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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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Uttarakhand Seeks to Empanel EPC Contractors for Decentralized Solar Projects

Uttarakhand Seeks to Empanel EPC Contractors for Decentralized Solar Projects

The Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has floated a tender inviting expression of interest for the empanelment of EPC contractors to develop off-grid and decentralized solar projects. The scope ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Safeguard Duty to be Considered as Change in Law for ACME’s Solar Projects in Karnataka

Safeguard Duty to be Considered as Change in Law for ACME’s Solar Projects in Karnataka

In a recent order, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has stated that the imposition of safeguard duty will be treated as ‘Change in Law’ for ACME Solar’s projects in ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Now, Andhra Pradesh Decides to Withdraw Connectivity of 98 MW of Wind Projects

Now, Andhra Pradesh Decides to Withdraw Connectivity of 98 MW of Wind Projects

In a letter to its chief engineer, the Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (APTRANSCO) has instructed the removal of “irregular connections and loads” from wind energy projects. According to APTRANSCO, ...
/ / Other, Wind
Removal of 1 MW Cap on Net Metering Crucial for India’s Rooftop Solar Growth

Removal of 1 MW Cap on Net Metering Crucial for India’s Rooftop Solar Growth

The rooftop solar market in India has been growing steadily over the last five years. According to the recent Q2 2019 India Solar market update published by Mercom India, cumulative ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tamil Nadu’s New EV Policy Aims to Mobilize ₹500 Billion for Manufacturing in the State

Tamil Nadu’s New EV Policy Aims to Mobilize ₹500 Billion for Manufacturing in the State

The government of Tamil Nadu has launched the state’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2019. The policy aims to mobilize ₹500 billion ($7 billion) investment in EV manufacturing in the state ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Perovskite and CIGS Semiconductors Could Boost Efficiency of Solar Modules

Perovskite and CIGS Semiconductors Could Boost Efficiency of Solar Modules

Combining thin-film solar modules based on perovskite semiconductors with semiconductors made of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS), solar module technology could cross the 30% efficiency mark, according to a ...
/ / Modules, Solar
National Solar Federation Says Domestic Content Requirement May Hurt KUSUM Program

National Solar Federation Says Domestic Content Requirement May Hurt KUSUM Program

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) in a consultative session with industry stakeholders held last week, has expressed its concerns regarding the domestic content requirement (DCR) being mandated ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Haryana Tenders 57 MW of Solar Projects to be Set Up at Three Locations

Haryana Tenders 57 MW of Solar Projects to be Set Up at Three Locations

Haryana Power Generation Company Limited (HPGCL) has issued a tender for three grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects of a total capacity of 57 MW. The scope of work under this tender ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Rajasthan Solar Policy 2019 Sets Target of Achieving 25 GW Capacity by FY 2020-21

Rajasthan Solar Policy 2019 Sets Target of Achieving 25 GW Capacity by FY 2020-21

The Rajasthan government, through the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), has launched its Solar Energy Policy 2019. The policy aims to deploy 25 GW of solar energy capacity in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Haryana DISCOM Calls for Empanelment of Agencies for Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Haryana DISCOM Calls for Empanelment of Agencies for Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVN), a Haryana power distribution company, has issued an expression of interest (EoI) to empanel agencies to install grid-connected rooftop solar systems between 1kW-500 ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Intent Is Not to Terminate Solar and Wind PPAs but to Arrive at Mutually Agreed Tariff_ Andhra

Intent Is Not to Terminate Solar & Wind PPAs but to Arrive at Mutually Agreed Tariff: Andhra

On Friday, September 13, 2019, the Andhra Pradesh High Court heard arguments from legal representatives of the state government and developers in the matter of the state government’s attempt to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Commission Asks DISCOM to Allow Open Access to Captive Wind Generators

Maharashtra Commission Asks DISCOM to Allow Open Access to Captive Wind Energy Generators

