Under batch 1, phase 1 of the JNNSM, the nation has authorized 150 MW of PV projects and 470 MW of CSP projects, the majority of which are planned for the state of Rajasthan.
On April 27th, 2012 India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) provided an update to the nation’s parliament on the status of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
The report found 1.15 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in various sub-programs and stages of completion including 229 MW of commissioned PV.
Three days later, on April 30th, 2012 the MNRE issued an estimate that 940 MW of PV and CSP has been added to India’s grid, as part of 14.7 GW of overall renewable energy capacity added in the previous three years.
MNRE to investigate Lanco Infratech
The MNRE also stated that it has set up an inquiry committee to inquire about violation of program guidelines by "some companies", an obvious reference to Lanco Infratech Ltd. (Gurgaon, India).
Four program segments examined
The JNNSM status report looks at projects under the Migration Scheme, batch 1 phase 1 and batch 2 phase 1 of the JNNSM, as well as the Roof top PV and Small Solar Power Generation Programme (RPSSGP).
Under the Migration Scheme, the JNNSM is absorbing 54 MW of PV projects and a 30 MW CSP project from other programs.
Under batch 1, phase 1 of the JNNSM, the nation has authorized 150 MW of PV projects and 470 MW of CSP projects, the majority of which are planned for the state of Rajasthan. Under batch 2, phase 2, 350 MW of PV projects have been selected, again mostly in Rajasthan.
Finally, under the RPSSGP, the nation has sanctioned 98 MW of PV projects, spread across 12 states, with the largest capacities in the states of Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh.
Still waiting on 500 MW of CSP
While a majority of the PV projects under the Migration scheme, batch 1 phase 1 and the RPSSGP have been commissioned, none of the 500 MW of CSP projects through the JNNSM or PV projects through batch 2 phase 1 have been completed and connected to the grid.
Project developers have until May 2013 to commission CSP projects under batch 1, phase 1 of the JNNSM.