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Grid-connected solar PV power plants project gets approval

The Government of India has approved the implementation of a “Pilot-cum-Demonstration Project for Development of Grid-connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal-banks and Canal-tops” under National Solar Mission (NSM) announced by the Government of India.

With the objective of achieving gainful utilisation of the unutilised area on top of canals and also the vacant land along the banks of canals wherever available 100 MW Grid Connected Solar PV Power Plants will be placed on Canal Banks and Canal Tops (50 MW on Canal Tops and 50 MW on Canal Banks). CFA of up to Rs.225 crore for 100 MW (50 MW on Canal Tops and 50 MW on Canal Banks) to be disbursed over a period of maximum two years post sanctioning of the plants.It will be in two slabs. First,up to 40% on sanctioning of the projects.Rest 60% on successful commissioning of the projects.

Till March 31, 2016, the centre has recieved requests from various States for allocation of canal-top or canal-bank solar power projects under the “Pilot-cum-demonstration project for development of grid connected solar PV power plants on canal banks and canal tops”.

Based on requests the in-Principle approval given for setting up full targeted capacity of 50 MW canal-top and 50 MW canal-bank solar PV power projects, New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) has got an approval of 1 MW  canal-top solar project on May 2016. For Gujarat Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) a 10 MW canal-top project will be approved till August 2016.Karnataka          Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited (KBJNL) has got an approval of a tentative 10 MW canal-top project on March 2017.

Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) has got approval of 2 MW canal-top project on May 2016. Lastly, Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) to get approval of 20 MW  canal-top project on March, 2017 (5 MW) and on March 2018 (15 MW). Also, for Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited, a 1 MW canal-top project will be tentatively approved by March 2017. Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department also might get approval of 6 MW canal-top solar projects.
Simontini Bhattacharjee

Simontini Bhattacharjee

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