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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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Ministry of Power Proposes Restructuring Renewable Energy Certificates Mechanism

Ministry of Power Proposes Restructuring Renewable Energy Certificates Mechanism

The Ministry of Power has released a discussion paper on redesigning the renewable energy certificate (REC) mechanism for stakeholder comments. The stakeholders have time until June 25, 2021, to submit ...
Surplus Energy By Captive Solar Projects to be Compensated at ₹1.99kWh in Gujarat

Surplus Energy by Captive Solar Projects to be Compensated at ₹1.99/kWh in Gujarat

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), in a recent notification, announced that the average of solar tariffs discovered and contracted through competitive bidding process conducted by GUVNL for non-park ...
Uttar Pradesh Regulator Sets Tariff for a Biomass Project (1)

Uttar Pradesh Regulator Sets Tariff for a Biomass Project

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), in a recent order, set a tariff of ₹5.56 (~$0.076)/kWh to procure power from a 12.5 MW biomass project from the date of ...
DISCOMs Owed Renewable Generators ₹113.34 Billion at the End of April 2021

DISCOMs Owed Renewable Generators ₹113.34 Billion at the End of April 2021

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹113.34 billion (~$1.56 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 200 pending invoices at the end of April 2021, according to ...
Solar Developers Ask For Stay on Anti-Dumping Probe, Court Gives Time for Feedback

Solar Developers Ask for Stay on Anti-Dumping Probe, Court Gives Time for Feedback

The Delhi High Court has directed the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) to extend the deadline for providing feedback for the anti-dumping investigation on imported solar cells and modules ...
NTPC Subsidiary Floats Tender to Procure Land for Solar Projects in Maharashtra

NTPC Subsidiary Floats Tender to Procure Land for Solar Projects in Maharashtra

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, has invited bids to purchase land for setting solar power projects under the Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana in ...
MSEDCL Asked Not to Levy Additional Surcharge for a Captive Open Access Solar Project

MSEDCL Asked Not to Levy Additional Surcharge for a Captive Open Access Solar Project

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), in a recent order, asked Exide Industries not to pay any additional surcharge for captive power consumption and directed the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution ...
Railways Tenders for 740 MW of Solar Projects

Railways Tenders for 740 MW of Solar Projects

The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and RITES, has invited bids for setting up a 740 MW ground-mount solar project on vacant ...
West Bengal Plans to Roll Out 1 Million Electric Vehicles in the Next Five Years

West Bengal Plans to Roll Out 1 Million Electric Vehicles in the Next Five Years

The Power Department of West Bengal has announced the Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2021, aiming to position the state as a sustainable transportation infrastructure hub. Through the move, the state ...
Bharat Petroleum Invites Bids for Open Access Renewable Power

Bharat Petroleum Invites Bids for 15 MW of Open Access Renewable Power

Bharat Petroleum has invited bids to procure 15 MW of solar and non-solar renewable power on a short-term open access basis for its refinery in Mahul, Mumbai. The successful bidder's ...
Haryana Floats Tender for LED-Based Solar Home Systems

Haryana Floats Tender for LED-Based Solar Home Systems

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has invited bids for the supply, installation, and commissioning of 11,241 solar home systems for Anganwadi centers in Haryana and 4,300 solar home ...
Bids Invited from Project Consultants for a 2,375 MW Renewable Energy Park in Gujarat

Bids Invited from Project Consultants for a 2,375 MW Renewable Energy Park in Gujarat

The Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited (GIPCL) has invited bids from project consultants to develop a 2,375 MW solar, wind, and hybrid renewable energy park at the Great Rann of ...
Haryana Invites Bids for 10.4 MW of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Projects

Haryana Invites Bids for 10.4 MW of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Projects

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has invited bids to install 10.4 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects both with and without battery storage at various locations across the ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Bank Guarantee of a 300 MW Wind Project Stuck Under Regulatory Procedures

Bank Guarantee of a 300 MW Wind Project Stuck Under Regulatory Procedures

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has reserved its judgment, in reply to a petition filed by ReNew Power and its three subsidiaries on submitting a fresh bank guarantee to ...
/ / Other, Wind
MNRE CPSU

MNRE Increases Time Allowed for Commissioning CPSU Solar Projects to 30 Months

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the commissioning for solar projects under Tranche-III of the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) program Phase-II to 30 months from ...
CERC Approves Tariff for 2 GW of ISTS Solar Projects

CERC Approves Tariff for 2 GW of ISTS Solar Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), in a recent order, has adopted tariffs of ₹2.55 (~$0.034)/kWh and ₹2.56 (~$0.035)/kWh through competitive bidding by NHPC for 2 GW solar projects. The ...
Uttar Pradesh Scraps 500 MW Solar Auction, Plans to Re-Auction Hoping for Lower Bids

Uttar Pradesh Scraps 500 MW Solar Auction, Plans to Re-Auction Hoping for Lower Bids

In a new development, the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has canceled its 500 MW solar auction. An official statement from UPNEDA stated that the auction ...
Maharashtra Tenders 500 MW of Distributed Solar Projects With ₹3.05/kWh Tariff Cap

Maharashtra Tenders 500 MW of Distributed Solar Projects With ₹3.05/kWh Tariff Cap

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has invited bids for 500 MW of distributed solar projects (0.5 MW to 2 MW) under Component A of the Pradhan Mantri ...
CERC Proposes Allowing Energy Storage Resources to Help in Maintaining Grid Stability

CERC Proposes Allowing Energy Storage Resources to Help in Maintaining Grid Stability

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has drafted the Ancillary Services Regulations, 2021. The guidelines aim to provide for power procurement through the administered process as well as from the ...
CERC Agrees to Compensate for Carrying Cost Due to Change in Law Event for a Thermal Project

CERC Agrees to Compensate for Carrying Cost Due to Change in Law Event for a Thermal Project

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), in a recent order, approved an imported coal-based thermal power generator's request for compensation for the additional expenses incurred due to the increase in ...
Punjab Reduces Retail Residential Power Tariffs in the Wake of Covid-19

Punjab Reduces Retail Residential Power Tariffs in the Wake of Covid-19

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has issued the tariff order for the financial year (FY) 2021-22. The new tariffs will be applicable from June 1, 2021, and will ...
AI-Driven String Solar Inverters to Lead the Way in the Coming Years

AI-Driven Solar String Inverters to Lead the Way in the Coming Years

In a highly competitive solar industry where every cent counts, technologically advanced, cost-effective inverters that yield the maximum output is becoming the natural choice for solar installers. While inverters account ...
Indian Railways Floats Tender for a 15 MW Solar Project with Battery Storage

Indian Railways Floats Tender for a 15 MW Solar Project with Battery Storage

The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and RITES, has invited bids to develop a 15 MW solar project with a 7 MW/14 ...
Tripartite PPA for a 16 MW Wind Project to be Modified Following INOX’s Restructuring

Tripartite PPA for a 16 MW Wind Project to be Modified Following INOX’s Restructuring

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC), in a recent order, directed Inox Wind Energy, DJ Malpani-one of the co-petitioners, and the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to modify the ...
/ / Other, Wind
Tender Floated for 68,245 Bi-Directional Energy Meters for Rooftop Solar Systems

Tender Floated for 68,245 Bi-Directional Energy Meters for Rooftop Solar Systems

The Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL), on behalf of other distribution companies (DISCOMs) of Gujarat, has invited bids to procure 68,245 bi-directional solar static meters (single-phase, 2-wire, 5-30 Ampere) ...