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Maharashtra makes solar panels must for all new buildings

Nagpur: The Maharashtra government has decided to make solar water heaters compulsory for all buildings in future in an effort to promote renewable energy. The state government will direct municipal bodies to change their development control rules (DCR) for the purpose. The state cabinet cleared the renewable energy policy on Monday.

After setting an ambitious target of generating 14,400MW from renewable energy sources in on-grid mode, the government has now decided to promote renewable energy in off-grid mode too. It entails an investment of about 2,682 crore in solar pumps, biogas power plants, solar cookers, solar water heaters, etc over next five years. Government will subsidize all these with some subsidy going to non-government players too. The total saving in power through this policy is expected to be in the range of 500MW.

The government move has been welcomed by builders but with reservations. Builder TS Renu said while it was good from environment point of view, lower floors in a high rise building had difficulty getting hot water from solar heaters. The equipment though is not very costly. Milind Umap, a dealer, said that a family of four would have to spent only 12,000 for a heater.

These heaters will be installed on government and private buildings and also given to private persons. The target for government as well as private buildings is 50,000 square metres while it is 2,000 square metres for citizens. The target for five years is to cover over 5 lakh square metres space and produce about 320 lakh litres hot water daily. Two villages located in remote areas will also be chosen on pilot basis for meeting complete energy requirement through solar.

The government will appoint a panel of experts as consultant to guide, check the viability of the project and to give approval. The government also plans to start regional offices of Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) in Aurangabad for Marathwada region, Nagpur for Vidarbha, Pune for western Maharashtra and Mumbai.

MSEDCL has already announced its grid connected solar roof top generation policy. The government has now set a target of generating 200 MW through off-grid solar units on roof tops as well as on ground. The targets for government buildings is 30 MW per year and 10 MW per year for non-government buildings. A thousand buildings each will be covered under the two categories every year.

The government has also decided to distribute solar pumps that drive small water supply schemes. Only villages having population less than 5,000 will be eligible for this. Total 2,000 such pumps will be installed every year.

Solar cookers will be supplied to government hostels, training institutes with residential facilties, etc. Selected private institutes of similar kind will also be included in the project. The target for government buildings is 20,000 square metres space every year with minimum space for a device being 16 square metres. The target for private buildings is 10,000 square metres.

Biogas is another renewable energy source that government wants to harness but on a far smaller scale. The target is 800KW every year. Biogas will be generated from cow dung and muncipal solid waste. Production of biofertilizer will be clubbed with the former for helping the farmers.

While the new initiative of the government is welcome, implementation of the earlier schemes has not been very encouraging. Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule had decided to buy 10,000 solar agricultural pumps but chief minister Devendra Fadnavis stayed the tender because of huge difference in price of pumps compared to Gujarat. The grid connected solar roof top generation applications are not being processed as MSEDCL head office was yet to finalize the specifications of net meter.


* Solar water heaters mandatory for all new buildings. Changes in DCR soon

* Solar panels will be installed on government and private buildings to generate 200 MW in five years

* Solar cookers will be provided to hostels, training institutes, etc, government as well as private

* Water supply schemes of small villages to be driven by solar power

* Biogas power plants based on cow dung and municipal solid waste (MSW) to be promoted


Solar Water heater panel:

For government buildings: 100%

For private buildings: average 20%

For personal benefit: Average 46%

Rooftop power generation unit:

For government buildings: 100%

For private buildings: 20%

Water supply solar pump (under public water supply scheme): 100%

Solar steam cooking panel:

Government agency: 100%

For private buildings: average 15%

Source: TOI

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NTPC UP 100 MW Solar Bidders
















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ReNew Solar Power Private Limited



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Tender Results of NTPC 420 MW Rajasthan Solar Park Bid

Tender Results : NTPC 420 MW Rajasthan Solar Park Bid Results
Sr. No. Bidder’s Name Quoted Value Loaded Value Allotted Capacity (MW)
1 Fortum Finnsurya Energy Pvt Ltd 4.34 4.34 70
2 Rising Sun Energy Pvt Ltd 4.35 4.35 140
3 Solairedirect Energy India Pvt Ltd 4.35 4.35 140
4 Yarrow Infrasturcture Ltd 4.36 4.36 70
Total 420


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Summary of Maharashtra Net Metering for Roof-top Solar Photo Voltaic Systems) Regulations, 2015

By Sagar Durgavale

Screenshot 2015-12-19 10.09.47

Summary of Net Metering for Roof-top Solar PhotoVoltaic Systems) Regulations, 2015
Particulars Remarks
Eligible Consumer Consumer of electricity in the area of supply of the Distribution Licensee having a capacity < 1 MW
Net Metering arrangement _Permitted first come, first serve’ basis
Capacity limits at Distribution Transformer level A. Distri_Transfomer_shall not exceed 40%  its rated capacity_from the solar PV system in that area
B. Distribution Licensee (DL) may allow _> 40% of such rated capacity upon consideration of a detailed load study carried out by it.
C. DL will display capacity on their website withing 3 months from the date publish this regulation i.e before 10th Dec 2015.
D. after every quarter they will update the capacity upgradation & available  capacity at the said transformers.
Eligible Consumer and individual Project capacity Capacity connected _Shall not exceed his contract demand with Transfomer rated capacity limit.
Variation fo rteh connected load by consumer 5% variation shall be allowed
For HT category consumers_Meter installation clause HT (11 kV and above) Consumers may install and connect project  at LT Bus Bar System but Net Meter shall be installed on the HT side of the Transformer.
Protection clause Consumer shall provide _protection for islanding of project from the Network of the DL _Grid failure
Disconnection of plant by DL DL have right to disconnect the plant for any damanges or incident .
Metering arrangements_conditions The Net Meter _procured and installed by the DL_ at its own cost,Provided that, if the Eligible Consumer is within the ambit of Time-of-Day (‘ToD’) Tariff, the Net Meter installed shall be capable of recording ToD consumption and generation
Provided further that the DL shall replace the meter of an existing Eligible Consumer with a Net Meter : Provided also that the Eligible Consumer may opt to procure, at his cost.
Installation of Meter  if Consumer is RPO obligated Entity conumer should installed  Solar Meter at Gen End .
Installation of Meter  if Consumer is not RPO obligated Entity DL will install the  Solar Meter at Gen End  for their meeting RPO
Maintaining  of Meters By the Distribution Licensee (DL) at its cost.
Procedure _Connectivity approval Step 1: Connectivity _application at DL_by paying (500 or 1000 rs )upto 5KW and above.
If connnectivity not approval grace period for reply Connectivity not approval then within 15 days have consumer to answers queries raised by DL.
Net Metering Connection Agreement .(NMCA) Step 2: After approval of Connectivity _DL & consumer enters in net metering connection agreement .
Validity of agreement (NMCA) 20 years
Termination of agreement (NMCA) By Consumer  by consumer at any time but providing 30 days prior Notice to DL.
Termination of agreement (NMCA) By DL By DL at any time but providing 30 days prior Notice To consumer_if not fulfiled rules.
Termination of agreement (NMCA) By Mutual At mutual consent also the agreement would terminate at any time .
Energy Accounting and Settlement effective date from the date of connectivity approval
Accounting of Extra exported  units by consumer If quantum of export exceeds Import then extra  exported units carry forwarded for the next billing cycle .
Accounting of Extra imported units by consumer If quantum of import exceeds export then extra imported  units the DL will raise invoice for the same.
Accounting of Unadjusted units At each FY _DL will purchase @APPC cost of that year & shall credit the same in next succeeding billing cycle
Solar RPO_if Consumer Obligated entity the quantum of electricity consumed by consumer shall qualified for RPO
Solar RPO_if Consumer not Obligated entity the quantum of electricity consumed by consumer , then DL will qualify for meeting their RPO.
Solar RPO_for unadjusted units  Surplus unadjusted units  purchased by DL @APPC cost  will qualified for their RPO compliance .
Eligibility under REC mechanism Consumer not eligible for REC .
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MSEDCL Net Metering Procedure and Guidelines

General Guidelines for the consumers desiring connectivity of Roof-top Solar PV System with MSEDCL’s Network under MERC Net Metering Regulations, 2015 NEW

ANNEXURE-1 Procedure for Net Metering NEW

ANNEXURE-2 Application Form NEW

ANNEXURE-3 Net Metering Connection Agreement NEW


Procedure for Application for connectivity of Roof-top Solar PV System with
Distribution Licensee’s Network

(a) A consumer intending to set up a Roof-top Solar Net Metering System or who has
already installed such a System may download the Application Form from the
MSEDCL’s website http://www.mahadiscom.in and submit it, duly filled, along with
technical details of the System to the concerned office of MSEDCL along with
registration fee, or apply and pay the fee online.

(b) Duly filled Application Form, in prescribed format, shall be submitted to the office of
the respective nodal officer/ authorities authorized for billing along with requisite
Processing Fees (non-refundable) and certified true copies of the documents as may
be required /informed from time to time as under:

MSEDCL NetMetering – Annexure-3 Net Metering Connection Agreement Screenshot 2015-12-14 12.20.17

(c) MSEDCL’s concerned office shall register the Application in separate register on first
come first basis and acknowledge its receipt within three working days; or intimate
the Applicant within that period of any deficiency or incompleteness.

(d) MSEDCL concerned office shall conduct a technical feasibility study within 15
working days from the registration of the Application considering the following
(i) AC Voltage level at which connectivity is sought;
(ii) Sanctioned Load / Contract Demand of the Applicant;
(iii) Rated Output AC Voltage of the proposed Roof-top Solar PV System;
(iv) Available cumulative capacity of relevant Distribution Transformer;

(e) Before rejecting any application for setting up a Roof-top Solar PV System at a
particular Distribution Transformer, MSEDCL concerned officer shall serve the
Applicant with a notice to rectify, within 15 days or such longer period as may be
necessary, the deficiencies.

(f) If found technically feasible, MSEDCL shall, within 7 working days of the
completion of the feasibility study, convey its approval for installing the Roof-top
Solar PV System. The approval shall indicate the maximum permissible capacity of
the System, and shall be valid for a period of 6 months from the date of approval, or
such extended period as may be agreed to by the MSEDCL.

(g) The Applicant shall, within the period of validity of such approval, submit the work
completion report, along with relevant details (such as technical specifications, test
reports received from manufacturer / system provider, etc.), with a request to the
MSEDCL for the testing and commissioning of the Roof-top Solar PV System.

(h) MSEDCL shall complete the testing and commissioning of the System within 10
working days from receipt of such request, and shall install the Net Metering
equipment and synchronise the Roof-top Solar PV System within 10 working days
(i) The Eligible Consumer and MSEDCL shall enter into a Net Metering Connection
Agreement in the prescribed format after the Roof-Top Solar PV System is installed
but before it is synchronized with the distribution Network.


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Simplification of the procedure for online submission of Total Bill of Material (BoM) and application for issue of Concessional Customs Duty Certificates (CCDC) and Excise Duty Exemption Certificate (EDEC) for availing duty benefits by the Solar Power Project Developers (SPDs) for initial setting up of their solar power plants in India

Simplification of the procedure for online submission of Total Bill of Material (BoM) and application for issue of Concessional Customs Duty Certificates (CCDC) and Excise Duty Exemption Certificate (EDEC) for availing duty benefits by the Solar Power Project Developers (SPDs) for initial setting up of their solar power plants in India

(i) To simplify the process of Certification and to avoid double certification by empanelled Chartered Engineer, the requirement of certification by empanelled Chartered Engineer on each certificate of CCD/EDE has been done away with.

(ii) The certification by the empanelled Chartered Engineer will, however, be only at the stage of BoM. While certifying the BoM, the empanelled CE is now required to examine each item/component, their description, quantity and specifications mentioned in the BoM and he has to certify that no ineligible item is included in the BoM. If it is found that he has not done his duty properly or any ineligible item found included in the BoM during scrutiny in the Ministry, he may be liable to be debarred from the job of certifying the BoM of solar power projects.

(iii) It shall be mandatory on the part of SPD/EPC Contractor, to file a completion report to MNRE on actual consumption of material and usage of Certificates, duly certified by an empanelled Chartered Engineer, within two months after commissioning of the project. In case, the concerned SPD/EPC fails to send such a report within 2 months’ time limit, SPD/EPC and the concerned empanelled Chartered Engineer will be debarred from doing further projects/certification.

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India finally gets going on GeoThermal


The vision of the geothermal policy is to make a substantial contribution to India’s long-term energy supply and reduce our national greenhouse gas emissions by developing a sustainable, safe, secure, socially and environmentally responsible geothermal energy industry, apart from creating new employment opportunities and leading to environmentally sustainable development by the means of deployment of 1,000 MW(therm) and 20 MW(elect) Geothermal Energy Capacity in the initial phase till 2022 and 10,000 MW(therm) & 1000 MW(elect) by 2030. Mitigating demand side electricity requirement by deploying Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP’S) and retrofitting the existing HVAC systems with Geo-exchange based system. Resource Assessment is being planned in 2016-2017 for public domain.


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