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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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Tamil Nadu Proposes Levelized Tariff of ₹2.09_kWh for KUSUM-C Solar Program

Tamil Nadu Proposes Levelized Tariff of ₹2.09/kWh for KUSUM-C Solar Program

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a consultative paper for establishing tariffs to purchase power from solar energy generated under Component C of the Pradhan Mantri-Kisan Urja ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Issues Empanelment Tender for 25 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Maharashtra Issues Empanelment Tender for 25 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has invited bids for empaneling agencies to install 25 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems in the state. The contract will also ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Power From Fossil Fuel-Based Co-Generation Projects Not Considered for RPO Compliance

Power from Fossil Fuel-Based Cogeneration Projects Not Considered for RPO Compliance

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) said that any power purchased from fossil fuel cogeneration projects would not be counted for renewable purchase obligation (RPO) compliance. However, the regulatory ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
CEL Invites Bids for 1,707 Solar Pumps Under PM KUSUM Program in Rajasthan

CEL Invites Bids for 1,707 Solar Pumps Under PM KUSUM Program in Rajasthan

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has invited bids for 1,707 grid-connected solar pumps under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program’s component C. The solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tender Issued for a 2 MW Grid-Connected Solar Power Project in Punjab

Tender Issued for a 2 MW Grid-Connected Solar Power Project in Punjab

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), on behalf of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), has invited bids to develop a 2 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project at Pong ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Andhra Pradesh Releases ₹9 Billion to Pay NTPC Towards Letter of Credit

Andhra Pradesh Releases ₹9 Billion to Pay NTPC Towards Letter of Credit

The government of Andhra Pradesh approved ₹9 billion (~$123 million) to meet the expenditure of the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) in line with the payment mechanism notified by the central ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Gujarat Commission Directs Distribution Licensee to Comply with Solar RPO Target

Gujarat Commission Directs Distribution Licensee to Comply with Solar RPO Target

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC), in a recent ruling, directed MPSEZ Utilities Private Limited (MUPL) to make up for the shortfall of 1.441 MUs in solar RPO within the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
RBI Increases Priority Sector Lending Cap to Renewables by Two-Fold

RBI Increases Priority Sector Lending Cap to Renewables by Two-Fold

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has come out with the details for the priority sector lending. The apex bank has increased the lending limit for the renewable sector. The ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
MERC Examines if Fossil Fuel-Based Cogeneration Projects Can be Exempt from RPO

MERC Examines if Fossil Fuel-Based Cogeneration Projects Can be Exempt from RPO

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) dismissed JSW Steel Limited’s plea seeking exemption from the requirement to meet its renewable purchase (RPO) targets to the extent of its consumption from ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Odisha Issues Empanelment Tender for 4 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems (1)

Odisha Issues Empanelment Tender for 4 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has invited bids for the empanelment of vendors for the installation of 4 MW of grid-connected residential rooftop solar projects across the state ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
The Central Electricity Regulator Will Not Hear Any Petitions in September

The Central Electricity Regulator Will Not Hear Any Petitions in September

In a significant development, the Supreme Court of India has asked two Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) members to go on leave until the Commission appoints a member of law ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Germany Adds 2.4 GW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2020

Germany Adds 2.4 GW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2020

Germany installed  447 MW of solar capacity in July 2020, an increase of 11 MW (2.2% increase) from June 2020, according to the latest numbers announced by the federal network ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
EESL Invites Bids for 2.35 Million Smart Meters to be Installed Across India

EESL Invites Bids for 2.35 Million Smart Meters to be Installed Across India

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids for the supply of 2.35 million smart electricity meters based on 4G/3G/2G mode to be installed across India. The last date ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
France Installs 379 MW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2020

France Installs 379 MW of Solar Capacity in the First Half of 2020

France's Data and Statistical Studies said that the country added 379 MW of new solar capacity during the first half (1H) of 2020. France had managed to install 405 MW ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Chhattisgarh Commission Clarifies Energy Banking Terms for Renewables

Chhattisgarh Commission Clarifies Energy Banking Terms for Renewables

The Chhattisgarh Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has proposed modalities for renewable energy banking, accounting, and wheeling of power to provide more clarity on the distributed renewable energy (DRE) regulations 2019 ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Raipur Smart City Invites Bids for 2.9 MW of Rooftop Solar Under CAPEX Model

Raipur Smart City Invites Bids for 2.9 MW of Rooftop Solar Under CAPEX Model

The Nava Raipur Atal Nagar Smart City Corporation Limited (NRANSCCL) has invited bids for the installation of 2.9 MW of rooftop solar projects at various locations under the capital expenditure ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Karnataka Stakeholder Comments Invited on Removal of Banking Facility for Renewables

Karnataka: Stakeholder Comments Invited on Removal of Banking Facility for Renewables

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has issued a discussion paper on wheeling charges and banking facilities for renewable projects. The Commission noted that there was a need to revise ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Standard Transaction Fee Suggested For Trading Renewables in Power Exchanges

Standard Transaction Fee Suggested For Trading Renewables in Power Exchanges

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has submitted its recommendations on the proposed power market regulations to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). The letter noted that presently, ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Suzlon Net Loss Widens to Nearly ₹4 Billion in Q1 of FY 2021

Suzlon Net Loss Widens to Nearly ₹4 Billion in Q1 of FY 2021

Suzlon Group, a renewable energy solutions provider, announced its financial results for the first quarter (Q1) of the financial year (FY) 2020-21. The company registered revenues of ₹5.13 billion (~$70.1 ...
/ / Other, Wind
Tata Power Seeks to Procure 150 MW of Renewables From Wind, Solar, or Hydro Projects

Tata Power Seeks to Procure 150 MW of Renewables From Wind, Solar, or Hydro Projects

Tata Power’s distribution licensee division has invited bids for the procurement of 150 MW of renewable power (wind, solar, small hydro, or combination) on a short-term basis. The company has ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
DRDO Floats O&M Tender for 1 MW Solar Project in Hyderabad

DRDO Floats O&M Tender for 1 MW Solar Project in Hyderabad

The Defense Research and Development Organization’s (DRDO) Estate Management Unit has issued a notice inviting tender (NIT) for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of a 1 MW solar power project ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Amends Tender Specifications for 5 GW of Renewable Power Bundled with Thermal

SECI Amends Tender Specifications for 5 GW of Renewable Power Bundled with Thermal

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued amendments to the RfS document for the supply of 5 GW of round-the-clock (RTC) power from grid-connected renewable projects complemented with ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Technological Upgrades Imperative for India’s Solar Manufacturing to Take-Off

Technological Upgrades Imperative for India’s Solar Manufacturing to Take-Off

The government of India has been promoting self-reliance and is trying to limit India’s dependence on imports and expand domestic manufacturing capabilities. So far, duties have been the means to ...
Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar Can be a Significant Earning Opportunity_ Report

Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar Can be a Significant Earning Opportunity: Report

The growth of the rooftop segment has changed the landscape of solar space, and it poses several questions for the financial stability of regulated electric utilities. In its latest report, ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Portugal’s 670 MW Solar Auction Sets a New Record with Lowest Bid of $0.013_KWh

Portugal’s 670 MW Solar Auction Sets a New Record with Lowest Bid of ₹1/kWh

The government of Portugal has concluded the solar auction held for 670 MW capacity. The second solar auction by the country set a new record with the lowest bid of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions