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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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IBM Claims to Have Come Up with A Battery that Could Replace Lithium-Ion

IBM Claims to Have Come Up with A Battery that Could Replace Lithium-Ion

A new research finding at IBM Research could help eliminate the use of heavy metals in battery production, and this could lead to a paradigm shift in the long-term sustainability ...
Kerala Tenders for ‘Adani Made’ Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar Modules

Kerala Tenders for ‘Adani Made’ Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar Modules

The Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON) has floated a tender for 196,000 monocrystalline and 196,000 polycrystalline solar modules on a per watt basis. The scope of work includes ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Asks Bidders to Match Lowest Bid for 97.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Tender

SECI Asks Bidders to Match Lowest Bid for 97.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a letter to the bidders for its 97.5 MW rooftop solar tender for government buildings under the CAPEX and RESCO model, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Expiring Solar and Non-Solar RECs Will Now Remain Valid up to March 31, 2020

Expiring Solar and Non-Solar RECs Will Now Remain Valid up to March 31, 2020

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has extended the validity of renewable energy certificates (RECs), which have or are due to expire shortly. The Commission observed that the RECs that ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
A Round Up of Key Policy Updates for Solar and Other Renewables for December

A Round Up of Key Policy Updates for Solar and Other Renewables for December

December witnessed some key policy announcements, both at the central and the state level, aimed at removing the bottlenecks and facilitating the growth of the renewable sector, especially solar. Here ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
West Bengal Seeks Consultancy Service for 200 MW of Solar Projects

West Bengal Seeks Consultancy Service for 200 MW of Solar Projects

The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) for consultancy services for 200 MW of solar projects in the state to be ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Andhra Pradesh Seeks Suppliers for Bidirectional Solar Net Meters

Andhra Pradesh Seeks Suppliers for Bidirectional Solar Net Meters

The Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) has invited bids for bidirectional solar net meters to be installed in the state. The tender calls for the supply of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Mumbai’s BEST Issues Tender for 340 Electric Buses

Mumbai’s BEST Issues Tender for 340 Electric Buses

The Brihan-Mumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for the supply and operation of 140 standard AC electric buses and 200 midi AC ...
SECI Invites EoI to Purchase Power for Blending with Renewable Sources

SECI Invites EoI to Purchase Power for Blending with Renewable Sources

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited an expression of interest (EoI) from power generators involved in hydro, pumped storage, gas, battery storage, and thermal generating stations to ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
REIL Invites Bids for 1.3 Million Domestically Made Multicrystalline Solar Cells

REIL Invites Bids for 1.3 Million Domestically Made Multicrystalline Solar Cells

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), Jaipur, a government-owned manufacturer of electronic products, has invited bids from Indian manufacturers to supply multicrystalline silicon solar cells. The last date for ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
World’s Largest Solar Park at Karnataka’s Pavagada is Now Fully Operational

World’s Largest Solar Park at Karnataka’s Pavagada is Now Fully Operational

The largest solar park in the world has now become entirely operational. The Pavagada Solar Park, located in Tumakuru district of Karnataka, has been developed by the Karnataka Solar Park ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tata Power to Acquire Power Distribution License in Five Circles of Odisha

Tata Power to Acquire Power Distribution License in Five Circles of Odisha

Tata Power Company Limited has been awarded the Letter of Intent (LoI) by the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) for the distribution and supply of electricity in Odisha’s five circles ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Nagpur Set to Procure 40 Electric Buses Under FAME Program

Nagpur Set to Procure 40 Electric Buses Under FAME Program

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to select a bus operator for the procurement, operation, and maintenance of 40 midi electric buses on gross cost ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
A New Formula Reveals Bifacial Solar Modules Can Generate 15% to 20% More Power

A New Formula Reveals Bifacial Solar Modules Can Generate 15% to 20% More Power

Researchers at Purdue University have come up with a new thermodynamic formula, which reveals that bifacial cells make the double-sided panels generate 15% to 20% more electricity than the conventional ...
/ / Modules, Solar
CEL Floats a Tender for 1.6 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Tamil Nadu

CEL Floats a Tender for 1.6 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects in Tamil Nadu

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL)has invited bids for 1.6 MW of rooftop solar projects to be installed atop various government buildings in Tamil Nadu. The scope of work includes the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Kerala Commission Approves Tariff of ₹4.23_kWh for a 1 MW Wind Project

Kerala Commission Approves Tariff of ₹4.23/kWh for a 1 MW Wind Project

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has approved a levelized tariff of ₹4.23 (~$0.059)/kWh without the benefit of accelerated depreciation benefits for the electricity generated from a 1 MW ...
/ / Wind
India’s Wind Sector Failed to Gain Speed in 2019

India’s Wind Sector Failed to Gain Speed in 2019

The wind energy sector, along with the rest of the renewable energy industry, has been facing multiple challenges on various fronts over the past few years and 2019 has been no ...
/ / Wind
ADB to Roll Out $1 Billion for Clean Energy Investments in the Pacific Region

ADB to Roll Out $1 Billion for Clean Energy Investments in the Pacific Region

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to roll out nearly $1 billion of energy investments across the region during the 2019-2021 period. As the energy demand in the Asia ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Maharashtra’s 1,350 MW Solar Auction Receives Poor Response and a Single Bid of 5 MW

Maharashtra’s 1,350 MW Solar Auction Receives Poor Response and a Single Bid of 5 MW

MSEDCL had floated 30 district wise tenders on August 31, 2019, to procure 1,350 MW of solar power in 30 circles with project sizes ranging from 25 MW to 50 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan Targets 30 GW of Solar Capacity by 2025 in its New Policy

Rajasthan Targets 30 GW of Solar Capacity by 2025 in its New Policy

Rajasthan has released its Solar Energy Policy, 2019, which aims to achieve a target of 30 GW of solar power by financial year (FY) 2024-25. Of this, utility or grid-scale ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission Pushes Daman & Diu to Meet RPO Targets

Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission Pushes Daman & Diu to Meet RPO Targets

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) in its order has directed Dadra and Nagar Haveli Power Distribution Corporation Limited (DNHPDCL) and the electricity department of Daman & Diu to bid ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Purdue University, Machine Learning, Sensors, Columbia University, Electric Current

New Sensing Technology Could Enhance Machine Learning Precision for Manufacturing EVs

Researchers at Purdue University have come up with a sensing module that involves machine learning in a range of applications ranging from electric cars to manufacturing and home design. The ...
Tender Issued for 250 Electric Buses in Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, and Ernakulam

Tender Issued for 250 Electric Buses in Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, and Ernakulam

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has floated a tender to procure 250 non-AC electric buses under wet-lease on the OPEX model for the zones of Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, and ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Scatec Solar Bags 360 MW of Solar Power Projects in Tunisia

Scatec Solar Bags 360 MW of Solar Power Projects in Tunisia

Scatec Solar, a Norwegian company, has been awarded 360 MW of solar power projects in Tunisia. The company has been awarded the three projects following a tender floated by the ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Solar Installers Up in Arms Against Karnataka’s New Rooftop Solar Order

Solar Installers Up in Arms Against Karnataka’s New Rooftop Solar Order

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Systems Manufacturers Association (KRESMA) is up in arms against the order passed by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) on rooftop solar. The association organized a ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar