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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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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 ...
Andhra Pradesh Addresses Concerns on DSM Amendment for Solar and Wind

Andhra Pradesh Addresses Concerns on DSM Amendment for Solar and Wind

Several renewable energy companies have put forward their suggestions and objections to the proposed amendments for the forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement regulations put in place by the Andhra Pradesh ...
Solar Installations Helping Nigerian Health Centers Fight COVID-19 Outbreak

Solar Installations Helping Nigerian Health Centers Fight COVID-19 Outbreak

All On, an independent impact investment company, has announced the completion of the first phase of nationwide solar installations at emergency health facilities related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. The ...
Industry Asks SECIto Issue ClarificationsBefore Calling Bids for 2 GW of Solar Projects

Industry Asks SECI to Issue Clarifications Before Calling Bids for 2 GW of Solar Projects

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has written a letter to the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) asking it to extend the bid submission deadline of a ...
NTPC Once Again Extends Bidding Deadline for 1.2 GW of Solar Projects

NTPC Once Again Extends Bidding Deadline for 1.2 GW of Solar Projects

NTPC Limited has once again extended the bid submission deadline for its tender to set up 1.2 GW of the interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected solar power projects in India. The ...
REMCL Invites Bids to Develop Up to 400 MW of Solar Projects on Vacant Land of Railways

REMCL Invites Bids to Develop Up to 400 MW of Solar Projects on Vacant Land of Railways

The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and RITES Limited, has invited bids for the development of up to 400 MW of grid-connected ...
Renewable Expansion Key to Economic Growth Post-Pandemic

Renewable Expansion Key to Economic Growth Post-Pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, governments across the world have been forced to take stringent measures to curb its spread. The pandemic has had a deep impact on economies around ...
ADB to Invest $17.7 Million in a 35 MW Solar Power Project in Bangladesh

ADB to Invest $17.7 Million in a 35 MW Solar Power Project in Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a deal with Spectra Solar Park Limited (SSPL) to invest $17.7 million (~₹1.33 billion) in a 35 MW utility-scale solar project in Bangladesh ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Abu Dhabi-Based Masdar to Develop a 500 MW Wind Project in Uzbekistan

Abu Dhabi-Based Masdar to Develop a 500 MW Wind Project in Uzbekistan

Masdar (or Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) has entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan to develop a 500 MW ...
/ / Wind
SECI Calls Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss the Structure of Future Renewable Energy Bids

SECI Calls Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss the Structure of Future Renewable Energy Bids

The Solar energy Corporation of India (SECI) is organizing a stakeholder meeting to discuss the need to generate flexible and firm renewable energy with high plant load factor (PLF). The ...
China, the United States, and India Added 8.7 GW of Solar Capacity in Q1 2020

China, the United States, and India Added 8.7 GW of Solar Capacity in Q1 2020

The United States installed 3.6 GW of new solar capacity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, according to the latest report published by the Solar energy Industries Association (SEIA) ...
South African Solar Company Sun Exchange Secures $3 Million Funding

South African Solar Company Sun Exchange Secures $3 Million Funding

South Africa-based Sun Exchange, a peer-to-peer solar leasing platform, has announced that it has secured a $3 million (~₹226.02 million) investment. It secured the investment from ARCH Emerging Markets Partners’ ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
China Proposes to Streamline Solar Manufacturing Expansion

China Proposes to Streamline Solar Manufacturing Expansion

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a draft that proposes several guidelines for the manufacturing capacity of solar components in the country. China is the ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar