Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has extended the time limit for the execution of power purchase agreements (PPAs) between the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) and small-scale distributed solar project developers from 30th April 2021 to 31st May 2021.
A petition was earlier signed by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) and other DISCOMs with the Commission for incorporating the ‘change in law’ clause in the PPAs to be executed with the project developers under the ‘Small-Scale Distributed Solar Projects, 2019’ policy of the Government of Gujarat. The Commission allowed the petition and approved the incorporation of ‘change of law’ in the proposed PPAs by GUVNL. Hence, considering the appeals made by various stakeholders, the Commission had extended the period for execution of the PPAs.
The Commission said that the DISCOMs had taken proper care of the work for signing the PPAs with the solar developers within the stipulated time up to April 30. However, with the current health emergency in the state, it was necessary to avoid public gatherings, it observed.