Kerala Solar Policy 2013 – Final – 2500 MW by 2030

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: Mission 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 …

HIMURJA Tender for 216 rooftop solar power plants – 2 KW each

HIMURJA – Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Authority has released a tender for Supply, Installation & Commissioning  of 2 kWp SPV Power Plants in 216 locations across the state. This is for the state Police Department and the Solar Power Packs will be installed at various police stations across the state. Some of the key highlights of the tender: All the firms who are the Channel Partners for SPV Programme accredited by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy sources, GOI or Credit Rating (from MNRE Accredited Rating Agency) of “SP 2C” & above under the Off Grid and Decentralized programme under JNNSM programme are eligible for tendering. The firms must have experience of installation and commissioning of SPV Power Plant up to total aggregate capacity of 100 Kwp in the Off grid Programme. The annual turnover of the firm should be Rs 8 crores for the each preceding three years i.e. 2010-2011, 2011-12 & 2012-13. Time of execution – Material to be supplied within 4 months of awarding the contract and …

Temporary slowdown in India’s Grid-Connected Solar industry

This year began with a promising note for the solar industry – policies were introduced and finalized and biddings of the capacity 2945 MW were to be conducted. Details of various state solar tenders are provided in the table below. However as the year progressed the deadlines for these tenders got extended and resulted in a temporary slowdown of the solar industry. A very prominent reason for this slowdown is the much awaited and delayed 750 MW solar PV bidding for Viability Gap Funding under JNNSM Phase-II, Batch- I. The very first draft guidelines for this were announced as early as in April which created a buzz in the industry and at the same time speculation about the Domestic Content Requirements (DCR) involved. In May the methodology draft was introduced and according to this the total capacity would be split up into Part A and Part B projects with DCR being a criteria for Part B projects. This led to further speculation about the capacity of Part B projects and …

SECI- Amendments and Clarifications – Rooftop Solar PV Phase III

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) had released a RfS document earlier in September inviting bids for Phase 3 of it’s development of Rooftop Solar PV systems in selected cities. Our blogpost on this RfS can be accessed here. Further to the pre bid meeting conducted on 26th September, they recently released a document containing Amendments and Clarifications to this RfS. Given below are some of the important points from this document. The Performance Security (PBG) shall be valid for a minimum period of 18 months from the date of issue of Allocation letter Technical eligibility criteria has been modified as – “Bidder should have installed at least one Grid connected Solar PV project having a minimum capacity of not less than 25 kW..” instead of “Bidder should have installed at least one Grid connected Solar PV project in India having a minimum capacity of not less than 25 kW..” Revisions have been made to Annexure A – Documents required for project sanction and Annexure B – Site details for …

MNRE – Setting up 750 MW Solar PV projects – Further updates

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a document stating that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the scheme for setting up 750 MW Solar PV projects through VGF with support from the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF). This document released by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) can be downloaded here. MNRE has also once again announced revised guidelines for this scheme. The revisions/additions made to the recently revised guidelines as mentioned in this latest document are mentioned below: Tariff to be paid to the developer availing accelerated depreciation benefit is reduced to Rs. 4.75 per unit If the project fails to generate any power continuously for 1 year within 25 years or its major assets are sold/ project dismantled during this tenure, SECI will have right to refund VGF as specified below: These guidelines are also said to facilitate fulfillment of RPO of obligated entities Revised time schedule: The original document containing these revised guidelines can be downloaded here. The earlier released tentative date for issuance of RfS for …

MNRE announces Revised Draft Guidelines for selection of 750 MW Solar PV projects through VGF

After announcing a draft methodology document earlier in May for selection of 750 MW Grid connected Solar PV projects under JNNSM Phase -II, Batch-I through Viability Gap Funding (VGF), MNRE once again released a draft document with revised guidelines. Our blogpost on the draft document released in May can be accessed here. Additions/revisions made to the earlier guidelines as mentioned in the latest document are mentioned below. Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) Out of the total 750 MW, 375 MW will be kept for bidding with DCR, i.e. 50% of projects will be built with DCR Both solar cells and modules used in these power plants must be made in India Mechanism of VGF Disbursement of VGF will be done in three stages: 50% on successful commissioning (COD) of the full capacity Remaining 50% progressively over the next 5 years as follows: End of 1st Year from COD – 10% End of 2nd Year from COD – 10% End of 3rd Year from COD – 10% End of 4th Year from COD …

