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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 Federation Requests for Time to Submit Bids for Andhra Pradesh’s 6.4 GW Tender

Solar Federation Requests for Time to Submit Bids for Andhra Pradesh’s 6.4 GW Tender

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has requested the Andhra Pradesh Green Energy Corporation Limited (APGECL) to extend the bid submission deadline for its recent tender for 6.4 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
The last date to submit the bids is December 31, 2020

BHEL Invites Bids for Multicrystalline & Mono PERC Solar Cells from Local Manufacturers

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a government undertaking, has invited bids for the supply of 6,568,000 multicrystalline and monocrystalline passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) solar cells. The bids are ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BESCOM Plans to Install Over 1 GW of Rooftop Solar Systems, Seeks Consultant

BESCOM Plans to Install Over 1 GW of Rooftop Solar Systems, Seeks Consultant

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) has invited bids to engage a consultancy firm for demand aggregation and implementation of 1.06 GW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems. The last ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
DGTR Imposes Countervailing Duty of 9.71% on Solar Glass Imports from Malaysia

DGTR Imposes Countervailing Duty of 9.71% on Solar Glass Imports from Malaysia

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has imposed a countervailing duty at 9.71% of the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value for five years ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
IndiGrid to Acquire Two Solar Projects in Andhra Pradesh from Spain’s Fotowalio Renewable

IndiGrid to Acquire Two Solar Projects in Andhra Pradesh from Spain’s Fotowatio Renewable

IndiGrid Investment Managers Limited announced that it had signed a securities purchase agreement to acquire two solar projects of capacity 50 MW each from Madrid-based developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), FRV Solar ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Top Five Funding Deals of 2020 in the Indian Solar Market

Top Five Funding Deals of 2020 in the Indian Solar Market [Infographics]

After a sluggish start to the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, activity in the solar sector picked up in the third quarter (Q3) of 2020, ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Gujarat’s 500 MW Auction Sets A New Record Low Solar Tariff of ₹1.99/kWh

Gujarat’s 500 MW Auction Sets A New Record Low Solar Tariff of ₹1.99/kWh

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited's (GUVNL) (Phase XI) auction for 500 MW of solar projects has set a new record. In this auction, the lowest (L1) tariff reached ₹1.99 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
A New Solid-State Lithium Battery That Can Increase the Range of Electric Vehicles by 80%

A New Solid-State Lithium Battery That Can Increase the Range of Electric Vehicles by 80%

The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) in the last few years has been phenomenal. One of the impediments holding back the broader adoption of EVs is the performance of batteries ...
/ / Energy Storage, Technology
MNRE Issues Specifications for Lithium Batteries Used in Off-Grid Solar Applications

MNRE Issues Specifications for Lithium Batteries Used in Off-Grid Solar Applications

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released the requirements for solar street lights and solar study lamps specifying minimum performance parameters for lithium batteries. The ministry has ...
/ / Energy Storage, Off-grid
Ayana Renewable Raises $390 Million in Equity Funding

Ayana Renewable Raises $390 Million in Equity Funding

Bangalore-based renewable energy platform Ayana Renewable Power Private Limited has raised $390 million (~₹28.6 billion) in the latest round of funding. The CDC Group-UK’s development finance institution, National Investment and ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Indonesia Invites Bids for Solar and Bioenergy Projects

Indonesia Invites Bids for Solar and Bioenergy Projects

Indonesia's state-owned public utility, Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), has invited bids from developers for solar and bioenergy (biomass and biogas) projects in the country. The bidders will have to meet ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Tamil Nadu Commission Dismisses NSEFI's Plea for Rollover of Banked Renewable Energy

Tamil Nadu Commission Dismisses NSEFI’s Plea for Rollover of Banked Renewable Energy

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) dismissed the National Solar energy Federation of India's (NSEFI) request to allow rollover of banked energy from open access projects under the captive ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Government Proposes Option for DISCOMs to Exit PPA After Their Tenure

Government Proposes Option for DISCOMs to Exit PPA After Their Tenure

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued draft proposals enabling the distribution companies (DISCOMs) to either continue or exit from the power purchase agreements (PPAs) after the completion of the ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
TOTAL’s Subsidiary Saft Launches New Brand of Batteries in India

TOTAL’s Subsidiary Saft Launches New Brand of Batteries in India

Saft, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TOTAL, recently announced the launch of the Saft Urja brand batteries to be manufactured and sold by its Indian subsidiary. The company specializes in advanced ...
Indian Railways Invites Bids for a Pilot Solar Power Project with Battery Storage

Indian Railways Invites Bids for a Pilot Solar Power Project with Battery Storage

The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and RITES Limited, has invited bids for a pilot project to procure renewable energy power for the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Poland Allocates 800 MW of Solar and 900 MW of Wind Capacity in Latest Auction

Poland Allocates 800 MW of Solar and 900 MW of Wind Capacity in Latest Auction

The largest renewable energy auction conducted by the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO) in Poland took place on November 26, 2020. The auction was intended for solar developers with an installed ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
JERC to Allow Banking of Renewable Energy up to 20% of the Total Generation

JERC to Allow Banking of Renewable Energy up to 20% of the Total Generation

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories has issued amendments to the intrastate open access transmission and distribution regulations 2017. In the amendments, ...
/ / Consumers, Solar
REIL Floats Another Tender for the Supply of 200,000 Multicrystalline Solar Cells

REIL Floats Another Tender for the Supply of 200,000 Multicrystalline Solar Cells

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the center and the Rajasthan government, has invited bids for the supply of 200,000 multicrystalline solar cells of 4.50W ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI’s Disbursement to Solar and Wind Developers Dips Slightly to ₹3.7 Billion in October

SECI’s Disbursement to Solar and Wind Developers Dips Slightly to ₹3.7 Billion in October

The Solar energy Corporation of India (SECI) paid nearly ₹3.7 billion (~$50.2 million) to solar and wind developers in October 2020, which amounted to 48.9% of the total amount disbursed ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
NTPC Invites Bids for the Solarization of 47 ISA Member Countries

NTPC Invites Bids for the Solarization of 47 ISA Member Countries

NTPC Limited has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for the solarization of 47 least developed countries (LDC) and small island developing states (SIDS) member countries of the International Solar Alliance ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
NTPC Invites Bids for a 3 MW Rooftop Solar Project at IIT Jodhpur

NTPC Invites Bids for a 3 MW Rooftop Solar Project at IIT Jodhpur

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited, has invited bids for setting up a 3 MW grid-connected rooftop solar project at the Indian Institute of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Madhya Pradesh Invites Bids for 100 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program

Madhya Pradesh Invites Bids for 100 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has invited bids for setting up of 100 MW of grid-connected solar power projects under Component A of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
NTPC Floats O&M Tender for its 10 MW Solar Power Project in Uttar Pradesh

NTPC Floats O&M Tender for its 10 MW Solar Power Project in Uttar Pradesh

NTPC Limited has invited bids for the operation and maintenance (O&M) services of the 10 MW solar power project at its Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh. The last date to ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Solar Park Developer Asked Not to Stop Generators from Feeding Excess Energy to the Grid

Solar Park Developer Asked Not to Stop Generators from Feeding Excess Energy to the Grid

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) directed a solar park developer in the state to not obstruct solar power generators from evacuating the generated solar power up to 110% of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
REIL Invites Bids for 200,000 Multicrystalline Solar Cells Under DCR Category

REIL Invites Bids for 200,000 Multicrystalline Solar Cells Under DCR Category

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has invited bids for the supply of 200,000 multicrystalline solar cells of 4.50W and 4.60W capacity under the domestic content requirement (DCR) category ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions