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RERC orders reducing transmission charges for solar projects

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued an order for reducing transmission charges for inter-state open access solar projects in the state by 50 per cent, Rajasthan Solar Association said today.

“This by-far is one of the key enablers implemented by Rajasthan government to achieve the Chief Minister’s visionary target of 25,000 MW solar capacity,” Rajasthan Solar Association said in a statement.

The move will tremendously increase the state’s attractiveness as a potential solar export hub by bringing an investment of about Rs 1,75,000 crore and creating over 75,000 jobs, Rajasthan Solar Association (RSA) President Suman Kumar said.

During the last four year, cost of solar power has reduced by almost 65 per cent and now it can even compete on price with imported coal-based thermal power plants, the statement said.

Thus, the demand for solar power is bound to increase from power hungry states where it is difficult to set up solar plants, not only for renewable purchase obligations but also to meet incremental power demand by solar power instead of imported coal-based polluting thermal power plants, it added.

“Rajasthan has huge potential for solar power due to availability of solar insolation and large land and truly has the potential to be the first green state of the country by supply solar energy to these power hungry states with the operationalisation of current order,” RSA Secretary Rajeshwar Rajpurohit said.

Source: ET

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Determination of tariff for Grid Interactive Megawatt scale Solar Power Plants – KARNATAKA ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION

On the basis of the approved parameters, the Commission hereby approves the following tariff:

Type of Solar Plant

Approved Tariff in Rs/Unit

Solar PV Power Plants

6.51

Solar Thermal Power Plants

10.85

This Order is signed and issued by Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission on this 30th day of July, 2015.

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Gujarat Solar Policy 2015

Gujarat Government announced a new solar power policy which seeks to provide incentives to generating units and significantly scale up production from this renewable and clean source of energy.

The Energy and Petrochemicals Department brought out the ‘Gujarat Solar Power Policy-2015’. This is the second solar power policy announced by the Government. The first one was unveiled in 2009.

As per the document released by the Department, the policy of 2009 resulted in a “cumulative solar power generation capacity in excess of 1000 megawatts (MW) with investment of about Rs 9,000 crore”.

Now, the Government wants to further scale up the production as Gujarat has potential to achieve more than 10,000 MW of solar generation capacity, said the new policy.

Under the policy, solar power generators (SPGs), installed and commissioned during the operative period (till 2020), shall become eligible for benefits and incentives for a period of 25 years from their date of commissioning.

The policy is aimed at promoting several modes of generation, including roof-top solar power for house/building owners, distribution of solar-powered pumps to farmers and standalone photo-voltaic (PV) systems for domestic use.

The state will facilitate de-centralised and off-grid solar applications to meet various energy requirements for domestic purpose, according to an official release.

For those living in remote areas, where regular grid-based connection is not feasible, the Government will initiate schemes for basic home lighting using PV system.

On the issue of acquisition of land for setting up solar projects, the policy has put the onus on companies wanting to install such units.

“Solar project developers shall be responsible for obtaining and for setting up and operating solar projects,”

Source: BS

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Maharashtra Renewable Energy Policy 2015

Maharashtra Government has finalized its final Renewable Energy Policy. The policy will be known as Maharashtra Renewable Energy Policy 2015. Regional committee will be established to monitor the overall progress of the policy and will be headed by the principal secretary of energy. The brief details of the guidelines and targets defined in the policy are given in the below-mentioned points:

Targets: The new policy announced, has set some ambitious targets for different Renewable Energy sources. The targets defined under the policy are listed in the table below:

Project Specific Guidelines and Incentives:

1. Wind Energy: A total of 5000 MW capacity of wind energy projects shall be commissioned, out of that initial 1500 MW will be used to fulfil RPO of distribution companies and the rest 3500 MW capacity of wind project can be utilized open access for interstate/ intrastate open access/captive consumption/REC etc.

Incentives:

  1. Wind generators will be given permission for re-powering.
  2. Land acquired for commissioning of the wind project will be deemed as Non-Agricultural land.
  3. Concessions will be granted for these projects to get NOC from pollution control board.
  4. Supervision charges for grid evacuation will be waived off.
  5. Wind energy projects can register themselves as industrial unit.

