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About Soumik Dutta

Soumik is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, Soumik was a correspondent for UNI, New Delhi covering the Northeast region for seven years. He has also worked as an Asia Correspondent for Washington DC-based Hundred Reporters. He has contributed as a freelancer to several national and international digital publications with a focus on data-based investigative stories on environmental corruption, hydro power projects, energy transition and the circular economy. Soumik is an Economics graduate from Scottish Church College, Calcutta University.

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Wind Generators in Rajasthan Face Payment Delays and Non-Renewal of PPAs

Wind Generators in Rajasthan Face Payment Delays and Non-Renewal of PPAs

The Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RVUNL) has not renewed the Power Purchase Agreements it had signed with wind generators, despite the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) passing an order ...
/ / Other, Wind
Despite MNRE’s Advice, Andhra Pradesh Forms Committee to Revisit Solar & Wind PPAs

Despite MNRE’s Advice, Andhra Pradesh Forms Committee to Revisit Solar & Wind PPAs

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has constituted a high-level negotiation committee (HLNC) to deliberate and bring down the costs in all the high-priced Power Purchase Agreements for wind and solar ...
Encourage Capital to Assist Indian Rooftop Solar Installers Through a $40-Million Equity Fund

Encourage Capital to Assist Indian Rooftop Solar Installers Through a $40-Million Equity Fund

Encourage Solar Finance LLP has announced the first closing of a new private equity fund, Encourage Solar Finance L.P. at $40 million. Encourage Capital is an impact investment asset manager ...
SECI Issues Tenders for Setting Up 2.4 GW of Solar Projects Connected to ISTS Network

SECI Issues Tenders for Setting Up 2.4 GW of Solar Projects Connected to ISTS Network

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued two requests for proposals (RfS) to set up ISTS-connected solar projects totaling 2.4 GW on Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis. Under the ISTS-V, ...
Second Phase of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar PV Program Approved

Punjab Calls for Proposals to Set Up Rooftop Solar Projects Between 1-500 kW

The Punjab Energy Developing Agency (PEDA) has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) for the approval of rates of different capacities of grid-interactive rooftop solar projects in the state. The ...
SECI Announces Tender for 1,800 MW of Wind Projects with a Tariff Cap of ₹2.85/kWh

SECI Announces Tender for 1,800 MW of Wind Projects with a Tariff Cap of ₹2.85/kWh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has come up with a tender for 1,800 MW of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) connected wind power projects under tranche VIII. The projects ...
/ / Other, Wind
NTPC and Power Grid Corporation Form a JV to Enter Consumer Electricity Distribution Business

NTPC and Power Grid Corporation Form a JV to Enter Consumer Electricity Distribution Business

The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) and the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) have signed an agreement to form a joint venture. The joint venture, called the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BHEL Issues Two Tenders for Supply of Balance of Systems for 121 MW of Solar Projects

BHEL Issues Two Tenders for Supply of Balance of Systems for 121 MW of Solar Projects

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a public sector undertaking (PSU) involved in the manufacturing of electrical equipment, has issued a tender for the supply of Balance of System (BoS) items ...
Tariff Caps are Slowing Solar Auction Activity

Tariff Caps are Slowing Down Solar Auction Activity

The solar market in India is extremely competitive. Reverse auctions have driven tariffs lower and lower, and developers are fighting for every penny to make a decent return on their ...
BESCOM Readies Blueprint to Set Up 678 EV Charging Stations in Karnataka

BESCOM Readies Blueprint to Set Up 678 EV Charging Stations in Karnataka

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has drawn a plan for setting up 678 electric vehicles (EV) charging stations across the state of Karnataka. The proposed plan has 100 charging ...
MNRE Modifies Fee Structure for Compulsory Registration of Solar Cells and Modules

MNRE Modifies Fee Structure for Compulsory Registration of Solar Cells and Modules

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended its regulation on compulsory registration of approved models and manufacturers of solar modules and cells in the country. Previously, if ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Andhra Pradesh Announces Tender for 10 MW of Solar-Wind Hybrid Projects

