Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), as a step towards fulfillment of the Government of India’s target for installation of 40 GW rooftop solar power plants by 2022, has launched a tender of 1000 MW capacity for development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity for Central Government 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 1000 MW tender 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 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’ 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 would be installed with the financial assistance of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (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.