Mytrah had won the tender to setup two 15 MW projects in Telangana in Domakonda, Nizamabad Dist and Nagarkurnool, Mahaboobnagar Dist. respectively.Mytrah had won the tender to setup two 15 MW projects in Telangana in Domakonda, Nizamabad Dist and Nagarkurnool, Mahaboobnagar Dist. respectively.

TSSPDCL on behalf of TSDISCOMS floated tender for procurement of 2000 MW solar power through e-procurement platform as per the directions of the Energy Department, GoTS, Hyderabad.


In the tender process, Mytrah was a successful bidder through open competitive bidding process to setup the solar photovoltaic power project of 15 MW capacity in Nagarkurnool, Mahaboobnagar Dist. Thereafter, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was executed on 23-02-2016. As per the PPA, the petitioner was to make solar photovoltaic power project operational within 12 months from the date of PPA and achieve the Commercial Operation Date (COD) by 22.02.2017.


In the other project of 15 MW capacity in Domakonda, Nizamabad Dist. Thereafter, the PPA was executed on 08-03-2016 and Mytrah was to make solar photovoltaic power project operational within 12 months from the date of PPA and achieve the Commercial Operation Date (COD) by 07.03.2017.


The reasons provided for delay included re-organisation of the districts and formation of new districts,  uncertainty in the offices of the revenue authorities regarding jurisdiction of villages, Mandals etc, change of circle rates which caused land owners to re-negotiate/renege on land sale agreements, shifting of revenue records, non-availability of contiguous land parcels because the land owners were unwilling to sell their lands for development of project. Further Sada Bainamas caused delay since the owners had these documents without any registered documents which needed regularisation.


The second major cause for delay is demonetization of high value currency by the central government, which resulted in shortage of cash and difficulties in bank transactions.

The third major cause for delay is unprecedented and incessant rains and massive storm from June 2017 to October 2017 which caused flooding of roads and also at project site which lead to stoppage of work, idling of labour and equipment, hampering the construction work.


It was also argued that module suppliers reneged on orders because of various factors like increase in internal targets by the State of China for 2017, reduction in antidumping duty by the European Union, exponential purchases by US based IPPs which forced the developers to either agree on increased rates and amend the LCs which resulted in increase in Capital cost or to look at alternative suppliers which resulted in further delays. Further, Customs authority in our country have been wrongly classifying SPV modules and charging taxes at 7.5% which also delayed release of SPV modules.


Due to these, a delay of 35 days and 371 days in commissioning of projects was accepted by the commission respectively.

Thukkapur Solar, who was the petitioner in the case, was a successful bidder through open competitive bidding process to setup the solar photovoltaic power project of 15 MW capacity near Thukkapur, Medak District, Telangana for sale to DISCOM. A delay of 241 days in achieving SCOD has been condoned and the invoking of performance bank guarantees by the respondent is set aside.

The TSSPDCL on behalf of TSDISCOMS floated tender for procurement of 2000 MW solar power through e-procurement platform as per the directions of the Energy Department, GoTS, Hyderabad. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was executed on 29-02-2016 between the petitioner and the respondent. As per the PPA, the petitioner was to make solar photovoltaic power project operational within 12 months from the date of PPA at a tariff of Rs.5.7249 per unit.

After signing PPA, during July 2016 and March 2017, the petitioner was able to acquire land under various registered sale deeds. There was delay in land acquisition due to reorganisation of districts till the month of October 2016 and 2 months subsequently the construction of the project could not be started. Also, due to excessive rainfall there was delay in commissioning of the project.

The revenue officials engaged in the reorganisation of districts and were unavailable at the offices to support the land acquisition process. The project developer further pleaded demonetisation of high value currency as having impacted the project and caused delay. The petitioner requested the respondent not to encash the Performance Bank Guarantee (PBG). The developer had hence sought extension of SCOD by 241 days.

The Government of Telangana, Energy Department had given an extension of SCOD up to 30-06-2017 to the solar power projects in the state, who have concluded PPAs with TSDISCOMs without any penalty by following all the technical requirements under CEA and TSTRANSCO guidelines which was later extended to up to 31.10.2017.

The Commission did not accede to the request of the DISCOM and instead took a view that individual case has to be examined as to why extension is required based on the merits.

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission approved the modalities, arrangement and the rates for the two pilot projects at Ralegan Siddhi and Kolambi of 2 MW each. The order said approval would be without any trading margin.

The Commission provisionally approved the modalities proposed by MSPGCL for PPA and PSA for all the solar projects being installed under “Mukhyamantri Solar Agricultural Feeder Scheme” subject to the following conditions;

(i) MSPGCL and MSEDCL should approach the Commission jointly with deviations if any in the PPA and PSA.

(ii) The Commission does not approve the rate of Rs. 3.15 per unit and directs MSPGCL to reduce the same after taking into account the associated costs relating to land, evacuation of energy and metering arrangement. It is expected that the rates so worked out would be in the vicinity of the rates discovered by MSEDCL on the similar terms and conditions.

(iii) The Commission rejects MSPGCL’s prayers regarding approval of the administrative charges (Trading margin) of 5 Paise per unit. MSPGCL can claim prudent administrative expenses as Intermediary procurer of solar energy as part of its ARR.

Government Of Maharashtra (GoM) had approved the Comprehensive Solar Policy-2015 for Grid connected new and Renewable Power generation projects in the State, vide Government resolution dated 20 July, 2015. As per this policy, the targeted solar capacity addition till 2022 is 7500 MW. At that time it was decided that MSPGCL, being State Generation Company, will undertake solar capacity addition of 2500 MW, through Public Private Partnership (PPP) method.

