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In order to promote use of renewable energy and to increase income of farmers, the Central Government has contemplated a scheme called ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan’ (KUSUM).

In addition to KUSUM scheme of the Central Government and in order to achieve multiple objectives of addressing the energy requirement of farmers, empowering rural economy and to reduce financial stress on DISCOMs, the Gujarat State Government had decided to utilize solar resources available in the State for the benefit of the farmers and accordingly notified the Scheme “Suryashakti Kisan Yojna (SKY)” to be implemented on pilot basis.

The scheme is to be implemented on pilot basis, on 137 numbers of agriculture feeders covering 12400 numbers of agriculture connections having aggregate load of 1,42,000 HP in 33 Districts of the State. Under Pilot scheme, it is estimated that solar PV panels of aggregate capacity of 175 MW will be installed in the field of farmers with estimated cost of Rs. 900 Crore.

The commission decided to support the implementation of “Suryashakti Kisan Yojna” (SKY) as a pilot project. As submitted by the petitioner, DISCOMs, that the scheme is being implemented on 137 number of agricultural feeders covering 1,24,000 numbers of agricultural connections in 33 district of the State with a proposed investment of Rs. 900 crores. Since this scheme is being implemented for the first time and as a pilot project, the Commission has advised the licensee to go in for lower number of feeders say, 50 feeders or so and conduct cost benefits analysis after the results of two quarters and then implement the scheme based on the results.

The Commission said that this scheme is being implemented in the interest of farmers and therefore the Commission is also concerned that the farmers must get the benefit of this scheme. Accordingly, the Commission allowed 4 State owned DISCOMs to implement the scheme as a pilot project subject to compliance of the following directions:

  1. This scheme will be optional for participation by the farmers.
  2. Information booklet covering all the details regarding the scheme in simple Gujarati language should be provided to all participating farmers/ consumers.
  3. For redressal of any grievance arising out of this scheme, a nodal officer shall be designated by the DISCOMs at the Division level. If the grievances are not addressed by the nodal officer within 30 days, the grievances shall be transferred to CGRF for necessary speedy resolution as per the Regulations.
  4. The licensee shall submit details of number of feeders, number of farmers who opted for the scheme, energy purchased from farmers, amount paid to farmers, losses in selected feeders, cost and benefit of the scheme etc. to the Commission after the end of the current financial year.
  5. After receiving the above details, the Commission shall take a final view on the proposal of the petitioner to charge a tariff of Rs. 3.50/Unit for net energy consumed by the farmers, in order to protect the interest of farmers. Till such time the Commission decides, the licensee shall charge the regular tariff as applicable to relevant category.

As per the Scheme, DISCOMs will purchase surplus power at fixed tariff of Rs. 3.50/Unit applicable for 25 years. Further, the Government will provide Evacuation Based Incentive (EBI) at Rs. 3.50/Unit during initial loan repayment period of 7 years. Thus, after completion of 7 years, farmers will get Rs. 3.50/Unit.

The DISCOMs had petitioned that in the State of Gujarat, the share of supply of electricity to agriculture sector accounts for about 27% of total electricity supplied by four State owned Distribution Licensees against which revenue contribution from agriculture sector is about 3% of total revenue of four State owned Distribution Licensees towards supply of power to all categories of consumers.

As of now there are around 15 Lakh agriculture consumers connected with the grid and around 2.11 Lakh applications for agriculture connections are pending for new connections. DISCOMs are making concerted efforts for release of agriculture connections by setting target for release of more than 1 Lakh connections every year. Despite achieving the target of release of agriculture connections, large number of applications are still pending due to addition of fresh applications every year.

Also the power supply to agriculture connections is highly subsidized at Rs. 0.60/Unit as against Average Cost of Supply of Rs. 6.00/Unit. The difference between recovery from agriculture consumers and Cost of Supply is mainly met from Government Subsidy and Cross subsidization by other consumers.

