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/Departments.
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 1000 MW tender is especially targeted at utilizing 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.
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 developers will be selected through national competitive bidding process.
The project is part of the Government of India’s target for installation of 40 GW rooftop solar power plants by the year 2022 and it is expected to give a big boost to the rooftop solar power generation segment.