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Benchmark Cost for “Off-grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Programme” for the year 2017-18

In continuation of this Ministry’s sanction order number 5/23/2009-P&C (Pt. Ill) dated 3rd November  2014 reg. additions/amendments  in the  above  mentioned  scheme,  I am  directed to convey the sanction of the President of India for the revised Benchmark Cost with immediate effect:-

Type Category Benchmark Cost
Lighting systems (Rs /Wp) LED (Home Lights System+ Solar Lantern)  

340

Street lights (Lead Acid battery)
Street Lights (LED +LiFeP04) battery 475
Power packs (With battery bank @ 7.2 VAh/Wp)

(Rs /Wp)

Up to 300 Wp  

200

300 Wp to 1kWp  

135

Solar Power Plants (Rs /Wp) >1 kWp to 10 kWp

(with battery bank @ 7.2 VAh/Wp)

 

135

>1 kWp to 10 kWp

(with battery bank @ 3.6 VAh/Wp)

 

108

>1 kWp to 10 kWp

(with battery bank @ 1.2 VAh/Wp)

 

90

Solar Power plants (Rs /Wp) >10 kWp to 100 kWp

(with battery bank @ 7.2 VAh/Wp)

 

120

>10 kWp to 100 kWp

(with battery bank @ 3.6 VAh/Wp)

96
>10 kWp to 100 kWp

(with battery bank @ 1.2 VAh/Wp)

 

80

Street Lights through SPV (Rs /Wp)  

Up to 100 kWp

 

200

 

Solar Pumps (Rs /hp) Upto 3 HP (DC)  

120000

> 3 HP – 5 HP (DC)  

95000

> 5 HP – 10 HP (DC)  

95000

Upto 3 HP (AC)  

100000

> 3 HP to 5 HP (AC)  

85000

> 5 HP to 10 HP (AC)
85000

 

The other terms & conditions will be applicable as per the guidelines and provisions mentioned in the administrative approval of Solar Off Grid and Decentralized PV Programme. The amendments made herein above shall come into force with immediate effect.

This issues with the approval of Hon’ble Minister (NRE)

(Nikhil Gakkhar)

Scientist B Phone 011-24360707 , Extn 1922

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Benchmark Cost for “Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme” for the year 2017-18

Subject: Benchmark Cost for “Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar  Power Plants Programme” for the year 2017-18. 

In continuation of this Ministry’s sanction order number 5/23/2009-P&C (Pt. iii) dated 3rd November 2014 reg. additions/amendments in the above mentioned scheme, I am directed to convey the sanction of the President of India for inclusion of the revised Benchmark Cost with immediate effect :-

Type Category Benchmark Cost  (Rs /Wp)
Grid Connected Rooftop Solar PV System

 

upto10 kWp 70
>10- 100 kWp 65
>100- 500 kWp 60

The other terms & conditions will be applicable as per the guidelines and provisions mentioned in the administrative approval of Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme. The amendments made herein above shall come into force with immediate effect .

This issues with the approval of Hon’ble Minister (NRE)

(Nikhil Gakkhar)

Scientist B Phone 011-24360707,  Extn 1922

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MNRE does not sanction projects to Channel Partners or release subsidy directly to users. The release subsidy is through State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) and other Government Agencies or SECI. (Dr. G Prasad) Scientist-F/ Director 01.03.2017

Notice

The Ministry is in receipt of applications/representation from general public for release of subsidy against the Rooftop Solar Systems installed by MNRE empanelled channel partners or new entrepreneurs without any prior sanction/approval from MNRE/SNAs. It has been observed that some Channel Partners/agencies are deliberately misguiding the users by installing systems without any prior approval and guiding users to get subsidy from MNRE. All channel partners/agencies are hereby instructed not to involve in such fraudulent practices. Any Channel Partner/agency found to be indulged in such activity, would be debarred as MNRE channel partner and would also be blacklisted.

