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Draft Guidelines for Selection of 3000 MW Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects under Batch-II Tranche-I State Specific Scheme

Draft Guidelines for Selection of 3000 MW Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects under Batch-II Tranche-I State Specific Scheme

Government of India  Ministry of New and Renewable Energy – October 2014

The 1000 MW Bundling Scheme introduced under NSM Phase-I has been successful in incentivizing setting up of a large number of Solar Power Projects and minimizing the impact of tariff on the distribution companies. The proposed 3000MW Solar PV projects to be selected under Batch-II Tranche-I of NSM Phase-II scheme, will be implemented by NVVN on Solar Parks to be developed through association of central and state agencies. Under Part-I of Tranche-I, 1000 MW PV Projects would be selected for setting of projects in Solar Park to be developed by a JV Company of SECI, NEDCAP & APGENCO at Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh.

The JV Company shall create necessary infrastructure facilities like roads, water, construction power, pooling substations etc. for speedy implementation of the solar projects. Solar Power Developers SPDs) shall enter into Implementation Support Agreement with JV Company for land & associated infrastructure. The connectivity shall be provided by STU (APTRANSCO)/CTU (PGCIL) with the provision of the STU/CTU pooling substation for the solar park. The SPD shall enter into connectivity and transmission service agreement with the STU/CTU for power evacuation through STU/CTU system.

Specifically, the selection of Grid Connected Solar PV Projects of 1000 MW total capacity shall be carried out by NVVN through a transparent, a tariff based bidding process. NVVN will purchase the power from the successful developers at their bid tariff and sell bundled power (1000 MW Solar Capacity to be bundled with unallocated 500 MW Power from NTPC Coal Station allocated by MoP) to AP Distribution Companies after adding Trading Margin and other incidental expenses. In case 100% capacity is not tied up with AP Distribution companies the remaining capacity shall be offered to Southern Region Discoms. In this regard, NVVN shall enter into suitable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Solar Power Developers and Power Sale Agreement (PSA) with AP Distribution Companies/other Utilities.

Connectivity with the Grid

The Solar Power Plant should be designed for inter-connection with the 400kV/220kV/132kV  pooling /grid substation located in the solar park at voltage level of 132 kV and above through dedicated  transmission line/underground cable. The Project Developer shall submit a letter from the  APTRANSCO along with RfS confirming technical feasibility of connectivity of plant to pooling  substation and Discoms willingness to purchase of power. The developer shall not be entitled  for any deemed generation.

The arrangement of connectivity can be made by the SPD through a dedicated transmission  line / Underground cable which the SPD may construct himself or get constructed by STU or  Discom or any other agency. The entire cost of transmission including cost of construction  of line, wheeling charges, losses etc. from the project up to the interconnection point will  be borne by the Project Developer and will not be reimbursed by NVVN or met by the  STU/Discom.

The responsibility of getting connectivity and open access with the transmission system  owned by the STU will lie with the Project Developer. The transmission of power up to the point of interconnection where the metering is done shall be the responsibility of the SPD at his own cost.

D.  Domestic Content Requirement  Out of the total capacity of 1000 MW under Phase-II Batch-II Tranche-I Part-I, a capacity of 250 MW will be kept for bidding with Domestic Content Requirement (DCR).

Under DCR, the solar cells and modules used in the solar PV power plants must both be made in India.  In case of crystalline Silicon technology, all process steps and quality control measures involved in the manufacture of the Solar Cells and Modules from P-type (or N-type) wafers till final assembly of the Solar Cells into Modules shall be performed at the works of PV manufacturers in India.

The requisite P-type (or N-type) wafers and other raw materials can be imported.  In case of Thin-film technologies, the entire Modules assembly comprising of Thin-film Solar Cells shall be manufactured in India. The starting substrate (without any semiconductor junction) and other requisite raw materials can be imported.

