India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published guidelines for the implementation of 2GW of projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) Phase-II Batch-III.

The National Solar Mission aims to create the policy conditions for the swift deployment of large-scale solar across India.

The overall 20GW of grid-connected solar by 2022 target is to be achieved in three phases with several batches.

  • Phase-I - 1GW from 2012-13
  • Phase-II - 9GW from 2013-17
  • Phase-III - 10GW from 2017-22

The latest guidelines lay out the necessary policy framework and mechanisms for selection and implementation of the projects in Phase-II Batch-III under Viability Gap Funding (VGF).

MNRE said one of the main aims of this batch is to encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of efficient and transparent e-bidding and e-auctioning processes.

The guidelines cover financial and technical criteria, as well as connectivity with the grid. They also explain the mechanisms around PPAs, bank guarantees and project financing arrangements under this batch.

The proposed 2GW of PV projects to be selected under Batch-III will be implemented by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in solar parks, which will be developed by central and state agencies. Land will be provided by state governments or identified and arranged by PV developers in the respective States.

MNRE has already released guidelines for its 25 Ultra Mega Solar Power parks, all with a minimum capacity of 500MW, which forms part of the JNNSM.