Delhi Power Minister Inaugurates Next Phase of BSES Solar City Initiative

  • Delhi Power Minister Inaugurates Next Phase of BSES Solar City Initiative– ‘Solarise Shakur Basti’ Launched after extra ordinary success of Phase one in Dwarka. 
  • Shakur Basti area is home to important colonies like Paschim Vihar & many apartment complexes. Area has a solar roof top potential of around 15 MWp
  • BSES is targeting around 5 MWp roof top solar by 2019-2020 in Shakur Basti area.
  • Around 100 CGHS/ apartment complexes have signed-up in Phase one (Solarise Dwarka)•BSES has energised over 1000 (~ 45 MWp) roof top solar net metering connections

After the extraordinary success of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited’ (BRPL) Solar City Initiative –‘Solarise Dwarka’, which has seen around 100 societies / apartment complex in Dwarka showing interest and signing-up for the initiative, the discom has now launched next Phase ( phase two) of the program.

 

The phase two-of BRPL’ Solar City Initiative – ‘Solarise Shakur Basti’ was launched by Delhi’s Hon’blePower Minister Mr Satyendar Jain, today. Other important dignitaries present on the occasion,included senior officials from Delhi Government, EE&REM (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre), TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, along with West Delhi residents. BRPL team was led byits CEO Mr Amal Sinha.

 

Commenting on the launch of phase-two, BRPL CEO Mr Amal Sinha said, “Solar energy is emerging asCommenting on the launch of phase-two, BRPL CEO Mr Amal Sinha said, “Solar energy is emerging asan important tool in our quest for sustainable growth. In a bid to realise its full potential, BSES isleading the efforts for its wide-spread and accelerated adoption in the national capital. Our Solar Cityinitiative is promising to be a game-changer. Besides promoting adoption of solar, the initiative is awin-win proposition for both the consumers and the discom alike. The huge response to Phase one andthe launch of phase-two of the initiative is a testament to this.”

 

“The program also aims to educate consumers about the benefits of solar energy while ensuring strictquality compliance of the systems being installed. It is also facilitating various finance options availableto the consumers”- added Mr Sinha.

 

Phase two: Solarise Shakur Basti

 

Apart from JJ Clusters, the Shakur Basti area is home to several colonies like Paschim Vihar andapartment complexes like IFCI, Saakshara, Matriyi, Navbharat, Pragati, Priyadarshani, DDA Flats andhas a substantial roof-top solar potential of around 15 MWp. BRPL is targeting to realise around 5MWp of roof-top net metering from the area by FY 2019-2020.

 

Phase one: Solarise Dwarka Phase one: Solarise DwarkaThe extra ordinary response of the Phase one of the Solar City Initiative – ‘Solarise Dwarka’ is thetrigger for phase two. Under Phase one, around 100 societies have shown interest and signed-up forthe initiative for installing solar capacities of ~ 6 MWp. Of these, around 25 societies having installedsolar capacity of ~1.5 MWp – have already been energised / or are about to be energised. The work atthe remaining societies is at different stages.

 

Benefits (Consumers): Roof-top solar is helping consumers, not only to reduce their electricity bills, but also do-their bit forthe environment. Moreover, consumers opting for the RESCO business model don’t have to incur anycapital expenditure, as the model entails providing electricity as a service at a cost identified throughcompetitive bidding, which in the case of Dwarka residents was Rs. 2.66/kWh net of generation basedincentive and is around Rs.2.50/kWh less than the electricity tariff. The bidding in the above case wasadministered by SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India) and Indraprastha Power Generation CompanyLimited.

 

Benefits (Discom):Besides helping BRPL in meeting its renewable purchase obligation (RPO), the pioneering initiative willhelp the discom minimise overloading issues in congested areas during the peak summer months. Itwill also help us in achieving CAPEX deferment for line replacement and unplanned grid up-gradationintermittently.

 

BSES is at the forefront of leading the solar revolution in the city and sees unique benefits of addingBSES is at the forefront of leading the solar revolution in the city and sees unique benefits of addingdistributed generation in its network. In a short span, BSES has energised a record of over 1000 rooftopsolar connections – with a sanctioned solar capacity of around 45,000 KWp (~ 45 MWp).

 

 

Moreover, thisblazing pace is likely to continue in BSES’ area and by the end-of-year, the total number is roof topsolar net metering connections is likely to cross 2,000 with a sanctioned solar load of around 80 MWp.

 

BRPL’ Solar City Initiative is India’s 1st utility anchored solar rooftop consumer aggregation program for residential consumers. Solar City Initiative is a path breaking initiative that aims to maximize the utilisation of solar roof toppotential. Unlike conventional methods, under this program, roof top solar installations are provided at a single point for the entire apartment complex. BRPL & BYPL are premier distribution companies and Joint Ventures between Reliance Infrastructure Limited and GoNCT.

Earlier in July, SECI had issued a tender for setting up of 2 MW Solar PV power plant with 01 MW BESS at KAA, Himachal Pradesh.

 

The last date of bid submission is now extended till 12.11.2018 (14:00 Hrs). The tender said that any containerised battery technology can be used as long it is suitable for the location’s climatic conditions.

 

The tender said that the battery will be located at Rangreek, Kaza near Rong Tong Hydro Power Station, 12,000 feet in altitude. The annual temperature of the location ranges of -40°C to 30°C and area sees snow of up to six feet in winter months. The tender also mentioned that the battery must be designed for maximum flexibility with regard to site-specific voltages, frequency, phase imbalance, and protection requirements.

 

The scope of work includes the design, engineering, supply, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of the projects. Apart from these, the successful bidder will also be responsible for 5 years of operations and maintenance (O&M) services. This would include the supply and storage of all mandatory spare parts, consumables, repairs and replacements of any defective equipment during the O&M period.

 

SECI released the NIT on behalf of Himachal Renewable Limited, a JV between SECI and Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEBL).

With the fast growth of the business, CHINT India is ready to move forward to the next step. CHINT India organised the “New Step Launching Ceremony” at Crown Plaza, Mayur Vihar. The new Indian market strategy and warehouse establishment was announced in the ceremony. CHINT’s Indian subsidiary has established in 2010. Along the years, CHINT India has offered integrated solutions to Indian valued customers like NTPC IBPIL and TATA Power, in several segments with product scope of LV, MV, HV, Automation, Solar and Power equipment.

On this occasion, Lily Zhang, Vice President, Chint India siad, “Thanks to everyone to be a part of this event and sharing your valuable & precious time with us. As we all know that Nowadays India is at the stage of fast-growing development,and for that Indian government has many plans to carry out like “smart city”, 5 industrial corridor projects across India. At the same time a growing number of world-renowned companies, such as IKEA and Wal-Mart, have also set foot in India, which demonstrates the potential of the Indian market. Based on the rich experience and technological reserve of urban construction in China, CHINT is willing and confident to copy this experience to India, helping India’s development and achieving win-win results. In CHINT’s strategy for the future, we are now came up with warehouse support to the customers for strengthen retail network and projects and later on will take India as its manufacturing and supply centre, product and marketing centre, after-sales and customer service centre.

In addition, CHINT has achieved several projects in the fields of power transmission and distribution, new energy and automation. Since 2008, India’s state power companies and private utilities have used CHINT’s power transformers from 6.9kv to 420KV; in 2017, there were another 2 220KV GIS used in GETCO power grid; TATA group, one of the biggest conglomerate, purchased 110KV 90MVA from CHINT. In the area of automation, CHINT has successfully supplied electro-hydraulic control systems and by-pass automation systems to 14 units of India’s Adani Power Company. In the field of new energy, by the end of 2017, CHINT, which is committed to environmental protection and energy saving, has been part of a total capacity of over 3500MW in solar power stations worldwide, and over 300MW solar projects in India..

CHINT founded in 1984. In 2015, CHINT Indian office set up in New Delhi, and local team are taking shape. CHINT Group has developed to be the leader in Chinese industrial electrical equipment production and clean energy fields. CHINT has a total asset of over USD 9.9 billion(roughly 61.5 billion RMB), has achieved sales revenue of US$9.7billion (60 billion RMB) in 2017 and has more than 30,000 employees. It covers the entire industrial chain of “generation, storage, transmission, transformation, distribution and use” of power equipment, and lays out urban rail transit, energy equipment manufacturing, new energy storage materials, energy Internet, investment and financing platforms and business incubators. Its products are sold well in many countries and regions in the world, and have entered the international main markets in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.

RGSEPL, which is sponsored by Hero Solar Energy Private Limited (HSEPL), operates a 43MW solar project in Madhya Pradesh. It has signed a 25-year PPA with MPPMCL at tariff of INR5.46/kWh. The project was awarded through tariff-based competitive bidding and was fully commissioned ahead of the stipulated date in the PPA. The project was implemented in a debt/equity ratio of 80:20.

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.

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