2. Sugarcane /Agricultural co- generation projects: Target of 1000 MW has been set for power generation through sugar co-gen/agricultural co-gen projects. Distribution companies shall have first right to fulfil their RPO at fix rate decided by MERC.

Incentives:

  1. Exemption from Supervision charges for grid evacuation.
  2. Exemption from E-duty for captive power plants for 10 years from the date of commissioning
  3.  Exemption from sales tax on purchase of sugarcane for all projects having capacity more than 3MW (35 lacs units).
  4. Promotional elements will be applicable on project which has got consent for infrastructure after the announcement of policy.
  5. MahaGenco will give consent for basic infrastructure and evacuation facility to establish co-gen project

3. Small Hydro projects: A target of 400 MW is set up for small Hydro projects. All the small hydro projects will be obligated to sale power firstly to any distribution company within Maharashtra so that they can fulfil their RPO at rates prescribed by MERC, after this they can go on interstate /intrastate third party power sale through REC route.

Incentives:

  1. Exemption from E-duty for captive power plants for 10 years from the date of commissioning
  2.  Promotional elements will be applicable on project which has got consent for infrastructure after the announcement of policy.
  3. MahaGenco shall give subsidy of Rs.50000 per KW to maximum up to Rs. 1. Cr from green energy fund.

4. Agricultural manures based power generation projects: Target of 300 MW is set up for Agricultural manures based power generation projects. MSETCL/MSEDCL will help developers with grid evacuation of LV/HV/EHV projects and Grid.

Incentives:

  1. Exemption from E-duty for captive power plants for 10 years from the date of commissioning.
  2.  Promotional elements will be applicable on project which has got consent for infrastructure after the announcement of policy.
  3. All projects shall get capital subsidy up to 1 Cr from green energy fund.

5. Solar Power:  A total of 7500 MW of Solar energy projects shall be commissioned, out of that 2500 MW will be used to fulfil RPO through Public private partnership in association with MahaGenco. And rest 5000 MW will be developed by other developers.

  1. A total 10 % of all PPP projects i.e. 250 MW will be established on canals, lakes and irrigation project. Minimum of project capacity will be 1MW.
  2. Minimum of project capacity will be 1MW.
  3. Development of Solar Park.

Incentives:

  1. Land acquired for solar projects will be granted deemed status of Non-agricultural land.
  2. Solar projects having capacity up to 2 MW can be given land 4 hectors as per availability and 50 % discount shall be given on rental/ lease charges. All such transactions will be governed as per Maharashtra land acquisition act.
  3. Government land if available requires for manufacturing of solar modules/panels/etc. shall also be given 50 % discount on lease/rental charges.
  4. Concessions shall be granted for these projects to get NOC from pollution control board.
  5. Solar project developers can sell electricity generated from solar projects to distribution companies /captive use/third-party sale/ REC.
  6. Open Access shall be granted for interstate as well as intrastate projects as per MERC regulations
  7. Exemption from Supervision charges for evacuation.
  8. Projects can register themselves as industrial units.
  9. Exemption from E-duty for captive power plants for 10 years from the date of commissioning.
  10. Developers will be given the necessary support for development solar projects, but there will separate provisions for interstate power transfer.

The Policy Document can be accessed here

Source: REConnect Blog

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Telangana solar power: SkyPower offers lowest bid; ACME Group bags 446 MW

SkyPower South East Asia has come up with the lowest bid for supplying solar power to Telangana, with an offer of ₹5.17 per unit for one project of 50 MW and ₹5.26 for three projects of 50 MW each.The ACME Group alone has bagged the mandate for 446 MW in the bid process, accounting for 22 per cent of the 2,000 MW tender.
The Canadian company is among a number of other global solar power majors and wind energy company Mytrah Energy, to have successfully bid for projects offered under the reverse bidding process, in which the Government sets a price and bidders are asked to lower their offers. Sun Edison, Adani Green Energy, Mytrah Energy, Suzlon, Gestamp, Shaapoorji Pallonji, Renew Solar Power, Enercon Solar, Karvy, Aditya Birla, and Reliance Changer Limited are among other firms that have won.

