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MNRE Eliminates Requirement of Separate BG for Projects under KUSUM; Also Issues Information on Decentralised Solar Schemes

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has eliminated the requirement for a separate performance bank guarantee to support projects that are being set up under Component A of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evem Utthan Mahabhiyan’s (KUSUM). MNRE has also eliminated the requirement to submit a performance bank guarantee in accordance with the guidelines for solarisation agricultural feeders under component C of the KUSUM program. The amended guidelines no longer require that developers of renewable energy as a company (RESCO), submit a bank guarantee in order to receive Central Financial Assistance (CFA). After two months of operation, the CFA will be released.

UPNEDA Tenders 98 MW Solar Power Projects PM-Under KUSUM Program

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program, the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewables Energy Department Agency (UPNEDA) has invited bids to set up 98 MW of solar projects of 0.5 MW, 1 MW, 1.5 MW, and 2 MW capacity on agricultural land, marshlands and pastureland of farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
The tender has a ceiling tariff of Rs 3.10/kWh established by UPNEDA. The bid proposals should be submitted online by June 15, 2022. Bids will be unveiled the next day. The projects will be constructed under Component A of the KUSUM program, under which the government intends to build 10,000 MW of grid-connected solar power plants with individual project sizes of up to 2 MW. The project should be located within a 5-kilometer radius of the selected substations.

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Goa To Soon Launch Solar Policy

Goa state’s Solar power policy will be developed in a month, and it will be implemented within the next two months. On Tuesday, Ramakrishna “Sudin” Dhavalikar, Power Minister, stated that Goa doesn’t have a single power generation plant. Goa doesn’t generate electricity. It is dependent on Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh for its power needs. The government would create a solar policy in one month to address power shortages and then introduce it in the next two months. He said that the government had been considering the use of solar energy for several years. Dhavalikar also mentioned that Tamnar’s power transmission project is crucial for Goa because it will generate an additional 1,200 megawatt of power for the state.

SECI Invites Bids For Singareni Collieries’ 22 MW Solar Project In Telangana

State-owned, Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is going to have a 22 MW overburden dump-based solar project at Ramagundam site in Telangana. The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has requested bids for the design, building, engineering, erection, supply, testing, and commissioning of the same. The topsoil is removed during mining, and the crushed rock is heaped in the form of overburdened dumps. Large areas of land are occupied by piled dumps, which lose fertility as soil quality deteriorates. Such unused land is now being examined for solar installations. Bids must be submitted by June 15, 2022, and on the same day, bids will be opened.

DGTR Recommends Extension of Anti-Dumping Duty on Chinese Solar Glass for 2 More Years

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The Investigation Arm of The Commerce Ministry, the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), has recommended for continuation of anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass for two years. This is to protect domestic players from low-quality imports. The Directorate General of Trade Remedies, (DGTR), has issued a notice stating that anti-dumping duties must be continued on ‘textured tempered and un-coated’ glass from China. In market parlance, the product is also called solar glass, low iron solar glass and solar photovoltaic. It is used in solar thermal applications and as a component of solar photovoltaic cells.

Odisha Regulatory Commission Allowed Group Net Metering And Virtual Net Metering For Rooftop Solar

Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) amended regulation on “Net metering / Bi-directional Metering and their connectivity with respect to Rooftop Solar PV Projects”, by adopting group net metering and virtual net metering policy. In recent time, Ministry Of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) requested all State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) and Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for adoption of group net metering & virtual net metering policy in their existing rooftop solar regulation. After receiving suggestion from several consumers as well as considering notification of MNRE, the commission allowed a. Net Metering for loads up to 500KW or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower as long as it is within the limit of 75% of transformer capacity. b. Virtual Net Metering for consumers under domestic and specified public purpose category as per OERC distribution code, 2019 and also for the offices of government and local authorities. c. Capacity of the renewable energy system under group net metering or virtual net metering framework, shall not be less than 5 Kw and more than 500Kw.

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West Bengal Proposes Draft Open Access Regulation 2022

The draft ‘Open Access Regulations, 2022’ has been released by the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC). Stakeholders have till June 2, 2022, to offer their thoughts and criticisms. The rules will apply to any type of open access for using an intrastate transmission or distribution system in conjunction with interstate transmission lines. For long-term open access, the applicant must submit an application for connectivity along with the application seeking long-term open access. An open access consumer having outstanding dues of any transmission licensee or distribution licensee against billing for more than a month will not be allowed to avail open access. Any person intending to avail open access should have existing connectivity with the transmission or distribution licensee concerned with whose system it is connected.

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