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Tender & Policy Buzz India: MNRE Issues Advisory on Rooftop Solar; SAIL Tenders For 4 MW Floating Solar System; and More


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MNRE Issues Advisory for the General Public on Rooftop Solar Scheme

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To generate solar power by installing solar panels on the roof of the houses, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India is implementing Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme (Phase-II). Under this scheme Ministry is providing 40% subsidy for the first 3 kW and 20% subsidy beyond 3 kW and upto 10 kW. The scheme is being implemented in the states by local Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOMs). It has been brought to the notice of the Ministry that some rooftop solar companies / vendors are setting up rooftop solar plants by claiming that they are authorized vendors by the Ministry. It is clarified that no vendor has been authorized by the Ministry. This scheme is being implemented in the state only by DISCOMs. The DISCOMs have empanelled vendors through bidding process and have decided rates for setting up a rooftop solar plant.

SAIL Tenders For 4 MW Floating Solar System in West Bengal

The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) invited bid for installation of 4 MW Floating Solar Photo Voltaic System at Reservoir 1 and 2 of Water Treatment Plant inclusive of 5 years O&M on a turnkey basis at its IISCO Steel Plant in Paschim Bardhaman district, West Bengal. The scope of work includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the 4 MW floating solar project. The last date to submit the bids is December 30, 2021. The pre-bid meeting will take place on December 13. The successful bidder should provide comprehensive operations and maintenance services for five years from the date of the project’s commissioning.

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Odisha Will Soon Have 40 MW Floating Solar Plant Costing Rs 200 Crore

Hirakud Dam in Odisha will soon have a 40 MW floating solar power plant over one sq km area at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore. The project is not only seen as a step towards production of green energy, it will also meet the power requirements of the State to some extent. “Given the vast water mass Hirakud dam has, we can get renewable solar energy by installing solar panels,” said Anand Chandra Sahu, chief engineer of Hirakud Dam. He further informed that, The agency which was engaged by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to conduct survey and investigation for the proposed project has completed the same in the month of July-August this year and it will be submitting its pre-feasibility report soon.

PDD Signs PPA with SECI for 50 MW Solar Project in Leh

The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed between Chief Engineer, Power Development Department (PDD), UT Ladakh, Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Senior Manager (Projects), SECI, Debajyoti Bordoloi in the presence of Administrative Secretary, UT Ladakh, Ravinder Kumar. It was informed that the PPA is for buying power from SECI from the 50MWdc Solar project with battery storage being developed with CFA under PMDP-2015, at Taru, Leh. Also, it was further informed that the power from this project will be bought by PDD Ladakh at Rs 2.22/unit as mandated vide MNRE Sanction Order Dated:08.11.2021.

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Ashwini Choubey: County Has Expanded 18% Solar Capacity After 2014

Moving forward in the nation’s objective of employing green energy sources and lowering carbon emissions, the Union government informed the Lok Sabha that the country has expanded its installed solar capacity by 18% since 2014, with a target date of October 2021. Minister of State for Environment, Ashwini Choubey said that India’s present proportion of non-fossil sources-based installed capacity of power generation is greater than 40%. Choubey further stated that the total installed solar power in 2014 was just 2.63 gigatonnes (GW), which has expanded by 18 times to 47.66 GW by October 2021. India is addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation of renewable energy across a wide variety of industries through the National Action Plan on Climate Change and numerous national missions, he said.

Jitendra Singh: Ocean Can Supply Minerals For Renewable Energy Technologies

In order to combat the challenges developed due to climate change, the country is in the dire need of developing renewable energy technologies. Union Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh stated on Sunday that marine minerals from coastal and ocean resources will be critical to India’s future economy and that metals such as nickel and cobalt play an important role in developing such technologies. To boost India’s blue economy progress and harness its ocean resources, steps are being taken to enhance the coordination and collaboration of the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) with the Institute of Mineral and Minerals Technologies (IMMT), Singh said at the inauguration ceremony of a new building facility at CSIR-IMMT in Bhubaneswar.

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