Telangana power utilities received a good response for solar bids they invited. While the utilities invited tenders for 2,000 MW, they received bids for generating 5,998 MW. The price bids, opened on Monday, had the lowest offer of ₹5.17 per unit by SkyPower, creating new benchmark. SkyPower had quoted ₹5.05 per unit earlier this year in tenders by Madhya Pradesh.

ACME Group won the mandate for 446 MW, out of a total 2000 MW tender at weighted average tariff of ₹5.84 per unit.

Manoj Kumar Upadhyay, Founder & Chairman, ACME group said, “The success of the largest solar power tender in India reflects the country’s focus towards solar power. The emergence of ACME Solar in the bid has further strengthened our position with more than 1 GW projects in the pipeline.”

Source: Hindu Business Line

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NTPC to sign fresh PPAs with buyers, bundle thermal, solar in 85:15 ratio

NTPC, India’s largest power producer, has decided to sign fresh power purchase agreements (PPAs) with existing customers and bundle thermal power with solar power in 85:15 ratio. According to a directive issued by the power ministry, utilities will have to compulsorily abide by the arrangement and the ones that decline to take solar power will not be allocated any thermal power.
In such cases, NTPC will allocate that power to other utilities. A senior power sector official told ET that at least 9,200 mw of NTPC’s installed thermal power capacities are more than 25 years old and another 3,000-4,000 mw of installed capacities will turn 25 years old in the next threefour years. Power from these plants will be bundled with solar power produced from an existing installed capacity of 110 mw to begin with, the official said.

NTPC is in the process of adding 10,000 mw of solar power capacity in the near future and supply from these plants will be added to the bundled supply as and when the power becomes available, the official said. Under the new PPAs, the state-run power producer will charge the average price of thermal and solar power. It will sign new agreements for 25 years, with a provision to review them after a period of 15 years, depending on the condition of the coal-based power stations used for bundling with solar power.

“Capital expenditure incurred for modernising and renovating these old power plants during the extended period of the PPAs will continue to be considered as additional expenditure for the determination of tariff,” the official said. NTPC’s plan to bundle solar power with thermal will help state utilities meet their renewable power purchase obligations which stipulates that utilities will have to source a certain percentage of power it consumes from renewable sources.

The renewable purchase obligation, at present, varies between 3 per cent and 10 per cent in different states. In Bihar and Delhi it is 3 per cent, while it is 5 per cent in West Bengal and 10 per cent in Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh.

Source: ET

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PUNJAB STATE ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION (PSERC) Determination of generic levellised generation tariff for Renewable Energy Power Projects for FY 2015-16

Levellised Fixed Cost (₹/kWh) Variable Cost (FY 2015-16) (₹/kWh) Applicable Tariff Rate (₹/kWh) Benefit of Accelerated Depreciation, if availed (₹/kWh) Net Applicable Tariff Rate upon adjusting for Accelerated Depreciation benefit (3-4) (₹/kWh)
1 2 3 4 5
Biomass Power Projects(other than rice straw) with water cooled condenser
2.7 5.06 7.76 0.18 7.58
Non-Fossil Fuel based Co-Generation Projects
2.23 4.57 6.8 0.14 6.66
Biomass Gasifier Power Projects
2.66 4.86 7.52 0.13 7.39
Biogas based Power Projects
3.57 4.29 7.86 0.26 7.6
Particulars Applicable Tariff Rate Benefit of Accelerated Depreciation, if availed Net Applicable Tariff Rate upon adjusting for Accelerated Depreciation benefit
(₹/kWh) (₹/kWh) (₹/kWh)
1 2 3 4
Small Hydro Power Projects
Below 5 MW 5.47 5.47
5 to 25 MW 4.65 4.65
Wind Energy Power Projects
Wind Zone-1 6.58 0.71 5.87
Solar Power Projects
Solar PV 7.04 0.69 6.35
Solar Thermal 12.05 1.25 10.8

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