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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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
SECI Floats Tender for 100 Solar Street Lights at Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary

SECI Floats Tender for 100 Solar Street Lights at Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has floated a tender for 100 solar street lights and 50 solar fox lights in the fringe area of Karikot village in ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
AMEA Power Signs PPA with EETC for Renewable Projects in Egypt

AMEA Power Signs PPA with EETC for Renewable Projects in Egypt

Dubai-based AMEA Power, a subsidiary of Al Nowais Investment (ANI), has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for a 200 MW solar PV ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CEL Invites Bids for 44 MW of Solar Systems at Substations Across Maharashtra

CEL Invites Bids for 44 MW of Solar Systems at Substations Across Maharashtra

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has invited bids for 44 MW of solar generating systems ranging from 250 kW to 10 MW at various substations located in the state of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Long-Term Open Access Customers Get Highest Priority in Uttar Pradesh

Long-Term Open Access Customers Get Highest Priority in Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has come up with open access regulations, termed as the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (terms and conditions for open access) Regulations, 2019 ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Cochin Port Tenders a 350 kW Rooftop Solar Project at its Premises

Cochin Port Tenders a 350 kW Rooftop Solar Project at its Premises

The Cochin Port Trust has floated a tender for the development of a 350 kW grid-connected rooftop solar PV project at its premises. The scope of work will include the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Qatar Investment Authority to Acquire 25% Stake in Adani Electricity Mumbai

Qatar Investment Authority to Acquire 25% Stake in Adani Electricity Mumbai

In an important development, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has signed an agreement to invest ₹32 billion (~$450 million) for a 25.1% stake in Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML). As ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
CERC Dismisses SECI’s Petition Seeking Termination of Solar PPA Signed with Welspun

CERC Dismisses SECI’s Petition Seeking Termination of Solar PPA Signed with Welspun

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has dismissed a review petition filed by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The petition had asked for the review of the commission’s ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BEE to Help 100 Existing Buildings Achieve Nearly Zero Energy Status

BEE to Help 100 Existing Buildings Achieve Nearly Zero Energy Status

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has a new program for conducting feasibility tests free of cost on 100 existing buildings, which will help them develop a framework to transform into ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Karnataka Promotes Third-Party Investment for Rooftop Solar Projects

Karnataka Promotes Third-Party Investment for Rooftop Solar Projects

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has decided to encourage third-party investments in solar rooftop projects on consumers’ rooftops in a bid to accelerate capacity additions in the rooftop solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan DISCOMs Weary of Transmission Systems for Solar In the State

Rajasthan DISCOMs Weary of Transmission Systems for Solar in the State

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has dismissed a review petition filed by the Rajasthan distribution companies (DISCOMs) complaining about the adverse financial implications in terms of load flow and ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Green Climate Fund and AfDB to Provide $154 Million for Renewable Financing in Zambia

Green Climate Fund and AfDB to Provide $154 Million for Renewable Financing in Zambia

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the African Development Fund (AfDB) have joined hands to support a $154 million renewable financing framework in the southern African nation of Zambia. Historically, ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other