MNRE Extends Off-Grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Program Phase-III till 2021

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government Of India has announced the extension of Off-Grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Program Phase – III.

Off-Grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Program Phase – III was launched by the ministry on 07-08-2018 and the scheme was valid for financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20. As per the recent notification by MNRE the program will now continue till 31.03.2021 within the approved financial outlay mentioned in Administrative Approval dated 07.08.2018.

Under Phase-III of the Off-grid and Decentralised Solar PV Applications Programme, a target of 118 MW has been kept which are to be installed under PM KUSUM Scheme and solar home lights which are being taken up under ‘Saubhagya’ Scheme of Ministry of Power.Phase-III of Off-grid and Decentralized Solar PV Application Programme covers  300,000 numbers of solar street lights which will be installed throughout the country especially focusing on the North-eastern States and Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected districts, Solar power plants of size up to 25 kWp aiming to provide electricity to schools, hostels, panchayats, police stations, and other public service institutions and 2,500,000 solar study lamps will be supplied to the North-eastern States and LWE-affected districts.

The notice states that “The implementation agencies will continue to implement the Scheme as per the approved Guidelines dated 07.08.2018 and amendment(s) thereof. During the extended period i.e. FY 2020-21, the sanction of new projects under the Scheme will be available only in North-Eastern Region.”

Solar power packs will be installed only under the RESCO model and the Detailed guidelines for implementation and subsidy disbursement mechanism under RESCO mode will be issued separately, the ministry further added.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government Of India has announced the extension of Off-Grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Program Phase – III.

Off-Grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Program Phase – III was launched by the ministry on 07-08-2018 and the scheme was valid for financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20. As per the recent notification by MNRE the program will now continue till 31.03.2021 within the approved financial outlay mentioned in Administrative Approval dated 07.08.2018.

Under Phase-III of the Off-grid and Decentralised Solar PV Applications Programme, a target of 118 MW has been kept which are to be installed under PM KUSUM Scheme and solar home lights which are being taken up under ‘Saubhagya’ Scheme of Ministry of Power.Phase-III of Off-grid and Decentralized Solar PV Application Programme covers  300,000 numbers of solar street lights which will be installed throughout the country especially focusing on the North-eastern States and Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected districts, Solar power plants of size up to 25 kWp aiming to provide electricity to schools, hostels, panchayats, police stations, and other public service institutions and 2,500,000 solar study lamps will be supplied to the North-eastern States and LWE-affected districts.

The notice states that “The implementation agencies will continue to implement the Scheme as per the approved Guidelines dated 07.08.2018 and amendment(s) thereof. During the extended period i.e. FY 2020-21, the sanction of new projects under the Scheme will be available only in North-Eastern Region.”

Solar power packs will be installed only under the RESCO model and the Detailed guidelines for implementation and subsidy disbursement mechanism under RESCO mode will be issued separately, the ministry further added.

Recently, The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a circular on terminating Atal Jyoti Yojna(AJAY) Phase 2. The AJAY Scheme was launched by the Ministry on 18-12-2018. It was initially valid for a period of one year. On 5th March 2020, the Ministry extended the scheme till 31.03.2021. The circular stated that the vendors already empaneled by EESL for the scheme will continue to install solar street lights against the sanction for MPLAD funds issued or to be issued by the respective DMs till March 31, 2020. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will continue to implement the scheme as per the earlier approved guidelines.

On 23rd April, The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) invites proposals from companies active in and capable of development, implementation, and management of an interactive IT platform to conduct all activities, meetings, conferences, and exposition for holding third Global Renewable Energy Investors Meet and Expo (3rd RE-INVEST) in digital space. The last date for Response to RfP is 11th May (by 5.00 pm) 2020 and a pre-bid meeting is scheduled on 1.5.2020 for queries related to this RFP. To participate The bidder will have to deposit INR 5 Lakh in the form of a cheque / FDR or bank guarantee in favor of IREDA as Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) EMD.

In March, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued the circular on-time extension in the scheduled commissioning date of RE projects considering disruption of the supply chains due to the spread of coronavirus in China or any other country as a force majeure event. The circular stated that Ministry of Finance has clarified that the disruption of the supply chains due to spread of coronavirus in China or any other country should be considered as a case of natural calamity and Force Majeure Clause (FMC) may be invoked, wherever considered appropriate, following the due procedure. 

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