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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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India and Bhutan Form First-Ever Joint Venture for a 600 MW Hydro Project

India and Bhutan Form First-Ever Joint Venture for a 600 MW Hydro Project

India and Bhutan have formed their first-ever joint venture to develop a hydropower project. The 600 MW project will be located on the Kholongchhu river in Trashiyangtse district of eastern ...
/ / Other, Water
After Andhra, Haryana's Flip-Flop on Solar Development is Costing Developers

After Andhra, Haryana’s Flip-Flop on Solar Development is Costing Developers

The 2022 deadline for India's solar target is looming large, and now is the time when all states should be working cohesively towards enabling solar expansion. Instead, several states in ...
MNRE Guidelines forProcuring Power From 2.5 GW of Wind Projects Blended With Solar

MNRE Guidelines for Procuring Power From 2.5 GW of Wind Projects Blended With Solar

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding process for procuring power from 2.5 GW of the interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected wind ...
/ / Wind
NTPC Plans to Procure Over 2 GW of Solar Modules in Bulk, Asks Global Vendors to Enlist

NTPC Plans to Procure Over 2 GW of Solar Modules in Bulk, Asks Global Vendors to Enlist

NTPC Limited has invited applications globally to enlist vendors to procure solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. The tentative capacity for the procurement of solar PV modules in the current financial year ...
Installers Rally for Net Metering in Andhra’s Rooftop Solar Policy

Installers Rally for Net Metering in Andhra’s Rooftop Solar Policy

Andhra Pradesh’s solar development has not had a smooth run since the past year. In a recent development, renewable developers and stakeholders in the state are now up in arms ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
CERC Announces New Tariff Regulations for Renewable Energy Projects

CERC Announces New Tariff Regulations for Renewable Energy Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has come up with tariff regulations for renewable energy projects. These regulations will come into force from July 01, 2020, and will be valid ...
Tender Issued to Empanel Agencies to Install 1 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Tender Issued to Empanel Agencies to Install 1 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has invited bids for the empanelment of bidders to install approximately 1 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects in the residential sector across ...
Andhra Pradesh Approves Greenko’s 1000 MW Solar, 550 MW Wind, and 1200 MW Storage Project

Andhra Pradesh Approves Greenko’s 1 GW Solar, 550 MW Wind, and 1.2 GW Pumped Storage Project

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has approved the establishment of an integrated renewable energy project (IREP) at Pinnapuram village in Kurnool district by Greenko Energies Private Limited. As part of ...
EESL Announces Tender for 250 Electric Cars to be Deployed Pan-India

EESL Announces Tender for 250 Electric Cars to be Deployed Pan-India

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids for the procurement of 250 electric cars. These electric cars will come with three years of warranty and a comprehensive annual ...
RK Singh Addresses Renewable Industry Stakeholders, Emphasizes on Self-Reliance

RK Singh Addresses Renewable Industry Stakeholders, Emphasizes on Self-Reliance

The Union Power Minister, RK Singh, recently interacted with developers of generation and transmission projects in the power and renewable sectors. The minister reiterated the need for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ to ...
Top States for Rooftop Solar Installations [Infographics]

Top States for Rooftop Solar Installations [Infographics]

Cumulative rooftop solar installations in India reached 4.6 GW as of Q1 2020. In the first quarter of 2020, India installed 194 MW of rooftop solar projects, a decline of ...
Adani Green to Receive Refund of ₹1.2 Million for a 20 MW Solar Project in Mysuru

Adani Green to Receive Refund of ₹1.2 Million for a 20 MW Solar Project in Mysuru

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has ordered that Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) should get a refund of ₹1.2 million (~$15,754) from the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company Limited (GESCOM) ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Records Over 90% Digital Payments Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Records Over 90% Digital Payments Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a leading power utility supplier, catering to the needs of seven million people in the north and north-west Delhi, said it received over 90% ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Gujarat Seeks EV Manufacturers to Market and Distribute Battery-Operated Vehicles

Gujarat Seeks EV Manufacturers to Market and Distribute Battery-Operated Vehicles

The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for manufacturers to market and distribute electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the state. The EoI has been issued ...
Another Bidding Extension for 4 MW Andaman Floating Solar Project with Energy Storage

Another Bidding Extension for 4 MW Andaman Floating Solar Project with Energy Storage

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the deadline for its 4 MW floating solar project tender with 2 MW/1MWh battery energy storage system (BESS). The ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
Military Engineer Services Invites Bids for a 1 MW Solar Project in Assam

Military Engineer Services Invites Bids for a 1 MW Solar Project in Assam

The Military Engineer Services (MES) has invited bids for the development of a 1 MW solar power project along with allied infrastructure at Jorhat in Assam. The estimated cost of ...
Haryana to Install 466 Grid-Connected DC Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

Haryana to Install 466 Grid-Connected DC Solar Pumps Under KUSUM Program

The Haryana Development Renewable Agency (HAREDA) has invited bids for 466 grid-connected DC solar pumping systems. The last date for the submission of bids is July 20, 2020. The contract ...
Himachal Pradesh Issues Order on RPO Targets and Open Access Charges

Himachal Pradesh Issues Order on RPO Targets and Open Access Charges

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has issued an order for distribution companies (DISCOMs) in the state regarding their renewable purchase obligation (RPO) backlogs up to the financial year ...
Bihar Commission Allows DISCOMs to Carry RPO Shortfall to Next Year

Bihar Commission Allows DISCOMs to Carry RPO Shortfall to Next Year

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has approved the request of the Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) to carry forward the shortfall in its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Argonne Researchers Use Deep Learning to Study Avian Interactions with Solar Panels

Argonne Researchers Use Deep Learning to Study Avian Interactions with Solar Panels

Solar project installations across the United States are increasing, and scientists are trying their best to find out the impact of solar infrastructure on wildlife. Currently, the data collection methods ...
/ / Solar, Technology
MNRE Releases Details for the Development of Ultra-Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks

MNRE Releases Details for the Development of Ultra-Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has modified its guidelines for the development of solar parks and ultra-mega solar power projects. The program was initiated in December 2014 ...
Uttar Pradesh to Set Up 600 MW of Solar in a New Renewable Energy Park

Uttar Pradesh to Set Up 600 MW of Solar in a New Renewable Energy Park

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tehri Hydro Development Corporation of India Limited (THDCIL) to set up an ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Haryana Invites Bids for 30 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on Government Buildings

Haryana Invites Bids for 30 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on Government Buildings

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has invited bids for 30 MW of rooftop solar systems on government buildings in the state. The capital investment for the project will ...
With New Solar Projects Commissioned, Azure Power’s Revenue Rises 29% in Q4 FY 2020

With New Solar Projects Commissioned, Azure Power’s Revenue Rises 29% in Q4 FY 2020

Azure Power has announced its consolidated results for the fourth quarter (Q4) of the financial year (FY) 2020. The company stated that its revenues stood at ₹3.67 billion (~$48.75 million), ...
China’s Draft Solar Manufacturing Guidelines May Lead to Consolidation

China’s Draft Solar Manufacturing Guidelines May Lead to Consolidation

The share of installed renewable power generation capacity in China amounted to 40% (hydro 17.7%, wind 10.4%, solar 10.2%, and biomass 1.5%) for the calendar year (CY) 2019. According to ...