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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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MiaSolé Achieves 18.64% Aperture Area Efficiency on Flexible Solar Modules

MiaSolé Achieves 18.64% Aperture Area Efficiency on Flexible Solar Modules

MiaSolé, a provider of thin-film solar solutions, has announced that the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, one of the largest solar research institutes in Europe, has confirmed an ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Researchers Find a Way to Extract Silicon from Discarded Solar Panels and Use it in Batteries

Researchers Find a Way to Extract Silicon from Discarded Solar Panels and Use it in Batteries

Researchers at the Deakin University have come up with an innovative way to extract silicon for discarded solar panels and turn it into nano silicon for batteries. This latest innovation ...
/ / Solar, Technology
BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 10 MW Solar Project at Haveri in Karnataka

BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 10 MW Solar Project at Haveri in Karnataka

Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd. (BHEL) has floated operation and maintenance (O&M) tender for work on Karnataka Power Corporation’s (KPCL) 10 MW solar power project located at Haveri in Karnataka. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
EBRD Extends $15 Million Loan to Boost Lending for Energy Efficiency in Egypt

EBRD Extends $15 Million Loan to Boost Lending for Energy Efficiency in Egypt

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has decided to provide a loan of $15 million (~₹1.07 billion) to the Arab African International Bank (AAIB) for fostering energy efficiency ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
KSERC, KSEB, GBI, SOURA Scheme, Solar RPO, Solar Power

Kerala Extends Validity of Consumer Incentives for Off-Grid Solar Systems by 2 Years

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has extended the validity of its incentives for off-grid solar projects by extending the program by another two years. KSERC, in its order ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Canada’s Institutional Investor CPDQ to Invest $75 Million in Azure Power

Canada’s Institutional Investor CDPQ to Invest $75 Million in Azure Power

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), one of Canada’s leading institutional investors, has announced that it will invest $75 million in Azure Power Global Limited, a solar power ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Tenders Announced for 328 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

Tenders Announced for 328 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

The Rural and Panchayat Raj Department in the state of Tamil Nadu has issued tenders for the procurement of 328 battery operated carts for solid waste management in the village ...
/ / Other, Tenders & Auctions
Rajasthan DISCOMs Asked to Pay ₹313 Million to NTPC After Trading Margin Dispute

Rajasthan DISCOMs Asked to Pay ₹313 Million to NTPC After Trading Margin Dispute

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has directed three distribution companies in the state of Rajasthan to pay ₹313.4 million (~$4.4 million) that’s due to NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited ...
/ / Grid, Markets & Policy
UAE-Based Masdar Backs India’s Hero Future Energies with $150 Million Investment

UAE-Based Masdar Backs India’s Hero Future Energies with $150 Million Investment

In a significant development for the domestic renewable industry, the United Arab Emirates-based Masdar has invested around $150 million (~₹10.7 billion) in Hero Future Energies, one of the leading names ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Signs PPA with Egypt for a 200 MW Solar Project at Kom Ombo

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Signs PPA with Egypt for a 200 MW Solar Project at Kom Ombo

ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia’s energy giant, has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the government of Egypt to finance, develop, construct, and operate the 200 MW Kom Ombo solar ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
ENGIE Africa Commissions Egypt’s Largest Wind Farm

ENGIE Africa Commissions Egypt’s Largest Wind Farm

ENGIE Africa, the African arm of the French multinational electric utility company, has announced the commissioning of the 262.5 MW Ras Ghareb wind farm in Egypt, 45 days ahead of ...
/ / Wind
Tata Signs PPA for a 250 MW Solar Project at Gujarat’s Dholera Solar Park

Tata Signs PPA for a 250 MW Solar Project at Gujarat’s Dholera Solar Park

The renewable arm of Tata Power, Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd. (TPREL), has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUVNL) for a 250 MW ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tamil Nadu Likely to Set Solar RPO for FY 2020 at 6%

Tamil Nadu Likely to Set Solar RPO for FY 2020 at 6%

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has invited suggestions and comments on the proposed amendments to its Renewable Energy Purchase Obligations (RPOs). The commission has been mandated to set ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
GAIL Floats Tender for 3.2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects for its Premises Across India

GAIL Floats Tender for 3.2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects for its Premises Across India

The Gas Authority of India (GAIL) has floated a tender for the installation of rooftop solar projects with a total capacity of 3.2 MW at various locations of GAIL across ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Kerala Floats Tender for the Procurement of Solar Boats

Kerala Floats Tender for the Procurement of Solar Boats

The State Water Transport Department (SWTD), Government of Kerala, has floated a tender for the construction and supply of three solar boats. The last date for the submission of bids ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Renewable Arm of Tata Power Receives the LoA to Develop a 150 MW Solar Project

Renewable Arm of Tata Power Receives the LoA to Develop a 150 MW Solar Project

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd. (TPREL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has received the Letter of Award from Tata Power-Distribution to develop a 150 MW solar project in the ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Solar Developers Can Install DC Capacity Higher than the Project’s Contracted AC Capacity

Solar Developers Can Install DC Capacity Higher than the Project’s Contracted AC Capacity

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an advisory that clarifies that as long as a solar PV project is in accordance with the contracted alternating current ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Japan’s Univergy to Invest $200 Million in Zambian Solar Projects

Japan’s Univergy to Invest $200 Million in Zambian Solar Projects

Univergy Solar, a renewable energy company, based in Japan, is going to invest more than $200 million in two solar projects in the central African nation of Zambia. This is ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Trading Platform for International Renewable Energy Certificates Started in Singapore

Trading Platform for International Renewable Energy Certificates Started in Singapore

Singapore-based SP Group, one of the leading names in the energy utility business, has now become the first authorized local issuer of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs) in the Asia ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tamil Nadu Floats Tender to Procure 117 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

Tamil Nadu Floats Tender to Procure 117 E-Carts for Solid Waste Management in Vellore

The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, has issued a tender for 117 battery-operated carts for solid waste management in the village panchayats of Vellore district ...
/ / Other, Tenders & Auctions
Not the Right Time to Implement Flexibility in Power Generation, Says MERC

Not the Right Time to Implement Flexibility in Power Generation, Says MERC

In response to a petition filed by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd. (MSPGCL), the Maharashtra Energy Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued an order which states that it is not ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
China and India Poised to Lead Asia in Harnessing Wind by 2050_ IRENA Report

China and India Poised to Lead Asia in Harnessing Wind by 2050: IRENA Report

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released its latest Global Energy Transformation Report, which explores global energy development scenarios up to the year 2050. The report states that Asia ...
/ / Wind
NTPC to Procure 250 Electric Buses for Three Cities in Madhya Pradesh

NTPC to Procure 250 Electric Buses for Three Cities in Madhya Pradesh

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd. (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, has announced a tender to procure and operate 250 air-conditioned (AC) electric buses. The electric buses will be purchased ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Adani to Build Power Transmission Network in Gujarat for Renewable Energy Evacuation

Adani to Build Power Transmission Network in Gujarat for Renewable Energy Evacuation

Adani Transmission Ltd. (ATL), the transmission business arm of the Adani Group, has received two Letters of Intent (LoI) from REC Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL) to develop two transmission ...
/ / Grid, T&D
China Approves Over 20 GW of Subsidy-Free Wind and Solar Projects

China‘s Solar Installations Dip by 45% YoY during January-September 2019

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has announced that between January to September 2019, the country added 16 GW of solar capacity, a decrease of 45% year-over-year (YoY) from the 44 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar