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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).

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Experts Shed Light on Technologies That Can Turn Rooftop Solar into Appreciating Assets

Experts Shed Light on Technologies That Can Turn Rooftop Solar into Appreciating Assets

The rooftop segment with nearly 4 GW of installations, is way off the target of 40 GW set by the government for December 2022. The rooftop market saw a steep ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
JA Solar Achieves Record 525 W Power Output for its New Solar Modules

JA Solar Achieves Record 525W Power Output for its New Solar Modules

JA Solar, a Beijing-based solar module manufacturer, announced that it had achieved the power output of record 525W for its high-efficiency solar modules under standard testing conditions. This latest achievement ...
/ / Solar, Technology
CEL Seeks to Empanel Authorized Solar Dealers

CEL Seeks to Empanel Authorized Solar Dealers

Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has issued a notice inviting expressions of interest (EoI) to empanel authorized solar dealers (AD-Solar). The last date for the submission of bids is September 30, ...
India Unlikely to Achieve its Wind Target Without Regulatory Reforms_ Report

India Unlikely to Achieve its Wind Target Without Regulatory Reforms: Report

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and MEC+ (MEC Intelligence) have come up with a report which says that India’s wind capacity can only reach 50 GW by 2022. The ...
/ / Wind
India’s Carbon Emission Level Drops Sharply Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

India’s Carbon Emission Level Drops Sharply Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

The economic downturn, growth of the renewable sector, and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic have achieved what was earlier thought impossible. A combination of these factors has led to a ...
Huawei, Sungrow, and TBEA Were the Leading Solar Inverter Suppliers to India in CY 2019

Huawei, Sungrow, and TBEA Were the Leading Solar Inverter Suppliers to India in CY 2019

In the calendar year (CY) 2019, Huawei, emerged as the lead supplier of inverters to the Indian solar market overall, followed by Sungrow and TBEA Energy. ABB and TMEIC rounded ...
Another Bidding Deadline Extension for 81 MW of Solar Projects in Telangana

Another Bidding Deadline Extension for 81 MW of Solar Projects in Telangana

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for three projects in Telangana. The deadlines have been extended for the 34 MW (AC) ...
Gujarat Commission Releases Details for Solar Power Procurement by Distribution Licensees

Gujarat Commission Releases Details for Solar Power Procurement by Distribution Licensees

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has issued the tariff framework for the procurement of solar power by distribution licensees in the state. The Commission had invited suggestions from all ...
Scientists Introduce An Innovative Way to Stabilize Perovskite Cells at High Temperatures

Scientists Introduce An Innovative Way to Stabilize Perovskite Solar Cells at High Temperatures

Scientists and researchers around the world have been trying to increase the efficiency of solar cells. Perovskites with its properties could just be the right ingredient to spur the development ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Military Engineer Services Issues Tender for Solar Power Supply to LED Lights for Indian Navy

Military Engineer Services Issues Tender for Solar Power Supply to LED Lights for Indian Navy

The Military Engineer Services (MES) has invited bids for off-grid solar electric supply to LED pathway lights at Nofra under GE Gomantak, Vasco. Gomantak is the headquarters of the Indian ...
NTPC Floats Tender for Monitoring Analytical Tool for 250 MW Solar Project at Mandsaur

NTPC Floats Tender for Monitoring Analytical Tool for 250 MW Solar Project at Mandsaur

NTPC has floated a tender for centralized monitoring analytical tool for the 250 MW Mandsaur solar PV project in Madhya Pradesh. The last date for the submission of bids is May ...
Chhattisgarh Commission Issues Amendment to RPO Regulations for Captive Projects

Chhattisgarh Commission Issues Amendment to RPO Regulations for Captive Power Projects

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has issued an amendment to its regulation for captive generating projects. These regulations deal with the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets to be ...
Bank of Bangladesh Adds €200 Million to its Green Transmission Fund

Bank of Bangladesh Adds €200 Million to its Green Transmission Fund

The Bank of Bangladesh has decided to introduce €200 million (~₹16.38 billion) along with the existing $200 million (~₹15 billion) for the Green Transmission Fund (GTF). Accordingly, the participating authorized ...
US-Based Solar Panel Maker SunPower Raises $1 Billion Financing

US-Based Solar Panel Maker SunPower Raises $1 Billion Financing

A U.S.-based solar panel maker, SunPower Corp., has announced a strategic partnership of $1 billion (~₹74.97 billion) with Technology Credit Union (Tech CU), one of the leading credit unions in ...
CERC Issues Guidelines for Inter-State Transmission Charges for Solar and Wind Projects

CERC Issues Guidelines for Inter-State Transmission Charges for Solar and Wind Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued new guidelines for inter-state transmission charges and losses. The guidelines shed light on the responsibilities of the nodal agencies and the calculation ...
Renewable Projects in Uttar Pradesh To See New Forecasting and Scheduling Regulations

Renewable Projects in Uttar Pradesh to See New Forecasting and Scheduling Regulations

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has taken note of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited’s (UPPCL) request to modify the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) deviation settlement mechanism (DSM) ...
CEL Extends Bidding Deadline for Empaneling EPC Contactors for Upcoming Solar Projects

CEL Extends Bidding Deadline for Empaneling EPC Contactors for Upcoming Solar Projects

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has extended the bid submission deadline for the expression of interest (EoI) for the empanelment of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors for its upcoming ...
Tender Floated for a 1 MW Canal Top Solar Project in Kolkata

Tender Floated for a 1 MW Canal Top Solar Project in Kolkata

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has floated a tender for the installation of a 1 MW (2X500 kW) canal top solar project at Bagjola Canal located in New ...
Karnataka Mulls Wheeling and Banking Charges for Captive Solar Projects

Karnataka Mulls Removal of Banking Facility for Grid-Connected Renewable Projects

The Government of Karnataka has held a meeting to discuss the banking and wheeling charges for grid-connected renewable projects in the state. In the meeting, the government decided that for ...
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 5 GW of Renewable Power Bundled with Thermal

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 5 GW of Renewable Power Bundled with Thermal

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the deadline for the submission of bids to supply 5 GW of round-the-clock (RTC) power from grid-connected renewable power projects, bundled ...
Bidding Deadline for Balance of System Package for Nokh Solar Project Extended Again

Bidding Deadline for Balance of System Package for Nokh Solar Project Extended Again

NTPC has once again extended the deadline for the submission of bids to June 02, 2020, for the balance of system (BOS) package for the 735 (3×245) MW Nokh solar ...
Top Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in April

Top Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in April

The month of April witnessed several important events that might have a significant impact on the renewable energy sector going forward. Here are some of the important developments in April ...
SECI Extends Bidding Deadline for 4 MW of Floating Solar with 2 MW of Battery Storage

SECI Extends Bidding Deadline for 4 MW of Floating Solar with 2 MW of Battery Storage

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has again extended the deadline for the submission of bids for 4 MW of floating solar power projects with 2 MW of battery ...
Prime Minister Modi Takes Stock of the Power Sector Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Prime Minister Modi Takes Stock of the Power Sector Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently held a meeting to take stock of the power sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meeting, the Prime Minister discussed various measures and long-term ...
Mizoram Floats Tender for 10 MW of Solar Projects

Mizoram Floats Tender for 10 MW of Solar Projects

The Power and Electricity Department (P&ED) of Mizoram has floated a tender for 10 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects at various locations in the state. The project will ...