to-the-point: India approves 118-MW phase of off-grid solar programme

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June 6 (Renewables Now) - India's cabinet has approved a plan for the installation of an additional 118 MWp of off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity by 2020, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said on Wednesday.

The approval is for the third phase of the Off-grid and Decentralised Solar PV Application Programme. Phase III will support the installation of solar power plants up to 25 kWp in size, with an aggregated capacity of 100 MWp, designed mainly to provide electricity to public institutions such as schools and police stations in areas where grid power is absent or not reliable. There will be two other components -- the installation of 300,000 solar street lights and 2.5 million solar study lamps.

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