The Gujarat Solar policy enters a new tariff phase for the period 2012-2013 for PV and 2012-2015 for Solar Thermal, interestingly rates proposed for Solar Thermal are much higher than those for PV even though CSP is supposed to be a more efficient and cost effective technology. These tariffs are open to debate by submitting reasons latest by the 1st of Dec 2012.
Extract of the Gujarat Press Note are below:
The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has decided to determine afresh the tariffs for solar projects to be commissioned after 28th January, 2012.
The Commission has also prepared a discussion paper on “Determination on Tariff for procurement of power by distribution licensees and others from Solar Energy Projects for the State of Gujarat”. The salient features of the above discussion paper are as under:
The control period for the proposed tariff is from 29th January, 2012 to 31st March, 2015.
The separate tariff determined and proposed by the Commission for (i) Solar PV MW based power projects (ii) Solar PV KW based rooftop power projects and (iii) solar thermal based power projects.
The proposed tariffs for solar projects are as under:
- No cross-subsidy surcharges would be levied in case of third-party sale by the Solar Power Projects
- The Intra-state ABT order will not be applicable to solar power generation projects. Considering the nature of solar energy, all solar energy power plants will be considered as “must-run” facilities, and the power generated from such power plants will be kept out from the merit order dispatch principles
- In order to promote KW scale rooftop solar projects, no wheeling charges shall apply for wheeling of power generated by rooftop power projects as such projects decrease the transmission and distribution losses for the utility, and increase the efficiency of the grid
- The proposed new tariff will be helpful to encourage generation of solar based electricity which is of renewable nature and will facilitate to reduce requirement of fossil fuel and also helpful on sustainable development. It will also enable distributed generation which will helpful in reduction of losses in local area and also provide job opportunities and development of personnel in the field of solar based power generation and operation and maintenance of it.
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