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Efficiency Gains Over The Last Decade Saved More Energy Than China Consumed In 2011

New data shows that efficiency efforts in advanced countries saved more energy over the last decade than the entire United States consumed in 2011.

The raw information was provided by the International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014, the second annual release after the report’s debut in 2013. The Carbon Brief then crunched the numbers to arrive at the final comparison.

The cumulative energy savings span 2001 to 2011, and include 18 major countries — such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany — examined by IEA’s report. All told, those savings added up to the approximate equivalent of using 1.7 billion metric tons of oil. That’s not only larger than all the energy the U.S. consumed in 2011, it also overtook China’s consumption that year, and significantly outpaced the European Union’s 2011 usage.



“Energy efficiency is the invisible powerhouse in IEA countries and beyond, working behind the scenes to improve our energy security, lower our energy bills and move us closer to reaching our climate goals,” said IEA’s Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven at the Verona Efficiency Summit, where she unveiled the 2014 report.

Focusing in on the 11 member countries of IEA, their cumulative savings as of 2011 still surpassed the total consumption of Europe in that year, though it was a bit lower than the U.S. or China. “Energy efficiency savings in 11 IEA member countries were effectively displacing a continent’s energy demand,” the report noted.

In terms of individual reductions in energy use thanks to efficiency efforts and other changes, the biggest drops in total final consumption (TFC) of energy were seen in Sweden and the U.K. — though the U.S. also saw a modest reduction from 2001 to 2011. And among all 18 countries evaluated by IEA in the report, TFC was down five percent between 2001 and 2011, primarily thanks to efficiency investments.


A previous analysis that IEA released in September found that improvements in health outcomes, industrial productivity, and other benefits from energy efficiency can deliver savings that are several times the cost of the upgrades. It also determined that the total energy demand IEA’s member countries avoided in 2010 was bigger than the demand met by oil, coal, or any other single fuel source. That led the Agency to change energy efficiency’s nickname from the “hidden fuel” to the “first fuel.”

The new report also noted the boom in financing for energy efficiency. About 40 percent of the efforts are now financed with debt and equity, putting the financial market for energy efficiency somewhere around $120 billion per year. High tech industries have begun to enter the market with various services and products in a big way, and IEA estimated that total investment in the sector among its member countries hit $300 billion in 2011.

The Carbon Brief also dug into a recent report from the global investment bank HSBC, which broke down global efficiency markets by sector in 2012: well over $80 billion for new homes, almost $75 billion for insulating old homes, and over $50 billion for industrial efficiency, among other things.

“Energy efficiency is moving from a niche interest to an established market segment with increasing interest from institutional lenders and investors,” Van der Hoeven continued in her statement.

Since the 1970s, the United States and arguably much of the rest of the world have effectively broken the historical trend of energy consumption increasing in tandem with economic growth. The latter has kept going up while the former has plateaued. That means we’re figuring out how to do more with less; more wealth production for every unit of energy we use.

And because the rebound effect — the tendency of people to consume more energy as it becomes cheaper — tends to be much smaller than the total energy savings, energy efficiency is a crucial tool in reducing humanity’s carbon emissions. In projections IEA laid out for how the world can stay under 2°C of global warming, energy efficiency accounts for 40 percent of the emission reductions — the biggest single contributor.


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Rajasthan Solar Policy 2014 looking for 25 GWp Solar Capacity


The Government of Rajasthan launched a new ” Solar Energy Policy-2014″ to pave the way for establishment of 25000 MW solar capacity in the state.

The main objectives of the policy are creation of conducive environment for the investors in the state and ensuring power supply to urban and rural areas along with remove or less populated areas where there is no power supply, according to an official statement here.

Policy also aimed at having energy security at the national level and to overcome the challenges of climate change.

Its main provisions is to establish solar parks in state sector, private sector and through Public Private Partnership.

Besides, there would be a fast process of approval of Mega Solar Plants (500 MW) by placing them directly before State Level Empowered Committee headed by Chief Secretary.

