MNRE Discontinues Empanelment of Channel Partners

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announched that it has decided to discontinue empanelment of channel partners under grid connected rooftop and small solar power plants programme.

Further, MNRE notes that ministry has not mandated that being channel partner is an essential condition for participating in tenders issued by respective implementing agencies under various Central or State schemes for solar rooftop projects. All such implementing agencies are therefore, advised not to disqualify any agency from participation in tenders, where such bids are yet to be closed, solely on the basis of “not being a channel partner of MNRE” as MNRE has now discontinued the empanelment of channel partners said the ministry.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on Friday announced auction of up to 21 GW solar and wind capacities by March 2018.

The ministry will put on the block 3-4 GW wind power capacities during third and fourth rounds by March 2018. Each round will be of 1.5-2 GW each, said Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh during a media interaction here today.

The government has already auctioned 2 GW wind capacities so for in first and second rounds this year. It has also decided to put for bidding 10 GW wind capacities each in 2018 -19 and 2019-20 to meet the target of 60 GW by 2022. At present, wind power installed capacity is 32 GW.