Tender and Policy Buzz India: BHEL Calls For DPR on Manufacturing in Solar PV Value Chain; Union Territory of Leh Issues Invitation for Solar Developers Meet; MERC Allows Consumers To Source Electricity Through 100% RE Power and More

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BHEL Calls For DPR on Manufacturing in Solar PV Value Chain

BHEL Invites Bids For Engagement of a Consulting Firm for Preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Manufacturing in Solar PV Value Chain. The last date for the submission of bids: 09-04-2021 04:00:01 PM : The Tender opening date is: 09-04-2021 04:30:00 PM

The Indian Government through Bharat Heavy Industries Limited (BHEL) had launched an expression of interest (EOI) for original equipment manufacturers (OEM). BHEL said it is currently exploring opportunities in the solar manufacturing domain to help reduce India’s dependence on imports and to support the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat program. It needs consultants to identify opportunities in entering, expanding, or backward integrating into the PV manufacturing sector.

Union Territory of Leh Issues Invitation for Solar Developers Meet

The Union Territory administration of Ladakh is seeking to harness the region’s renewable energy generation potential to cater to the local demand in the region and make Ladakh India’s first 100% clean energy state. Administration of UT of Leh like to invite interested national and international solar power developers for “Solar Developers Meet” to develope 50 MW of Solar Park in Kargil. The UT administration had identified multiple land parcels suitable for harnessing renewable energy projects. The pre feasibility study has also been conducted for the proposed site. The Central Government is planning to raise the capacity of the proposed solar park in Ladakh to 10 GW from 7.5 GW announced earlier.

MERC Allows Consumers To Source Electricity Through 100% RE Power

MERC has now allowed its consumers to source their electricity requirement through 100% RE Power. The discoms can charge a premium of 0.66 Rs/kWh in order to enable this transition. Tata Power Company Limited (Distribution) (TPC-D) had filed the case seeking approval for levying “Green Power Tariff” to supply Renewable Energy to consumers opting for 100% green energy for meeting their entire demand. MERC in it order allowed option of procuring 100% of power requirement through RE sources would be available to all consumers (EHT, HT and LT) on payment of Green Power tariff approved above. Commission may take review the same at the time of Mid Term Review (MTR) Petition.

  • MERC Order Says:
  • Green Power Tariff of Rs 0.66/ kWh, which is over and above the normal tariff of the respective category as per Tariff Orders, be levied to the consumers opting for meeting their demand by 100% green energy.
  • Revenue earned through Green Power Tariff shall be treated as non-tariff income of Supply Business and thereby be fully accounted for reduction in ARR of supply business.
  • All consumers (Extra High Voltage, High Voltage and Low Voltage) shall be eligible for opting 100% RE power on payment of Green Power Tariff.
  • The Commission may take overview of the scheme at the time of MTR Proceedings

CERC Allows Introduction Of Green Term-Ahead Market For Renewables On PXIL

Power Exchange India Limited had filed a petition seeking approval for the introduction of Green Term-Ahead Market (Renewable Energy) Contracts on its platform which has been provisionally approved by CERC. The different type of contracts proposed by PXIL. PXIL had also requested CERC to provide a mechanism to settle deviations in schedule from renewable sources without financially burdening the operation of Power exchanges and devise a mechanism that allows Distribution licensees or the generator having long term PPA with Distribution licensee but facing grid constraints within the state to Sell green power in G-TAM contract and help the counterpart Buyer of such transaction fulfill its Renewable Purchase Obligation target from the purchased green power. PXIL had also requested for permit Hybrid projects to participate in G-TAM contract as non-Solar selling entities.

Centre to Increase Ladakh Solar Park Capacity to 10 GW

The Central Government is planning to raise the capacity of the proposed solar park in Ladakh to 10 GW from 7.5 GW announced earlier. “We are planning to raise the capacity to 10GW because the transmission line comes in multiples of 5GW,” a senior official aware of the development told BusinessLine. “The area has a very high potential, but we are starting with 10GW.” The project will also have an adjoining wind generation capacity of 3.33GW, another official told BusinessLine. The estimated cost is around Rs 40,000 crore, which will be funded through viability gap funding by diverting the funds allotted for the Green Energy Corridor project. As per the reports, the project will have an adjoining wind generation capacity of 3.33 GW. The land for 10 GW has already been identified. The new transmission line needs to be taken to Ladakh from beyond Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The building of the transmission line should take around four to five years.

POWERGRID Signs Agreement to Acquire 74% Stake in Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Maharatna PSE under Ministry of Power, Government of India has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited (JPVL) to acquire 74% stake in Jaypee Powergrid Limited-JV (JPL) in which POWERGRID holds 26% equity. JPL will become a wholly owned subsidiary of POWERGRID following this acquisition. JPL-JV has developed a 214 Km long EHV power transmission project to evacuate power from Karcham-Wangtoo project in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

Power Minister Shri R K Singh Launches GRAM UJALA in Bihar

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship ,Shri R K Singh launched the GRAM UJALA programme in Arrah, Bihar through a virtual event. While speaking at the event the Power Minister said that our rural population was still unable to afford discounted LEDs. This is why we have now created GRAM UJALA – a customized program for rural India, based uniquely and innovatively on carbon finance. LEDs will be available for only Rs 10 each for each household, in exchange for working condition old incandescent lamps. Each household will get up to 5 LEDs.

POWERGRID Launches Certified E-Tendering Portal “PRANIT”

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a central PSU under Ministry of Power has established an e-Tendering Portal-PRANIT which will lead to less paperwork and ease of operation, making the tendering process more transparent. It has been certified by Standardisation, Testing and Quality Certification Directorate (STQC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. With this, POWERGRID is now the only organization in India to have an eProcurement solution on SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), complying with all applicable requirements relating to security and transparency as stipulated by STQC. POWERGRID in pursuit of digitalisation has been undertaking a number of innovative enhancements within SAP SRM framework.

Rajasthan Energy Regulatory Commission Extends Net Metering Till June 30

‘Rooftop and Small Solar Grid Interactive Systems’ commissioned under net metering agreements up to June 30, 2021, will continue to avail the net metering benefits. Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commisson has issued an order on 24th of this month stating that while the commission proposed to issue finalized regulations in due course of time, it said that to bring regulatory certainty it is clarified that ‘Rooftop and Small Solar Grid Interactive Systems’ commissioned under net metering agreements up to June 30, 2021, will continue to avail the net metering benefits.

Power Generators Can Exit Loss Making Contracts With States

The government has given freedom to the central sector power producers such as NTPC, NHPC and SJVN to sell power relinquished by state discoms to new buyers under long or short term contracts or place the surplus power on exchanges for discovery of price in the day ahead, term ahead and real time markets. The new guidelines, which have been framed after extensive discussions with the state governments and stakeholders, has accorded first right to refusal to state/discoms with which CGS had PPA earlier. Willing discoms have to be allocated desired quantity of power by generators even after the term of a PPA ends (about 25 years in most cases) on priority. Outside sale could only be done after an original PPA holders for the quantity of power gives a no objection certificate (NoC). The guidelines further states that either party would have to give six months notice indicating their decision to exit from a PPA. This would mean that in cases where PPA is set to expire in near future, a six month advance notice will have to be given by the state or discoms and where a 25 year PPA has already expired, again state will have to give six months notice to CGS indicating their decision to exit.

Haryana Announces Subsidy on Rooftop Solar Projects

To promote solar energy in Haryana, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam in Thursday announced a scheme with subsidy of 40 per cent for a three kilowatt plant in homes as per the guidelines of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. A subsidy of 20 per cent will be for 4 to 10 KW for installing solar system from listed firms. Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam Managing Director Balkar Singh said by installing a solar system of one KW, the consumer can save up to Rs 6,000 in a year and the expenditure done for installing this solar system could be retrieved in five-six years. The corporation has set rates per kilowatt according to various categories. He said the rates have been set to install solar systems on the rooftop. The consumer is required to pay only the remaining amount after adjusting the rebate amount to the firm. The consumers can reduce their electricity bills by installing solar systems as per their requirement.

Power Grid Acquires Transmission Company in Rajasthan

State-owned Power Grid Corporation on Thursday said it has acquired Bikaner-II Bhiwadi Transco Ltd (BBTL) which would implement a power transmission project.
“Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, pursuant to its selection as the successful bidder under tariff based competitive bidding, has on 25.03.2021 acquired BBTL,” it said in a regulatory filing. BBTL is the project SPV to establish transmission system strengthening scheme for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under Phase-II, on build, own, operate and maintain (BOOM) basis from the bid process coordinator – PFC Consulting, it added.

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