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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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EESL to Empanel Consultants for Solar Projects in Eastern and Northeastern States

EESL to Empanel Consultants for Solar Projects in Eastern and Northeastern States

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids to empanel consultants for a detailed project report (DPR) for solar power projects in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and northeastern states ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Deutsche Bank to End Lending for Coal Mining by 2025

Deutsche Bank to End Lending for Coal Mining by 2025

The Deutsche Bank has tightened its ‘Fossil Fuels Policy,’ which provides for a stricter framework when dealing with business activities involving coal, oil, and gas. The bank is likely to ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
CERC Releases Blueprint for ISTS Connectivity of Renewable Projects

CERC Releases Blueprint for ISTS Connectivity of Renewable Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued a detailed procedure for granting connectivity to renewable projects to the interstate transmission system (ISTS). This procedure will apply to central transmission ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Actis Acquires 400 MW of Solar Projects from ACME

Actis Acquires 400 MW of Solar Projects from ACME

UK-based investor Actis has completed the acquisition of two solar projects with a total capacity of 400 MW from ACME Solar Holdings Limited. The deal is expected to be valued ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Tamil Nadu Commission Asks DISCOM to Pay Interest Dues to Two Wind Generators

Tamil Nadu Commission Asks DISCOM to Pay Interest Dues to Two Wind Generators

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has directed the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) to make payments to two wind generators claiming interest dues against the power ...
/ / Other, Wind
Andhra Pradesh Waives Stamp Duty, Reduces Registration Fee for 10 GW of Solar Projects

Andhra Pradesh Waives Stamp Duty, Reduces Registration Fee for 10 GW of Solar Projects

The government of Andhra Pradesh has issued an order allowing the exemption of stamp duty and reduction in the registration fee for lands for the development of solar projects. The ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Ayana Renewable Acquires Two Solar Projects in Karnataka from First Solar

Ayana Renewable Acquires Two Solar Projects in Karnataka from First Solar

Ayana Renewable Power Private Limited, backed by the U.K.-based CDC Group, has announced the acquisition of First Solar's two solar projects with a capacity of 40 MW. The company has ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Long-Term Basic Customs Duty Crucial for India’s Solar Sector_ Roundtable

Long-Term Basic Customs Duty Crucial for India’s Solar Sector: Roundtable

Mercom India held a webinar on August 4, 2020, to discuss the pressing issues and opportunities in the Indian renewable energy sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The roundtable discussed the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Central Electronics Limited Invites Bids for Supply of Solar Ribbons (1)

Central Electronics Limited Invites Bids for Supply of Solar Ribbons

Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has invited bids from eligible and approved bidders for the supply of solar ribbons. Solar ribbons are copper conductors installed in solar PV panels. These ribbons ...
Appellate Tribunal Rules in Favor of Exit Clause Added in Amended Hydropower PPA

Appellate Tribunal Rules in Favor of Exit Clause Added in Amended Hydropower PPA

The Appellate Tribunal of Electricity (APTEL) has discarded the order passed by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) in which it had directed the amendment of a power purchase agreement ...
/ / Other, Water
China Adds 11.5 GW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2020

China Adds 11.5 GW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2020

According to the latest data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), 11.52 GW of solar capacity was installed in China during the first half (1H) of 2020. Large-scale solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tender Released for a 1.5 MW Solar Power Project in Kerala’s Palakkad District

Tender Released for a 1.5 MW Solar Power Project in Kerala’s Palakkad District

The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) has invited bids from domestic bidders for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors for a 1.5 MW grid-connected solar project in the state ...
Gujarat’s Retender for 700 MW of Solar Gets Good Response, Oversubscribed by 600 MW

Gujarat’s Retender for 700 MW of Solar Gets Good Response, Oversubscribed by 600 MW

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited’s (GUVNL) tender for 700 MW of grid-connected solar projects in the state’s Dholera solar park (Phase IX) has been oversubscribed by 600 MW. The ...
Rajasthan Commission Asks Wind Generator to Pay ₹14 Million in Transmission Charges

Rajasthan Commission Asks Wind Generator to Pay ₹14 Million in Transmission Charges

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has asked a textile company to pay the transmission charges, and the state load despatch center (SLDC) charges amounting to ~₹14 million (~$187,357) to ...
/ / Wind
Rajasthan Electronics Issues Tender for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Bihar

Rajasthan Electronics Issues Tender for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Bihar

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has invited bids for the supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of 1 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects across various locations in Bihar ...
India’s Solar Imports Plunged by 83% in Q2 2020

India’s Solar Imports Plunged by 83% in Q2 2020

Indian solar imports declined by 83% in the second quarter (Q2) of the calendar year (CY) 2020, totaling $69 million (₹5.15 billion) as compared to $399 million (₹29.7 billion) during ...
REIL Floats Tender for 6,500 Locally Made Polycrystalline Solar Modules

REIL Floats Tender for 6,500 Locally Made Polycrystalline Solar Modules

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has issued tender for rate contract manufacturing of polycrystalline solar modules of 325W. If solar cells are domestically manufactured, the diffusion process on ...
SJVN Seeks Solar and Hydro Power Projects for Acquisition

SJVN Seeks Solar and Hydropower Projects for Acquisition

SJVN Limited has issued a notice inviting expressions of interest (EoI) from interested parties to offer their solar and hydropower projects for acquisition by SJVN. Power generation companies, power project ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Karnataka Commission Reduces Tariff for a 20 MW Solar Project for Commissioning Delay

Karnataka Regulator Reduces Tariff for a 20 MW Solar Project for Commissioning Delay

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) dismissed Adani Green Energy (UP) Limited’s (Adani Green) plea for relief on the grounds of the ‘force majeure’ clause for its 20 MW solar ...
SECI’s Tender for 14 MW Solar with 42 MWh Battery Energy Storage Extended Again

SECI’s Tender for 14 MW Solar with 42 MWh Battery Energy Storage Extended Again

Amid the ensuing COVID-19 crisis, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for its tender for 14 MW of solar projects with ...
MNRE Allows System Integrators to Bid for Component C of KUSUM Solar Pump Program

MNRE Allows System Integrators to Bid for Component C of KUSUM Solar Pump Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released amendments to the guidelines for the implementation of Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan ...
Solis to Take Its Solar InverterProduction Capacity in India to 20GW by Q1 2021_ Interview

Solis to Take Its Solar Inverter Production Capacity to 20 GW by Q1 2021: Interview

In the calendar year (CY) 2019, Solis was among the top five solar inverter suppliers to India. The top five suppliers together accounted for 76% of shipments to the Indian ...
/ / Inverters & BOS, Solar
Guidelines Issued for MNRE’s Program for Off-Grid Solar Projects Under RESCO Model

Guidelines Issued for MNRE’s Program for Off-Grid Solar Projects Under RESCO Model

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for off-grid solar power projects under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) model. The ministry had issued the draft ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Haryana Releases Tender for 33,000 Solar Inverter Chargers

Haryana Releases Tender for 33,000 Solar Inverter Chargers

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has invited bids for the supply of solar inverter chargers. The agency would procure 30,000 inverter-chargers of 640 W and 3,000 inverter-chargers of ...
Solar Developers to Be Compensated for Per Unit Impact of Safeguard Duty Imposition

Solar Developers to be Compensated for Per Unit Impact of Safeguard Duty Imposition

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) approved two solar developers’ claims for compensation on account of safeguard duty imposition. The developers sought relief under the ‘Change in Law’ provision for ...