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Tender & Policy Buzz India: Fresh Bids To Be Invited For Rs 19,500 Crore PLI Solar Scheme; PFCCL Invites ISTS Bids to Evacuate 20 GW of Renewables Power and More

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Fresh Bids To Be Invited For Rs 19,500 Crore PLI Solar Scheme

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According to a senior government official, the government has decided not to accommodate previously qualified bidders, but to invite fresh bids for the Rs 19,500-crore production-linked incentive (PLI) plan for solar manufacturing with a minimum 90% localization condition. To be qualified for PLI, it is recommended to require a minimum of 90% local value addition (LVA) and 22% module performance, the official stated. “In order to be considered for the bid, the applicant manufacturer must guarantee minimal integration among solar cells and modules.” The PLI standards were changed after the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) obtained over 54.8 GW of proposals against a Rs 4,500 crore PLI sanction. Under the Union Budget 2022-23, the sum was raised to Rs19,500 crore.

PFCCL Invites ISTS Bids to Evacuate 20 GW of Renewables Power

PFC Consulting Limited (PFCCL) a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC), a Schedule-A, Maha-Ratna Public Sector Enterprise has Request for Proposal Document for selection of Bidder as Transmission Service Provider through tariff based competitive bidding process to establish Inter-State Transmission System for “Transmission system for evacuation of power from REZ in Rajasthan (20 GW) under phase III-Part H. The responsibility of the TSP would be to establish the following Inter-State Transmission System – “Transmission system for evacuation of power from REZ in Rajasthan (20 GW) under Phase-III Part H” on build, own, operate & transfer basis and to provide transmission service.

Union Minister RK Singh Launches Virtual Smart Grid Knowledge Center and Innovation Park

Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy and Minister of State for Power launch Virtual Smart Grid Knowledge Center and Innovation Park. The Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh along with the Minister of State for Power, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar launched the Virtual Smart Grid Knowledge Center (Virtual SGKC) and Innovation Park virtually. The SGKC has been established by POWERGRID with support from the MOP and NSGM for demonstration and advancement of frontier smart grid technologies. It is located within the POWERGRID. The platform presently hosts more than 50 solutions from over 30 technology partners across 8 thematic areas spanning across new and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, IOT, etc.

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Nagaland Govt Invite Tender for Empanelment of Vendors for 3.8 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

The Department of Power, Nagaland has invited bids to empanel vendors to install 3.8 MW of grid-connected residential rooftop solar systems of various capacities under the Phase-II of the Rooftop Solar Program of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Scope of work is Design, Supply, Testing and Commissioning including warranty, comprehensive operation and maintenance of grid connected rooftop solar power plant for 5 years. The last date to submit the bids online is March 23, 2022.
The projects will be developed under the capital expenditure (CAPEX) model. The tenure for empanelment will be for 12 months from the date of the empanelment letter issued by the Department of Power.

MNRE Further Updates ALMM List

On 4 March 2022, Ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has released its updated ALMM (Approved list of module manufacturers) list for domestic manufacturers in India. The latest list includes a total of 46 firms listed. New entrants include ECE Energies Private Limited (50 MW), Rayzon Green Energies (200 MW), Lubi Electronics (125 MW), Kosol Energie Private Limited (171 MW) and Citizen Solar Private Limited for (50 MW) capacity. Earlier in January this year MNRE had issued amendments to the list. Only the models and manufacturers included in the ALMM list would be eligible for use in government projects, government-assisted projects, projects under government programs, open access, and net metering projects installed in the country.

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NTPC To Support 9 ISA Member Countries Set Up 3845 MW Solar Project Worth $3-4 Billion

NTPC Limited and International Solar Alliance (ISA) organized a meet on Monday at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi where Excellency Ambassadors and High Commissioners of ISA member countries, particularly those countries who have subscribed to ISA programs or are interested in doing so, were invited.
The theme of the meeting centred on Program-06 of ISA under which ISA provides support to its member countries for implementation of solar parks & projects with NTPC support as the Project Management Consultant (PMC) for such solar park implementation. Through this partnership NTPC is currently supporting nine member countries for implementation of 3845 MW of solar parks and projects which would result in generation of around 9228 MU of power per annum while bringing in an investment of USD 3-4 billion. This would also result in saving of 1265 million litre of diesel per annum and in avoidance of 3.42 Ton per annum of CO2 emission even on considering that only 50% of new solar power is replacing diesel based power. Further, discussions are on with number of other member countries for further such collaboration for implementation of Solar Parks there.

India-US Partnership Important Pillar For Greener, Sustainable Future: Ambassador Sandhu

The relationship between India and the United States will be an important pillar in realising a greener and sustainable future for the world, according to New Delhi’s top envoy here. India is expected to witness the largest increase in energy demand of any country by 2040. To meet growth in electricity demand over the next 20 years, India will need to add a power system the size of the European Union to what it has now. “India’s partnership with the United States will be an important pillar in realising a greener and sustainable future for the world,” India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, wrote in an op-ed published by the Newsweek magazine on Monday. “In their national and international efforts to advance climate action, India and the US have been working closely at the bilateral, plurilateral and global levels,” Sandhu wrote. “India and the US are exploring collaboration in advanced high-efficiency coal technologies with low-to-zero emissions through carbon capture, utilisation and storage. Research and development cooperation for solar cell manufacturing and storage is in progress,” he said.

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SECI Tenders First Saffron-Based Agro Solar Project Of 5 MW Capacity In J&K

SECI, Solar Energy Corporation of India, has issued a request for proposals for the engineering, design, building, testing, erection, and commissioning of a 5 MW grid-connected saffron-based agro solar power plant in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The saffron-based agro solar project is the first of its type in which the solar project’s land will be utilized for saffron cultivation. The facility would be built on 22.55 acres of government-owned property in the Pulwama district’s Pampore region. April 19, 2022, is the deadline for proposal submissions and on the same day, bids will be opened.

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