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:


Utility-scale Solar Project

DISCOM and Developers Agree on Renegotiated Tariff of ₹4.95 (~$0.0762)/kWh in Jharkhand to Develop 685 MW of Solar Projects

Mercom has confirmed that in Jharkhand, power purchase agreements (PPAs) for a total of 685 MW of solar projects out of 1.1 GW will be signed over the next few ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
Tata Power Solar

Tata Power Solar CEO Says India’s Solar Manufacturing Sector Needs Support to Become Competitive

The following is from a conversation Mercom India had with Tata Power Solar CEO Ashish Khanna at the Renewable Energy Expo 2017 in Greater Noida, India. This is the first ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat Government Agencies Push the Low Bid to ₹2.65/kWh in 500 MW GUVNL Auction in India

Gujarat Government Agencies Push the Low Bid to ₹2.65/kWh in 500 MW GUVNL Auction in India

A low tariff of ₹2.65 (~$0.0413)/kWh was quoted in the recently held Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) 500 MW solar auction with aggressive bidding by Gujarat government agencies. The ...
/ Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Anti-Dumping Investigation May Drag on for a Year

Anti-Dumping Investigation May Drag on for a Year

The anti-dumping investigation on solar imports from China, Taiwan and Malaysia may drag on for a year. The deadline to submit data pertaining to solar exports to India by companies ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Azure Power Govt Building Rooftop Solar

Azure Power to Develop 50 MW of Rooftop Solar to Electrify Government Buildings

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has awarded Azure Power with a contract to develop 50 MW of rooftop solar in India. Azure Power will be developing rooftop projects ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
DC Solar System

MNRE Clarifies DC Solar Systems Guidelines for Off-grid and Grid Connected Applications

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued clarification for DC system configurations applicable to Off-grid and Grid-connected Solar PV applications. The MNRE indicated that a clause in ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Rooftop Solar in India

Ujaas Energy Wins Contracts to Develop Over 22 MW of Rooftop Solar in India

Ujaas Energy has won contracts to develop a total of 22.03 MW of grid-connected solar across India through three different tenders. The company received a letter of award (LOA) from ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
Charanka Solar Park in Gujarat

Vikram Solar Commissions 80 MW of Solar at Charanka Solar Park in Gujarat

Vikram Solar commissioned 80 MW of solar at Gujarat’s Charanka Solar Park for Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited (GIPCL). The capacity comprises two projects of 40 MW each. These projects ...
/ Solar, Utility Scale
Indonesia ADB Loan Energy Sector

ADB to Provide $1.1 Billion Loan to Strengthen Indonesia’s Energy Sector

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $1.1 billion in loan to Indonesia to diversify and strengthen its energy sector. According to an ADB release, “The Board of Directors today ...
/ Grid, Utilities
MNRE De-empanels Rooftop Partners

MNRE De-Empanels 26 Rooftop Installers for One Year

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has de-empaneled 26 firms and agencies active in the rooftop solar sector in India. The MNRE re-instated 45 rooftop installers that were ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
MNRE Guidelines VGF

MNRE Amends Guidelines for Solar Viability Gap Funding Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guideline for implementation of the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) program for solar under the National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase-II ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Component

MNRE Issues New Order to Crackdown on Solar Component Quality

As solar project developers look to procure the cheapest possible components to bid at the lowest tariff in auctions, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Panel

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Cancels PPAs for 100 MW of Solar

The Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has cancelled power purchase agreements (PPAs) for two 50 MW solar projects in Madhya Pradesh. These projects were being developed by a ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
CEEW Study Solar PHCs

Solar Power Drastically Improves Healthcare Systems in Chhattisgarh: CEEW

In a study, the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) found that solar-powered primary healthcare centers (PHCs) in Chhattisgarh admitted over 50 percent more patients and conducted almost twice ...
/ Off-grid, Solar
CERC APPC Cost Solar Wind

CERC Sets ₹3.48/kWh as the National Average Power Purchase Cost for Open Access

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has set the national average power purchase cost (APPC) at ₹3.48 (~$0.0542)/kWh, barring a few states for open access. According to CERC the APPC ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
ABB Azure Power Solar Inverters 750 Railway Stations

ABB Partners with Azure to Power 750 Railway Stations in India

ABB, a global solar inverter supplier, in partnership with Azure Power will be providing solar inverters to support rooftop solar systems installations in 750 railway stations in the northern part ...
/ Inverters & BOS, Solar
Shri @PiyushGoyal handing over @MNREIndia to Shri R.K. Singh

After Solid Accomplishments, Piyush Goyal Makes Way for Raj Kumar Singh as India’s New Minister of Power

In a recent cabinet shuffle, Mr. Piyush Goyal was promoted to the position of Minister of Railways and Coal and Mr. Raj Kumar Singh took over his old role as ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
KERC Wind Tariff Bidding

KERC Sets ₹3.74/kWh as Benchmark Tariff for Wind Projects in Karnataka

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has fixed ₹3.74 (~$0.058)/kWh as the generic tariff for wind projects in Karnataka. The new benchmark tariff will be applicable through March 31, 2018 ...
/ Other, Wind
Exporters Data Extension DGAD

Extensions Given to Solar Module Exporters in DGAD Anti-Dumping Investigation

The office of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) India has extended the time to return responses to the anti-dumping investigation on solar imports from China, Taiwan ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
NDB China Solar Project

Construction of BRICS Bank Funded 100 MW Rooftop Solar Project Begins in Shanghai

The construction of the 100 MW Shanghai Lingang Distributed Solar Power project has begun in Shanghai, China. The project is being funded by BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and will ...
/ Rooftop, Solar
RREC REC Mechanism Renewable Projects

Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Suspends Approval of Renewable Energy Projects Under REC Mechanism

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has suspended the approval of all renewable energy (wind, solar) projects under the REC Mechanism in Rajasthan. The RRECL has issued the order ...
/ Markets & Policy, Solar
Non Solar REC Trading Wind IEX PXIL Aug 2017

Sale of Non-Solar RECs Decline

With obligated entities required to pay the old renewable energy certificate (REC) rate of ₹1,500/REC,  the total number of non-solar RECs sold in August 2017 was 2,89,505, 42 percent lower ...
/ Other, Renewable Energy
Govt. of India NTPC 5% Stake

Investors Get to Participate in India Solar Story with Government Sale of 5 Percent Stake in NTPC

The Government of India is selling a five percent stake in the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), a state-owned public utility, and the largest power utility in India, for $1.03 ...
/ Finance and M&A, Solar
Inox Wind Adani Wind Order SECI

Inox Wind to Supply 100 MW of Wind Turbines to Adani for Wind Project in Gujarat

Inox Wind, a wind energy solutions providers, has closed a deal to develop a 100 MW wind power project for Adani Green Energy, part of the Adani Group, in Kutch, ...
/ Other, Wind
REC Mahagenco 13K Loan

Rural Electrification Corporation Provides $2 Billion Loan to MAHAGENCO to Develop Thermal and Renewable Energy Projects

The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), a public sector unit of the Government of India involved in financing all segments of power sector, has provided a ₹130 billion (~$2 billion) loan ...
/ Grid, Utilities