SECI launches 1000 MW Rooftop Solar PV Scheme

New Delhi, December 10, 2016

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has launched a tender of 1000 MW capacity for development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity for Central Government Ministries and 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, an official press release said.
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. The Union Government has set a target for installation of 40 GW rooftop solar power plants by the year 2022.
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 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’ where the incentives in terms of capital subsidy will 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 will be installed with the financial assistance from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) in the form of Incentives. The power generated from the systems will be used for meeting the captive requirement of the buildings and the surplus power, if any, will be fed to the grid under the net-metering arrangement of the respective States.
MNRE has allocated 21 Ministries/ Departments to SECI, including Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, and so on. 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. Various ministries/department have been sensitized by MNRE/SECI for implementation of Grid connected rooftop systems.
MNRE has also collated the demand of the various Ministries/Departments for implementation of the systems. Based on the indicative list of sites provided by MNRE and various interested Ministries, SECI is carrying out a potential assessment which shall be provided to the solar PV developers (SPD).
The SPDs will be selected state-wise through national competitive bidding process and provision of one rate/state will be kept in the scheme. The 1000MW capacity will be distributed between CAPEX and RESCO modes of implementation in the ratio 30/70.
In this scheme, SECI in consultation with MNRE, is also introducing a Payment Security Mechanism which is apparently a first in the history of the rooftop programme, with the assurance of all rightful payments to the SPDs under RESCO model. SECI has also tied up with Financial institutes (FIs) Banks such as IREDA and SBI for disbursement of loans with Special Discount Packages to be offered by these institutions to the developers.
A toll-free number is being set up to ensure ease of communication of various stakeholders to SECI.
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