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About Saumy Prateek

Saumy Prateek Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com 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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Uphold Must-Run Status of Solar & Wind Projects: High Court to Andhra Pradesh

Stop Curtailing Solar and Wind Power: High Court to Andhra Pradesh

The Amaravati High Court has issued an order asking the state load despatch center (SLDC) and the state’s transmission company (APTRANSCO) to stop the curtailment of power from solar and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Karnataka Sets New Generic Tariff for Solar Projects

Karnataka Sets New Generic Tariff for Solar Projects

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has issued an order setting the generic tariff for solar projects in the state for the period starting April 1, 2019, and ending March ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uttar Pradesh Gives One-Time Exemption to Rooftop Solar Consumers to Avail Net Metering

Uttar Pradesh Gives One-Time Exemption to Rooftop Solar Consumers to Avail Net Metering

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has granted one-time relaxation in its rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) regulations at the behest of Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Delhi’s 21.5 MW IPGCL Rooftop Solar Auction Results Announced for RESCO and CAPEX Modes

Delhi’s 21.5 MW IPGCL Rooftop Solar Auction Results Announced for RESCO and CAPEX Modes

The Indraprastha Power Generation Company (IPGCL) has auctioned 21.5 MW of rooftop solar projects to be developed under RESCO and CAPEX mode in Delhi. When contacted, an IPGCL official informed, “Under RESCO ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Andhra Allocates ₹5.57 Billion Towards Payment Security Mechanism for Power Purchase

Andhra Allocates ₹5.57 Billion Towards Payment Security Mechanism for Power Purchase

The state government of Andhra Pradesh has set aside a sum of ₹5.57 billion (~$79 million) towards payment security mechanism as notified by the government recently. The amount will be ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Telangana Likely to Tender 1 GW of Solar, Enable One Time Settlement of Power Dues

Telangana Likely to Tender 1 GW of Solar, Enable One Time Settlement of Power Dues

The Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrashekar Rao, has proposed that 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects be developed in the state to make affordable solar PV power accessible ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Clarifies Renewables Fixed Charges Calculation for Payment Security Mechanism

MNRE Clarifies Renewables Fixed Charges Calculation for Payment Security Mechanism

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification regarding fixed charges in the newly issued payment security mechanism regulations. The ministry has stated that in the case ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Maharashtra Commission Allows Deviation in Bidding Guidelines for Solar Projects

Maharashtra Commission Allows Deviation in Bidding Guidelines for Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved the deviation to the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from solar projects sought by the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan to Levy Additional Charges for Sustained Deviation in Scheduling of Power

Rajasthan to Levy Additional Charges for Sustained Deviation in Scheduling of Power

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued a methodology for sign change and additional charges for its violation under the Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM). According to the commission, if there ...
AIIMS Seeks Bidders to Set Up 10 MW of Solar Projects at National Cancer Institute in Haryana

AIIMS Seeks Bidders to Set Up 10 MW of Solar Projects at National Cancer Institute in Haryana

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) from bidders to set up 10 MW of solar projects at the National Cancer Institute located ...
Further Reduction in Indian Solar Module Price Unlikely_ Adani Interview

Adani Interview: Further Reduction in Indian Solar Module Price Unlikely

In a recently-released report, Mercom observed that in Q1 2019, the average selling price of domestic solar modules declined by about 3.5% from $0.277 (~₹19)/W to $0.268 (~₹18)/W. Indian modules ...
Punjab Floats Tender for 1,699 kW of Rooftop Solar Capacity Across 40 Sites

Punjab Floats Tender for 1,699 kW of Rooftop Solar Capacity Across 40 Sites

The Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) has issued a tender to set up rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 1,699 kW on various buildings owned by it. These rooftop ...
Government’s Advisory on How to Avail ISTS Waiver for Solar & Wind Projects

Government’s Advisory on How to Avail ISTS Waiver for Solar & Wind Projects

The Government of India has issued an advisory for submitting required documents for the waiver of interstate transmission system (ISTS) charges and losses on the transmission of electricity generated from ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Carbon Nanotubes Could Help Increase Efficiency of Solar Modules

Carbon Nanotubes Could Help Increase Efficiency of Solar Modules

Rice University scientists are designing arrays of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes to channel mid-infrared radiation (heat) and significantly raise the efficiency of solar energy systems. According to the research, carbon ...
/ / Modules, Solar
Lack of Insurance for Solar Modules Holding Back Indian-Made Modules

Lack of Insurance for Solar Modules Holding Back India-Made Modules

Indian manufacturers have made solid inroads supplying to the domestic market after the safeguard duty was imposed on imported modules from China, Malaysia, and Taiwan last year, according to Mercom ...
After High Court’s Stay on PPA Revision, Andhra Pradesh Begins Curtailing Wind Power

After High Court’s Stay, Andhra Pradesh Begins Curtailing Wind Power Severely

The situation in Andhra Pradesh has become a matter of concern for solar and wind project developers. The issue has escalated over the past week with renewable developers approaching the ...
/ / Other, Wind
Andhra High Court Imposes Stay Order on State’s Move to Reduce Solar & Wind Tariffs

Andhra High Court Imposes Stay Order on State’s Move to Reduce Solar & Wind Tariffs

Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company’s (APSPDCL) decision to revise solar and wind tariffs have been dealt another blow. In a significant order that reviewed writ petitions by nine developers, ...
Maharashtra Entities Asked to Refund Evacuation Cost Incurred by Bagasse-Based Project

Maharashtra Entities Asked to Refund Evacuation Cost Incurred by Bagasse-Based Project

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has ruled in favor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Sahakari Sakar Karkhana Ltd. which had filed a petition regarding its 25.7 MW bagasse-based cogeneration power ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
BHEL Issues O&M Tender for 1.4 MW of Solar Projects in Assam

BHEL Issues O&M Tender for 1.4 MW of Solar Projects in Assam

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued an operation and maintenance tender for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) and ground-mounted solar PV projects aggregating 1.42 MW at various locations of Oil ...
SECI’s CPSU Tender for 2 GW of Solar Projects Left Undersubscribed by 932 MW

SECI’s CPSU Tender for 2 GW of Solar Projects Left Undersubscribed by 847 MW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)’s tender for setting up 2,000 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects (Tranche-I) under the second phase of the Central Public Sector ...
SECI’s 1,200 MW Wind Tender Receives Bids Totaling 2,190 MW

Opposing PPA Reviews, Renewable Developers Move High Court Against Andhra DISCOM

After the state distribution company (DISCOM) issued letters to entities and developers to revise tariffs for solar and wind projects which already have power purchase and sale agreements (PPAs and ...
DISCOMs Feel the Heat_ No Letter of Credit, No Advance Payment, No Power

DISCOMs Feel the Heat: No Letter of Credit, No Advance Payment, No Power

The Ministry of Power has issued procedural guidelines for the scheduling of power to distribution companies in case of non-maintenance of the line of credit under the payment security mechanism. Recently, Minister ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
LONGi Solar Records 41% YoY Revenue Growth In the First Half of 2019

Gujarat Approves Proposal to Tweak Change in Law Clause for Solar Projects

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved the proposed deviations to the competitive bidding guidelines for procuring power from grid-connected solar projects by Torrent Power Limited. Torrent Power Limited ...
KUSUM Program to Get ₹344 Billion to Add Solar Capacity of 26 GW by 2022

KUSUM Program to Get ₹344 Billion to Add Solar Capacity of 26 GW by 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued detailed guidelines to implement the KUSUM program for India’s farmers to solarize agriculture. Solar power is one of the most ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Ministry of Power Amends Competitive Bidding Guidelines for Wind Procurement

Ministry of Power Amends Competitive Bidding Guidelines for Wind Procurement

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has amended the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from grid-connected wind energy projects. This is the first time that these competitive bidding guidelines for ...
/ / Other, Wind