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SECI floats tender for grid linked roof-top solar energy

Rooftop SPV Power Plant at Post Graduate Govt College for Girls in Sector 42 of Chandigarh on Friday, August 22 2014. Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh

As part of efforts to achieve the target of 40 GW rooftop solar by 2022, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has floated a tender of 1000 MW power for development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity by utilising buildings of central ministries and departments.

The New & Renewable Energy Ministry said the follwoing,

“This would be the largest rooftop tender to be launched by SECI and is expected to give a big boost to the hugely potent rooftop solar power generation segment.”

The 1000 MW tender, one of the largest globally, is a move to rapidly escalate rooftop solar capacity in the country, and comes in quick succession to SECI’s earlier tender of 500 MW capacity, targeting buildings in the residential and institutional and social sectors.

SECI is the leading PSU in the rooftop solar segment and has already commissioned over 54 MW capacity of rooftop solar projects under multiple government schemes. The upcoming 1000 MW tender is especially targeted at utilising the numerous buildings of the central government ministries and departments.

The highlight of this tender is its innovative ‘Achievement-Linked Incentives Scheme’ wherein the incentives in terms of capital subsidy shall be provided on the basis of performance achieved by designated ministries and departments against their committed targets in the given time span.

In this scheme, the grid-connected rooftop solar systems shall be installed with the financial assistance for MNRE in the form of incentives. The power generated from the systems shall be used for meeting the captive requirement of the buildings and the surplus power, if any, shall be fed to the grid under the net-metering arrangement of the respective State.

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