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Rajasthan government clears state Solar Energy Policy

The first round of the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Mission was announced and bids invited for 620MW of projects, 470MW in Solar Thermal and 150MW in Solar PV last year.

Panchabuta was the first to report  on the Solar PV and thermal developers  shortlisted for the first phase of the Solar Mission. 37 developers for a aggregated capacity of 620MW have been shortlisted and PPA’s signed.

Gujarat has released a state specific  solar policy with an ambitious target of installing 1,000 Mw solar power capacity by the end of 2012 and 3,000 Mw in next five years. The state has already signed PPAs for about 934MW.

Last month , Panchabuta has mentioned that the next round of bidding for 296 MW of solar photovoltaic projects is likely to start in April, according to  Anil Agarwal, CEO of NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam, the nodal agency for the first phase of the mission.

Panchabuta had mentioned in March this year that Rajasthan was expected to come out with a policy for a planned capacity 550MW for which there could be a reverse bidding process to short list the developers like the National Solar Mission.

After a lot of waiting, Rajasthan cabinet today cleared the solar policy for the state at a cabinet meeting chaired by the chief minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot.

The target for the first phase (until 2012-13)  is expected to be 200MW and 400MW  in the second phase (2013-2017). The projects will be divided equally between CSP and PV and it is expected that the bidding process will be competitive reverse bidding similar to that of the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru  National Solar Mission conducted by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN). Further it is expected that the project size will be between 5-10MW for Solar PV and 5-50MW for Solar CSP.

It will be interesting to see when the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RREC) come out with the bidding process for the projects in Rajasthan. Sources tell Panchabuta that this could happen as early as the following months.

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