Andhra Pradesh Announces Tender for 10 MW of Solar-Wind Hybrid Projects

The Andhra Pradesh Generation Corporation Limited (APGENCO) has invited bids for 10 MW of grid-connected solar-wind hybrid power projects at Ramagiri, located in Anantipuramu district of Andhra Pradesh. The PPA ...
South Africa’s Kingdom of Eswatini Seeks Developers for 40 MW of Solar Projects

South Africa’s Kingdom of Eswatini Seeks Developers for 40 MW of Solar Projects

The Kingdom of Eswatini in southern Africa has issued a request for qualification (RfQ) for 40 MW of ground-mounted solar projects. The tender has been floated by the Eswatini Energy ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Dubai Announces RFP for Consultants to Develop Floating Solar Projects

Dubai Announces RFP for Consultants to Develop Floating Solar Projects

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for appointing consultants to study, develop, and construct floating solar photovoltaic projects in the Arabian Gulf ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
Newly Commissioned Solar Projects Drive Azure’s Revenue Up 26% to $41 Million in Q4 2019

Newly Commissioned Solar Projects Drive Azure’s Revenue Up 26% to $41 Million in Q4 2019

Independent solar power producer Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE) has announced its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter of the financial year (FY) ending March 31, 2019. The company generated ...
Uttar Pradesh Floats Expression of Interest for EV Charging Stations

Uttar Pradesh Floats Expression of Interest for EV Charging Stations

The Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) to set up charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in cities, highways, and expressways across ...
China’s Cumulative Installed Solar Capacity Stands at Nearly 180 GW_ NEA

China’s Cumulative Installed Solar Capacity Stands at Nearly 180 GW: NEA

The National Energy Association’s (NEA) figures suggest that at the end of March 2019, China’s solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation reached 179.7 GW, an increase of 28% year-on-year, with the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SECI Again Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 500 MW of Solar Projects in Tamil Nadu

Bihar’s New Tender Calls Developers to Set Up 250 MW of Solar Projects

The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has invited bids for setting up 250 MW of grid-connected ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the state. The tender document has indicated ...
Centre Advises Andhra Pradesh Government Against Revisiting Solar, Wind PPAs

Centre Advises Andhra Pradesh Government Against Revisiting Solar, Wind PPAs

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has written a letter to the chief secretary of the government of Andhra Pradesh LV Subramanyam, expressing its serious concerns over the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra to Procure 500 MW of Wind Power at a Ceiling Tariff of ₹2.52_kWh

Maharashtra to Procure 500 MW of Wind Power at a Ceiling Tariff of ₹2.52/kWh

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has invited potential bidders for the procurement of 500 MW of wind power on a long-term basis for eight years. The RfS ...
/ / Other, Wind
Karnataka Floats Tender for Solar-Powered Lights and Fans in 900 Anganawadi Buildings

Wheeling & Banking Agreement Mandatory to Receive Compensation for Solar Power Supplied

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has ruled against providing any relief to Amplus Power Solutions, the developer of a 34.3 MW solar power project in a solar park located ...
Andhra Pradesh to Deploy 350 Electric Buses In Five Cities

Government Seeks Proposals from States for 5,000 Electric Buses

The Department of Heavy Industries (DHI) under the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises has invited expressions of interest from state transport departments for the deployment of 5,000 electric ...
China Approves Over 20 GW of Subsidy-Free Wind and Solar Projects

NTPC Issues Tender Inviting Government Entities to Procure Power from 1 GW of Solar Projects

The National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has issued tender inviting government entities to procure power from 1 GW of solar projects. The projects have been tendered under the DCR ...
Kerala Electricity Board Cancels 200 MW Solar Tender

Kerala Electricity Board Cancels 200 MW Solar Tender

The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) has passed an order for the cancellation of a tender for 200 MW of ground-mounted solar power projects in Kerala. It has also ...
RK Singh Advises Generation Companies to Utilize Renewables to Meet Commitments

RK Singh Returns as the Union Power Minister Under PM Modi’s New Cabinet

Former IAS officer turned bureaucrat politician R.K. Singh has returned as the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) under team Modi 2.0. He ...