It was suggested to consider if the agricultural feeders are supplied power from localized Solar plants, this will not only help to improve the revenue recovery but also minimize the cross-subsidy burden as well as will supply power to the agriculture sector during day time.

Accordingly, GoM had approved “Mukhyamantri Solar Agricultural Feeder Scheme. The salient features of the scheme are as below:

  1. a) Implementing Agency: MSPGCL is to implement the scheme on PPP basis with necessary participation from MEDA and MSEDCL at relevant stages.
  2. b) Land for the project: MSPGCL to identify the Government land within the periphery of 5kM to 10kM of 11kV to 132kV substations in Maharashtra. MSPGCL to finalize the solar projects considering the availability of the land, Separated AG feeder load, nos. of AG consumers. MSEDCL & MSETCL will also study the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the project and offer their comments on the feasibility of the project prior to finalization. Required Government land will be made available to MSPGCL on the lease rent of Rs.1/- for 30 year period. MSPGCL further will provide this land to Private Solar Developer on lease rent basis. Lands from private land owner may also offer their land to MSPGCL on lease rent basis. It is also proposed that the Private Investors / Solar Power Developers may come forward for project development on their own land and factor the costs in tariff bids.
  3. c) Permits & permissions: MEDA will register such Solar projects free of cost. Change of status of the land from Agriculture to Non-Agricultural will not be mandatory. There will be relief for 30 years in all taxes/fees which are imposed by Revenue or Local Body / Government Departments.
  4. d) Method of implementation: MSPGCL will implement this scheme on PPP mode. The Private investor will be selected through the competitive Bidding Process with tariff rate as bidding parameter. After selection of lowest tariff offered bidder a reverse auction bidding will be carried out and lowest tariff offered bidder will be considered as successful bidder.
  5. e) Power Purchase Agreement: MSPGCL to enter into appropriate agreement / contract with the Private Investor / Solar Power Developer for a particular period. The contract should also comprise of the Power Purchase related terms and conditions. Also MSPGCL has to seek approval of the Commission for the rate arrived through the competitive bidding process.
  6. f) Evacuation & distribution of power: The expenditure required for power evacuation system from Solar project to AG feeder along with transmission lines will be reimbursed by MEDA from the Green Cess Funds.

For implementation of the scheme as per GoM directives, MSPGCL had completed the competitive bidding process for 2MW project each at RaleganSiddhi, Dist. Ahamadnagar and Kolambi, Dist. Yavatmal. The levelised rates arrived in competitive bidding process are Rs. 2.94 per unit for Ralegan Siddhi and Rs. 2.97 per unit for Kolambi for 25 years which are much lower than the generic tariff of Rs. 5.13 per unit approved by the Commission vide its Generic RE Tariff Order dated 28 April, 2017 for FY 2017-18.

MSPGCL had also identified further agricultural feeders aggregating a capacity of 500 MW. Of these the competitive bidding process for 200 MW capacity (50 MW cumulative capacity each in Vidarbha , Marathwada, Western Maharashtra and North Maharashtra) is completed. The levelised rate arrived at is Rs. 3.15 per unit for 25 years and MSPGCL has placed LOAs on the successful bidders.

The tender process for the remaining 300 MW capacity is being undertaken by MSPGCL.

As per GoM scheme, MSPGCL is implementing the scheme through PPP mode and has to enter into contract with the Private Investor / Solar Power Developer for a particular period. The contract shall also comprise of the Power Purchase related terms and conditions. Also MSPGCL has to seek approval of the Commission for the rate arrived through the competitive bidding process.

Currently MNRE is implementing the RE capacity addition through Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd.(SECI ). As per modalities adopted by SECI there is an agency to buy RE power from Private Investors / Power Developers which then sells it to the Discoms. The proposed modalities for the Mukhyamantri Solar Agricultural Feeder Scheme are similar to the modalities adopted by SECI. As per SECI scheme an allowance of up to 7 paise is allowed to the intermediary. MSPGCL has presently proposed for allowance of 5 paise per unit as Administrative charges for the administrative expenses being incurred by MSPGCL for implementation of the scheme i.e. capacity addition and then further contractual obligation for 25 years.

MSPGCL will get the power generated through the Solar Power Developer / Private Investor and in-turn will be supplied to MSEDCL for further distribution to the agricultural consumers connected to the selected Agricultural feeder. MSPGCL needs to enter into a PPA with the Solar Power Developer / Private Investor, at a rate equal to the rate arrived through competitive bidding process. Also MSPGCL is required to enter into PSA with MSEDCL at a rate equal to rate arrived through competitive bidding process plus administrative charges as approved by MSEB Holding Company Limited.

The following were the bids received in the 200 MW tender (50 MW X 4).

 

Region

Bidder

Rate (INR/ kWh)

1

Western

M/s. Waaree Energies Ltd

3.17

   

M/s. Sangam Advisors Ltd.

3.15 (L1)

2

Northern

M/s. Sangam Advisors Ltd.

3.15 (L1)

   

M/s. Puja Entertainment India Ltd.

3.15 (L1)

3

Marathwada

M/s. Sangam Advisors Ltd.

3.16

   

M/s. Puja Entertainment India Ltd.

3.15 (L1)

4

Vidarbha

M/s. Sangam Advisors Ltd.

3.15 (L1)

   

M/s. Pooja Entertainment & Films

3.16

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