New so­lar guides

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE UNION Min­istry of New and Re­new­able En­ergy has an­nounced a new set of guide­lines to re­vive the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Na­tional So­lar Mis­sion. A tar­get of 1,500 MW ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity of so­lar power plants has been set un­der the sec­ond phase of the mis­sion, which will re­quire the min­istry to float its largest ever ten­der. It has roped in NTPC Vidyut Vya­par Nigam (NVVN) for the ten­der­ing process. "The se­lec­tion of grid-con­nected so­lar pho­to­voltaic pro­jects of 1,500 MW to­tal ca­pac­ity shall be car­ried out by NVVN through a trans­par­ent, tar­iff-based re­verse bid­ding process," state the guide­lines. The ten­der process is likely to start by the end of Au­gust. The min­istry is hope­ful of bring­ing the so­lar power tar­iff on a par with con­ven­tional power by 2017. In­dia's cur­rent so­lar power ca­pac­ity is 2,600 MW.

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