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About Ramya Ranganath

Ramya Ranganath is an Associate Editor and Writer for Mercom Communications India. Before joining Mercom, Ramya worked as a Senior Editor at a digital media supply chain solutions company. Throughout her career, she has developed end-to-end content for various companies in a wide range of domains, including renewables. Ramya holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology and is passionate about environmental issues and permaculture.

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A Recap of Policy Highlights from India’s Renewables and Solar Industry in July 2019

A Recap of Policy Highlights from India’s Renewables and Solar Industry in July 2019

The month of July was filled with announcements on policy amendments and regulations. Some of the important policy announcements included the deviation settlement mechanism (DSM), solar park program, standardization issues, ...
Telangana Floats RESCO Tender for 1 to 1,000 kW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Telangana Floats RESCO Tender for 1 to 1,000 kW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited (TSREDCO) has floated a tender for 1-1,000 kW of grid-connected rooftop solar power projects. The projects are to be installed at multiple ...
SECI Tenders 1.2 GW of Solar-Wind Storage Projects with Assured Peak Power Supply

SECI Tenders 1.2 GW of Solar-Wind Storage Projects with Assured Peak Power Supply

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for setting up 1.2 GW of renewable projects connected with the interstate transmission system (ISTS) ...
5,646 Electric Buses Approved Across 65 Cities

5,646 Electric Buses Approved Across 65 Cities

The CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, recently said that the inter-ministerial panel had approved 5,645 electric buses for operations in 65 cities in the country. Electric buses have also ...
Central Grants to be Repaid with Interest If Solar Parks Are Not Developed on Time

Central Grants to be Repaid with Interest If Solar Parks Are Not Developed on Time

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued new guidelines incorporating changes in the project timelines for the development of solar parks in the country. These guidelines are ...
Uttar Pradesh Permits Agricultural Land to be Leased for Solar Projects

Uttar Pradesh Permits Agricultural Land to be Leased for Solar Projects

The Uttar Pradesh government has recently passed a bill which says that agricultural land can now be used for solar energy generation, thereby increasing the investment potential of renewable energy ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
Jharkhand to Install 11,000 LED Solar Streetlights Across the State

Jharkhand to Install 11,000 LED Solar Streetlights Across the State

The Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has issued a tender for setting up LED solar streetlights across the state on a turnkey basis. The bid submission deadline is August ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
MERC, Safeguard Duty, Nisagra, Juniper, Change in Law

MERC Reiterates Solar Safeguard Duty as Change in Law

Juniper Green Energy Private Limited (JGEPL) and its special purpose vehicle Nisagra Renewable Energy Private Limited (NREPL) recently filed a petition against the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL), ...
/ / Commercial, Solar
BHEL Seeks Bidders to Supply Mounting Structures for 65 MW of Solar Projects at Neyveli

BHEL Seeks Bidders to Supply Mounting Structures for 65 MW of Solar Projects at Neyveli

Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL), a Government of India enterprise, has floated a tender inviting bidders to supply module mounting structures (MMS) for the Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited’s (NLC ...
Gujarat Asks Wind Developers to Match Lowest Tariff, Only Two Agree

Gujarat Asks Wind Developers to Match Lowest Tariff, Only Two Agree

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) had requested the winning bidders in its recently concluded wind power auction to match the lowest bid of ₹2.8 (~$ 0.04). Only two ...
/ / Other, Wind
In a Boost to Electric Mobility, India Slashes GST on Electric Vehicles from 12% to 5%

In a Boost to Electric Mobility, India Slashes GST on Electric Vehicles from 12% to 5%

In a positive development towards increasing electric mobility in the country, the government has cut the applicable rate of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on electric vehicles (EVs). The 36th ...
CEL to Empanel EPC Contractors for Installing Battery Energy Storage Systems

CEL to Empanel EPC Contractors for Installing Battery Energy Storage Systems

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public-sector enterprise of the government of India (GoI), has floated an expression of interest (EoI) inviting engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractors to empanel for ...
Mitsui Invests $14 million in Electric Mobility Company SmartE

