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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).

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Karnataka Commission Asks Kodangal Solar Park to Compensate for Commissioning Delay

Karnataka Commission Asks Kodangal Solar Park to Compensate for Commissioning Delay

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has dismissed Marikal Solar Parks Private Limited’s request to approve the date on which the second supplemental power purchase agreement (SPPA) was signed as ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Kerala Gets Approval to Set Up 50 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Kerala Gets Approval to Set Up 50 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has approved the proposal by Kerala State Electricity Board’s (KSEB) for implementing 50 MW of grid-connected solar rooftop PV projects under the Phase ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
IFC Backs Standard Bank of South Africa’s Green Bond Issue with $200 Million Investment

IFC Backs Standard Bank of South Africa’s Green Bond Issue with $200 Million Investment

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the financial arm of the World Bank Group, has announced that it has invested ₹200 million (~₹14.7 billion) in the Standard Bank of South Africa’s ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
EESL Seeks Service Providers for EV Fleet Management in Jharkhand

EESL Seeks Service Providers for EV Fleet Management in Jharkhand

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids from management agencies for the deployment of its electric cars to various government organizations and public sector undertakings (PSUs) on lease ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Japan’s Marubeni Acquires Taiwan’s Chenya Energy to Leverage Floating Solar Business

Japan’s Marubeni Acquires Taiwan’s Chenya Energy to Leverage Floating Solar Business

In an important development, Japan’s Marubeni Corporation has executed a share purchase agreement with I Squared Capital to acquire Chenya Energy Company Limited, which is one of the leading solar ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Researchers Claim They Can Potentially Double the Driving Range of Electric Vehicles

Researchers Claim They Can Potentially Double the Driving Range of Electric Vehicles

A team of researchers led by Hun-Gi Jung at the Center for Energy Storage Research at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has claimed to have come up ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Researchers Claim to Have Achieved 25% Cell Efficiency Using Thin-Film Solar Cell

Researchers Claim to Have Achieved 25% Cell Efficiency Using Thin-Film Solar Cell

Researchers from the Hasselt University, Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (imec), VITO, EnergyVille, and PERCISTAND consortium claim to have achieved a rare feat of 25% efficiency using a thin-film solar cell. Speaking on ...
/ / Solar, Technology
With Only Two Bidders, Maharashtra’s 500 MW Solar Tender Undersubscribed by 150 MW

With Only Two Bidders, Maharashtra’s 500 MW Solar Tender Undersubscribed by 150 MW

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) recent tender for the long-term procurement of power from 500 MW of intra-state grid-connected solar power projects (Phase – V) has been ...
Adani Asked to Compensate for Delay in Land Possession for a 20 MW Solar Project

Adani Asked to Compensate for Delay in Land Possession for a 20 MW Solar Project

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has dismissed Adani Green Energy Limited’s (AGEL) request to approve the date on which the supplemental power purchase agreement (PPA) was signed to be ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UP Announces ₹15,000-30,000 Subsidy for Residential Rooftop Solar Systems Up to 10 kW

UP Announces ₹15,000-30,000 Subsidy for Residential Rooftop Solar Systems Up to 10 kW

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has announced subsidies for solar rooftop projects under Phase II of the grid-connected solar rooftop program. According to UPNEDA, the ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Tamil Nadu Issues Empanelment Tender for Renewables and Energy-Efficient Appliances

Tamil Nadu Issues Empanelment Tender for Renewables and Energy-Efficient Appliances

The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) has invited bids to empanel vendors for renewable energy projects and energy-efficient appliances in the state. The scope of work includes the procurement ...
NTPC Invites Bids for a 23 MW Solar Inverter Package for Solar Project in Maharashtra

NTPC Invites Bids for Solar Inverter Package for a 23 MW Solar Project in Maharashtra

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for a solar inverter package of 23 MW for a solar power project at Solapur in Maharashtra. The scope of work ...
Gujarat’s 500 MW Solar Tender Undersubscribed by 70 MW

Gujarat’s 500 MW Solar Tender Undersubscribed by 70 MW

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has announced the list of technical bidders for the purchase of power from 500 MW of grid-connected solar projects (Phase VIII). Tata Power, ...
Rajasthan Captive Solar Projects to Pay 50% of Standard Transmission & Wheeling Charges

Rajasthan Captive Solar Projects to Pay 50% of Standard Transmission & Wheeling Charges

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has come out with a suo-motu order regarding the directives issued by the state government for the banking of power, transmission and wheeling charges, ...
India and Sweden To Create $5 Million Fund to Research Smart Grids

India and Sweden to Create $5 Million Fund to Research Smart Grids

Sweden and India recently announced the India-Sweden collaborative industrial research and development program at the India Smart Utilities Week. This collaborative effort will be co-funded by the Department of Science ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
Researchers Claim They Can Potentially Double the Driving Range of Electric Vehicles

EESL Modifies 1,000 EV Tender, Reduces it to 750

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has issued amendments to the tender floated earlier for 1,000 air-conditioned four-wheeler electric sedan cars with a driving range of 180 km on a ...
Sterlite Secures Over ₹20 Billion for Lakadia Vadodara Transmission Project in Gujarat

Sterlite Secures Over ₹20 Billion for Lakadia Vadodara Transmission Project in Gujarat

Sterlite Power, a global power transmission developer, has announced that it has achieved the financial closure of the Lakadia Vadodara transmission project by securing ₹20.24 billion (~$274.86 million) in funding ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Tata Power to Buy 50 MW of Wind Power from SECI at ₹2.52_kWh

Tata Power to Buy 50 MW of Wind Power from SECI at ₹2.52/kWh

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.52 (~$0.034)/kWh as requested by the Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) for 50 MW of wind power from the ...
/ / Wind
Bengaluru to Empanel Agencies for 30 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems with Net Metering

BESCOM to Empanel Agencies for 30 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems with Net Metering

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) has invited expression of interest (EoI) for empaneled agencies to design, supply, install, and commission 30 MW of rooftop solar grid-connected power projects ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
CERC Approves Tariff of ₹2.54_kWh to Procure 100 MW of Solar Power from SECI

CERC Approves Tariff of ₹2.54/kWh to Procure 100 MW of Solar Power from SECI

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.54 (~$0.035)/kWh as requested by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) to procure 100 MW of solar power from ...
The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s Delhi Campus to go Solar

The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s Delhi Campus to go Solar

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with HMF Solar Power Limited for the installation of a 500 kW grid-connected rooftop solar power ...
SECI Announces 3 Solar Tenders Totaling 81 MW for Singareni Collieries in Telangana

SECI Announces 3 Solar Tenders Totaling 81 MW for Singareni Collieries in Telangana

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has floated tenders for a total of 81 MW (AC) of solar projects at Singareni Collieries Company Limited. The first tender is for ...
SECI to Sell 840 MW of Solar-Wind Hybrid Power to Haryana and Chhattisgarh

SECI to Sell 840 MW of Solar-Wind Hybrid Power to Haryana and Chhattisgarh

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.67 (~$0.036)/kWh for SBE Renewable and ₹2.69 (~$0.037)/kWh for Mahoba Solar for the 840 MW of wind-solar hybrid power ...
Bihar Announces Tender for 7 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems for Government Buildings

Bihar Announces Tender for 7 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems for Government Buildings

The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has invited bids for the design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of 7 MW grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects. The projects will be ...
Important Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in February 2020

Important Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in February 2020

February was a busy month for the domestic renewable sector, with many important events and announcements making the headlines. There were several important announcements in the month, including the Union ...