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MNRE Requests EoI To Assess Rooftop Solar Program Phase-II

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a proposal for expressions of interest (EoI) to assess phase II of the grid-connected rooftop solar initiative.

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The scheme is made up of two parts. Component A: With central financial aid, put up 4,000 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems in the residential sector. Component B: Provides discoms with incentives depending on the interpretation of an initial 18,000 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar plants.

The study will reckon the execution of programme components A and B by hoarding information from state implementing agencies, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders.

The evaluation research is part of the National Solar Mission, which aims to reach 40 GW of capacity with grid-connected rooftop solar systems by 2022. The ministry is conducting Phase II of the grid-connected rooftop solar project, with a target installed capacity of 4 GW projects in the residential sector by 2022.

In accordance with EoI, the ministry has already assigned objectives of around 3.3 GW capacity to state implementing agencies, with over 1 GW capacity estimated to be deployed under the initiative.

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It will also analyze the field results of deployed projects, identify potential problems in existing implementation processes, evaluate the performance of these modules for various stakeholders, and offer suggestions on further scaling up the programme as well as necessary changes to the scheme’s development process.

Consultants or consulting firms with at least five years of experience and an average annual turnover of at least Rs 1.5 crore per year in the past three years will be considered for bidding.

The consulting firms will be selected based on their prior experience in conducting similar sorts of research, the strength of their staff, and the consultation firms’ financial stability.

Organizations that are already collaborating with federal and state authorities to implement Phase II of the ‘Rooftop Solar Program’ will be ineligible to bid, which must be submitted by January 10, 2022.

Following the examination of the EoI replies and subsequent shortlisting, the selected consulting companies will be requested to submit comprehensive proposals in response to the RFP. The study’s final report must be submitted within 60 days of the job being awarded.

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