Author Archives: Rakesh Ranjan

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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Amara Raja and Gridtential Energy to Collaborate on Bipolar Battery Technology

Amara Raja and Gridtential Energy to Collaborate on Bipolar Battery Technology

Amara Raja Batteries has entered into an agreement with Gridtential Energy to collaborate on bipolar battery technology. Gridtential Energy is the inventor of the silicon joule bipolar battery technology, which ...
Maharashtra Energy Development Agency Invites Bids for 4 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Energy Development Agency Invites Bids for 4 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has invited bids for over 4 MW of solar projects. These solar projects will be developed at the following locations: 1.4 MW solar project ...
PGCIL Approves ₹10.75 Billion As Rebate to DISCOMs on ISTS Charges Amid COVID Crisis

PGCIL Approves ₹10.75 Billion as Rebate to DISCOMs on ISTS Charges Amid COVID Crisis

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) announced that it had approved ₹10.75 billion (~$142.5 million) as a one-time consolidated rebate to distribution companies (DISCOMs) and power departments of ...
NHDC Announces Two Empanelment Tenders for Solar Projects

NHDC Announces Two Empanelment Tenders for Solar Projects

The Narmada Hydroelectric Corporation Limited (NHDC) has announced two empanelment tenders for its solar projects. In the first tender, NHDC has invited bids for the empanelment of engineering, procurement, and ...
Impact of Basic Customs Duty on Solar Manufacturers Located in India’s SEZs

Impact of Basic Customs Duty on Solar Manufacturers Located in India’s SEZs

The Indian government has introduced several protectionist policies in the recent past to boost domestic manufacturing in the solar sector. Some of these measures include the anti-dumping duty, safeguard duty, ...
West Bengal Seeks EPC Contractors for a 125 MW Project in its Ramnagar Solar Park

West Bengal Seeks EPC Contractors for a 125 MW Project in its Ramnagar Solar Park

The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) for EPC contractors to develop a 125 MW solar park project. The project will ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
BHEL to Procure 12 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

BHEL to Procure 12 Million Multicrystalline Solar Cells

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a government undertaking, has invited bids to manufacture and supply 12 million units of solar cells. The last date for the submission of bids ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
Dubai’s Renewable Energy Share in its Power Mix Exceeds Target

Dubai’s Renewable Energy Share in its Power Mix Exceeds Target

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that the share of renewable energy in Dubai’s Energy mix has increased to nearly 9%. This exceeds the target set in ...
ReNew Power Acquires Climate Connect

ReNew Power Acquires Climate Connect

ReNew Power has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Climate Connect (also known as Regent Climate Connect Knowledge Solutions Private Limited). Climate Connect is a technology company ...
Tender Announced for a 2 MW Solar Project in Himachal Pradesh

Tender Announced for a 2 MW Solar Project in Himachal Pradesh

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), on behalf of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), has issued a request for selection (RfS) for 2 MW of grid-connected solar power projects ...
CERC Issues Orders to Expedite Safeguard Duty Reimbursement to ACME Solar

CERC Issues Orders to Expedite Safeguard Duty Reimbursement to ACME Solar

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has ordered compensatory relief to ACME Solar from the imposition of the safeguard duty citing the ‘Change in Law’ clause. The petition was filed ...
MNRE Warns Against Fake Websites for KUSUM Program for Solarization of Agriculture

MNRE Warns Against Fake Websites for KUSUM Program for Solarization of Agriculture

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification stating that some new fake websites have come up posing as the registration portal for the Pradhan Mantri ...
746 MW of Solar, 3.4 GW of Wind Installations in the Way of Cyclone Nisarga in Maharashtra

746 MW of Solar, 3.4 GW of Wind Installations in the Way of Cyclone Nisarga in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited (MAHATRANSCO) has issued an advisory for power generators and distribution licensees in the state because of the cyclone Nisarga, which is bound to ...
/ / Grid, Other
Tata Power Announces RfS for 225 MW of Power from Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

Tata Power Announces RfS for 225 MW of Power from Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

Tata Power has issued a request for selection (RfS) to procure power on a long-term basis for 225 MW of grid-connected wind-solar hybrid power projects. The last date for the ...
Malaysia Announces Tender for 1 GW of Solar Projects

Malaysia Announces Tender for 1 GW of Solar Projects

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA) of Malaysia has announced the launch of 1 GW solar tender. The tender has been floated under the fourth round of the ...
NIWE Seeks EPC Contractors for a 1 MW Solar Project at Madurai Kamraj University

NIWE Seeks EPC Contractors for a 1 MW Solar Project at Madurai Kamraj University

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has invited bids from engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors for a 1 MW (AC) monocrystalline solar power project at Madurai Kamraj University ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
Bihar Adopts Tariffs of ₹2.6_kWh and ₹2.44_kWh for 450 MW of Solar Power

Bihar Adopts Tariffs of ₹2.6/kWh and ₹2.44/kWh for 450 MW of Solar Power

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has adopted tariffs of ₹2.60 (~$0.035)/kWh and ₹2.44 (~$0.03)/kWh to procure 300 MW and 150 MW of solar power from NTPC and the Solar ...
Tata Power Takes Charge of Power Distribution in Odisha

Tata Power Takes Charge of Power Distribution in Odisha

Tata Power has announced that it has taken over the management of Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha (CESU) for the distribution and supply of power in Odisha’s five circles ...
/ / Grid, T&D
After Two Months of Lows, Solar REC Trading Gathers Speed in May 2020

After Two Months of Lows, Solar REC Trading Gathers Speed in May 2020

There was a considerable increase in the trading of both solar and non-solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) in May 2020 compared to the last month. This increase comes as a ...
Levelized Cost of Storage for Standalone BESS Could Reach ₹4.12_kWh by 2030_ Report

Levelized Cost of Storage for Standalone BESS Could Reach ₹4.12/kWh by 2030: Report

The Government of India (GoI) has set a target of achieving 175 GW of renewable power installed capacity by December 2022. However, the capacity value of these variable renewable energy ...
Andaman and Nicobar Islands_ Energy Charges for Residential Rooftop Solar Cut by 59%

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Energy Charges for Residential Rooftop Solar Cut by 59%

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has announced the energy and fixed charges for rooftop and ground-mounted solar in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the financial year 2020-21. This ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
India on Pace to Install 65 GW of Solar by 2022, Far Off the 100 GW Goal

India on Pace to Install 65 GW of Solar by 2022, Far Off the 100 GW Goal

The Indian government’s goal of installing 100 GW of solar by the year 2022 is becoming tougher by the day, especially after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The country ...
China Likely to Add Over 45 GW of Solar Power to its Grid in 2020

China Likely to Add Over 45 GW of Solar Power to its Grid in 2020

The National New Energy Consumption Monitoring and Early Warning Center has announced the projected addition of new solar and wind power capacities in China in 2020. The report is based ...
These Quantum Dot Solar Cells Have No Toxic Elements

These Quantum Dot Solar Cells Have No Toxic Elements

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have come up with new quantum dot solar cells that can match the efficiency of the existing quantum dot-based devices. The best ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Rajasthan Announces Winning Bidders for 45 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Rajasthan Announces Winning Bidders for 45 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has announced that 119 companies have been selected to develop 45 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems across the state. The project was ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar