Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission: Status report


The first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) is scheduled to be completed by 2013 only. However, as per progress available so far all the application segments of the Mission are going on as scheduled and on target, according to the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Projects sanctioned under the Phase-I of the JNNSM:

  • Projects under Migration Scheme (84 MW-Solar PV – 54MW, Solar Thermal – 30 MW)
  • Projects under New Project Scheme (Batch-I) (Solar PV- 150 MW, Solar Thermal- 470 MW)
  • Projects under New Projects Scheme (Batch-II) (Solar PV- 350 MW)
  • Projects under Roof top PV and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP) – 98.05 MW
  • Out of the above, PPA’s were signed with 21 selected bidders for 27 Solar Power projects (340 MW) by 27th January, 2012.
  • Projects under Roof top PV and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP) – 98.05 MW

Projects under Batch-II, Phase-I:

  • Solar PV Projects (340 MW) scheduled to be commissioned in 13 months from the date of signing of PPA (i.e. Feb, 2013)
  • Out of total 78 sanctioned Projects 11 Projects are to be commissioned by June, 2012.
  • The guidelines that deal with the import of solar modules for Phase-I are specified as under:

Batch-I: For Solar PV Projects, it is mandatory for Projects based on crystalline silicon technology to use the modules manufactured in India.

Batch-II: For Solar PV Projects to be selected in second batch, it will be mandatory for all the projects to use cells and modules manufactured in India. PV Modules made from thin film technologies or concentrator PV cells may be sourced from any country, provided the technical qualification criterion is fully met.

All the Developers using Crystalline Silicon technology have confirmed compliance of domestic content clause.

Following allegations in a section of the media about violation of guidelines by some companies, the Ministry has set up an inquiry committee. The committee comprises representatives from the Ministries of New & Renewable Energy, Power and Corporate Affairs. The inquiry committee is yet to submit its final report.

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