Gujarat Solar Energy Policy – 2015

·         Objective

o   To promote green & clean power

o   Productive use of barren and uncultivable lands

o   Encourage local manufacturing (Make in India)

·         Operative period –

o   Notification to March 31, 2020

o   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

o   Rooftop Solar PV with Net metering (for Residential and Govt. buildings)

§  Up to a maximum of 50% of sanctioned load

§  Existing tariff for Net import and APPC rate for net export.

§  No Transmission charges and losses.

§  No wheeling charges and losses.

§  Banking allowed within one billing cycle.

§  Exemption from Electricity duty and Cross subsidy surcharge & additional surcharge.

§  Energy shall be towards meeting Discom’s RPO.

o   For Industrial, Commercial and Other Consumers.

Ø  Type 1: Shall utilize only ‘energy’ attribute and not ‘renewable’ attribute.

Ø  Type 2: Shall utilize both ‘energy’ as well as ‘renewable’ attribute.

o   Type2(a) – where ‘renewable’ attribute used to meet RPO

o   Type2(b) – where ‘renewable’ attribute used to get RE certificate under REC mechanism.

·         For Captive consumption –

o   Up to maximum of 50% of contract demand.

o   Surplus energy shall be purchased at –

§  APPC rate, if RE attribute given to discom

§  85% of APPC, if RE attribute not given to discom

o   Transmission charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumer.

o   Wheeling charges and Losses

§  If under REC, same as normal OA

§  If not, then 50% of normal OA

o   Exemption from CSS, AS and ED.

·         For Sale to Discom (Competitive bidding)–

o   Based on year on year RPO.

o   Tariff through competitive bidding.

o   Metering at receiving end of STU substation/of 11 kV of discoms

o   Transmission charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers

o   Wheeling charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers

o   Settlement on 15 minute time block basis.

o   Electricity duty, CSS & AS exempted.

 

·         Sale to Discoms at APPC (APPC + REC) –

o   Based on discom energy requirement.

o   Transmission charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers

o   Wheeling charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers

o   Settlement on 15 minute time block basis.

o   Electricity duty, CSS & AS exempted

·         Sale to Third Party under Open Access

o   Up to maximum of 50% of contract demand.

o   Mutually agreed upon tariff

o   Surplus energy shall be purchased at –

§  APPC rate, if RE attribute given to discom

§  85% of APPC, if RE attribute not given to discom

o   Transmission charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers

o   Wheeling charges and losses as applicable to normal OA consumers

o   Energy settlement – if not under REC

§  Adjustment within billing cycle

§  Settlement on 15 minute time block basis

o   ED exempted.

o   Cross Subsidy and Additional surcharges

§  At 50% for projects not registered under REC

§  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

o   To be approved by CTU/STU depending on system studies.

o   Connectivity charges to be paid to discom

·         Security deposit –

o   Developer to provide bank guarantee @ 25 lakhs/MW

o   Security deposit @ 5 lakhs/MW to STU/Discoms for evacuation facility.

·         Forecasting and Scheduling –

o   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 –

o   Gujarat Industrial Policy, 2015

o   Electronics Policy for the State of Gujarat (2014-19)

o   Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS), Govt. of India.

 

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Author/Contributor: Mr. Mrigendra Rai (NPTI Alumnus)

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