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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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GERC Allows Changes to Force Majeure Clause for GUVNL’s 500 MW Solar Tender

GERC Allows Changes to Force Majeure Clause for GUVNL’s 500 MW Solar Tender

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved the changes to the Ministry of Power’s guidelines relating to force majeure (unforeseen) events, as sought by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Chhattisgarh Sets Levelized Tariffs for Renewable Projects

Chhattisgarh to Set Generic Levelized Tariffs for Renewable Projects

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has issued draft order announcing generic levelized tariffs for the fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 and 2020-21 for renewable energy sources. The generic tariff ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
India and United Kingdom to Work Towards Making Indian Railways Energy-Efficient

India and United Kingdom to Work Towards Making Indian Railways Energy-Efficient

India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Department for International Development (DFID-Government of United Kingdom) for facilitating the energy self-sufficiency of the Indian Railways. As per ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
CERC Provides Relief to a 50 MW Solar Thermal Project Delayed Due to Drought

CERC Provides Relief to a 50 MW Solar Thermal Project Delayed Due to Drought

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has extended the scheduled commercial operation date (SCoD) of a 50 MW solar thermal project in Andhra Pradesh. Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Announces List of Successful Bidders for its 97.5 MW Rooftop Solar Tender

SECI Announces List of Successful Bidders for its 97.5 MW Rooftop Solar Tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has announced the list of successful bidders selected for its 97.5 MW rooftop solar tender. SECI had reissued the tender for 97.5 MW of grid-connected ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Maharashtra Adopts Tariff of ₹3.05_kWh for 184 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Adopts Tariff of ₹3.05/kWh for 184 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has allowed Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to procure power from 184 MW of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Madhya Pradesh’s RUMSL Seeks Consultants for Setting up Solar Parks

Madhya Pradesh’s RUMSL Seeks Consultants for Setting up Solar Parks

The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) has invited proposals from interested consultants for setting up solar parks in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The International Bank for Reconstruction and ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BHEL Issues O&M Tender for 5 MW of Solar Projects at its Premises in Tamil Nadu

BHEL Issues O&M Tender for 5 MW of Solar Projects at its Premises in Tamil Nadu

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has floated a tender for the operation and maintenance of a 5 MW solar power project at its premises in Ranipet, Tamil Nadu. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Robotic Module Cleaning Company Skilancer Solar Gets Funding From Venture Catalysts

Robotic Module Cleaning Company Skilancer Solar Gets Funding From Venture Catalysts

Venture Catalysts, an integrated incubator, recently invested an undisclosed amount in Noida-based Skilancer Solar, a solar module cleaning solutions provider. Skilancer Solar specializes in providing a robotic cleaning system which ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
MSEDCL Gets Tariff Approval from the Commission to Procure of 500 MW of Solar Power

MSEDCL Gets Tariff Approval from the Commission to Procure 500 MW of Solar Power

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved the tariff discovered by MSEDCL through the competitive bidding process and has allowed the procurement of 500 MW of solar power on ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Takes Stock of Insurance Products in Domestic Solar Market

MNRE Takes Stock of Insurance Products in Domestic Solar Market

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a circular stating it has held talks with the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, and the Insurance Regulatory ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Asks Transmission Utility to Allot Wind Developer ReGen’s 600 MW Bay to Others

CERC Asks Transmission Utility to Allot Wind Developer ReGen’s 600 MW Bay to Others

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has ordered that the Stage II connectivity of ReGen Wind Farm should be revoked. The wind farm had asked for an extension of the ...
/ / Wind
MNRE Directs Wind Developers to Comply with Ministry of Defense’s Directions

MNRE Directs Wind Developers to Comply with Ministry of Defense’s Directions

In a letter to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and wind project developers, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has directed the wind power developers in the vicinity of ...
/ / Other, Wind
UPERC Dismisses Amplus Green’s Plea to Term its 50 MW Solar Project as Captive

UPERC Issues Clarification on Banked Energy for Captive Renewable Projects

In its recent order, the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has shed light on what qualifies to be a captive generation project and when they can withdraw banked energy ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Railways Seeks to Empanel Construction Contractors to Develop Solar Projects

Indian Railways Seeks to Empanel Construction Contractors to Develop Solar Projects

IRCON International Limited (IRCON), (formerly Indian Railways Construction Company Limited), has invited an expression of interest (EoI) from specialist construction contractors to associate with IRCON for its upcoming projects. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Uttar Pradesh Approves a Tariff of ₹4.78_kWh to Procure Bagasse-based Power

Uttar Pradesh Approves a Tariff of ₹4.78/kWh to Procure Bagasse-based Power

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved the amended power purchase agreement (PPA) for bagasse-based power signed between DSCL Sugar, Hariawan, and the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
TMEIC and Sungrow Led the Solar Inverter Supplier Leaderboard in 1H 2019

TMEIC and Sungrow Led the Solar Inverter Supplier Leaderboard in 1H 2019

In the first half of 2019 (1H 2019), TMEIC emerged as the top supplier of solar inverters to the Indian market with a market share of approximately 20% while Sungrow ...
Assam Invites Bids for 30 MW of Solar Projects Under CPSU Program

Assam Invites Bids for 30 MW of Solar Projects Under CPSU Program

The Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) has floated a tender to develop 30 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects. The capacity has been tendered under the Central public ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CERC Denies Solar Developer’s Claim for Carrying Costs and O&M Expenses After GST Law

CERC Denies Solar Developer’s Claim for Carrying Costs and O&M Expenses After GST Law

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved Parampujya Solar’s plea that the introduction of GST laws with effect from July 1, 2017, should be covered under the ‘Change in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uttar Pradesh DISCOM Asked to Deposit Over ₹7 Billion In RPO Regulatory Fund

Uttar Pradesh DISCOM Asked to Deposit Over ₹7 Billion In RPO Regulatory Fund

The Uttar Pradesh Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has directed the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to create a separate renewable purchase obligation (RPO) Regulatory Fund. The commission has directed UPPCL ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Jharkhand Issues Tender for 10 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Projects

Jharkhand Issues Tender for 10 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Projects

The Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) has floated a tender for the empanelment of agencies to install grid-connected rooftop solar PV power projects of various capacities anywhere in the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
AECEA_ China Likely to Install 23-31 GW of Solar in 2020 as Uncertainty Grips

AECEA: China Likely to Install 23-31 GW of Solar in 2020 as Uncertainty Grips

In May 2018, the Chinese government abruptly decided to stop approving any new renewable projects until further notice. Back then, just half-way through the 13th five-year plan, the country had ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
KPI Global Expands its Solar Power Project in Gujarat by 7.5 MW

KPI Global Expands its Solar Power Project in Gujarat by 7.5 MW

KPI Global Infrastructure Limited has announced that it has added 7.5 MW to its existing solar power project located in Amod taluka of Gujarat’s Bharuch district. As per a filing ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Solar EPC Company Sterling & Wilson Repays ₹10 Billion in Outstanding Loan

Solar EPC Company Sterling & Wilson Repays ₹10 Billion in Outstanding Loan

Sterling and Wilson Solar Limited, the solar engineering and construction arm of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, has paid ₹10 billion in dues (~$140.18 million) of its outstanding loan. This payment ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
MNRE Plans To Bundle Thermal with Solar and Wind for Round-the-Clock Power Supply

MNRE Plans To Bundle Thermal with Solar and Wind for Round-the-Clock Power Supply

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has come up with a draft plan to supply round-the-clock (RTC) power from renewable (solar, wind, and hydro) projects, which will be ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy