The salient features of the solar tariff order No. 1 of 2012

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.

In view of declining trend in the prices of Solar PV globally, the Commission has decided to reduce the tariff by 7% per year during the second and third years of the control period.

Solar Power Projects established with only new Plants and Machinery would be eligible for the benefit of tariff determined within the scope of this solar tariff order.

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.

Transmission lines from the switchyard of generator to the GETCO substation shall be laid by GETCO. The cost for the same shall also be borne by GETCO.

Whenever the power is sold to a Distribution licensee, the generator shall supply the power at the interconnection point of the generator – STU i.e. generator bus-bar. Thereafter, the transmission / wheeling charges shall be borne by the distribution licensee

Greater than 4MWp – For wheeling of power to consumption site at a voltage below 66 KV, the wheeling of electricity generated from the solar power Generators to the desired location(s) within the State shall be allowed on payment of transmission charges as applicable to normal open-access customers and transmission and wheeling loss @ 7% of the energy fed into the grid. This loss shall be shared between the transmission and distribution licensees in the ratio of 4:3.

Lower than 4MWp (11-66KVA)- ground-mounted or rooftop solar plant of capacity between 100 kW and 1 MW, and ground-mounted solar plants of capacity between 1 MW and 4 MW. The wheeling of power generated by such generators to the desired location(s) within the area of same distribution licensee shall be allowed on payment (in kind) of distribution loss @ 3% of the energy fed in to the grid. The wheeling of power generated by such generator to the desired location(s) within the State but in the area of a different distribution licensee shall be allowed on payment of transmission charges as applicable to normal Open-Access Customers and transmission and distribution loss @10% of the energy fed in to the grid. These losses shall be shared among the transmission licensee and two distribution licensees involved in the ratio of 4:3:3.

The order also contains the relevant commercial aspects such as transmission charges, wheeling charges, security deposit and sharing of CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) benefits.

Click here for Gujarat Solar Tariff Order 1 of 2012

About Ritesh Pothan

Ritesh Pothan, is an accomplished speaker and visionary in the Solar Energy space in India. Ritesh is from an Engineering Background with a Master’s Degree in Technology and had spent more than a decade as the Infrastructure Head for a public limited company with the last 9 years dedicated to Solar and Renewable Energy. He also runs the 2 largest India focused renewable energy groups on LinkedIn - Solar - India and Renewables - India
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