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India launches a tender for its largest 1,000 Megawatt-capacity Solar Rooftop Project

The government's target for installation of 40 gigawatt rooftop solar power plants by the year 2022

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New Delhi, December 9, 2016: In a major step towards fulfilling its solar power commitments, India on Friday launched a tender for its largest 1,000 megawatt-capacity solar rooftop project, an official said.

“As a step towards fulfilment of the government’s target for installation of 40 gigawatt rooftop solar power plants by the year 2022, SECI is launching today (Friday) a tender of 1,000 MW capacity for development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity for central government Ministries and departments,” a Renewable Energy Ministry statement here said.

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This tender for the largest rooftop project in the country will be launched by state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

Being also one of the largest floated globally, the SECI tender comes in quick succession to its earlier tender of 500 MW capacity targeting buildings in the residential, institutional and social sectors, the statement said.

SECI has already commissioned over 54 MW capacity of rooftop solar projects under multiple government schemes, it added.

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“The highlight of this tender is its innovative Achievement-Linked Incentives scheme wherein the incentives in terms of capital subsidy shall be provided on the basis of performance achieved by designated ministries and departments against their committed targets in the given timespan,” the ministry said.

Under the scheme, grid-connected rooftop solar systems will be installed with financial assistance from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in the form of incentives.

“The power generated from the systems will be used for meeting the captive requirement of the buildings and the surplus power will be fed to the grid under the net-metering arrangement of the respective state,” it said.

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In this connection, MNRE has allocated 21 ministries and departments to SECI.

MNRE has also collated the demand of the various ministries for implementation of the systems.

“Solar Photovoltaic (PV) developers will be selected state-wise through competitive bidding process and provision of one rate per state shall be kept in the scheme,” the statement said. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?