General public is hereby informed that MNRE does not sanction projects to Channel Partners or release subsidy directly to users. The release subsidy is through State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) and other Government Agencies or SECI. (Dr. G Prasad) Scientist-F/ Director 01.03.2017

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Wind Loads on Utility Scale Solar PV Power Plants

Abstract

The Solar Photovoltaic (PV) industry is experiencing phenomenal growth. Wind loads for ground-mounted PV power plants are often developed by using static pressure coefficients from wind tunnel studies in calculation methods found in ASCE 7. Structural failures of utility scale PV plants are rare events, but some failures have been observed in code-compliant structures.

Many wind loading codes and standards define flexible structures as slender structures that have a fundamental natural frequency less than 1 Hz. This paper demonstrates that this is not a suitable threshold for small structures like ground-mounted arrays of photovoltaic panels because structures this small can experience both self-excitation and buffeting from upwind panels at frequencies well above this value during both serviceability and design wind events.

Introduction

This paper focuses on dynamic effects of wind for large-scale (often referred to as “utility scale”) solar photovoltaic power plants, and can be applied to most ground-mounted PV systems with repetitive rows of solar panels. This topic has relevance increasing in time as the solar industry scales in size and deployment, while continuously striving to drive down cost.

Solar market trends have been studied and the results published by GTM Research (a division of Greentech Media) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). In Figure 1, from U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year-in- Review, the blue bars show the phenomenal growth of the U.S. solar industry from 2005 through 2014. Market forecasts for the next two years are for 12 GigaWatts (GWdc) of installed capacity by the end of 2016. The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has been a driving force in attracting investors to kick-start the growth of the solar industry in the U.S. As the ITC and other incentive programs are expected to sunset, the solar industry is keenly focused on driving down

the installed cost of PV systems, with a goal of grid parity without incentives. The descending line in Figure 1 shows the trend in decrease of system price from 2005 to 2014.

Most of the reduction of system price has been a sharp decline in the cost of the power-producing PV modules (panels) themselves. As the cost of modules has decreased dramatically, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on soft cost (the cost of engineering and permitting) and Balance of System (BOS) cost, including the cost of the rack mounting system and foundation (but excluding inverters).

As design engineers have strived to drive down the cost of the rack systems, many manufacturers have engaged wind consultants to model their systems in boundary layer wind tunnels. The products of these studies include more-accurate wind pressure coefficients to be used with procedures in ASCE 7. Economy of design has commonly included optimizing a reduction of steel, with a resulting trend toward structures that are more flexible. Structural failures have been observed in code-compliant ground-mounted rack systems during wind events at wind speeds significantly less than design wind speed. Recent research has been focused on determining the cause of failure in otherwise code-compliant structures and improving estimation of wind loads.

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How will GST impact Solar Projects in India

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Executive summary

Multiple Indirect taxes are currently levied on transactions in India. Some of the taxes are levied and collected by the Central Government, while other taxes are collected by the State Governments. Accordingly, the current Indirect tax regime is beset by myriad problems such as complexity, tax on tax and lack of credit fungibility.

Considering the issues plaguing the current Indirect tax regime, India is gearing up to introduce a comprehensive Indirect tax regime under GST. All existing Indirect taxes, barring a select few, would be subsumed into the new GST.

Taxes on consumption or sale of electricity have been proposed to be kept outside GST. In such case, the electricity generated by renewable sources would continue to be outside the GST regime.

However, taxes on various capital goods, inputs and input services (both forming part of capital cost as well as operation & maintenance costs) used for generation of renewable energy should be subsumed in the GST regime. Taxes paid on procurements would continue to be non-creditable for the energy sector and hence, forming part of costs. Accordingly, any impact of taxes paid on procurements used in renewable energy sector would have a direct impact on cost of renewable energy Basis information available in the public domain on levy of GST, it appears that taxes on procurements for renewable energy sector would go up, which would lead to increase in cost of renewable energy (resulting in negative impact for the sector).

Further, it is imperative to note that the adverse impact of tax cost would vary from project to project (as well as from one source of renewable energy to another) based on the procurement pattern (import vs. domestic purchase) as well as extent of exemptions available currently.

Based on the exercise undertaken, the summary of impact on various types of renewable energy projects is provided below

Source of renewable energy

% range of increase in Levelised Tariff/ cost of setting up and operations (as applicable)

Impact(Good/Bad)

Solar PV – GRID

12% – 16%

 Bad

Solar – off GRID

16%-20%

 Bad

Wind energy projects

11% – 15%

Bad

Wind solar hybrid projects

11%-17%

 Bad

Bio Mass projects

11% – 14%

 Bad

Bio Mass gasifier projects

11%-14%

 Bad

Small Hydro projects

1% – 11%

 Bad

For the bio-fuel sector also, there would be a substantial increase in prices of inputs as well as bio- fuels itself due to pruning of exemptions, removal of statutory forms and increase in rate. Further, any GST charged on bio-fuels would become a cost to the OMCs (as petrol and diesel would be outside GST unless otherwise notified).

Impact on GST on renewable energy sector

The power to legislate is engrafted under Article 246 of the Constitution of India and the various entries in the three lists of the Seventh Schedule are the ‘fields of legislation’ which provide power to the Central and State Government to govern various matters.

To enable levy of GST (which would be under a dual structure), various entries of the Constitution of India are proposed to be amended1/ modified and accordingly, various articles as well as entries of the Seventh Schedule are being subsumed and replaced by Articles enabling the GST implementation.

The power to levy taxes on consumption or sale of electricity has been provided to the State Government vide entry 53 of List II of Seventh Schedule of Constitution. However, such entry is not being subsumed and accordingly taxes on consumption or sale of electricity have been proposed to be kept outside GST. Therefore, the electricity generated by renewable sources would continue to be outside the GST regime and the State Government would have the power to continue to tax the same.

However, Entry 54 which empowers the States to levy tax on sale of goods has been subsumed as part of GST. The term ‘goods’ has been defined in the Constitution as ‘goods include all materials, commodities, and articles’. Given the wide definition of the term ‘goods’, it may be argued that electricity qualifies as ‘good’. This is also supported by judicial precedents and the fact that in various State VAT laws, electricity has been included in the category of ‘exempted goods’. Also, electricity has been mentioned in the Excise Tariff. In light of the discussions, it is possible to consider electricity as goods and accordingly, technically possible to tax electricity under GST (as sale of goods).

Currently, tax on electricity is levied only under Entry 53 and it’s specifically exempted/ excluded from levy under Entry 54.

It may be highlighted that for the purpose of this report has assumed that the same dispensation would continue (ie States would continue to tax electricity as presently under Entry 53 as this Entry has not been subsumed in GST) and that there would be no levy under GST on output electricity although Entry 54 has been subsumed in GST.

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Solar power tariffs close to sub Rs 3 per unit mark

Final Rewa Bidders List:

1. Acme Solar- Rs 2.97 (winner- Unit2)
2. Solenergi Power- Rs 2.974 (winner- Unit3)
3. Mahindra Renewable- Rs 2.979 (winner -Unit1)
4. SBG cleantech- Rs 2.98
5. Enel Green- Rs 2.993
6. Aditya Birla- Rs 3.089
7. AMPL cleantech-Rs 3.133
8. Green Infra- Rs 3.135
9. Hero Solar- Rs 3.142
10. Renew Solar- Rs 3.199
11. Ratan India- Rs 3.21
12. Canadian Solar- Rs 3.213
13. Azure Power- Rs 3.31
14. GDF SUEZ Energy- Rs 3.32
15. ACB limited- Rs 3.37
16. Orange Renewable- Rs 3.47

Rewa ulta mega solar, a 50:50 joint venture of Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Ltd and Solar Energy Corp of India will sell the electricity produced to Madhya Pradesh utilities and Delhi Metro Rail on an open access basis.

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Renewables 2016 Global Status Report

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