Daily News Wrap-Up: MNRE Sets up Directorate for Rooftop Solar Program

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has constituted a mission directorate to implement the PM-Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana to ensure the achievement of the goals and oversee the day-to-day operations. The joint secretary in the MNRE in charge of the rooftop solar division will head the directorate.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has amended the process document for implementing the PM-Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana by allowing multi-state vendor registration on the National Portal for the residential rooftop solar program. Following suggestions from stakeholders, MNRE has said there will now be multi-state registration of vendors in addition to a national registration.

Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI), a subsidiary of Coal India, has invited bids for the design, engineering, procurement and supply, construction and erection, testing, and commissioning of grid-connected solar power projects of a cumulative capacity of 35 MW. Bidders must also operate and maintain the projects for ten years. CMPDI has floated separate tenders for 23 MW, 5 MW, and 7 MW.

NTPC has invited bids to select developers to supply 1,200 MW of firm and dispatchable power (assured peak power supply) from interstate transmission system-connected renewable energy power projects anywhere in India on a built-own-operate arrangement. The last date for submitting bids is July 23, 2024. Bids will be opened on the same day. Bidders have to pay ₹22,500 (~$270.5) for the document.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation has invited bids for the design, engineering, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of a ground-mounted 52 MW solar power project at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. The last date for the submission of bids is June 21, 2024. The operation and maintenance period will commence from the date of the operational acceptance test.

The U.S. has proposed new incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act by offering tax credits for electricity produced with low or zero greenhouse gas emissions, aligning financial assistance with environmental objectives. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) detailed the regulations in sections 45Y and 48E of the Internal Revenue Code.

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