Issued for Installing a 1 MW Solar Project with Net Metering

Tender Issued for Installing a 1 MW Solar Project with Net Metering

The state-run Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) has invited bids for the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of a 1 MW grid-connected solar power project with ...
Bids Invited for 75 MW of Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh With Ceiling Tariff of ₹3/kWh

Bids Invited for 75 MW of Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh With Ceiling Tariff of ₹3/kWh

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has invited bids for the setting up of 75 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at the UP Solar Park ...
GUVNL's 500 MW Solar Auction Gets Lowest Tariff of ₹2.20_kWh

First Auction After BCD: GUVNL’s 500 MW Solar Auction Gets Lowest Tariff of ₹2.20/kWh

Sprng Ujjvala Energy, NTPC Renewable Energy, Coal India, and TP Saurya-a Tata Power subsidiary - were declared winners in the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited's (GUVNL) auction to purchase power ...
Uttar Pradesh Regulator Approves Power Sale Agreement for 380 MW of Wind Projects

Uttar Pradesh Regulator Approves Power Sale Agreement for 380 MW of Wind Projects

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), in a recent order, approved the power sale agreement (PSA), signed by the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) with the Solar Energy ...
/ / Other, Wind
NVVN to Enlist EPC Contractors for Floating and Ground-Mounted Solar Projects

NVVN to Enlist EPC Contractors for Floating and Ground-Mounted Solar Projects

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited, has invited bids to enlist engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agencies for the development of floating and ground-mounted ...
Daily News Wrap-Up: EESL Subsidiary to Distribute 15 Million LED Bulbs in Rural Areas

Daily News Wrap-Up: EESL Subsidiary to Distribute 15 Million LED Bulbs in Rural Areas

Here are some noteworthy renewable energy news from around the world: Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services, has unveiled the GRAM UJALA program. Under ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tender Floated for 2.6 GW of Solar and Wind Projects in South Africa

Tender Floated for 2.6 GW of Solar and Wind Projects in South Africa

South Africa has opened the country's fifth renewable energy bidding window to procure 2.6 GW of clean energy projects. Out of the 2.6 GW capacity, 1.6 GW will be sourced ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Unfit 20-Year Old Private Vehicles to Be Deregistered Under 'Vehicle Scrapping Policy'

Unfit 20-Year Old Private Vehicles to be Deregistered Under ‘Vehicle Scrapping Policy’

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, announced the 'Vehicle Scrapping Policy.' "In the interest of a clean environment and rider and pedestrian ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
10 MW in Empanelment Tenders Announced for Off-Grid Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh

10 MW in Empanelment Tenders Announced for Off-Grid Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has floated three tenders to empanel agencies for the supply, manufacture, erection, testing, and commissioning of off-grid solar power projects ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up: Israel's Phinergy and Indian Oil to Promote Green Mobility in India

Daily News Wrap-Up: Israel’s Phinergy and Indian Oil to Promote Green Mobility in India

The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan, along with Minister of Energy, Israel, Yuval Steinitz, announced the launch of a joint venture (IOC Phinergy Limited) between the Indian ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
CERC Directs SECI Not to Encash Bank Guarantees of Delayed Wind Project

CERC Directs SECI Not to Encash Bank Guarantees of Delayed Wind Project

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), in a recent order, directed the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) not to encash the performance bank guarantee (PBG) furnished by Adani Wind ...
/ / Other, Wind