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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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Blackstone to Invest Nearly $3 Billion in Renewable Energy Developer Invenergy

Blackstone to Invest Nearly $3 Billion in Renewable Energy Developer Invenergy

Global investment firm Blackstone has announced that funds managed by Blackstone Infrastructure Partners will invest approximately $3 billion equity investment in Invenergy Renewables Holdings. Caisse de dépôt et placement du ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
NTPC Asked to File a Fresh Petition to Bundle Thermal with Renewable Power

NTPC Asked to File a Fresh Petition to Bundle Thermal with Renewable Power

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently asked NTPC Limited to file a fresh petition to bundle thermal power with renewable power. It was hearing a petition in which NTPC ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
High Landed Cost Detrimental to the Growth of Open Access Solar in Some States

High Landed Cost Detrimental to the Growth of Open Access Solar in Some States

Long-term open access (LTOA) solar offers an attractive proposition for high-tension (HT) industrial consumers. In most states, the tariffs for LTOA range from ₹3.50 (~$0.047)/kWh to ₹5 (~$0.067)/kWh. India installed ...
Bids Invited for 16 MW of Solar Projects in Punjab

Bids Invited for 16 MW of Solar Projects in Punjab

Punjab Genco, a wholly-owned company of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), has invited bids for the design, manufacture, supply, testing, and commissioning of 16 MW (4 x 4 MW) of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
No Compensation for Over Injection of Wind and Solar Power Under Draft DSM Rules

No Compensation for Over Injection of Wind and Solar Power Under Draft DSM Rules

Renewable project developers are wading through multiple challenges in integrating power to the grid efficiently on time. With India setting a target to install a non-fossil energy capacity of 500 ...
Bids Invited for 25 MW of Decentralized Solar Systems in Maharashtra

Bids Invited for 25 MW of Decentralized Solar Systems in Maharashtra

Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Science and Technology, has invited bids for the design, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of decentralized solar systems ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Asks Solar Power Generator and Procurers to Settle ‘Change in Law’ Claims Mutually

CERC Asks Solar Power Generator and Procurers to Settle ‘Change in Law’ Claims Mutually

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently ruled that power generators and procurers should mutually settle claims under the ‘Change in Law’ provisions. The central regulator said that the affected ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tender Issued to Empanel EPC Contractors for Solar Projects Across India

Tender Issued to Empanel EPC Contractors for Solar Projects Across India

THDC India (formerly Tehri Hydro Development Corporation) has invited bids to empanel contractors for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and subsequent operations and maintenance (O&M) of solar power projects across ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tender Issued for a 5 MW Solar Project in West Bengal

Tender Issued for a 5 MW Solar Project in West Bengal

The Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL), a government of West Bengal enterprise, has invited bids for the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, erection, and commissioning of Phase-II of 5 MW of grid-connected ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Karnataka DISCOM Asked to Compensate Solar Project Developer for GST Claims

Karnataka DISCOM Asked to Compensate Solar Project Developer for GST Claims

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) recently ruled in favor of Adani Green Energy (UP) and directed the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) to compensate the solar project developer for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
GUVNL Invites Bids to Procure Power from 500 MW of Solar Projects

GUVNL Invites Bids to Procure Power from 500 MW of Solar Projects

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has invited bids from developers to purchase power from 500 MW of grid-connected solar power projects (Phase-XIII). The last date to submit the bids ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Open Access Installations Rise by 143% YoY in 9M 2021 With 935 MW Added

Solar Open Access Installations Rise by 143% YoY in 9M 2021 With 935 MW Added

India’s solar open access installations totaled 307 MW in the third quarter (Q3) of 2021, an 85% year-over-year (YoY) increase compared to 166 MW in the same period last year, ...
DISCOMs Owed ₹194.52 Billion to Renewable Energy Generators at the end of December 2021

DISCOMs Owed ₹194.52 Billion to Renewable Energy Generators at the end of December 2021

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹194.52 billion (~$2.61 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments at the end of December 2021, according to data released by the Ministry ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
EPC Tender Issued for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems and 1,000 Solar Streetlights

EPC Tender Issued for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems and 1,000 Solar Streetlights

The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has invited bids from engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors for the design, engineering, supply, installation, and commissioning of 1 MW of rooftop ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Three Solar Projects Citing ‘Force Majeure’ Get Commissioning Deadline Extension

Three Solar Projects Citing ‘Force Majeure’ Get Commissioning Deadline Extension

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) recently granted commissioning deadline extension to three solar projects on the ground of ‘force majeure’ events. It also approved the tariffs for the three ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
A Bounce Back year: Key Events that Shaped the Solar Sector in 2021

A Bounce Back Year: Key Events that Shaped the Solar Sector in 2021

While solar installation activity picked up the pace in 2021, the growth could have been stronger if not for the challenges the industry faced during the year. India added 2,835 ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Tamil Nadu DISCOM to Procure 500 MW of Solar Power Under KUSUM Program

Tamil Nadu DISCOM to Procure 500 MW of Solar Power Under KUSUM Program

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has approved the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation’s (TANGEDCO) proposal to procure 500 MW of solar power from projects with capacity in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rate Contract Tender Issued for Supply of Solar Components

Rate Contract Tender Issued for Supply of Solar Components

The Agency for New & Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) has issued a rate contract tender to list solar power components for supply in Kerala. The last date to ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Rajasthan DISCOMs Allowed Time Until FY 2024 to Clear RPO Backlog of 11,454 MU

Rajasthan DISCOMs Allowed Time Until FY 2024 to Clear RPO Backlog of 11,454 MU

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) recently allowed the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) to carry forward the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) shortfall from the financial year (FY) 2011-12 to FY ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
NTPC Floats O&M Tender for 260 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

NTPC Floats O&M Tender for 260 MW of Solar Projects in Rajasthan

NTPC Limited has invited bids for the comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) of its 260 MW solar project at the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan for three years. The last ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Delhi Increases Additional Surcharge for Open Access Power Consumers

Delhi Increases Additional Surcharge for Open Access Power Consumers

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has set the additional surcharge payable by open access power consumers under the jurisdiction of three distribution licensees. Based on the projections mentioned in ...
/ / Open Access, Solar
Bids Invited for 500 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program in Maharashtra

Bids Invited for 500 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has invited bids to procure 500 MW of solar power from decentralized solar projects under Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Empanelment Tender Issued for Solar Project Consultants in Gujarat

Empanelment Tender Issued for Solar Project Consultants in Gujarat

The Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDC) has invited bids to empanel consultants to set up 7.7 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, and ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Invites EoI for Supply of 1,800 MW of Solar Modules under DCR Category

SECI Invites EoI for Supply of 1,800 MW of Solar Modules Under DCR Category

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for the supply of 1,800 MW (DC) of solar modules (including cells manufactured in India) under the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
MNRE Increases Performance Bank Guarantee for Upcoming Renewable Tenders

MNRE Increases Performance Bank Guarantee for Upcoming Renewable Tenders

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has reinstated the earnest money deposit (EMD) requirements and set it at 2% of the estimated project cost for upcoming renewable energy ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy