We are Investing in Solar rooftops at Rs. 7 and below per KWh on BOOT basis as well as MW Scale Power Plants

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(REC) Renewable energy certificates, battling declining demand, could be scrapped

Renewable energy certificates, battling declining demand, could be scrapped, officials said. The industry, however, sees a turnaround by 2017-18 and does not want the certificates to meet the fate of carbon credits

The market for these certificates, launched in 2010, crashed last year with over 10 million of them remaining unsold. Last month’s discovered price was Rs 3.5 per unit for solar certificates and Rs 1.5 per unit for non-solar certificates.

These prices are far below prevailing rates of solar and wind power. Of the 9.4 million certificates issued last month, 9.3 million were unsold.

A Supreme Court judgment last year empowered state electricity regulatory commissions to enforce clean energy targets and penalise captive power producers and open-access industrial consumers if they failed to meet them.

Since then 11 state regulators have issued orders, some directly imposing purchase of renewable energy certificates and others rejecting exemptions for not buying them.

Under a renewable energy purchase obligation, electricity distribution companies, open-access consumers and captive power producers must meet a part of their needs through green energy. States or utilities that are unable to fulfill their obligation can buy renewable energy certificates, which represents 1 MW-hour of power produced from a clean source. These certificates, divided into solar and non-solar, can be traded on power exchanges.

Touted as an alternative to carbon credits, the mechanism caught the industry’s imagination with companies setting up projects specially for the purpose.

Wind energy companies were first to jump in, followed by solar power producers and then other sectors like conventional energy, mining and steel. “The scrapping of the certificates could cause damage, given states are moving in the right direction,” said an industry executive.

Strengthening enforcement with proposed amendments in the Electricity Act could increase procurement,” said an industry executive.

He said as more states removed exemptions to the renewable energy purchase obligation, a substantial jump in the price of these certificates could be expected after 2017-18.

“The idea is to reform the certificate regime. Low demand has hurt it and a turnaround will take a while. We will also consider how to tackle defaulters,” an official said.

Around 1,200 projects are under the certificate mechanism with a total capacity of 5,383 MW. If large companies meet even 10 per cent of their renewable energy purchase obligation, a backlog of 17 million certificates will be cleared.

Source: Business Standard

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Policy for Repowering Wind Turbines

For repowering projects Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) will provide an additional interest rate rebate of 0.25% over and above the interest rate rebates available to the new wind projects being financed by IREDA.

All fiscal and financial benefits available to the new wind projects will also be available to the repowering project as per applicable conditions.

Implementation Arrangements:

POLICY FOR REPOWERING OF THE WIND POWER PROJECTS

1. Introduction:

Major share of renewable power capacity in India is from wind energy. India started harnessing of the wind power prior to 1990. The present installed capacity is over 27 GW which is fourth largest in the world after China, USA and Germany.

Most of the wind-turbines installed up to the year 2000 are of capacity below 500 kW and are at sites having high wind energy potential. It is estimated that over 3000 MW capacity installation are from wind turbines of around 500 kW or below. In order to optimally utilise the wind energy resources repowering is required.

2. Objective:

Objective of the Repowering Policy is to promote optimum utilisation of wind energy resources by creating facilitative framework for repowering.

3. Eligibility:

Initially wind turbine generators of capacity 1 MW and below would be eligible for repowering under the policy. Based on the experience, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) can extend the repowering policy to other projects also.

4. Incentive:

The repowering projects would be implemented through the respective State Nodal Agency/Organisation involved in promotion of wind energy in the State.

Support to be provided by States:

In case augmentation of transmission system from pooling station onwards is required the same will be carried out by the respective State Transmission Utility.

In case of power being procured by State Discoms through PPA, the power generated corresponding to average of last three years’ generation prior to repowering would continue to be procured on the terms of PPA in-force and remaining additional generation would either be purchased by Discoms at Feed-in-Tariff applicable in the State at the time of commissioning of the repowering project and/or allowed for third party sale.

State will facilitate acquiring additional footprint required for higher capacity turbines.

For placing of wind turbines 7D x 5D criteria would be relaxed for micro siting.

 

A wind farm/turbine undergoing repowering would be exempted from not honouring the PPA for the non-availability of generation from wind farm/turbine during the period of execution of repowering. Similarly, in case of repowering by captive user they will be allowed to purchase power from grid during the period of execution of repowering, on payment of charges as determined by the regulator.

Financial Outlay:

No additional financial liability to be met by the MNRE for implementing the Repowering Policy. The repowering projects may avail Accelerated Depreciation benefit or GBI as per the conditions applicable to new wind power projects.

8. Review:

The Repowering Policy would be reviewed by the Government as and when required.

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SECI DRAFT 1000 MW GRID CONNECTED ROOF TOP SOLAR PV SCHEME FOR GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS UNDER CAPEX AND RESCO MODELS

SOLAR ENERGY CORPORATION OF INDIA LIMITED

DRAFT 1000 MW GRID CONNECTED ROOF TOP SOLAR PV SCHEME

FOR GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS UNDER CAPEX AND RESCO MODELS

Scheme with aggregate capacity of 1000 MWp rooftop solar PV system.  Two Models – CAPEX and RESCO

“CAPEX MODEL”

The bidder enters into an Agreement with the rooftop owner at the quoted project cost as per RFS for the scope of work not limited to that indicated in the RFS as per mutually agreed terms and conditions. This model also allows energy sale at a tariff as per RFS.

“RESCO MODEL”

The bidders intend to take a rooftop owned by some other entity on mutually agreed terms and conditions including lease agreement from the roof top owner(s) and enters into the PPA with rooftop owner (here it is Government Deptt., owner of the building) for supply of Solar power for 25 years at a tariff as per RFS from the date of Commissioning of project.

Click below for the full document

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Draft Guidelines for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding Process for Grid Connected Solar PV Power Projects – 2016

Objectives of the Guidelines

Promotion of competition in the electricity industry in India is one of the key objectives of the Electricity Act, 2003. Power purchase costs constitute the largest cost element for distribution licensees.

Competitive procurement of electricity by the distribution licensees is expected to reduce the overall cost of procurement of power and facilitate development of power markets. Internationally, competition in wholesale electricity markets has led to reduction in prices of electricity and in significant benefits for consumers. Section 61 & 62 of the Act provide for tariff regulation and determination of tariff of generation, transmission, wheeling and retail sale of electricity by the Appropriate Commission.

As per proviso of Section 61 read with Section 178(2) of the Electricity Act, 2003, the Terms and Conditions for Tariff determination from Renewable Energy Sources Regulations, 2012 were framed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) in February, 2012. Further, section 63 of the Act states that – “Notwithstanding anything contained in section 62, the Appropriate Commission shall adopt the tariff if such tariff has been determined through transparent process of bidding in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Central Government.” These guidelines have been framed to cover grid connected Solar PV Power Projects under the above provisions of section 63 of the Act. 5

The specific objectives of these guidelines are as follows:

1. To facilitate the scale up of solar capacity addition and achieve economies of scale

2. Promote competitive procurement of electricity from Renewable Energy Sources (Solar) by distribution licensees;

3. Facilitate transparency and fairness in procurement processes;

4. Facilitate fulfillment of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) requirement of the obligated entities;

5. Facilitate reduction of information asymmetries for various Bidders;

6. Protect consumer interests by facilitating competitive conditions in procurement of electricity;

7. Enhance standardization and reduce ambiguity and hence time for materialization of projects;

8. Provide flexibility to sellers on internal operations while ensuring certainty on availability of power and tariffs for buyers.

9. Bring uniformity in tendering by various agencies including State utilities which will facilitate investment 10. Ensure bankability

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Programme/ Scheme wise Physical Progress in 2016-17 (& during the month of June, 2016)

Ministry of New & Renewable Energy
Programme/ Scheme wise Physical Progress in 2016-17 (& during the month of June, 2016)
Sector FY- 2016-17 Cumulative Achievements
Target Achievement (as on 30.06.2016)
I.   GRID-INTERACTIVE POWER (CAPACITIES IN MW)
Wind Power 4000.00 373.95 27151.40
Solar Power 12000.00 1031.48 7805.34
Small Hydro Power 250.00 30.32 4304.27
BioPower (Biomass & Gasification and Bagasse Cogeneration) 400.00 29.50 4860.83
Waste to Power 10.00 0.00 115.08
Total 16660.00 1465.25 44236.92
II.  OFF-GRID/ CAPTIVE POWER (CAPACITIES IN MWEQ)
Waste to Energy 15.00 0.00 160.16
Biomass(non-bagasse) Cogeneration 60.00 0.00 651.91
Biomass Gasifiers
-Rural
-Industrial
2.00 0.00 18.15
8.00 0.00 164.24
Aero-Genrators/Hybrid systems 0.30 0.00 2.69
SPV Systems 100.00 3.40 325.40
Water mills/micro hydel 1.00 0.00 18.71
Total 186.30 3.40 1341.26
III.  OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS
Family Biogas Plants (in Lakhs) 1.10 0.00 48.55
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National Solar Mission – Implementation of State-Level Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic Programs in India – Best Practise Guide

National Solar Mission Implementation of State-Level Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic Programs in India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India has announced an ambitious solar target of 100,000 megawatts (MW) installed capacity by 2022, of which 40,000 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are to be installed on rooftops. There have been several efforts at the policy, regulatory and implementation levels for solar rooftop deployment in India.

For a long time, the country witnessed solar installations with the help of Government funding, which has now started evolving to various public-private partnership (PPP) and private sector-based models. However, the net capacity of such projects has till now remained limited, especially compared to the regulatory and procedural efforts undertaken to realize such projects.

With dramatic reduction in PV prices over the last couple of years, we are entering an era of ‘grid-parity’, where the cost of solar electricity is competitive with retail electricity tariffs in many cases. This presents a whole new opportunity for the country, the sector and the market.

However, in order to realize widespread solar rooftop deployment opportunities, the implementation process for each stakeholder needs to be clear and simple. As many State nodal agencies (SNAs) and distribution companies (DISCOMs) embark on their journey of solar PV rooftop development, they will face challenges – most of these are teething troubles – which could include lack of clarity in policy or regulation to technical uncertainty to detailing and simplification of administrative procedures.

Implementing agencies can follow the ‘learn-as-you-go’ approach, but this approach would be costly and time consuming, as most of the issues would already been sorted out by someone else somewhere around the world or maybe even in India. This Guide attempts to lay out a comprehensive and efficient solar PV rooftop implementation support process into a single document. It captures global and national best practices and learnings. The Guide primarily addresses grid-connected rooftop PV systems, under both net metering and gross metering connectivity.

Organization of this Guide

The Guide is organized to provide necessary and sufficient information to almost all stakeholders, especially administrative stakeholders including:

 State-level policy-makers and State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERCs).

 Implementing agency(s), usually the SNA or the local DISCOMs.

 Solar rooftop project developers, installers or even electrical inspectors.

 Financial institutions (FIs).

While it is recommended that all the stakeholders read the entire Guide, the Guide is designed to be also used as a reference, where one can read specific chapters or sections related to their role or responsibility. The chapters cover the following aspects:

Chapter 2 (Business Models) discusses the basis of the transaction structure of any solar rooftop programme – the relationship between different stakeholders and the prevailing business models in the space.

Chapter 3 (Policy and Regulation) is oriented towards policy-makers and regulators, addressing key considerations from the State’s perspective towards its administration as well as the stakeholders.

Chapter 4 (Technical Standards and Specifications) is oriented towards the implementing agencies, primarily the DISCOMs and SNAs, as they are concerned with the safety, quality and performance of the solar installations. Relevant technical configurations in terms of system design and configuration; safety, performance and quality standards; documentation and compliance requirements are discussed in this chapter.

Chapter 5 (Administrative Processes) deals with specifics of administering a solar rooftop programme and details all critical preparatory, interconnection-related, and operation-related processes of the DISCOM.

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Karnataka’s rooftop solar scam: 9 executive engineers suspended

 BENGALURU: Jolted by a rooftop solar power project scam, the Karnataka government on Wednesday ordered the suspension of nine executive engineers from three electricity supply companies for having executed fake power purchase agreements (PPAs).

 Briefing reporters here, power minister D K Shivakumar said: “These engineers have worked with malafide intentions to help some land developers and private power producers, they have worked against the interests of the electricity supply companies (Escoms). Their actions defeat the objectives of the Karnataka Solar Policy 2014-21.” This is, perhaps,for the first time that so many senior officials in the Escoms have been suspended.

The solar policy, which envisages a minimum of 400MW grid-connected rooftop solar generation projects by 2018, allows solar power generation atop residential, commercial and industrial buildings. But hints of a scam in rooftop solar projects surfaced three months ago when a few discrepancies were detected by the departmental honchos.

Shivakumar said there were violations on 12 counts. Though rules make it clear that power should be sourced from generations plants installed on the rooftops of buildings, Shivakumar said the executive engineers had signed PPAs for open lands, non-existent buildings and against the consumer RR (revenue register) numbers of some other buildings. They have also signed PPAs for buildings that are yet to be constructed and for structures that have no RR numbers.

The engineers who have been suspended are M R Ramesh of Chikkaballapur, K L Lokesh of KGF, B V Jagdish of Hiriyur, K H Guruswamy of Madhugiri, H Krishnappa of Haveri, Shivanna Gowda R Patil of Bagalkot, D H Umesh of Gadag, D Mahesh of Koppal and Basappa K Pattanashetty of Sindhanur.

Shivakumar said a team of technical officers has been directed to conduct a thorough investigation and the probability of a few more suspensions is high in the near future. The quantum of financial loss is also being ascertained. “We feel that 90 per cent of the PPAs are dubious,” Shivakumar added.

Source: TOI

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