JNNSM Phase II – Draft Policy

Moving forward after 2 successful bids, MNRE has now released the JNNSM_Phase_II_Dec_2012_Draft

The draft policy makes for some good reading on the current scenario of Solar in India with information presented on the various facets of the prior policies and summaries of the past bids.

Excerpts from the draft policy for Phase II are

Key learning from Phase-I :

Grid connected solar PV power is now fairly established in terms of availability of required expertise for designing, construction and site preparation etc.
 Grid connected solar thermal power is still to prove its operational prowess as the Phase I projects would be commissioned by March 2013.
 In general, experienced companies are more interested in large size projects. Price
reduction is possible if the tender size is big.
 Most of the projects so far have been coming up in few States, like, Rajasthan where high solar energy potential combined with cheap land and favorable State Government policies are in place. Other States need to follow and reap the benefits of solar power.
Transmission remains a major issue.
 Some assurance regarding regular payments is very important particularly for banks /
financial institutions, which have to finance these projects.
Generation from PV projects so far has been in accordance with the estimates, and higher in many cases.
 Better system designing and construction is required to meet challenges of the local
conditions.
 Solar radiation data is an important issue, especially with regard to Direct Normal
Irradiance (DNI) data. C-WET has brought out the data policy and data on various sites for
the limited period can be obtained from C-WET.
 Provision of requirement of domestic content for setting up solar power projects was kept in the guidelines for Phase-I with a view to develop indigenous capacities and generate employment. It was noted that the production capacities for solar PV cells and modules have expanded in the country.

Objectives for promotion of Grid Connected Solar Power during phase-II:

 To achieve Grid Parity at the earliest
 To facilitate meeting of Solar RPO targets in line with Tariff Policy
 To encourage wider participation of States in NSM
 To facilitate increased connectivity & grid access for solar projects
 To encourage Solar park cluster development
 To promote technology agnostic approach
 To develop domestic technology development capability
 To Encourage large scale deployment of Grid connected rooftop solar
 To encourage Captive and Third party sale of solar power to meet power shortages in Industry
 To Encourage local Manufacturing and
 To support focused R&D initiatives
 Development of REC market
 Development of Storage Systems

Thrust Areas for promotion of Off-grid solar during phase-II:

 Improved Energy Access for remote areas
 Heating/Cooling applications needs to be encouraged (such as Cooling, Cold Storage,
water purification, Space Heating)
 Replacement of diesel and kerosene
 Distributed Generation : (e.g. rooftop PV applications)
 Industrial process heat applications
 Solar water irrigation pumping systems

Around 20,000 villages / hamlets / basti / padas will be covered through ‘Energy Access’ scheme by way of deployment of Off-Grid electricity generation projects.

Deployment target of 25000 solar pumps by the end of FY 2017 has been envisaged.

Target for deployment of around ten (10) lakh off grid lighting systems.

JNNSM would focus on development of solar cities and also leads to inclusion of more number of cities.

Deployment of 25000 solar pumps by the end of FY 2017 has been envisaged.

Focus on developing special schemes for promotion of solar telecom towers and would target around 25000 solar integrated telecom towers.

At-least 15-20 cities where solar water heaters would become the main source of heating water replacing electric geysers. Keeping into consideration the good progress in Phase I, Phase II would target around 8 million sq.m. of collector area by the end of 2017.

Target at-least 100 institutions for deployment of solar cookers and around 25000 installations for solar cooking applications in schools for mid day meals. An overall  target of deployment of 50000 solar cookers would be set in Phase II.

At least 400 systems, 250 sq. m. each on an average (100,000 sq. m.) of CSTs for heating
applications in industries.

200 systems, 30 TR each on an average (60,000 sq. m.) for air conditioning / refrigeration systems.

Thrust Areas for promotion of Solar Manufacturing Capability during phase-II are:

 Development of complete value chain for both PV and thermal in India
 Off-grid special products for rural applications
 Manufacturing of solar grade mirrors and glasses
 Developing capacity to develop components and Materials like

o Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF)
o Thermal Storage systems
o Solar Concentrated Glasses
o Inverters
o Permanent magnet and other motors for solar pumps

About Ritesh Pothan

Ritesh Pothan, is an accomplished speaker and visionary in the Solar Energy space in India. Ritesh is from an Engineering Background with a Master’s Degree in Technology and had spent more than a decade as the Infrastructure Head for a public limited company with the last 9 years dedicated to Solar and Renewable Energy. He also runs the 2 largest India focused renewable energy groups on LinkedIn - Solar - India and Renewables - India
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