MNRE Set to Evaluate Solar Power Scheme worth 5,000 MW Under JNNSM

Other areas of assessment will include assessment of tariffs for solar projects under the scheme, constraints, and roadblocks under the current model, especially if it has to be extended to the north-east regions of the country, and ways to increase the involvement of state governments in the implementation of the scheme

November 04, 2019. By News Bureau

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that it is planning to conduct a evaluation of the implementation of a programme to set-up 5,000 megawatt (MW) of solar power generation capacity under the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

The ministry has invited bids from consultants for evaluation of the scheme "Implementation of setting up over 5,000 MW Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects" under batch-IV of the phase-II of JNNSM

The proposals have been invited from the eligible parties according to the document of the proposed study of the scheme, within three weeks from the date of notification inviting bids i.e. by 20 November.

The government has been implementing this scheme since February 2016, with the objective of implementation of at least 5,000 MW grid-connected solar projects with viability gap funding. It is being implemented through competitive e-bidding process.

The solar power procured from the projects is being sold to discoms and state utilities at a pre-defined tariff or tariff discovered through competitive e-bidding, with a trading margin of 7 paisa per kwh assigned by Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI).

The ministry said in an announcement the detailed study report on the evaluation of the scheme will be prepared by the bidder to determine the extent to which it has been implemented during the period between 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 by random sample selections of the solar projects out of the total projects commissioned under the scheme.

The assessment will also be done on the need and period of continuation of the scheme and assessment of the existing Central Financial Assistance (CFA) will be done to suggest changes.

Other areas of assessment will include assessment of tariffs for solar projects under the scheme, constraints and roadblocks under the current model, especially if it has to be extended to the north-east regions of the country, and ways to increase the involvement of state governments in the implementation of the scheme.

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