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About Rakesh Ranjan

Rakesh Ranjan 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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Toyota and Panasonic Join Hands to Develop Automotive Prismatic Batteries for EVs

Toyota and Panasonic Join Hands to Develop Automotive Prismatic Batteries for EVs

Toyota Motor and Panasonic Corporation have joined hands to establish a joint venture specializing in automotive prismatic batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). The joint venture will be called Prime Planet ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Chandigarh Floats Tender for 40 Electric Buses with Charging Stations

Chandigarh Floats Tender for 40 Electric Buses with Charging Stations

The Chandigarh City Bus Service Society (CCBSS) has floated a tender to procure 40 midi AC electric buses, including charging stations on a kilometer basis for ten years. The society ...
Government-Owned Solar Cell and Module Manufacturer CEL Up for Sale

Government-Owned Solar Cell and Module Manufacturer CEL Up for Sale

The government of India has invited an expression of interest (EoI) for the proposed disinvestment of 100% shareholding in Central Electronics Limited (CEL). The last date for the submission of ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Large Manufacturers with Multiple Products Could Pay Hefty Application Fee for ALMM

Large Solar Module Manufacturers with Multiple Products Could Pay a Hefty Fee for ALMM

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification regarding the compulsory requirements of registration for solar manufacturers under the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Power Generation Up by 12% in the Fourth Quarter of 2019

Solar Power Generation Up by 12% in the Fourth Quarter of 2019

The solar power generation increased by 12% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) in the last quarter of the calendar year (CY) 2019, totaling 11,750 MUs, according to the data released by the Central ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Total to Acquire 50% Stake in Adani Green’s Solar Portfolio for $510 Million

Total to Acquire 50% Stake in Adani Green’s Solar Portfolio for $510 Million

Total, a French oil and gas major, has entered into an agreement with Adani Green Energy Limited  (AGEL) to acquire a 50% stake in a joint venture company for $510 ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Adani Green Registers 11% YoY Revenue Growth in Q3 of FY 2020

Adani Green Registers 11% YoY Revenue Growth in Q3 of FY 2020

Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), a part of the Adani Group, has announced its financial results for the nine months (9M) and quarter ending December 31, 2019. The total revenue ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
There is Not a Lot for the EV Sector in the Budget

There is Not a Lot for the EV Sector in Budget 2020

Budget 2020 has failed to meet the expectations of the electric vehicle (EV) segment of the country. The segment’s stakeholders were expecting more measures from the government to promote electric ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Key Policy Announcements for Solar and Other Renewables from January 2020

Key Policy Announcements for Solar and Other Renewables from January 2020

The month of January witnessed some key policy announcements that were aimed at facilitating the growth of the renewable sector in the country and removing the bottlenecks for fostering a ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Robotic Cleaning of Solar Modules Gaining Traction in India Amid Water Scarcity

Robotic Cleaning of Solar Modules Gaining Traction in India Amid Water Scarcity

Water is a scarce commodity in a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, and the use of water in energy generation is a big concern. The rise of solar and ...
BHEL Issues O&M Tender for a 1.7 MW Solar Power Project in Madhya Pradesh

BHEL Issues O&M Tender for a 1.7 MW Solar Power Project in Madhya Pradesh

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has floated a tender for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of a 1.7 MW solar project for one year at Bina in Madhya Pradesh ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Issues Tender for 14 MW of Solar with 42 MWh Battery Storage in Leh and Kargil

SECI Issues Tender for 14 MW of Solar with 42 MWh Battery Storage in Leh and Kargil

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender for setting up 14 MW of solar power projects with 42 MWh battery storage system (7MW/21 MWh each) at ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Nine Open Access Wind Generators Given Deadline Extension to Install Energy Meters

Nine Open Access Wind Generators Given Deadline Extension to Install Energy Meters

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has granted an additional period of three months to nine wind developers to complete the installation of special energy meters (SEMs) at the individual ...
/ / Wind
CERC Allows Solar Developers’ Claim for GST Compensation on EPC Cost

CERC Allows Solar Developers’ Claim for GST Compensation on EPC Cost

In its recent order, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has reiterated its opinions on the restitution principle in power purchase agreements in the face of a Change in Law ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat_ Bidding Deadline for 600 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Projects Extended

Gujarat: Bidding Deadline for 600 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Projects Extended

The Energy and Petrochemical Department, under the Gujarat government, has extended the deadline for receiving applications from empaneled agencies for setting up 600 MW of grid-connected residential rooftop solar projects ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Announces Notice Inviting Tender for 5 GW of Renewable Power Bundled with Thermal

SECI Announces Notice Inviting Tender for 5 GW of Renewable Power Bundled with Thermal

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has announced a notice inviting tender (NIT) for the procurement of 5 GW of power on a round-the-clock basis from renewable energy ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BHEL Floats an O&M Tender for NTPC’s 50 MW Solar Project in Andhra Pradesh

BHEL Floats an O&M Tender for NTPC’s 50 MW Solar Project in Andhra Pradesh

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has floated a tender for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of a 50 MW solar project in Andhra Pradesh. The project belongs to the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
EXIM Bank Lends $35.8 Million for Solar DG Hybrid PV Systems in the Republic of Suriname

EXIM Bank Lends $35.8 Million for Solar DG Hybrid PV Systems in the Republic of Suriname

The Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) has extended a line of credit (LC) of $35.80 million (~₹2.54 billion) to the Republic of Suriname. This line of credit comes as ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
West Bengal Announces Tender for 10 MW of Solar Projects in Jhargram

West Bengal Announces Tender for 10 MW of Solar Projects in Jhargram

The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has floated a tender for 10 MW (AC) of solar projects. The projects will be developed at Chuasole and Kasturia Mouza ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Maldives Set to Develop Solar Battery-Diesel Hybrid Systems

Maldives Set to Develop Solar Battery-Diesel Hybrid Systems

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the environment ministry of Maldives have started to implement solar battery-diesel hybrid systems in 48 islands out of the 160 inhabited islands of the ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
NTPC Issues 300 kW Rooftop Solar Tender for a School in Vindhyachal

NTPC Issues 300 kW Rooftop Solar Tender for a School in Vindhyachal

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has floated a tender for the development of a grid-tied interactive rooftop solar PV project in Madhya Pradesh. The rooftop system will be installed ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Rajasthan Asks Bidders to Match Counter-Offer for 45 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Rajasthan Asks Bidders to Match Counter-Offer for 45 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has decided to issue the award of work for 45 MW of rooftop solar projects. The RRECL has issued the counter-offer to the ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Chhattisgarh to Empanel Vendors for Rooftop Solar Projects Under CAPEX Model

Chhattisgarh to Empanel Vendors for Rooftop Solar Projects Under CAPEX Model

The Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) has floated a tender for the empanelment of vendors for the installation of 1 kW to 500 kW of rooftop solar projects ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Bengaluru-Based EV Startup Numocity Raises Funding

Bengaluru-Based EV Startup Numocity Raises Funding

Bengaluru-based startup Numocity Technologies has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Ideaspring Capital, Rebright Partners, and ABB Technology Ventures (ATV). The early-stage startup is focused on providing end-to-end solutions ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Jharkhand Issues New Regulations for Renewable Purchase Obligation

Jharkhand Issues New Regulations for Renewable Purchase Obligation

The Jharkhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) has come up with regulations for Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) for obligated entities within the state. The earlier regulations are set to expire in ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy