The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited innovators, manufacturers and service providers to submit an expression of interest (EoI) to partake in the government’s solar pump scheme through development of innovative pumps. Applicants must submit a proposal detailing the technology, innovativeness, outcomes including a test report and even a cost-benefit analysis of their product. Innovators who score at least 75 per cent based on the marking scheme set out by the MNRE will be invited to participate. They must also submit an earnest money deposit (EMD) of Rs 5,000. Successful applicants would be chosen by technical and financial experts at the MNRE to install up to 50 standalone solar pumps. The last date for the submission of the EoI is October 8, 2020.
The current EoI follows events of June 2020 where the MNRE had set guidelines for the installation of standalone solar pumps for demonstration. Under these guidelines, field tests would go on for the first year of installation. These guidelines aim to help increase the efficiency and improve the performance of solar pumps while reducing costs. The MNRE has been promoting solar pumps in India under the off-grid and decentralised solar photovoltaic programme as well as the PradhanMantriKisanUrjaSurakshaEvamUtthaanMahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM). The guidelines are applicable to all Indian innovators, manufacturers and service providers that wish to install innovative stand-alone solar pumps in India under MNRE schemes.