Daily News Wrap-Up: NVVN Invites Bids for 1,562 kW Rooftop Solar

PM Surya Ghar Yojana faces roadblocks in rooftop solar program implementation

June 10, 2024

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NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam has invited bids from empaneled contractors to install 1,562 kW of grid-connected rooftop solar power projects in Telangana for the Indian Council of Medical Research. The projects must be installed within three months of receiving the work order. The selected bidder must handle operations and maintenance duties for ten years. The last date to submit the bids is June 27, 2024. Bids will be opened the next day.

The PM Surya Ghar Yojana, an initiative by the government to install rooftop solar systems in 10 million households, has hit several roadblocks in its implementation across various states. Despite ambitious targets, the program appears to be struggling due to many challenges stakeholders face, including state distribution companies, installers, and consumers. Data revealed during a recent webinar by REC highlights the stark disparity in the program’s progress between states.

Solar and wind energy generation has complemented thermal power in meeting India’s unprecedented power demand this summer. Renewables accounted for 15% of total power generated on May 30, 2024, when the daytime peak power demand scaled a new high of 250 GW. The Ministry of Power said support from renewable energy sources, especially solar during solar hours and wind during non-solar hours, was “very significant” in meeting the demand.

The COP28 Tripling Renewable Capacity Pledge aims to triple the global renewable energy capacity from its current levels, targeting over 11,000 GW of installed capacity by the decade’s end. However, according to the International Energy Agency, the road to achieving this goal is fraught with challenges and requires unprecedented international cooperation and policy support.

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