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued a common order with respect to five separate petitions which were filed by Ghatge Patil Industries Limited, Liberty Oil Mills Limited, Siddhayu ...
/ / Other, Wind
Maharashtra Commission Allows Modifications in PPAs and PSAs for 252 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Commission Allows Modifications in PPAs and PSAs for 252 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved the requests of a petition filed by the Maharashtra State Power Generation Corporation Limited’s (MSPGCL) for two solar power projects of 150 ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Trading Reduces by Half in August 2019

Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Trading Reduces by Half in August 2019

In the August 2019 renewable energy certificate (REC) trading session, there was a significant fall in the number of solar and non-solar RECs that were traded compared to July. A ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
NLC India, Solar Energy, Tamil Nadu, Tangedco, Renewable Energy, Tender, Commissioned

NLC India Commissions a 95 MW Solar Project, Exceeds 1 GW of Renewable Capacity

The state-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India has reached another milestone with the latest commissioning of a solar project in Tamil Nadu. In a filing on the Bombay Stock Exchange, ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
REIL Issues 3 Tenders to Procure Solar Cells and Module Mounting Structures

REIL Issues 3 Tenders to Procure Solar Cells and Module Mounting Structures

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), the government-owned manufacturer of electronic products, has issued three separate notices inviting tenders for rate contracts for the procurement of 4.5 watts (W) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Railways Floats Tender for 2 MW of Solar Systems To be Installed on Coaches

Indian Railways Floats Tender for 2 MW of Solar Systems To be Installed on Coaches

The Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuels (IROAF) has issued a tender for 2 MW of rooftop solar systems which will be installed on the roof of each trailer coach ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
APTEL Directs Madhya Pradesh DISCOM To Compensate Biomass Developers for Fixed Costs

APTEL Directs Madhya Pradesh DISCOM To Compensate Biomass Developers for Fixed Costs

In a judgment favoring biomass project developers, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has found that in the case of one part tariff, developers cannot be denied fixed cost component ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
BHEL Seeks Vendors to Supply Floatation Platform for a 100 MW Floating Solar Project

BHEL Seeks Vendors to Supply Floatation Platform for a 100 MW Floating Solar Project

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a public sector undertaking, has issued a tender for the design and supply of a complete floatation platform for 100 MW of grid-connected floating solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Himachal Pradesh Launches Program to Deploy 28 MW of Solar Projects

Himachal Pradesh Launches Program to Deploy 28 MW of Solar Projects

The Himachal Pradesh nodal agency, HIMURJA, has announced a program to develop 28 MW of solar projects in the state. The state has invited applicants from within Himachal Pradesh to ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Renewable Developers May Approach National Company Law Tribunal_ RK Singh Warns Andhra

Renewable Developers May Approach National Company Law Tribunal: RK Singh Warns Andhra

The Union Minister of Power R.K. Singh has written a letter to Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, regarding the non-payment of dues from state electricity ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Maharashtra DISCOM Issues Tender for 80 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Projects

Maharashtra DISCOM Issues Tender for 80 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Projects

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender for the procurement of hybrid renewable power to meet its renewable purchase obligation (RPO). The tender also aims ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
IIT Kharagpur to Install 1,100 kW of Solar Systems at its Campus

IIT Kharagpur to Install 1,100 kW of Solar Systems at its Campus

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITKGP) is looking to install grid-connected solar energy projects totaling 1,100 kW at its campus. The institution has issued a tender for the design, ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Rooftop Solar Subsidies Should be Transferred to Beneficiaries, Not System Integrators

Rooftop Solar Subsidies Should be Transferred to Beneficiaries, Not System Integrators

The Uttar Pradesh Solar Energy Developer Association (UPSEDA) has written a letter to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the additional secretary of the cabinet secretariat highlighting ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has issued a tender for 50 MW of rooftop solar projects under the RESCO model.

Tender Floated For 50 MW of Rooftop Solar on Government Buildings in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL) has issued a tender for 50 MW of rooftop solar projects under the RESCO model. The scope of work under this tender would ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions