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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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Haryana Retenders 300 MW of Solar Projects Amid Tepid Response

Haryana Retenders 300 MW of Solar Projects Amid Tepid Response

The Haryana Power Purchase Company (HPCC) has invited Requests for Proposal (RfP) for the procurement of power from 300 MW of solar projects. The tender has been floated on behalf ...
Former President of Tata Motors Backs E-Scooter Startup BattRE

Former President of Tata Motors Backs E-Scooter Startup BattRE

BattRE, a technology-driven startup manufacturing electric scooters, has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Tata Motors’ former President Gajendra Chandel. The funds will be utilized for the launch of ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
AIIB to Provide $100 Million Loan to L&T for Solar and Wind Projects Financing in India

AIIB to Provide $100 Million Loan to L&T for Solar and Wind Projects Financing in India

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced that it will provide a $100 million loan to L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (LTIF). The loan proceeds will be used to ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
BHEL Seeks BoS Vendors for 5 MW of Floating Solar Projects in West Bengal

BHEL Seeks BoS Vendors for 5 MW of Floating Solar Projects in West Bengal

State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued a tender for the supply of Balance of System (BoS) items needed for the installation of the 5 MW of floating solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Central Electronics Limited Floats Tender for 50 MW of Solar Projects in Maharashtra

Central Electronics Limited Floats Tender for 50 MW of Solar Projects in Maharashtra

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise, has issued a tender for 50 MW of grid-tied solar PV projects ranging from 500 kW to 10 MW at various ...
Andhra Government Summons Wind Power Developers for Retrospective Tariff Negotiation

Andhra Government Summons Wind Power Developers for Retrospective Tariff Negotiation

Continuing with its decision to renegotiate the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for wind and solar power projects signed during the former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s tenure, the present government of ...
/ / Other, Wind
Singapore Calls for Developers to Bid for 50 MW of Floating Solar Project

Singapore Calls Developers to Bid for 50 MW of Floating Solar Projects

Public Utilities Board of Singapore is looking for eligible bidders for a 50 MW floating solar PV project in the Tengeh Reservoir. The last date for bid submission has been ...
Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to September 2019

Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters Extended to September 2019

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for the Bureau of Indian Standards certification of solar inverters. Considering that the series guidelines for inverters are ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc in Madhya Pradesh, Damage a 250 MW Solar Project

The onslaught of monsoon and severe weather has caused significant damage to a 250 MW solar PV project in Madhya Pradesh. Heavy rainfall and lightning accompanied by storm with wind ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
GAIL Issues Tender for Operation and Maintenance of a 5 MW Solar Project in Jaisalmer

GAIL Issues Tender for Operation and Maintenance of a 5 MW Solar Project in Jaisalmer

The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has issued an annual domestic bidding contract for the operation and maintenance of a 5 MW solar PV project at Ramgarh, Jaisalmer. The ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
SunEdison to Acquire Two Renewable Companies for $21.2 Million

SunEdison to Acquire Two Renewable Companies for $21.2 Million

Chennai-based renewable energy company SunEdison Infrastructure Limited (formerly YKM Industries Limited) has informed of the acquisition of Megamic Electronics Private Limited and Enrecover Energy Solutions Private Limited, according to a ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Maharashtra DISCOM to Amend EPAs for Purchase of 500 MW of Wind Power

Maharashtra DISCOM to Amend EPAs for Purchase of 500 MW of Wind Power

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has received the approval it sought from the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) for deviations in the standard bidding document for the ...
/ / Other, Wind
353 Million LED Bulbs Distributed Under Government’s UJALA Program

353 Million LED Bulbs Distributed Under Government’s UJALA Program

Under the government’s UJALA program, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited has distributed over 353 million LED bulbs so far. This, in turn, has resulted in an estimated energy savings of ...
World’s Largest Single-Site Solar Project Commissioned at Sweihan, Abu Dhabi

World’s Largest Single-Site Solar Project Commissioned at Sweihan, Abu Dhabi

Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest single-site solar power project located at Sweihan which has an installed capacity of 1,177 MW, has been successfully commissioned. The project is a Joint ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Tirupati Joins the Club of Solar-Powered Airports

Tirupati Joins the Club of Solar-Powered Airports

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has inaugurated a 1 MW ground-mounted solar project at Tirupati’s Renigunta International airport. Fourth Partner Energy commissioned the project. The club of solar-powered airports ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Andhra Pradesh to Issue Recovery Notices to Solar, Wind Projects for Loss Caused to DISCOM

Andhra Pradesh to Issue Recovery Notices to Solar, Wind Projects for Loss Caused to DISCOM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy held a review meeting with the state’s energy department to deliberate on the recent decision to revisit the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) of the ...
Solar Developers Seek Transparency in DISCOM Payments, Approvals and Grid Curtailment

Solar Developers Seek Transparency in DISCOM Payments, Approvals and Grid Curtailment

In the recent strategic meeting held by the Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA), the key industry stakeholders deliberated upon major issues affecting the developers ranging from deviation settlement issues to ...
FICCI Endorses Battery Swapping Facilities to Boost EV Adoption Under FAME Program

FICCI Endorses Battery Swapping Facilities to Boost EV Adoption Under FAME Program

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has suggested the inclusion of the battery swapping model of charging under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles ...
Solar Developers Association Writes to MNRE on Non-Payment of Dues by Telangana DISCOMs

Solar Developers Association Writes to MNRE on Non-Payment of Dues by Telangana DISCOMs

The Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA) has written to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) regarding the overdue payments from state distribution companies to solar power developers. The ...
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, ...
Another Bid Deadline Extension for SECI’s 97.5 MW Rooftop Solar Tender

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