After announcing a draft Solar Policy earlier this year, the Government of Kerala has recently approved and released the final ‘Kerala Solar Energy Policy, 2013′ based on the comments from Public, members of the Committee and other experts in this field. The vision of this policy is to mainstream the use of solar energy in the energy mix of the state in an inclusive manner in order to ensure the optimal usage of available solar potential in this region. Our blogpost on the draft document released in February can be accessed here.
Given below are some of the important points as mentioned in the final document released by ANERT:
- Increase the installed capacity in the State to 500 MW by 2017 and 2500 MW by 2030
- Deploy package of incentives and disincentives for identified groups
Strategy of Implementation - The policy strategies include the following:
Supply side interventions
- Off-grid roof top systems at demand points or consumer premises such as solar inverter installations
- Promoting conversion of existing inverter installations to solar powered
- Grid connected systems partly meeting requirements at demand points and feeding to the grid
- Off site generation at locations such as canals, waste lands etc.
- Off shore generating plants
- Promotion of off-grid solar applications to replace diesel based generator sets
Promotion of Solar Thermal Collectors
- Solar Water Heating System
- Solar Steam Systems
- Industrial Applications
Financing the projects
- Ensure bank finance at attractive rates
- Provide Generation Based Incentives
Grid connected systems
- Government would initiate a program by which all public buildings are provided with generation facilities
- Incentives for grid connected systems in non-Governmental buildings shall be on the basis of net metering, feed-in tariff and Renewable Energy Certificate mechanism
- These systems will be promoted for domestic consumers in a phased manner after formulating grid connection standards for LT distribution in line with this policy
- The state Electricity Regulatory Commission will notify the normative Feed-in-Tariff of solar power for procurement by the state Electricity Board in case of off-site commercial installations
- For consumers with monthly consumption of 30 units and below, special feed-in-tariff wil be made available to solar enable them.
- Applicable for all agencies that consumer grid power and have installed solar installations with some form of Government subsidy
Incentives and facilities
- No open access charges for solar projects for wheeling the power within the state
- No Wheeling charges and T&D losses for Captive Solar generators within the state
- Energy generated from the plants under this policy shall be fully exempted from Electricity duty
- Conditional Banking facility for captive generators
For further details regarding this policy, the original document can be downloaded here.