All the implementing agencies of rooftop solar projects under the capital subsidy scheme related to rooftop PV across the residential, social and institutional sectors has been reminded by India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) that it is mandatory to go through a transparent bidding process to discover tariffs and to keep the projects eligible for subsidies.
With nearly 300 million rural Indians, about a fourth of the country’s population, still lacking access to quality power, Decentralised Distributed Generation (DDG) could be the answer.
Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leader, at the forefront of issues pertaining to climate change.
The New and Renewable Energy Ministry said the 1.5-mw small hydropower plant in Biaras Drass of Kargil has become the first project to be commissioned under the Prime Minister’s Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative.
The government subsidy will not be extended to solar plants if they use Chinese panels. The government will give the subsidy to solar plants which use Indian-made solar panels.
Indian state-run power firm National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) plans to build another 150MW of solar projects in partnership with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
The ministry of new and renewable energy has redefined quality norms for photovoltaic (PV) cells and panels in order to contain cheap products from hampering the National Solar Mission.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has made a strong pitch before the central electricity regulator seeking that wind developers who have bagged projects at recent bidding exercises and those who go on to win bids in future auctions be accorded “priority” for getting transmission connectivity to the grid.
Over the last few years, India has significantly transformed its energy policy, with renewable energy emerging as the dominant source of capacity addition. This is triggered by two key factors. First, the government’s strong thrust on the area it aims to build 175 gigawatt of generation capacity by 2022, and achieve 40% cumulative power capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030.
The government is unlikely to meet its much-publicised target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 due to the poor progress of the rooftop solar programme