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About Rakesh Ranjan

Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.

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APTEL Asks Regulator to Revisit Cross-Subsidy Surcharge for Open Access Power Projects

APTEL Asks Regulator to Revisit Cross-Subsidy Surcharge for Open Access Power Projects

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) recently ruled that the state regulatory commission should revisit the subject of cross-subsidy surcharge on open access projects in Rajasthan as and when it ...
/ / Open Access, Solar
Bids Invited for 16 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems in Hyderabad

Bids Invited for 16 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems in Hyderabad

Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) has invited bids to install and commission 16 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems on the cycling track along two stretches of the ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Sprng Energy, Tata, ReNew, O2 Power Winners in RUMSL’s 750 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Auction

Sprng Energy, Tata, ReNew, O2 Power Winners in RUMSL’s 750 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Auction

Sprng Ojas, Tata Power Renewable Energy, ReNew Solar Power, and TEQ Green Power IX (O2 Power) were declared winners in Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited’s (RUMSL) auction for the development ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
RBI Subsidiary Seeks Consultants for Rooftop Solar Systems at Its Facility in West Bengal

RBI Subsidiary Seeks Consultants for Rooftop Solar Systems at Its Facility in West Bengal

Bhartiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran (BRBNMPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has invited bids for consultancy services to set up grid-connected rooftop solar systems at ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Empanelment Tender Floated for Installation of Grid-Connected and Off-Grid Solar Systems

Empanelment Tender Floated for Installation of Grid-Connected and Off-Grid Solar Systems

ITI Limited, a public sector undertaking under the Department of Telecommunication, has invited bids to empanel a partner for the design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of various solar systems ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Bids Invited for a 1 MW Floating Solar Project in Karnataka

Bids Invited for a 1 MW Floating Solar Project in Karnataka

Karnataka Renewable Energy Development (KREDL) has invited bids to install and commission a 1 MW floating solar power project with the associated transmission system at Apannakere lake in the Kalaburgi ...
Bids Invited for 5 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on Government Buildings in Jharkhand

Bids Invited for 5 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on Government Buildings in Jharkhand

Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has invited bids to install and commission 5 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects of various capacities on government buildings in the state. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Regulator Allows DISCOMs to Buy Green Power from Exchange-Linked Contracts

Regulator Allows DISCOMs to Buy Green Power from Exchange-Linked Contracts

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) recently directed three distribution companies (DISCOMs) to tie up the medium-term and short-term power for their base load at the earliest. It also allowed ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Maharashtra DISCOM Directed to Pay Late Payment Surcharge to a Wind Developer

Maharashtra DISCOM Directed to Pay Late Payment Surcharge to a Wind Developer

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) recently ruled in favor of a wind power developer and said that it was eligible for a late payment surcharge for January 2017 and ...
/ / Other, Wind
NTPC Invites Bids for 1.1 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems at its Facility in Korba

NTPC Invites Bids for 1.1 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems at its Facility in Korba

NTPC has invited bids to develop 1.1 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems on buildings at its facility in Korba, Chhattisgarh. The scope of work includes the supply, erection, testing, ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SECI Invites R&D Proposals to Set Up Pilot Energy Storage Systems

SECI Invites R&D Proposals to Set Up Pilot Energy Storage Systems

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited research and development (R&D) proposals to set up pilot energy storage systems (ESS) and other renewable energy projects and products. The tender ...
Tata Power Signs PPA to Develop a 4 MW Solar Project at Tata Motors Facility in Pune

Tata Power Signs PPA to Develop a 4 MW Solar Project at Tata Motors Facility in Pune

Tata Power entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tata Motors to develop a 4 MW onsite solar power project at Tata Motors' commercial vehicle manufacturing facility in Pune ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BIS Certification Must be Updated and Expedited to Keep Pace with Solar Technologies

BIS Certification Must be Updated and Expedited to Keep Pace with Solar Technologies

Solar module manufacturers have urged the government to update the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for photovoltaic systems and other related -equipment to align with international norms revised last year ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Solar
Bids Invited for 41 MW of Solar Projects at Three GETCO Substations in Gujarat

Bids Invited for 41 MW of Solar Projects at Three GETCO Substations in Gujarat

Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL) has floated three tenders to set up a total of 41 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at the Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO) substations ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Punjab Commission Quashes DISCOM's Decision to Terminate PPAs of Two Solar Projects

Punjab Commission Quashes DISCOM’s Decision to Terminate PPAs of Two Solar Projects

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) recently quashed the order of the Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) terminating the power purchase agreements (PPAs) for procuring power from two solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Bids Invited to Install 3.1 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems at Telangana Government Schools

Bids Invited to Install 3.1 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems at Telangana Government Schools

Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) has invited bids to install and commission 3.07 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems of various capacities with net metering at 1,521 government ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Indian Oil Invites Bids for 1.5 MW of Captive Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh

Indian Oil Invites Bids for 1.5 MW of Captive Solar Projects in Uttar Pradesh

Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) has invited bids for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of 1.485 MW of grid-connected captive solar power projects at its bottling plants in Uttar Pradesh. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Rajasthan Commission Approves Safeguard Duty, GST, and BCD as 'Change in Law' Events

Rajasthan Commission Approves Safeguard Duty, GST, and BCD as ‘Change in Law’ Events

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) recently ruled that the change in rates of safeguard duty, basic customs duty (BCD) on inverters, levy of BCD on the import of solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Denies Start Date Extension of Medium-Term Open Access for a Solar Project

CERC Denies Start Date Extension of Medium-Term Open Access for a Solar Project

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently rejected a solar generator's plea seeking an extension of the start date of medium-term open access (MTOA). It said that the transmission charges ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Karnataka Tops Power Sellers in Green Day Ahead Market in Q1 2022

Karnataka Tops Power Sellers in Green Day Ahead Market in Q1 2022

Karnataka was the top seller of power in the Green Day Ahead Market (GDAM) in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022, accounting for 58.9% of the total power sold in ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Solar
Solar Developer's Plea for Commissioning Deadline Extension Rejected

Solar Developer’s Plea for Commissioning Deadline Extension Rejected

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) recently rejected a solar developer's plea seeking an extension of the commissioning deadline on the grounds of 'force majeure' events and said that ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Deadline for Coal-Based Power Plants to Meet Emission Standards Extended Again

Deadline for Coal-Based Power Plants to Meet Emission Standards Extended Again

The Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has once again extended the deadline for coal-based power plants to install pollution control technology and meet emission standards. The deadline ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Capacity Ceiling for Group and Virtual Net Metering Set at 500 kW in Chhattisgarh

Capacity Ceiling for Group and Virtual Net Metering Set at 500 kW in Chhattisgarh

The capacity of renewable systems installed under group net metering or virtual net metering should not be less than 1 kW and more than 500 kW, according to the 'Group ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
FDI Inflow Into India’s Renewable Energy Sector Surged 269% YoY in Q1 FY 2023

FDI Inflow Into India’s Renewable Energy Sector Surged 269% YoY in Q1 FY 2023

Foreign Direct investment (FDI) in India’s renewable energy sector stood at $949.45 million (₹75,555 million) in the first quarter (Q1) of the financial year (FY) 2022-23, an increase of 269% ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
NTPC and Avaada Energy Declared Winners in MSEDCL’s 500 MW Solar Auction

NTPC and Avaada Energy Declared Winners in MSEDCL’s 500 MW Solar Auction

NTPC Renewable Energy and Avaada Energy were declared winners in Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company’s (MSEDCL) auction to procure power from 500 MW of grid-connected inter or intrastate solar projects ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions