Mercom India, a subsidiary of U.S.-based Mercom Capital Group and leading clean energy communications and consulting firm, announced the winners of the Solar Awards 2021 on the second day of its inaugural two-day Mercom India Solar Summit 2021.
There were seven award categories, and winners were chosen based on project innovation, challenges overcome, uniqueness, and impact on the community, economy, and the environment.
The winners of Mercom India Solar Awards 2021 are:
Elaborating on the awards handed out, Raj Prabhu, Mercom Capital Group CEO, and Co-Founder, said, “We’re honored to recognize the best solar projects built in India last year.”
Recounting the unique challenges that 2020 threw at businesses, he said, “The winning projects displayed great vision, innovation and were engineered to overcome tough challenges, and all this was achieved in a tough pandemic year when resources and labor were hard to come by.”
The Mercom India team sifted through a flood of nominations over weeks. Companies from across the world with projects developed solely in India were allowed to send in applications. Nominations were also accepted from participant and third-party vendors and suppliers. A panel of Mercom experts selected the winners.
“We are excited to announce winners of the 2021 Mercom Awards. These are companies making a meaningful contribution to the solar industry’s success with their Solar PV projects,” said Priya Sanjay, Managing Director, Mercom India, who announced the winners.
The awards were received by Prakash Morankar for Engie Solar India, K. Thyagaraju for Orb Energy, Shriprakash Rai for Amp Energy India, Anand Damani for Novergy Energy, K.R. Harinarayan for U-Solar, Tejus A.V. for CleanMax, and Naveen Vunnam for ILIOS Power.
The recipients shared insights on their winning projects and thanked Mercom for the recognition.
Over the past ten years, solar installations have rocketed from zero to almost 40 GW. Solar power also recently hit another significant milestone this year as the share of solar power in India’s installed power capacity mix reached 10.3%, exceeding that of wind-based power sources for the first time, according to Mercom’s data.
In the light of the huge response, Mercom India award categories will be expanded next year to cover the broader green energy sector and several other important categories.