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About Shaurya Bajaj

Shaurya is a staff reporter at MercomIndia.com with experience working in the Indian solar energy industry for the past four years in various roles. Prior to joining Mercom, Shaurya worked with a renewable energy developer and a consulting company. Shaurya holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. 

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Solar Now Accounts for 9.2% of India’s Total Installed Power Capacity

Solar Now Accounts for 9.2% of India’s Total Installed Power Capacity

In the quarter ending September 2019, India’s total renewable energy capacity (including large hydro) stood at 130.68 GW. This translates into approximately 35.7% of the total installed power capacity in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar MSMEs are Not Benefiting from Safeguard Duty and Domestic Content Rules

Solar MSMEs are Not Benefiting from Safeguard Duty and Domestic Content Rules

Over the past year and a half, the government has launched several policy measures to support the domestic solar manufacturing industry — these range from the imposition of a safeguard ...
October’s Solar REC Trading Sees Record High Price of ₹2,400

October’s Solar REC Trading Sees Record High Price of ₹2,400

In October’s renewable energy certificate (REC) trading session, there was an increase in the number of solar and non-solar RECs that were traded compared with the trading activity recorded in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Solar Inverter Supplier Ginlong Reports 82% Jump in Revenue During Q3 2019

Solar Inverter Supplier Ginlong Reports 82% Jump in Revenue During Q3 2019

String solar inverter supplier, Ginlong Technologies, has reported revenues of $52 million in the third quarter (Q3) of the calendar year 2019 compared to Q3 2018. This jump in revenue ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE’s New Solar Bidding Guidelines Say No Power Backdown Without Formal Instructions

MNRE’s New Solar Bidding Guidelines Say No Power Backdown Without Formal Instructions

To expedite and streamline the process of developing solar projects, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued amendments to its guidelines for the competitive bidding process. The ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Economic Slowdown Has Taken a Toll on Indian Rooftop Solar Market_ Solis Interview

Economic Slowdown Has Taken a Toll on Indian Rooftop Solar Market: Solis Interview

In August 2019, Mercom reported that in the first half of the year, the top five solar inverter manufacturers in China accounted for 36.44% of inverter exports globally from China ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
ReNew, Avaada, UPC Renewables & Tata Power are Winners in the 960 MW SECI Auction

ReNew, Avaada, UPC Renewables & Tata Power are Winners in the 960 MW SECI Auction

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has awarded 960 MW of inter-state transmission system (ISTS-VI) connected solar projects in a recently concluded auction. The auction winners included ReNew Power ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Gujarat Files Petition to Purchase Surplus Solar Power from MSMEs at ₹1.75_kWh

Gujarat Files Petition to Purchase Surplus Solar Power from MSMEs at ₹1.75/kWh

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) recently filed a petition with the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) to get the tariff approved for purchasing surplus solar power generated by ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Releases Draft Regulation for Tariff Determination of Renewable Projects (1)

Maharashtra Releases Draft Regulation for Tariff Determination of Renewable Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued the draft version for its tariff determination regulation order for renewable projects that are commissioned in the state for the generation and ...
/ / Markets & Policy
Price Competition Translates into Technological Competition_ Growatt Interview (1)

Price Competition Translates into Technological Competition: Growatt Interview

For solar project developers in the country, the decision to choose one inverter over the other is becoming increasingly difficult, given the rapid expansion of the segment, and numerous entrants ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
North-East India Continues to Have the Highest Power Supply Deficit in First Half of FY20

North-East India Continues to Have the Highest Power Supply Deficit in First Half of FY20

India’s power supply deficit stood at 0.5% during the six months between April and September 2019, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). During these six months, 683,389 million units ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Other
Maharashtra’s Draft Policy Sets Solar RPO Target at 4.5% for 2020-21

Maharashtra’s Draft Policy Sets Solar RPO Target at 4.5% for 2020-21

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued a draft policy announcing its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) from 2020 to 2025. The solar RPO targets mentioned in the policy draft ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
APTEL Orders Karnataka DISCOM to Clear Dues of Azure Power for Solar Supply by November End

APTEL Orders Karnataka DISCOM to Clear Dues of Azure Power for Solar Supply by November End

In a case between Azure Power and Gulbarga Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (GESCOM), the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has ordered the distribution company (DISCOM) to pay all of its ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Delhi to Procure Another Batch of 300 Electric Buses

Delhi to Procure Another Batch of 300 Electric Buses

To modernize its fleet sustainably, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has issued a tender to procure 300 low floor electric buses. Suppliers of the buses would be expected to provide ...
AAI Floats Tender to Procure Open Access Solar Power for Amritsar Airport

AAI Floats Tender to Procure Open Access Solar Power for Amritsar Airport

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has issued a tender for the procurement of solar power by Amritsar Airport through open access. According to the tender documents, Amritsar Airport is ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Hyderabad’s Police Academy Floats Tender for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Hyderabad’s Police Academy Floats Tender for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel (SVP) National Police Academy has issued a tender for the development of a rooftop solar project of 1 MW capacity. According to the tender documents, the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
IIT Seeks E-Cycle Suppliers for its Patna Campus

IIT Seeks E-Cycle Suppliers for its Patna Campus

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna has floated an expression of interest (EoI) for providing electric cycles on use and pay basis for the staff and students at the ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar Tender Attracts Technical Bids from Four Developers

SECI’s 1.2 GW Solar Tender Attracts Technical Bids from Four Developers

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received bids totaling 1,200 MW capacity for setting up solar energy projects. The projects developed are to be connected with the interstate transmission ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Hild Energy Bags 40 MW of Solar Projects Floated by EESL for Maharashtra

Hild Energy Bags 40 MW of Solar Projects Floated by EESL for Maharashtra

Hild Energy has announced that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract from the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for the development of 40 MW of ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
SECI Revises Tariff Ceiling for its 1,200 MW Wind Tender to ₹2.93_kWh

SECI Revises Tariff Ceiling for its 1,200 MW Wind Tender to ₹2.93/kWh

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued an amendment revising the tariff ceiling for a 1,200 MW wind tender that it had floated last month. In September 2019, SECI ...
/ / Other, Wind
SECI Issues 400 MW Tender for Round the Clock Supply of Renewables with Energy Storage

SECI Issues 400 MW Tender for Round the Clock Supply of Renewables with Energy Storage

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender to procure 400 MW (2x200 MW) of renewable energy on round the clock basis. The energy procured through these projects ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Respite for Developers as Andhra Commission Approves Tariff for 1.7 GW of Solar Projects

Respite for Developers as Andhra Commission Approves Tariff for 1.7 GW of Solar Projects

In a respite for renewable developers in the state, the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Authority (APERC) has approved the tariff for three solar park projects - 750 MW (Phase - ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
APTEL Stalls DERC from Imposing Penalty on Tata Power DISCOM for RPO Non-Compliance

APTEL Stalls DERC from Imposing Penalty on Tata Power DISCOM for RPO Non-Compliance

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has provided relief to the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) after it was penalized by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) for not meeting ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BHEL Floats Tender for 50 MW of Solar Projects in Maharashtra

BHEL Floats Tender for 50 MW of Solar Projects in Maharashtra

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued a tender for a 50 MW (AC) solar power project for MAHAGENCO. This solar project will be located at Kaudgaon in Maharashtra. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Has Safeguard Duty Created a Market for Domestic Small-Scale Solar Manufacturers_

Has Safeguard Duty Created a Market for Domestic Small-Scale Solar Manufacturers?

In July 2018, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) recommended a safeguard duty on cells and modules imported from China and Malaysia, which upended the solar supply chain in ...