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Solar project guidelines revealed in India

Posted: 28 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:India solar PV projects  grid connected  modules 

The Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has unveiled the guidelines for selection of new grid connected solar power projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). This is a concrete step in realising the targets set by the National Solar Mission and will provide a significant boost to the domestic solar industry.

As per the guidelines, it will be mandatory for the projects based on c-Si technology to use the modules manufactured in India for 150MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects to be selected during the current financial year 2010-11. During the financial year 2011-12, over 300MW of solar PV power projects would be selected where it will be mandatory for all the projects to use cells and modules manufactured in India. This would greatly benefit the domestic cell and module companies and also attract foreign investment into the country in the area of solar PV manufacturing.

The collaborative efforts of various industry bodies with Government of India to promote the use of domestic content in putting up solar PV power projects have yielded positive results. This will definitely boost domestic solar industry.

India Semiconductor Association (ISA), applauds this development and is confident that these policy measures would give impetus to the growth of the domestic solar PV industry. ISA collaboratively worked along with other industry bodies and proactively worked with MNRE, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Department of Information Technology and Ministry of Power to provide industry inputs. Early this year, ISA along with other industry bodies successfully represented to Central Electricity Regulatory Commission for the increase in tariffs for solar PV power projects, which has benefited, solar PV power developers as well as manufacturers.





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