Chhattisgarh – RfP for 50 MW Grid Connected Solar PV

Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) released a RfP document for procurement of 50 MW Solar Power for long term from grid connected Solar PV power projects through a tariff based competitive bidding process. Given below are some important points from this document. Capacity: Total capacity – 50 MW Minimum bid capacity 2 MW and maximum 50 MW  in multiples of 2 MW capacity Tariff and PPA: Bidders should quote single tariff for 20 years  PPA will be signed for 20 years with CSPDCL for power procurement After 20 years the agreement can be renewed with CSPDCL for further 5 years at the then prevailing APPC Financial Criteria: Net worth – Rs. 3.50 Crore/ MW for capacity up to 25 MW Additional net worth of Rs. 2.50 Crore/ MW for every MW beyond 25 MW Bank Guarantees: Bid bond – Rs. 20 Lacs /MW of offered capacity Contract performance guarantee – Rs. 75 Lacs / MW to be submitted within 15 days of issue of Letter of Intent Bidding …

Andhra Pradesh Solar Bidding and Open Offer Update

Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been the most followed states in the recent times on the Solar front owing to their hugely popular 1000 MW Solar tenders (Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and Net Metering Policies (Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu).  As announced a couple of weeks back, Tamil Nadu is trying to expedite things resulting in close to 700 MW expected to be signed by the end of October. On the Andhra Pradesh front, while no official announcement has been made, sources indicate that close to 49 MW of PPA from 5 companies have been signed as part of the Solar bidding that was conducted in February this year. It is also learned that close to 86 MW from around 11 developers are at various stages of the process and Performance Bank Guarantees (PBG) have already been submitted for the same. In all, close to 135 MW seems to be potentially tied up in PPAs which is considerably less compared to the size of 1000 MW for which …

Smart grid – Vision and Roadmap announced for India

The Ministry of Power has released a document containing the Vision and Roadmap for Smart Grids in India.  A Smart Grid has automation, communication and IT systems and can monitor power flows from points of generation to points of consumption and control the power flow or curtail the load to match generation in real time or near real time. With the increasing share of renewable energy in the total energy mix, there is a need for smart grids in India to manage this efficiently ensuring stability and reliability. For this, the Ministry of Power had constituted India Smart Grid Task Force (ISGTF) and India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) in 2010. This roadmap was prepared keeping in view the ministry’s objective “access, availability and affordability of power for all”. Some of the important points from this document regarding the vision, targets and outcomes are mentioned below: Distribution: Electrification of 100% households by 2017 with uninterrupted life line supply – 8 hrs/day minimum including evening peak Reduce AT&C losses to below 15% …

Rajasthan – Final RfP for 50 SPV plants (1MW each)

After releasing the draft RfP for selection of developers for setting up 50 Solar Photovoltaic projects each of 1 MW capacity earlier in June, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RREC) has recently issued the final RfP for the same. Our blogpost on the draft RfP can be accessed here. Given below are some of the changes noted in the final RfP document: Bank Guarantees – Earnest Money Deposit (EMD): Rs. 10 Lac/MW as against Rs. 20 Lac/ MW announced in the draft RfP Bid bond: The Benchmark tariff referred to here is the Generic levelised Tariff after conidering accelerated depreciation declared by Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (Order dt. 04.09.2013) – Rs. 7.31/ kWh Total Performance Bank Guarantee: Performance Guarantee – Rs. 15 Lac/MW as against Rs. 20 Lac/MW announced in the draft RfP Important dates – The time schedule for this bidding has been announced in this final RfP as given below: For further details regarding this RfP including the formats for bid submission, the original document released on the …

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