Mitsui Invests $14 Million in Electric Mobility Company SmartE

Mitsui has announced an investment of nearly $14 million (₹963 million) in SmartE, a three-wheeler electric mobility service. SmartE is owned and operated by Treasure Vase Ventures Private Limited. This ...
Amplus Invests ₹5 billion in an Open Access Solar Project in Uttar Pradesh

Amplus Invests ₹5 billion in an Open Access Solar Project in Uttar Pradesh

Amplus Energy Solutions has invested in its second open access solar project of 100 MW in Deoria district, Uttar Pradesh (UP). The investment in this project amounts to nearly ₹5 ...
Adani Floats Tender for 350 MW of Hybrid Wind-Solar Projects to Meet its RPO

Adani Floats Tender for 350 MW of Hybrid Wind-Solar Projects to Meet its RPO

Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML) has issued a Request for Selection (RfS) for establishing 350 MW of grid-connected wind-solar hybrid power projects. An additional 350 MW capacity has been tendered ...
Shivamogga Smart City Floats Tender for 25 MW of Solar Projects on Tunga Canal

Shivamogga Smart City Floats Tender for 25 MW of Solar Projects on Tunga Canal

Karnataka’s Shivamogga Smart City Limited (SSCL) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the construction of 25 MW of solar power generation projects. The SSCL will develop the solar ...
Telangana Launches 5.4 MW Rooftop Solar Tender with Net Metering

Telangana Launches 5.4 MW Rooftop Solar Tender with Net Metering

Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (TSREDCO) has invited bids from interested entities for establishing several rooftop solar photovoltaic (SPV) projects of different capacities in the state under its ...
Vakrangee to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across India

Vakrangee to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across India

Vakrangee Limited, a technology-oriented company, has announced that it will establish charging infrastructure units for electric vehicles (EV) across India. The facilities will be set up at the company’s Nextgen ...
BHEL Bags ₹1 Billion EPC Order for a 25 MW Floating Solar Project in Andhra Pradesh

BHEL Bags ₹1 Billion EPC Order for a 25 MW Floating Solar Project in Andhra Pradesh

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), an engineering and manufacturing company, recently bagged an order for setting up a 25 MW floating solar photovoltaic (SPV) power project located in Simhadri, Andhra ...
IIT Hyderabad-Incubated Electric Vehicle Startup PURE EV Raises Funding

IIT Hyderabad-Incubated Electric Vehicle Startup PURE EV Raises Funding

PURE EV, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad-incubated startup, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding. The new round of funding is expected to enhance the company’s operations and ...
BHEL Floats Tender for 4,500,000 Multicrystalline Solar Silicon Wafers

BHEL Floats Tender for 4,500,000 Multicrystalline Solar Silicon Wafers

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a government of India undertaking, has issued a tender inviting quotations for the manufacturing and supply of 4,500,000 DWS multi silicon solar wafers with a ...
Budget 2019 Provides Impetus to India’s Transition to E-Mobility and EV Manufacturing

Budget 2019 Provides Impetus to India’s Transition to E-Mobility and EV Manufacturing

In the latest Union Budget for FY 2019-2020, the Modi government 2.0 has provided strong support to the nascent electric vehicle industry with the announcement of tax incentives to speed ...
Off-Grid Solar

Easy Access to Finance in India’s Solar Off-Grid Market: PAYGo Report

Off-grid solar markets are instrumental in creating energy access to more than half a billion people around the world. According to the latest Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo) Market Attractiveness Index (MAI), India ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
BHEL to Procure 36 MW of Domestically Manufactured Solar Cells

BHEL to Procure 36 MW of Solar Cells

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited’s (BHEL), electronics division in Bengaluru has issued a request for quotation (RfQ) inviting interested parties to submit their applications for the manufacturing and supply of solar ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur Smart City Floats Tender for a 2 MW Solar Project

Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur Smart City Floats Tender for a 2 MW Solar Project

Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur City Municipal Corporation (TCMC) has floated a tender for a 2 MW ground-mounted solar project in Iduvai village. The tender is floated through the corporation’s special purpose ...