India offers $100 million loan for solar installation in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka have recently decided to implement solar PV systems on their government infrastructures. To successfully achieve their ambitious vision, India offered a $100 million loan. According to Sri Lanka’s cabinet, these funds will be dedicated to commission solar PV systems in low-income households in districts of Hambantota, Trincomalee, Moneragala, Hambantota, and Anuradhapura.
According to Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), the government has developed plans to implement renewable technologies that could help achieve 20% of the country’s power demands. In 2016, Sri Lanka government had launched a rooftop solar installation program called “Sooryabala Sangramaya” which stated that all excess energy generated via rooftop solar PV systems will be credited back at ₹8.89/kWh for the first 7 years and the rest 13 years at ₹6.26/kWh.
Sri Lanka SEA has also floated two expressions of interest (EOI) in 2019 to encourage domestic and foreign companies to develop solar projects at 10 MW with 20% energy storage systems. The project is said to developed in Hambantota Solar Energy Park under a joint venture with the SEA.
Beta testing of innovative solar pumps to be allowed by MNRE
As an initiative taken under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM), MNRE had recently invited developers to showcase innovative solar pump technologies that could help this program. With the ease in lockdown restrictions, MNRE has now allowed the test phase of the solar pump commissioning.
The Expression of Interest (EOI) states that all Indian innovators, manufacturers, and service providers are eligible to participate. Participants can only showcase technologies that can be tested on-site. Unpatented technologies are welcome, but all products must define a cost-benefit analysis and highlight how their product is different from the standard available in the market.
Chhattisgarh encourages 20,000 solar installation for pumps
The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) recently issued a tender to install 20,000 solar irrigation pumps including 12,200 solar pumps of 3 HP and 7,800 solar pumps of 5 HP. The scope of work includes installation & commissioning, and operations & maintenance of the product for the next three years.
Eligible local bidders must have installed at least 100 solar pumps in the past and should be established in the business for at least three years. All bidders must deposit ₹1.5 million as Earnest Money Deposit (EMD). Similar rules apply for outside state developers, except for the fact that they need to have a proven record of installing at least 200 solar pumps in the past. The developers need to ensure that all pumps are made in India and offer a five-year warranty on the pump and controller and a ten-year warranty on the solar module itself.
Haryana to install 466 solar pumps under KUSUM
The Haryana Development Renewable Agency (HAREDA) has invited bidders to install 466 on-grid DC solar pumps. The estimated value of this contact is said to be ₹16.5 million. Out of the 466 pumps, 286 pumps will be commissioned in Biana, Karnal district and the rest would be installed in Marupur, Yamunanagar district.
The scope of work will include operations & maintenance for the next five years. The tender announcement has also exempted local micro and small manufacturing enterprises (MSEs) from paying earnest money deposit (EMD) to encourage local participation. Similarly, central and Haryana public sector enterprises will be exempted from paying the EMD amount. All other bidders will be asked to pay ₹2 Lakhs as the EMD.
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