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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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Solar Modules are Getting Cleared through Customs With Some Delays

Solar Modules are Getting Cleared through Customs With Some Delays

Following the escalated border tension between India and China, the security checks at the ports are going on in full swing. Imported equipment and parts are being checked for malware, ...
Odisha Invites Bids for 1.47 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems and 2,045 Solar Streetlights

Odisha Invites Bids for 1.47 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems and 2,045 Solar Streetlights

The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has invited bids for the installation of 1.47 MW of rooftop solar projects and 2,045 solar street lighting systems at 115 panchayat samiti ...
Karnataka Mini-Hydro Projects Can Carry Forward Banked Energy for 2 Months

Karnataka Mini-Hydro Projects Can Carry Forward Banked Energy for 2 Months

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has approved a request to carry forward the banked energy from mini-hydropower generators as of May 31, 2020, to July 31, 2020. Any banked ...
/ / Other, Water
Suzlon Completes Restructuring of Debt with Capital Infusion of ₹3.92 Billion

Suzlon Completes Restructuring of Debt with Capital Infusion of ₹3.92 Billion

Pune-based renewable energy solutions provider Suzlon Energy Limited announced that it has completed restructuring its debt with the unanimous approval from its secured lenders. The company has been in a ...
/ / Wind
Industry Says Lockdown + 30-Days Extension for Stranded Solar Projects Not Enough

Industry Says Lockdown + 30-Days Extension for Stranded Solar Projects Not Enough

In April, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) came up with a blanket commissioning time extension for all renewable energy projects under construction in the country because of ...
NTPC to Provide Consultancy Services for a 500 MW Solar Park in Africa’s Mali

NTPC to Provide Consultancy Services for a 500 MW Solar Park in Africa’s Mali

The Republic of Mali has awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) contract to NTPC Limited for the development of a 500 MW solar park in the country. The letter of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Gujarat MSMEs With Third-Party Solar Power Sale May Attract Normal Open Access Charges

Gujarat MSMEs With Third-Party Solar Power Sale May Attract Normal Open Access Charges

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has issued a draft order to implement changes to the tariff framework to procure power from distributed solar power projects in the state. The ...
Solar Renewable Energy Certificates Trading Spikes in June

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates’ Trading Spikes in June

There was a surge in the trading of solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) in June 2020 compared to the previous month despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent lockdown ...
Three SECI Solar Tenders Get Yet Another Bidding Extension

Three SECI Solar Tenders Get Yet Another Bidding Extension

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the bid submission deadline for three of its recent solar tenders that have already seen several extensions. The deadlines have been ...
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 ...