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Saumy Prateek Saumy has been with MercomIndia.com 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. More articles from Saumy Prateek.

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JERC for Goa and Union Territories Issues Open Access Regulations for 2018

JERC for Goa and Union Territories Issues Open Access Regulations for 2018

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories has come up with open access regulations for the intra-state transmission and distribution for the year ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
SAUBHAGYA Program Launched in Meghalaya

SAUBHAGYA Program Launched in Meghalaya

Meghalaya has become the latest state to become a participant of the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (SAUBHAGYA) program, which aims to provide last-mile connectivity to all willing ...
/ / Grid, Markets & Policy
MNRE to Soon Announce Benchmark Cost for Off-Grid and Rooftop Solar for FY 2018-19

MNRE to Soon Announce Benchmark Cost for Off-Grid and Rooftop Solar for FY 2018-19

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has notified that it is soon going to announce the new benchmark cost for off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and rooftop solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Asks Implementing Agencies to Adhere to Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Guidelines

MNRE Asks Implementing Agencies to Adhere to Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Guidelines

In a new notification, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has asked all the implementing agencies in the country to adhere to the grid-connected rooftop (GCRT) solar guidelines ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Over 80% of Recent Solar Auctions in India Won by Larger Solar Developers

Over 80% of Recent Solar Auctions in India Won by Larger Solar Developers

The solar sector in India is rapidly expanding with increasing participation from a mix of domestic and foreign developers. However, a detailed analysis of the winners of major solar auctions ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Lightsource BP and Everstone Group Form Joint Venture for Green Infrastructure in India

Lightsource BP and Everstone Group Form Joint Venture for Green Infrastructure in India

Lightsource BP, a global renewable energy development firm, and investment firm Everstone Group have teamed up to create a major fund management platform called EverSource Capital for the development of ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Rajasthan Aims to Cross 3 GW Mark of Installed Solar PV Capacity by April 2019

Rajasthan Aims to Cross 3 GW Mark of Installed Solar PV Capacity by April 2019

Rajasthan is likely to cross 3 GW mark in installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity soon, according to the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RREC). Twenty solar projects aggregating 1.5 GW in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
ReNew Power Fined for Project Commissioning Delay but PPA Not Terminated

ReNew Power Fined for Project Commissioning Delay but PPA Not Terminated

The Supreme Court of India has asked renewable energy project developer ReNew Power to pay a penalty of ₹119 million (~$1,827,700) to the Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uttarakhand Issues Cross-Subsidy Surcharge for Open Access Customers

Uttarakhand Issues Cross-Subsidy Surcharge for Open Access Customers

The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has issued the terms and conditions of intra-state open access for 2018 under which the agency has introduced a cross-subsidy surcharge for open access ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
NLC India May Lose ₹1.36/kWh for 500 MW of Solar Projects Due to Delays in Commissioning

NLC India May Lose ₹1.36/kWh for 500 MW of Solar Projects Due to Delays in Commissioning

Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India might have to bear a loss of ₹1.36 (~$0.020)/kWh for the 500 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are being developed in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Increases Tendered Capacity of Floating Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh to 150 MW

SECI Increases Tendered Capacity of Floating Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh to 150 MW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has increased the capacity of the recently tendered floating solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the state of Uttar Pradesh from 100 MW to ...
Lack of Clarity in Safeguard Duty Pass-Through Option is Stifling Solar Project Development

Lack of Clarity on Safeguard Duty Pass-Through Option is Stifling Solar Project Development

The current widespread sentiment in the country’s solar industry is that of discontent and uncertainty, with sprinkles of hope. While the government’s ambitious solar trajectory is inching closer to its ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uttar Pradesh to Charge Developers for Under and Over Generation of Solar and Wind Power

Uttar Pradesh Issues Draft Regulations for Solar and Wind Deviation Charges

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has issued draft regulations for the forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement of solar and wind power generation. The new regulation states that UPERC would ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
GUVNL Cancels Recently Held 500 MW Solar Auction Citing High Tariffs

GUVNL Cancels Recently Held 500 MW Solar Auction Citing High Tariffs

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has scrapped the recently conducted auction for the development of  500 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the state. According to ...
Green Energy Association to Appeal APTEL REC Order to the Supreme Court

Green Energy Association to Appeal APTEL REC Order to the Supreme Court

The Green Energy Association has decided to appeal the recent order passed by the Appellate Tribunal of Electricity (APTEL) regarding floor and forbearance prices of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Recently, ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Mahindra Susten Emerges as Lowest Bidder in NLC India’s 20 MW Solar with BESS Auction

Mahindra Susten Emerges as Lowest Bidder in NLC India’s 20 MW Solar with BESS Auction

Mahindra Susten has emerged as the lowest (L1) bidder in the auction held by Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India for the development of 20 MW of solar project with battery ...
Ministry of Power Says No License Required for Operating EV Charging Stations

Ministry of Power Says No License Required for Operating EV Charging Stations

The Ministry of Power has issued a clarification stating that no license is required to operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in India. This is a positive news for the ...
Madras High Court Dismisses Petition Filed Against Levy of Safeguard Duty

Madras High Court Dismisses Petition Filed Against Levy of Safeguard Duty

The Madras High Court has dismissed the writ petition filed by domestic project developer Shapoorji & Pallonji against the levy of 70 percent safeguard duty for 200 days as prescribed ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Commissions a 6 MW Solar Project in Karnataka

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Commissions 6 MW of Solar Projects

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), a subsidiary of India’s state Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), has commissioned solar photovoltaic (PV) projects aggregating 6.063 MW within the MRPL refinery ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NREDCAP Issues Empanelment Tender for 35 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

NREDCAP Issues Empanelment Tender for 35 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) has issued an empanelment tender for rooftop solar installers in the state. The tender covers rooftop solar projects with ...
Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Tenders 250 MW of Wind Projects

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Tenders 250 MW of Wind Projects

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has tendered 250 MW of wind power projects to be developed in the state. The bid-submission deadline is May 10, 2018. MSEDCL ...
/ / Other, Wind
World Bank Approves $55 Million for Renewable Energy in Bangladesh

World Bank Approves $55 Million for Renewable Energy in Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved $55 million in financing to expand the use of renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh that grid electricity cannot easily reach. The funds will ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
APTEL Dismisses Petitions Against New Solar and Non-Solar REC Pricing Issued by CERC

APTEL Dismisses Petitions Against New Solar and Non-Solar REC Pricing Issued by CERC

The Appellate Tribunal of Electricity (APTEL) has dismissed petitions filed by stakeholders against the issue of new forbearance and floor prices for solar and non-solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) by ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
UL Interview_ New quality standards for solar modules will help consolidate growth in the Indian solar sector

UL Interview: New Quality Standards for Solar Modules Will Help Consolidate Growth in the Indian Solar Sector

The government’s recently introduced Quality Control Order has received mixed reactions from domestic solar sector stakeholders. A plethora of project developers are unhappy with the timing of the order, though ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
RRECL Issues Counter Offer to Develop 18 MW of Rooftop Solar PV

RRECL Issues Counter Offer to Develop 18 MW of Rooftop Solar PV

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd. (RRECL) has issued a counter offer order for the installation of 18 MW of grid‑connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across the state. The ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar