Author Archives: Saumy Prateek

About Saumy Prateek

Saumy has been with MercomIndia as a staff reporter covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. Saumy can be reached at:

saumy@mercomindia.com

@pratsays

Higher Power Tariffs, Not Policy Support, Driving India’s Rooftop Market

Higher Power Tariffs, Not Policy Support, Driving India’s Rooftop Market

The total combined capacity of rooftop solar installed in India has crossed 1.3 GW to date. As of the third quarter of 2017, rooftop solar projects totaling 1.3 GW had ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
PPA for the 250 MW Solar Project in Kadapa Solar Park to be Signed Soon

PPA for the 250 MW Solar Project in Kadapa Solar Park to be Signed Soon

The Power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 250 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) project to be developed in Kadapa Solar Park will be signed soon. An Andhra Pradesh State Power ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE SECI Wind 2 GW ISTS Program

Breaking: To Leverage Dip in Tariff, SECI to Tender 2 GW of ISTS-Connected Wind Projects in December 2017

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will be tendering 2,000 MW of inter-state transmission system (ISTS)-connected wind projects to be developed across the windy states in December 2017. The ...
/ Other, Wind
PPAs Signed for 750 MW of Solar Projects in Bhadla Solar Park

Mercom Exclusive: PPAs Signed for 750 MW of Solar Projects in Bhadla Solar Park

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) for five solar projects with a combined total capacity of 750 MW of grid-connected solar were recently signed by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
MNRE Amendment_ Solar Projects Under State Specific Bundling Program

MNRE Amendment: Solar Projects Under State Specific Bundling Program Can Sell Power to Other States

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the state specific bundling program under which 3,000 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects are to ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Top India Solar and Power Related Apps for Download

Top India Solar and Power Related Apps for Download

Project developers, policymakers, government officials, manufacturers, and suppliers in the power and renewable energy industry all agree that need for transparency and lack of awareness among consumers is a big ...
/ Grid, Smart Grid
Four States Join UDAY

Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu Join UDAY Program

Twenty-Seven Indian states and four union territories have so far joined the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program which was implemented by the government of India to assist the financial ...
/ Grid, Utilities
GST Rates and Reimbursement Still an Issue for Indian Module Manufacturers

Interview: GST Rates and Reimbursement Still an Issue for Indian Module Manufacturers

Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates for solar components were announced in July but there is still plenty of ambiguity concerning what the actual tax rates will be for each ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
DGAD Oral Hearing on Solar Anti-dumping

Update: India – Anti-Dumping on Solar Imports; Oral Hearing to be Held on December 12, 2017

An oral hearing regarding the ongoing anti-dumping investigation into solar imports from China PR, Chinese Taipei, and Malaysia will now be held on November 30, 2017 December 12, 2017. The office ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
ABB India Results

ABB India Sees After-Tax Profits Rise by 18% in Q3 2017

Consistent cost structure improvements helped ABB India boost its after-tax profits by 18 percent year-over-year to ₹830 million (~$12.8 million) in the third quarter of 2017, despite seeing its revenue ...
/ Other, Press Releases
HPCL IOCL EV Charging Station Nagpur

Indian Oil and Hindustan Petroleum Launch EV Charging Stations in Nagpur

Two Oil majors of India, The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), an Indian state owned oil and gas company and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) have launched  electric vehicle (EV) ...
/ Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage
MNRE Implements Quality Control Measures to Address Low Quality Solar Equipment

MNRE Implements Quality Control Measures to Address Low Quality Solar Equipment

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has begun implementing a quality control order that requires manufacturers to register with the Bureau of Indian Standards for the use of ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Saubhagya Web Portal Launched to Monitor Household Electrification in India

Saubhagya Web Portal Launched to Monitor Household Electrification in India

The Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) a web portal designed to monitor the progress of household electrification in India has been launched. When fully operational, the progress of India’s ...
/ Grid, Smart Grid
India’s Solar Auction Activity Falls 55% in October While Tenders Rise 25%

India’s Solar Auction Activity Falls 55% in October While Tenders Rise 25%

Solar project auction activity in October 2017 witnessed a steep 54.9% decline while tenders were up 25.3 percent compared to September 2017 in India. Major Tenders The Punjab State Power ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Competition is Heating Up in India’s EV Sector

Competition is Heating Up in India’s EV Sector

India’s electric vehicle (EV) sector is becoming competitive. The date for the delivery of electric cars to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is looming close and elsewhere car companies are ...
/ Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage
National Power Portal Provides a Hub for Indian Power Sector Information

Newly Launched National Power Portal Provides a Hub for Indian Power Sector

The National Power Portal (NPP) – a centralized hub for the collation and dissemination of information on the Indian power sector – has been launched. The portal can be accessed ...
/ Grid, Smart Grid
CERC Releases Inter-State Transmission Connectivity Draft Regulations for Solar and Wind Projects

CERC Releases Inter-State Transmission Connectivity Draft Regulations for Solar and Wind Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has released draft regulations for granting Inter-State Transmission Connectivity to solar and wind projects. The proposal, entitled “Grant of Connectivity and General Network Access ...
/ Grid, Utilities
Government Agencies Tender Over 44 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Government Agencies Tender Over 44 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

In the past week, various government agencies in India have tendered rooftop solar projects of over 44 MW. The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) tendered 40 MW of ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Winning Bid Without VGF Quoted in SECI’s Solar Auction

Winning Bid of ₹4.18 (~$0.064)/kWh Without VGF Quoted in SECI’s 5 MW Solar Auction

A winning bid of ₹4.18/kWh without viability gap funding (VGF) was quoted in a 5 MW grid-connected solar PV project auction conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), under ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
ABB Developing Solar Charging Stations for E-Rickshaws in Jabalpur

ABB Developing Solar Charging Stations for E-Rickshaws in Jabalpur

ABB is teaming up with transportation officials in the city of Jabalpur to help create a network of solar-powered charging stations that will be used to power e-rickshaws. ABB has ...
/ Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage
Kadapa Solar PPA Not Yet Signed

PPA Still Not Signed for 250 MW Kadapa Solar Park Project

The power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 250 MW grid-connected solar project at Kadapa Solar Park has not yet been signed, adding to the increasing uncertainty in India’s solar sector ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
1,000 GW of Solar Can be Installed in Middle- and Low-Income Countries by 2030

Study: 1,000 GW of Solar Can be Installed in Middle- and Low-Income Countries by 2030

ISA to Start $1 Billion Pilot Project in 2018 At the ongoing conference of parties (COP)23 in Bonn, the findings of the Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM) feasibility study were ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
Suzlon Group Generated Revenue in H1 FY 2017-18

Suzlon Group Generated Revenue of ₹38.52 Billion in H1 FY 2017-18

Suzlon Group, a renewable energy solutions provider, generated revenue of ₹38.52 billion (~$587.24 million) in the first half of financial year (FY) 2017-18. The company announced pre-forex earnings before interest, ...
/ Other, Press Releases
NITI Aayog Releases Proposal to Develop Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Delhi

NITI Aayog Releases Proposal to Develop Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Delhi

NITI Aayog has released a proposal to develop electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Delhi drafted by AC2SG, a Finland-based Smart Grid Software solutions provider, in collaboration with NITI Aayog ...
/ Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage
Azure Power Wins Contract to Electrify 320 Jharkhand Homes with Mini and Micro-grids

Azure Power Wins Contract to Electrify 320 Jharkhand Homes with Mini and Micro-grids

Azure Power, an independent solar power producer in India, has been awarded a contract by Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) to electrify 320 households across 11 villages through the ...
/ Off-grid, Solar