Year End Review: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Year End Review - Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Ques : Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) on  –

(a) 20th November

(b) 25th November

(c) 30th November

(d) 1st December

Ans (c)

Related facts :

  • On December 15, 2015 the Year End Review had been released by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • India is running the largest renewable capacity expansion programme in the world
  • It’s aiming to increase share of clean energy through massive thrust in renewables.
  • The target of 20,000 MW of solar power proposed to be installed in the country has been reset by the NDA government to achieve five time more at one lakh MW of solar power by 2022.
  • As on October 31, 2015 cumulative capacity of about 38 GW of grid-interactive renewable energy capacity has been installed in the country.
  • India will achieve 40% cumulative Electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030.
  • The Government has up-scaled the target of renewable energy capacity to 175 GW by the year 2022 which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power.

Green Power Capacity Increased

  • A total of 2,311.88 MW of grid-connected power generation capacity from renewable energy sources like solar and wind has been added so far this fiscal in the country.
  • The country’s total grid-connected power generation capacity from all the above mentioned renewable sources was 3,8096.49 MW at the end of October.

Reinvest 2015

  • First Renewable Energy Global Investment Promotion Meet & Expo (RE – INVEST) was organised with the intent of providing a platform to the global investment community to connect with stakeholders in India.
  • The Central Theme of REINVEST 2015 is to increase growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country.
  • The Ministry received total of 2,73,000 MW green commitments including 62,000 MW of renewable manufacturing in the event.

International Solar Allaiance

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the CoP21 Climate Conference in Paris on 30th November as a special platform for mutual cooperation among 121 solar resource rich countries lying fully or partially between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
  • The Centre will provide land and $30 million to form a secretariat for the Alliance, and also support it for five years.

Lower Solar Trariffs

  • In an e-reverse auction conducted by NTPC on November 3, 2015 for 500 MW (10 projects of 50 MW each) to be set up at Ghani Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh under National Solar Mission, Phase-II, Batch-II, Tranche-I of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India.
  • NTPC received the lowest tariff of Rs. 4.63 per unit of electricity.

 Intra State Transmission System

  • In July 2015, the Cabinet has approved the creation of an intra state transmission system in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan at an estimated cost of Rs 8548.68 crore.
  • Government of India contribution from National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) of Rs 3419.47 crore (40 percent of the total estimated cost of project).
  • The activities envisaged under the project includes establishment of 48 new Grid sub-stations of different voltage levels with total transformation capacity around 17100 MVA (Mega Volt Ampere) by installing over 7800 ckt-kms (Circuit Kilometers) of transmission lines in these seven states.
  • The project is proposed to be completed within a period of three to five years.

Solar Cities

  • The Government  has also approved a Scheme for setting up of 25 Solar Parks, each with the capacity of 500 MW and above and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects to be developed in next 5 years in various States and will require Central Government financial support of Rs 4050 crore.
  • These parks will be able to accommodate over 20,000 MW of solar power projects. As on date, 27 parks with capacity of about 18000 MW in 21 states have been sanctioned.

Solar Projects Under National Solar Mission

  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the implementation of the scheme for setting up of 15,000 MW of Grid-connected Solar PV Power projects under the National Solar Mission through NTPC/ NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) in three tranches.
  • The government has implemented a scheme to install one lakh solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water through State Nodal Agencies and NABARD.
  • MNRE provides 30% capital subsidy to farmers for installation of solar pumps for irrigation purpose through state nodal agencies.
  • The ministry has issued supplementary guidelines for 1,00,000 solar pumps during 2014-15 and Rs 353.50 crore was released to various agencies.

Unnat Chulha Abhiyaan

  • The programme aims at providing improved cook stoves for clean cooking thus saving lives of thousands of people in the country. 3.5 lakh cook stoves have been sanction under the scheme last year.


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