Govt to float single tender of 1,00,000 MW solar power: R K Singh

The government is looking at floating a single tender for 1,00,000 MW of solar power, including manufacture  of equipment and storage of power so produced.

"We brought out single tender of 10,000 MW which would be opened in July. Now (we) will bring out a bid (tender) of one lakh MW which would also include solar manufacturing and storage (power)," minister of state for power R K Singh said while addressing at a function in New Delhi.
The biggest tender for renewable energy was floated in Spain, the minister noted.
Talking about India's renewable energy programme, he said the country will overachieve the renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022 and eventually have 225 GW.
He said that India has already set up 70 GW of renewable energy capacity and about 12.5 GW is under implementation while bids have been received for 25.5 GW of clean energy capacities.
"India is making rapid strides in the field of renewable energy and we will overshoot the target of 175 GW renewable energy by 2022." Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of 1500 kWP capacity solar plant developed by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) at the Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.
Lauding this noble initiative by the DSGMC, Singh said that this would inspire other institutions to go green and become environment conscious.
He said that 20 cities in India are ranked among the most polluted in the world and there is an urgent need to reduce fossil fuel use so that we leave a better world for our children. The minister reiterated the government's commitment to bring electricity to every household by December 31, 2018.
Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri and Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan were among the dignitaries present at the occasion.