Not To End The ISTS Charges on RE Post June 30: RRECL to Centre

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Subodh Agarwal, chairman and managing director of Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation said that the waiver is critical to achieve the solar energy generation targets thus Centre should not end the waiver of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) charges on renewable after June 30, 2023.

Earlier the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) an umbrella organisation representing solar energy companies has written to Secretary, Ministry of Power, requesting for clarity on waiver of Inter-State Transmission charges and losses on transmission of electricity generated from solar and wind sources of energy beyond 31st December, 2022.

In the letter it was mentioned, Around two years left with generators / beneficiaries / bidding agencies to avail the benefits of waiver of transmission charges and losses.

Many solar power projects’ PSAs are yet to be signed and once signed, it required to be approved by respective SERCs. The whole process takes atlest 6 months and it would not be possible for such projects to commissioned by 30th June 2023 in the currect pandemic situation. Therfore, clarity is required whether waiver of transmission charges and losses would be applicable to such projects commissioned beyond 30th June 2023.

Also clarity is required whether waiver of transmission charges and losses should be allowed to all open access users and not only to projects under the manufacturing bid.

The Centre has set a target of 450 gigawatt by 2030 from renewable resources and Rajasthan in its solar policy has envisaged setting 37.5 gigawatt by 2024-25.

Agarwal said that the state is also trying to reach a renewable energy target of 90 GW by 2030.

He also said that solar projects under Kusum scheme is not getting financed by the lenders and the centre should intervene so that more and more farmers get funding to put up plants.

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