Tender & Policy Buzz India: GAIL Floats Tender For Hiring Consultant For 10 MW Solar Project; MNRE Issues Notification Regarding Extension of PM-KUSUM Scheme and More


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GAIL Floats Tender For Hiring Consultant For 10 MW Solar Project


To build up a 10 MW ground-mounted solar power plant at Gas Authority of India Limited’s (GAIL) Vijaipur Complex in the Guna region of Madhya Pradesh, the company has invited bids for the project management consultant (PMC). The proposals must be submitted by August 24, 2022, which will be opened on the following day. From the time the project is awarded until all services have been rendered, the chosen consultant will be responsible for project supervision. This covers engineering, design, and procurement (EPC), supervision of the construction, the creation of tenders, quality control, and project commissioning.


MNRE Issues Notification Regarding Extension of PM-KUSUM Scheme

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has notified the extension of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Utthaan Mahabhiyan’s (PM-KUSUM), scheme until March 31, 2026. This extension was made keeping in mind that the targets for each component will remain the same and allows inter-se transferable quantities across Components B and C. These amendments state that central finance assistance (CFA), will be available to farmers for pump capacity up 15 HP under Components-B and Component-C. The north eastern states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh will be eligible for this CFA. The CFA for pumps with a maximum power output of 15 HP will be restricted to 10% of total installations. For feeder level solarisation under Components C, the domestic content requirements for solar cells have been removed for projects that were awarded by the implementing agency before June 20,2023. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a budget allocation in the amount of Rs 100 Billion.

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MNRE Extends Implementation Date of Quality Control Order, 2017 For SPV inverters to 31st December 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has extended the date for implementation of Quality Control Order, 2017 for SPV inverters (items 4-5) from 30th June 2022 to 31st December 2022 based on self-certification, subject to the condition that such manufacturers have valid electrotechnical commission (IEC) accreditation and test report from international test labs for the smooth implementation of the order. This extension was granted due to the availability of limited testing facilities and because it allows for more time for compliance with the order.

PM Launches National Portal for Rooftop Solar and RDSS

The PM launched the national portal for Rooftop solar, which will enable online tracking of the process of installation of rooftop solar plants, starting from registering the applications to release of subsidy in residential consumers’ (‘beneficiaries’) bank account after installation and inspection of the plant. With the launch of this portal, tthe consumers will have the choice to select, any vendor registered with the local distribution company, solar modules of equality and efficiency, solar inverter and other balance of plants and equipment. The process of registration of vendors with the discom is also simplified as now they have to just submit a declaration along with a PBG amount of Rs. 0.25 million for getting registered. Vendors can provide their information and rates on the portal for consumers to reach them. All the updates can be tracked online in the portal right from registration of the application to release of subsidy in the bank account of the consumer.

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Govt Prepares Draft Hydrogen Mission Document

According to the Minister, the draft mission proposes a framework for demand creation, a basket of measures to support the production and utilisation of green hydrogen and support for indigenous manufacturing. Besides, it also includes research and development work, pilot projects, enabling policies and regulations, and infrastructure development. Mission implementation will likely scale up production of green hydrogen and enable a reduction in manufacturing costs, the minister said.

Govt Agrees to Give Financial Assistance for Solar Agri Pumps Up to 15 HP Under PM-KUSUM

The finance ministry has agreed to a proposal on the Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to solar pumps up to 15 Horse Power (HP) capacity in the north-eastern and Himalayan states. “The finance ministry has agreed to allow CFA for solar pumps up to 15 HP capacity in the north-eastern and Himalayan states considering their topography, and also for community farming in high water table areas with the restriction that the total number of pumps of higher capacity will not be more than 10 per cent of the total allocation,” Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy Bhagwanth Khuba said in a reply to the Rajya Sabha.

MSEDCL Invites Bids For Procurement of 500 MW Solar Power (Phase VIII) Through Competitive Bidding

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. has issued an RfS Document For Purchase Of Power On Long Term Basis Through Competitive Bidding Process (Followed By Reverse E-Auction) From 500 MW Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Power Projects. MSEDCL shall enter into Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Bidders selected based on this RfS for purchase of solar power for a period of 25 years from the Scheduled Commercial Operation Date in case of proposed/new solar power projects or for a period of 25 years from the date of execution of PPA for existing solar power projects based on the terms, conditions and provisions of the RfS.

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Ministry Invites EoI to Install 50 Innovative Solar Pumps under KUSUM Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued an expression of interest (EoI) to promote innovation in the solar pumping sector. Purpose of this Call for EoIs is to promote innovation in solar pumping sector by allowing the innovators to showcase their technologies in real field conditions. MNRE will shortlist the promising technologies with variable claims for improved parameters and allow the selected innovators to install solar pumps under PM-KUSUM Scheme. Innovators are invited to submit Expression of Interest along with requisite documents by 18.08.2022.

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