Tender & Policy Buzz India: IREDA Invites Bids for Rs. 4500 Crore Solar PLI Scheme; CESL and Ladakh Sign MoU to Make the Union Territory Carbon Neutral; GAIL to Bid For Solar Foray with 400 MW Capacity

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IREDA Invites Bids for Rs. 4500 Crore Solar PLI Scheme

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA), a PSU under the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited bids from solar module manufacturers for setting up solar manufacturing units under the central government’ Rs. 4,500 crore Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme. MNRE has appointed IREDA as the implementing agency for the scheme. The Union Cabinet had earlier approved Rs. 4,500 crore scheme to boost domestic manufacturing of solar Photo Voltaic ( PV) modules.
The last date for submitting application is 30th June. The selection process for the successful bidders is to be completed by 30th July. The applicants are required to set-up either brownfield or greenfield manufacturing facility for the entire capacity allotted under the scheme. Applicants are not allowed to set-up mix of brownfield and greenfield facility under the scheme. Manufacturing capacity/unit, for which required capital goods have been imported before the last date of bid submission, will not be eligible for participation under this PLI scheme. The minimum capacity of the manufacturing unit to be installed shall be 1,000 Megawatt. The PLI will be disbursed to the successful applicants annually for a period of five years.

CESL and Ladakh Sign MoU to Make the Union Territory Carbon Neutral

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under Ministry of Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Administration of Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh, to make it a clean and green UT. Under the MoU, various clean energy and energy efficiency programmes will be implemented. Beginning with a pilot in the Zanskar valley area, CESL will take up solar mini and micro grid solutions, energy efficient lighting, energy storage-based solutions, efficient cooking stoves and electric mobility solutions in the UT.

GAIL to Bid For Solar Foray with 400 MW Capacity

GAIL, gas utility company will bid for 400 MW solar power capacity being auctioned by SECI in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh making it the latest state-run oil and gas company to bet big on renewable energy for a low-carbon future. Gail Chairman Manoj Jain told Time of India that the company will bid for three PV projects totalling 400 MW capacity. “We had won the bid for Rs 4,800 MW operational wind power projects of ILFS in 2019. But ILFS’ other partner used the first right of refusal. Otherwise, it would have made a good renewable portfolio,” he said.

Government Proposes to Revamp the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Mechanism

Ministry of Power has circulated a Discussion paper on redesigning the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Mechanism for comments of stakeholders in power sector. Discussion paper on the requirement of redesigning the REC Mechanism has been prepared in order to align it with the emerging changes in power scenario and to promote new renewable technology.

MNRE To Conduct Series Of Webinars On Achievements In New & Renewable Energy

As part of the Government of India’s plan to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence (Bharat Ka Amrut Mahotsav) by organizing events to celebrate the achievements of the last 75 years, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has been conducting a series of webinars on achievements in new and renewable energy for 75 weeks starting from 15th March 2021. A five week program in this regard has been drawn for Standards and Quality Control activities, during June 2021 to March 2022. The webinars will be addressed by key speakers on the important topics followed by interaction with participants. The objective of these webinars is to share the experiences of participants including international agencies for strengthening standards development and quality infrastructure in the country. Participants include experts from R&D/academic institutions, test labs, Standards Development Bodies (both domestic and international), regulatory agencies, conformity assessment agencies, accreditation agencies, policy makers, industries, project developers, financiers, project implementing agencies, etc.

Powergrid Fully Commissions India’s First VSC Based HVDC System

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Maharatna CPSU under Ministry of Power, Government of India, has commissioned Monopole-I of the ± 320 kV, 2000 Mega-Watt (MW), Pugalur (Tamil Nadu) – Thrissur (Kerala) Voltage Source Convertor (VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) System today. This Project strengthens the power system of Southern Region of our Country. It may be recalled that Monopole-II of the project was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on 19th February, 2021 and with the commissioning of Monopole-I, the project has attained its full capacity.

Not To End The ISTS Charges on RE Post June 30: RRECL to Centre

Subodh Agarwal, chairman and managing director of Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation said that the waiver is critical to achieve the solar energy generation targets thus Centre should not end the waiver of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) charges on renewable after June 30, 2023. Earlier the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) an umbrella organisation representing solar energy companies has written to Secretary, Ministry of Power, requesting for clarity on waiver of Inter-State Transmission charges and losses on transmission of electricity generated from solar and wind sources of energy beyond 31st December, 2022.

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