- December 8, 2017
- Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee
“The government has clearly spelt out its plan of speeding up of RE installation in the country and strengthening the RE manufacturing base in India,” Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh said.
The Government has announced the trajectory for achieving its targets of commissioning 175 GW of Renewable Energy (RE), 100 GW of solar generating capacity and 60 GW of wind power, by 2022.
The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh has said that there was a long pending demand from the industry to declare the government’s RE roadmap. “With the declaration of this trajectory, the government has clearly spelt out its plan of speeding up of RE installation in the country and strengthening the RE manufacturing base in India.” Following are the ways and means to reach the goal:
- To encourage ‘Make in India’ in RE sector, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) is working out the scheme and will issue an Expression of Interest (EoI) to the industry, for establishing domestic manufacturing facilities to the tune of 20GW in the near future.
- MNRE is exploring innovative ways to achieve additional installed RE capacity through floating solar power plants over dams, offshore wind energy systems and hybrid solar-wind power systems, which may provide over 10GW additional capacity. The MNRE team of experts has already surveyed the Bhakra Nangal dam for floating solar power plants and off-shore Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for wind power plants.
- The ministry, along with the states, would lay out bids for ground-mounted solar parks for 20 GW in 2017-18, out of which 3.6 GW have already been bid out, 3 GW will be bid out in December 2017, 3 GW will be bid out in January 2018, 5 GW in February 2018 and 6 GW in March 2018. 30 GW will be bid out in 2018-19 and 30 GW in 2019-20.
- Against the target of 60 GW for wind power, 32 GW have already been commissioned. The central government in participation with the state governments intends to issue bids of cumulative capacity of about 8 GW this year. Out of this, 5 GW (including present 2 GW) have already been bid out, 1500-2000 MW will be bid out in January 2018 and 1500-2000 MW in March 2018. A total of 10 GW will be bid out in the financial year 2018 and 10 GW in 2019, leaving a margin of 2 years for commissioning of projects. The ministry would soon be issuing the wind bidding guidelines.
- With wind power tariffs becoming competitive and state DISCOMs encouraged to buy more of renewable energy power, the government has doubled the auction capacity for the third national level wind auction from 4GW last year to around 9GW in the current year.
- The present scheme of wind power auction is for setting up of 2000 MW wind power project connected to Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS). The bidder can bid for a minimum capacity of 50 MW and maximum up to 400 MW. The projects under this scheme are expected to be commissioned towards the end of 2019.