The government has extended the waiver of inter-state power transmission charges and losses for the solar and wind power projects commissioned till 31 March 2022, with a view to giving a boost to clean energy sources.The government has extended the window to avail transmission charge waivers for wind and solar projects by three years.
Inter-state power transmission charges were foregone for wind projects commissioned till March 2019 and solar plants set up till December 2019 for 25 years.
The waiver will bring more bidders for future Solar and Wind Auctions.
Solar and wind power:
Wind energy is now one of the most cost-effective sources of new generation, competing with new installations of coal, gas and nuclear power.
Solar energy involves conversion of heat energy from the Sun into a form of energy that is easy to use. Solar-thermal systems are deployed for supplying hot water, heating and cooling
- The waiver will be available to these projects for 25 years from the date of commissioning provided the developers sign power purchase agreements with entities, including discoms, for sale of power for compliance of their renewable purchase obligation.
- The central government has planned to auction 40GW of solar energy capacities and 20GW of wind projects in 2018-19 and 2019.
- The government has charted a trajectory to auction 40 GW of wind and solar generation units by FY20, leaving a margin of two years to commission projects within the deadline to attain 175 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2022.
- According to the latest order approved by renewable energy minister RK Singh, solar and wind projects commissioned till March 2022 can use the inter-state transmission system (ISTS) for free. The other conditions for availing the waiver remain the same.
- The waiver will be available to only those projects which are awarded through competitive bidding process as per guidelines issued by central government. These new conditions for wavier of transmission charges and losses irrespective of purchasing entity will be applicable prospectively.
The first India’s Northeast first regional Centre for Agriculture with collaboration of Israel will be inaugurated in Mizoram in March 2018.Israel will provide expertise, knowledge and professional support to the centre, which will cater to the entire northeastern region.
The project has come up with the tripartite collaboration of the Union ministry of agriculture and farmers, the government of Israel and the Mizoram government.There are 22 such operational centres setup across India with support of Israel including in states of Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. The first centre was established in 2008 in Haryana.
Centre for Agriculture:
This centre will benefit the people of North East in the area of innovation, especially for start-ups and also the farmers of the north eastern region in the long run and will also encourage the farmers from other regions. For other countries in Indian sub-continent this will serve as model of learning.
- A delegation led by Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon met Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh discussed issues of common interest including start-ups, food processing, innovation and technology.
- This centre is a beginning of the larger collaboration between the two countries in this area. The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) will coordinate wherever required.
- Israel will provide expertise knowledge and professional support, although located in Mizoram, this centre will cater to the whole north east.
- The first centre was established in 2008 in Haryana.Set up with a cost of Rs 8-10 crore, this centre is exclusively for processing of citrus fruits. The project has been set up with the tripartite collaboration of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Government of Israel and State Government of Mizoram.
- The Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given priority to the development of North Eastern region of the country. Sikkim has been declared the first Organic State of India and Israel can look forward to this kind of collaboration there also.