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Tender & Policy Buzz India: PLI for Solar Power Production Raises to Rs 19,500 Crore; NTPC Invites EPC Tender for 1,200 MW of Solar Projects in Karnataka and More


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PLI for Solar Power Production Raises to Rs 19,500 Crore

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Both The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) endeavoured extra money for the PLI programmes beyond their initial outlays. At a recent inter-ministerial meeting, the Department of Promotion of Industrial Trade (DPIIT) is said to have agreed to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) suggestion to increase the scheme’s allocation to Rs. 19,500 crore from the Rs. 4,500 crore, which was granted initially. According to reports, the meeting, which was chaired by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and attended by DPIIT secretary Anurag Jain and MNRE secretary Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi, was called to consider how to use up to Rs 30,984 crore in savings from auto and auto component PLI programmes. The government lowered the budget for the auto industry PLI plan from Rs 57,043 crore to Rs 26,058 crore.

NTPC Invites EPC Tender for 1,200 MW of Solar Projects in Karnataka

NTPC Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL) invites online bids from eligible bidders for EPC Package with Land for Development of ISTS Connected Solar PV Projects (up to 1200 MW) in Karnataka. The brief area of work is Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply, Packing and Forwarding, Transportation, Unloading, Storage, Installation and Commissioning of grid connected Solar PV projects located near Gadag and Koppal districts in Karnataka. Individual Project shall be of minimum 50 MW or higher in multiples of 10 MW. Minimum capacity to be quoted by a bidder is 50 MW where as maximum capacity to be quoted by a bidder (Koppal & Gadag combined) is 600 MW.

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Power Engineers Demands Govt. to Withdraw Disputed Electricity Bill

The All-India Power Engineers Federation, AIPEF, expressed dissatisfaction that the government had scheduled the Bill for presentation in Parliament without accepting any of the recommendations raised in its own Pre Legislative Consultation Policy (PLCP). The winter session of Parliament’s is going to commence on November 29. Before bringing the controversial Bill in Parliament on Friday, AIPEF asked that the Central government drop the planned Electricity (Amendment) Bill and implement the PLCP. “We have addressed a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking him to intervene in the situation and instruct authorities to guarantee the implementation of PLCP policy before bringing the Bill in Parliament,” said Shailendra Dubey, chairman of AIPEF.

Hydrogen Mission & Renewable Energy Among VGGS 2022 Main Propaganda

In the account of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS), the Gujarat state government has already seen signing MoUs with 20 enterprises, which deems a total of Rs. 25,000 crore. This 10th edition of the VGGS will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on 10 of January. The primary national efforts and worldwide significance issues of VGGS 2022 would include sustainable infrastructure and manufacturing, national hydrogen mission, renewable energy, electric transportation, and futuristic technology, in accordance with Pankaj Kumar, Gujarat Chief Secretary. This is the first batch of Memorandums of Understanding that are signed and every Monday until VGGS 2022 on January 10, the government will be signing more MoUs, he further stated. Describing this as a good success rate, Kumar said that around 70 per cent of the MoU signed with companies at the summit gets materialized over time.

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Coal India Subsidiary to Set Up 50 MW Solar Plant in Odisha worth Rs. 302.92 Cr

Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India will set up a 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Odisha’s Sambalpur at a total cost of Rs 301.92 crore, moving steadily towards its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2024. MCL has placed a turnkey order to set-up a 50 MW solar power plant with a Chennai-based firm M/s Hild Energy Ltd, which will establish this green energy project within a timeline of 10 months. This solar plant would cater to the captive power requirement of MCL. The Central PSU had successfully set-up a 2MW solar power plant in Sambalpur in 2014. The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024 in order to become a net zero energy company, aligning itself to use cleaner forms of energy for coal production.

India Crosses 150 GW Of Renewable Energy Capacity

On November 29, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), declared that the nation’s total established renewable energy capacity, which includes energy generated from hydro, has surpassed the 150 gigawatts (GW) milestone. “A remarkable moment of celebration for the people of India as the total installed capacity crosses the mark of 150 GW (including hydro)”, they said in their tweet. The administration is now on track to meet the ambitious aim of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity in less than a year, that is, by 2022. According to the Ministry, the 175 GW will include 100 GW of solar power, 10 GW of small hydro, 60 GW of wind power, and 5 GW of biomass-based power plants. The ministry also reported earlier this month that the country added 1,522.35 MW of renewable energy capacity in October 2021, totalling 103.05 GW of renewable energy capacity across the country.

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