As part of efforts to achieve the Centre's target of 40 GW rooftop solar by 2022, Solar Energy Corp (SECI) has floated a tender of 1000 MW power for development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity by utilising buildings of central ministries/departments.
As part of efforts to achieve the Centre’s target of 40 GW rooftop solar by 2022, Solar Energy Corp (SECI) has floated a tender of 1000 MW power for development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity by utilising buildings of central ministries/departments.
“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 New & Renewable Energy Ministry said in a statement today.
According to the statement, 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/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/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/departments against their committed targets in the given timespan.
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.
The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has allocated 21 ministries/ departments to SECI inter alia Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs etc.
The ministries have shown great enthusiasm and have assured their commitment with submission of ‘Green Energy Commitment Certificates’ to MNRE for implementation of Grid Connected SPV power plants at the roof of their offices/other buildings etc, as part of their clean energy initiatives and achieving national target of alleviating global warming.