Grid-connected rooftop and off-grid solar to get greater push in JNNSM Phase II

The second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) will see the grid-connected rooftop solar projects coming in a big way besides an enhanced emphasis on the off-grid solar applications, according to Tarun Kapoor, Joint secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Speaking at the 6th RE India 2012 Expo in Greater Noida, Kapoor said that the second phase starts from April 2013 which has a target of installing new solar power capacity of 3,000 MW. He informed that special emphasis is employed while framing the policy for the second phase of JNNSM, and the basic contours are expected to be announced in about a month’s time. The government is looking forward to a robust investment in the second phase to the tune of Rs. 1 lakh crore.

Speaking about the off-grid solar power applications, Kapoor said that the off-grid scheme is undergoing certain changes to make it simpler so that it gains momentum in the second phase. He also talked about encouraging the use of solar power in heating purposes. He added that the rooftop solar projects are of utmost importance, and a pilot project of 10-MW, spread over 5-6 locations, is in pipeline.

The domestic solar PV manufacturers are eagerly looking up to certain changes in the policy that may give them level playing field against the cheap imports. “There would be measures to encourage local manufacture of solar modules too, but that would be different, because the steps taken to develop local manufacture did not help the local industry,” Tarun Kapoor was quoted as saying in HBL. He cited the inability of domestic content requirement (DCR) clause, which entailed purchasing of domestically produced crystalline silicon modules. The reason for it not benefitting the domestic PV industry was that the DCR was not applicable for thin films due to which most of the project developers went in for importing thin film modules.

Source: Energy Next

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Ritesh Pothan, is an accomplished speaker and visionary in the Solar Energy space in India. Ritesh is from an Engineering Background with a Master’s Degree in Technology and had spent more than a decade as the Infrastructure Head for a public limited company with the last 9 years dedicated to Solar and Renewable Energy. He also runs the 2 largest India focused renewable energy groups on LinkedIn - Solar - India and Renewables - India
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