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Tender & Policy Buzz India: Govt to Set Up 50 Solar Parks with Total 40,000 MW Production Capacity; MNRE Invites Proposals for Pilot Demonstration of Innovative Solar Applications and More

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Govt to Set Up 50 Solar Parks with Total 40,000 MW Production Capacity

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The Government is implementing a scheme for setting up of 50 Solar Parks of aggregate capacity of 40,000 MW in the country, informed Shri R.K Singh, Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. These parks are meant to provide developed infrastructure to facilitate installation of solar power projects. Central Financial Assistance of up to Rs. 25 Lakhs for preparation of Detailed Project Report and Rs. 20 Lakhs per MW or 30% of the project cost, whichever is lower, is provided for development of such Parks under the scheme.

MNRE Invites Proposals for Pilot Demonstration of Innovative Solar Applications

Under the ambit of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), MNRE in partnership with GIZ is inviting ideas (Ideas@75) for pilot demonstration of New and innovative solar applications under the bilateral project titled Innovative Solar Areas (IN-Solar). The last date to submit the proposals is 28 April 2022. The objective of the IN-Solar project is to find innovative ways for expanding the application of photovoltaic to optimize the use of land. Proposals/Ideas are invited from participants to implement the ideas that are technically viable but need pilots to access their technical performance and financial assessment. Only those participants shall participate in the idea challenge who are willing to implement/pilot their ideas on the ground if selected under the challenge.

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HIMURJA Announces Benchmark Costs For Residential Rooftop Solar Projects

The authorized benchmark pricing for grid-connected residential rooftop solar projects for fiscal years 2022-23 and 2023-24 has been announced by Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (HIMURJA). The recently authorized benchmark cost for grid-connected residential rooftop solar systems of 1 kW to 3 kW in size is Rs 50,000/kW, and for projects larger than 3 kW and up to 10 kW, it is Rs 48,600/kW. The cost considered for projects of 10 kW to 100 kW is Rs 45,000/kW, while the cost for projects over 100 kW and up to 500 kW is Rs 42,000/kW. Benchmark costs do not include net metering or battery backup expenses.

PGCIL To Develop Renewable Energy Management Centre With 100% Grant In Hyderabad

Chairman Managing Director (CMD) of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), K Sreekant said that PGCIL will develop a Renewable Energy Management Centre (REMC) in Vidyut Soudha, Hyderabad, with a 100% grant of Rs 17.6 crore. The CMD stated that the Renewable Energy Management Centre will use artificial intelligence-based forecasting and scheduling techniques, and the centre would provide better visualization and decision-making for load dispatch operations. PGCIL is creating the REMC in appreciation of the State Load Dispatch Centre’s (TS SLDC) successful management of ever-increasing renewable energy integration with the state grid in the most sustainable manner.

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Government Policy to Offer Solar Panels at Subsidized Rates

Provision of central financial assistance (CFA) for institutional and social sectors was available under Phase-I of Rooftop Solar Programme, which was under implementation in the country till March 2020. With reduction in cost of the installation of Rooftop Solar (RTS) power systems, central financial assistance to beneficiaries of all sectors, except residential sector, has been discontinued under Phase-II of Rooftop Solar Programme currently under implementation, informed Shri R.K Singh. However, Under Ph-II of the RTS Programme, incentives of 5% of the benchmark cost for RTS capacity addition beyond 10% and up to 15% of the baseline RTS capacity as on 31st March of the previous year, and incentives of 10% of the benchmark cost for RTS capacity addition beyond 15% of the baseline RTS capacity as on 31st March of the previous year, are being provided to DISCOMs towards installation of RTS projects in all sectors, including solar power panels at educational and religious institutions, NGOs, etc.

Madhya Pradesh Floats Tender for 10 MW of Residential Rooftop Solar Projects

Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company (MPPKVVCL) has issued a notic inviting tenders to emplanel vendors to design supply erect and commission 10 MW of residential rooftop solar systems in Indore. Design, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning including warranty, Comprehensive operation & maintenance of GridConnected Rooftop Solar Plant of various capacities under the Phase-II of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Scheme of MNRE in the jurisdiction /operational area of Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitara Company Limited, Indore. The empanelled vendors must provide 5 years comprehensive operation and maintenance along with making all the necessary arrangements for evacuation and injection of surplus power to the grid. Bids must be submitted by April 25, 2022, and will be opened on April 26. The pre-bid meeting is scheduled for April 11.

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