Author Archives: Rakesh Ranjan

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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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
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