The state government has announced the policy in compliance to Chief Minister’s budget speech made in the Assembly.

A provision of Rs 100 crore has been made in the state budget of 2014-15 for promotion of power supply to remote villages through local solar grid, stand alone solar system and smart grid system.

Permission, sanctions on projects and fee regime were also simplified in the new policy.

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Source: ET

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Karnataka Farmer Solar scheme row: farmers to move HC


The controversy over Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. receiving 295 applications in a record 7.25 minutes from farmers for setting up mini-solar power plants has now taken a new twist. Some farmers, who could not apply, have decided to challenge the “authenticity of this lightning speed” before the Karnataka High Court.

According to sources, in their petition, these farmers would also demand a technical inquiry to know if these applications have been genuinely filed. The revised solar energy policy allows farmers to set up solar power plants with a capacity of 1 to 3 MW on their farmland. They have been promised that Escoms will buy the power from them at a rate of Rs. 8.40 a unit.

Accordingly, KREDL called for online applications from farmers at 11 a.m. on Thursday, on a first come, first served basis. Though the total capacity on offer was 300 MW, KREDL had announced that it would receive applications to the tune of 600 MW to make up for those who might opt out. But many farmers were amazed to find that the process had been completed in a mere 7.25 minutes.

Ramesh, a farmer from Hubli, said the application had 10 fields to be filled up. “Something is fishy as 16 applications were filed within the first minute and eight of them were filed within 41 seconds. Is it really possible?” he wondered.

Another farmer, Taufik Momin, questioned the logic of opting for online method for a scheme which is intended for farmers. Instead, they could have gone through the conventional method which would have been convenient for farmers, he said.

Source: <a href=”http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/solar-scheme-row-farmers-to-move-hc/article6489665.ece”>The Hindu</a>

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DERC (Net Metering For Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014

Brief Note on DERC (Net Metering For Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014

1. Net Metering – The Need

There is a need to promote Renewable Energy technologies as per EA, 2003, National Action Plan on Climate Change, National Tariff and Electricity Policy and various other schemes of government. DERC (Net Metering for  Renewable  Energy)  Regulations,  2014,  is  a  step  forward  in  this  direction  to  create  regulatory environment conducive to promote Renewable energy, which should create sustainable environment, encourage emission free technologies & also be end user friendly for their active participation in distributed generation from Renewable Energy sources.

2. The Scheme

The Scheme will allow the Consumer to:

  • Install, either by himself or through a third party, a Renewable Energy System for connectivity with the power supply system of Distribution Company in the area.
  • Inject  surplus  energy,  if  any,  in  to  the  grid,  and  carry  it  forward  as  energy credits,  which  he  can subsequently draw back within the financial year.
  • Provide compensation for surplus energy, which the consumer is unable to draw back within the financial year.
  • No Wheeling, Cross Subsidy Surcharge & other charges for the time being

3. Benefits to the participating Consumer

  • Besides Subsidy @ 30% of the capital cost presently being provided by MNRE, the Renewable Energy System Installed under this scheme will be grid connected, whereby cost of storage Battery can also be avoided to make it affordable.
  • Energy generated from such Renewable Energy sources will :

o  Not attract PPAC charges.

o  Be insulated from some of the escalation factors resulting in Stability on Energy charges.

4. Overall Benefits

Utility Participants Consumers Other Consumers
No loss/benefit Benefited      up      to      the      units imported from Grid Benefited as avoided RPO cost
Distribution Loss
Benefited       by       reduction       inDistribution losses to meet target Benefited      up      to      the      units imported from Grid. Saving  due to reduced distribution losses
Transmission Loss
No loss/benefit Benefited      up      to      the      units imported from Grid. Saving                due        to        reduced transmission losses
Energy Security
No input fuel cost & sustainable energy source
Reliance on Grid
Onsite generation reduces the dependence on grid during grid failure and helps in Islanding Scheme

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Brief on Net Metering Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014

Renewable Energy Net Metering Regulations 2014


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