New solar guides
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.