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centre will provide land and $30 million to form a secretariat for the Alliance, and also support it for five years. The participants, mostly in Latin America and Africa but also including the US, China, and France, would work together to increase solar capacity across emerging markets. Lowest Solar Tariffs In an e-reverse auction conducted by NTPC for 500 MW (10 projects of 50 MW each) to be set up at Ghani Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh under National Solar Mission, Phase-II, Batch-II, Tranche-I of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India, NTPC received the lowest tariff of Rs. 4.63 per unit of electricity. Intra State Transmission System In July 2015, the Union Cabinet approved the creation of an intra state transmission system in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan with 4% of the total project cost coming from National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) . The activities envisaged under the project includes establishment of 48 new Grid sub-stations of different voltage levels with total transformation capacity around 17100 MVA (mega volt ampere) by installing over 7800 ckt-kms (Circuit Kilometres) of transmission lines in these seven states. The project is proposed to be completed within a period of three to five years. Creation of an intra state transmission system will facilitate evacuation of renewable power from generation stations to load centres. Solar Cities The Ministry has approved 56 solar cities projects against the target of 60 solar cities under the Development of Solar Cities Programme. The Government has also approved a scheme for setting up of 25 Solar Parks, each with the capacity of 500 MW and above and ultra mega solar Power projects to be developed in next 5 years in various States and will require Central Government financial support of Rs 4050 crore. These parks will be able to accommodate over 20,000 MW of solar power projects. As on date, 27 parks with capacity of about 18000 MW in 21 states have been sanctioned. Solar Projects under National Solar Mission The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the implementation of the scheme for setting up of 15,000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power projects under the National Solar Mission through NTPC/ NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) in three tranches namely, 3000 MW under Tranche-l under mechanism of Bundling with unallocated coal-based thermal power and fixed levellised tariffs, 5,000 MW under Tranche-ll with some support from Government to be decided after getting some experience while implementing Tranche-l and balance 7,000 MW under tranche-ll without any financial support from the government. The government approved Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to apply to the Registrar of Companies for converting it into a section 3 company and renaming it as the Renewable Energy Corporation of India (RECI). After this, SECI will become a self-sustaining and self-generating organization. It will engage itself in owning solar power plants generating and selling power and in other segments of solar sector activities, including manufacturing of solar products and materials. RECI will take up development of all segments of renewable energy namely, geo-thermal, off-shore wind, tidal etc. apart from solar energy. Schemes Launched For Achieving Solar Energy Targets • Off-grid Rooftop: It is proposed to set up 40 GW solar rooftop programmes where grid connectivity is already exist. 15% Government subsidy for noncommercial and non-industrial categories for using domestic solar panels would be provided. • Solar Parks: The Government has approved a Scheme for setting up of 25 Solar Parks, each with the capacity of 500 MW and above and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects to be developed in next 5 years in various States and will require Central Government financial support of Rs 4050 crore. These parks will be able to accommodate over 20,000 MW of solar power projects. As on date, 27 parks with capacity of about 18000 MW in 21 states have been sanctioned. • Setting up of over 300 MW of Grid- Connected Solar PV Power Projects by Defence establishments and Para Military Forces with viability gap funding. More than 150 MW projects have been sanctioned under the scheme. • Implementation of Scheme for setting up 1000 MW of Grid Connected Solar PV Power projects by CPSUs and GOI organization’s with Viability Gap Funding in three years period from 2015-16 to 2017-18. About 100 MW have been allocated to various CPSUs under the scheme. • Scheme for Development of Grid Connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks and Canal Tops: MNRE launched a Scheme for Development of grid connected Solar PV Power Plants on canal banks and canal tops in the country during the 12th Plan period. The solar PV power plants on canal banks and canal tops with 50 MW capacities under each category have been approved to 8 States (Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and West Bengal). • Surya Mitra Scheme has been launched for creating 50,000 trained personnel within a period of 5 years (2015-16 to 2019-20). The course content has been approved by the National Council of Vocational Training as per the National Skill, Qualification Framework. In 2015-16, 70 programmes will be conducted against which 27 programmes have started. As on 30.9.2015, about 360 Surya Mitras were trained under the scheme Policy Initiatives • National Offshore Wind Energy Policy, 2015 : Under this Policy, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the implementation of the scheme for setting up of 15,000 MW of Gridconnected Solar PV Power projects RENEWABLE ENERGY 64 energetica INDIA · JAN | FEB16


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