Gujarat launches its new Solar Policy-2015

The key features of the policy are as follows:

Objective 

  1. To promote green & clean power
  2. Productive use of barren and uncultivable lands
  3. Encourage local manufacturing (Make in India)

Operative period –

  1. Notification to March 31, 2020
  2. Generators will get benefits and incentives declared under this policy for 25 years.

Targets for the Discoms shall be as per RPO

Project based provisions and Incentives

  1. Rooftop Solar PV with Net metering (for Residential and Govt. buildings)
  2. Up to a maximum of 50% of sanctioned load
  3. Existing tariff for Net import and APPC rate for net export.
  4. No Transmission charges and losses.
  5. No wheeling charges and losses.
  6. Banking allowed within one billing cycle.
  7. Exemption from Electricity duty and Cross subsidy surcharge & additional surcharge.
  8. Energy shall be towards meeting Discom’s RPO.
  9. For Industrial, Commercial and Other Consumers.
  10. Type 1: Shall utilize only ‘energy’ attribute and not ‘renewable’ attribute.
  11.          surplus power tariff at APPC
  12.       Banking for one billing cycle

iii.      Setoff against net consumption and peak charges shall be applicable

  1. Type 2: Shall utilize both ‘energy’ as well as ‘renewable’ attribute.
  2.          Type2(a) – where ‘renewable’ attribute used to meet RPO
  3. surplus power tariff at APPC
  4. adjustment against 15 min block-wise consumption
  5.       Type2(b) – where ‘renewable’ attribute used to get RE certificate under REC mechanism
  6. surplus power tariff at 85% of APPC
  7. adjustment against 15 min block-wise consumption
  8. Common incentives
  9.          ED exempted on solar power
  10.       No Transmission charges and losses.

iii.      No wheeling charges and losses.

  1.       Up to a maximum of 50% of sanctioned load

For Captive consumption –

  1. Up to maximum of 50% of contract demand.
  2. Surplus energy shall be purchased at –
  3. APPC rate of commissioning year, if RE attribute given to discom
  4. 85% of APPC rate of commissioning year, if RE attribute not given to discom
  5. Transmission charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumer.
  6. Wheeling charges and Losses
  7. If under REC, same as normal OA
  8. If not, then 50% of normal OA
  9. Exemption from CSS, AS and ED.
  10. In case of self-fulfilment of RPO adjustment of energy shall be time block wise; for excess power bought by discom, the same shall be accounted for discom’s RPO

For Sale to Discom (Competitive bidding)–

  1. Based on year on year RPO.
  2. Tariff through competitive bidding.
  3. Metering at receiving end of STU substation/of 11 kV of discoms
  4. Transmission charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers
  5. Wheeling charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers
  6. Settlement on 15 minute time block basis.
  7. Electricity duty, CSS & AS exempted.

Sale to Discoms at APPC (APPC + REC) –

  1. Based on discom energy requirement.
  2. Transmission charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers
  3. Wheeling charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers
  4. Settlement on 15 minute time block basis.
  5. Electricity duty, CSS & AS exempted

Sale to Third Party under Open Access

  1. Up to maximum of 50% of contract demand.
  2. Mutually agreed upon tariff
  3. Surplus energy shall be purchased at –
  4. APPC rate, if RE attribute given to discom
  5. 85% of APPC, if RE attribute not given to discom
  6. Transmission charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers
  7. Wheeling charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers
  8. Energy settlement – if not under REC
  9. Adjustment within billing cycle
  10. Settlement on 15 minute time block basis
  11. ED exempted.
  12. Cross Subsidy and Additional surcharges
  13. At 50% for projects not registered under REC
  14. Normal as applicable to OA for projects under REC

Promotion of Agriculture Solar Pumps

Stand-alone PV Systems and Home Lightning System

Canal-top and Canal-bank Solar PV projects

Developer shall be responsible for obtaining the land.

Grid connectivity and Integration as per CEA notification dated 15th October, 2013

  1. To be approved by CTU/STU depending on system studies.
  2. Connectivity charges to be paid to discom

Security deposit –

  1. Developer to provide bank guarantee @ 25 lakhs/MW
  2. Security deposit @ 5 lakhs/MW to STU/Discoms for evacuation facility.

Forecasting and Scheduling –

  1. Exempted for time being however to abide by SLDC instructions.

Reactive power charge – As per GERC order

O&M of dedicated lines – By developer as per standards.

Other Relevant Policies –

  1. Gujarat Industrial Policy, 2015
  2. Electronics Policy for the State of Gujarat (2014-19)
  3. Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS), Govt. of India.

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