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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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Bids Invited for 500 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program in Maharashtra

Bids Invited for 500 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has invited bids to procure 500 MW of solar power from decentralized solar projects under Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Empanelment Tender Issued for Solar Project Consultants in Gujarat

Empanelment Tender Issued for Solar Project Consultants in Gujarat

The Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDC) has invited bids to empanel consultants to set up 7.7 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, and ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Invites EoI for Supply of 1,800 MW of Solar Modules under DCR Category

SECI Invites EoI for Supply of 1,800 MW of Solar Modules Under DCR Category

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for the supply of 1,800 MW (DC) of solar modules (including cells manufactured in India) under the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
MNRE Increases Performance Bank Guarantee for Upcoming Renewable Tenders

MNRE Increases Performance Bank Guarantee for Upcoming Renewable Tenders

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has reinstated the earnest money deposit (EMD) requirements and set it at 2% of the estimated project cost for upcoming renewable energy ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
CERC Directs SECI and Solar Developers to Settle ‘Change in Law’ Claims Mutually

CERC Directs SECI and Solar Developers to Settle ‘Change in Law’ Claims Mutually

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently ruled that the affected parties should settle the ‘Change in Law’ claims mutually as per the terms of the power purchase agreement (PPA) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Approves Tariff of ₹2.41/kWh for 1,100 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

CERC Approves Tariff of ₹2.41/kWh for 1,100 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently approved a tariff of ₹2.41 (~$0.032)/kWh for 1,110 MW of wind-solar hybrid power projects as agreed by the successful bidders. The Commission also ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Five Lowest Solar Tariffs in 2021 (Infographics)

Five Lowest Solar Tariffs in 2021 [Infographics]

Almost 20 GW of solar projects were auctioned in India in 2021. The lowest tariff discovered in these auctions was ₹2.14 (~$0.028)/kWh, an increase of nearly 8% compared to the ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
CERC Approves Tariffs for 970 MW of Blended Solar Wind Projects

CERC Approves Tariffs for 970 MW of Blended Solar Wind Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently approved tariffs of ₹2.99 (~$0.039)/kWh for 160 MW and ₹3 (~$0.040)/kWh for 810 MW of wind power projects (blended with solar) as agreed ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Invites Consultants to Evaluate Phase-II of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Program

MNRE Invites Consultants to Evaluate Phase-II of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) from consultants to evaluate Phase-II of the 'Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Program.' The Phase-II of the 'Grid-Connected ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Developers to Compensate GRIDCO for Shortfall in Energy Generation

Solar Developers to Compensate GRIDCO for Shortfall in Energy Generation

The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) recently directed eight solar developers and the Grid Corporation of Odisha (GRIDCO) to amend the power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed for the supply of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Bids Invited for Solarization of Agricultural Feeders in Gujarat under KUSUM Program

Bids Invited for Solarization of Agricultural Feeders in Gujarat under KUSUM Program

The Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) has invited bids to design, supply, install, and commission solar projects of an aggregate capacity of 1.024 MW for various agricultural feeders along ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Directs Solar Developer to Approach SECI for 'Change in Law' Claims

CERC Directs Solar Developer to Approach SECI for ‘Change in Law’ Claims

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently directed a solar project developer and the subsidiaries to approach Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for 'Change in Law' claims due to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
India Installed 1.3 GW of Rooftop Solar Capacity in 9M 2021

India Installed 1.3 GW of Rooftop Solar Capacity in 9M 2021

India added 448 MW of rooftop solar capacity, registering a 14% drop quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) in the third quarter (Q3) of the calendar year (CY) 2021, compared to 521 MW in ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Tariff of ₹2.51kWh Approved for 250 MW of Solar Projects at Dondaicha Solar Park

Tariff of ₹2.51/kWh Approved for 250 MW of Solar Projects at Dondaicha Solar Park

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has authorized the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO) and the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to procure 250 MW of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BHEL Invites Bids for the Supply of 42,000 MT of Module Mounting Structures

BHEL Invites Bids for the Supply of 42,000 MT of Module Mounting Structures

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply 42,000 metric tons (MT) of module mounting ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Bids Invited for 1.1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Maharashtra

Bids Invited for 1.1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Maharashtra

The Kagal Municipal Council, Maharashtra, has invited bids to design, engineering, supply, installation, testing, and commission an aggregate capacity of 1.1 MW of rooftop solar projects at various locations. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 5 MW Solar Project at its Plant in Haridwar

BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 5 MW Solar Project at its Plant in Haridwar

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Haridwar, has invited bids from contractors for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of a 5 MW solar power project at its Heavy Electricals Equipment Plant ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Open Access Renewable Energy Generators to Have Easy Access to ISTS Network

Open Access Renewable Energy Generators to Have Easy Access to ISTS Network

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued a draft regulation - ‘Connectivity and General Network Access to the Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) Regulations, 2021.’ The proposed regulations provide the ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Why India Needs More Solar-Wind Hybrid Projects

Why India Needs More Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

The intermittent nature of standalone wind and solar power sources has made it important for policymakers to promote wind-solar hybrid projects that provide a longer-duration power supply and maximize resources ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Bids Invited for 15 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects in West Bengal

Bids Invited for 15 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects in West Bengal

The Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL), a government of West Bengal enterprise, has floated two tenders for 15 MW of grid-connected ground-mounted solar projects in Durgapur, on a turnkey basis. In ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Investments Up by 49% QoQ in Q3 2021 as Development Activity Picked Up Speed

Solar Investments Up by 49% QoQ in Q3 2021 as Development Activity Picked Up Speed

Investments in the Indian solar sector increased by 49%, in the third quarter (Q3) of the calendar year (CY) 2021, compared to Q2 2021. However, in a year-over-year (YoY) comparison, ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
NTPC to Pay Usage Charge of ₹3.50/kWh for 1,692 MW of Solar Projects Under CPSU Program

Ceiling Usage Charge of ₹3.50/kWh for 1,692 MW of Solar Projects Under CPSU Program Approved

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), in a recent order, adopted the ceiling usage charge of ₹3.50 (~$0.046)/kWh for 1,692 MW of solar power projects (Tranche I & II) under ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NTPC Issues Consultancy Tender for Projects at Shajapur Solar Park

NTPC Issues Consultancy Tender for Projects at Shajapur Solar Park

NTPC Renewables, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited, has invited bids from consultants to conduct a geotechnical investigation for 105 MW and 220 MW solar power projects at Shajapur Solar ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tender Issued to Install Electrical Systems for a Solar Project at a Temple in Nagpur

Tender Issued to Install Electrical Systems for a Solar Project at a Temple in Nagpur

The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has invited bids to design, supply, install and commission electrical systems required for a 1.168 MW solar power project at Shri Mahalaxmi Jagdamba Temple ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Releases Payments of ₹5.21 Billion for Solar and Wind Power Purchased in October

SECI Releases Payments of ₹5.21 Billion for Solar and Wind Power Purchased in October

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) disbursed ₹5.21 billion (~$68.9 million) to solar and wind developers for the power purchased in October 2021. The disbursed amount accounted for 96% ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar