New Gujarat Solar Policy 2015 – highlights

Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA, http://geda.gujarat.gov.in/) has released the new Gujarat Solar Policy 2015 (click here to download the policy document). Here’s the summary of the Gujarat Solar Policy document:

  1. The policy is expected to remain in operation until 2020.
  2. Project-based provisions have been categorized in the following manner:
    1. Rooftop solar PV systems with net metering
    2. Solar projects for captive consumption
    3. Solar projects for sale of power to the discoms
    4. Solar projects for REC mechanism and sale of power to discoms at APPC
    5. Solar projects under NSM
  3. Apart from MW-scale solar projects, rooftop solar projects and net metering will also be promoted.
    1. For distributed generation promotion through net metering mechanism, the solar photovoltaic installation size has been capped at 50% of the sanctioned load of the power consumer.
    2. Any excess power generated by a rooftop PV system will be bought by the distribution company at Average Pooled Power Cost (APPC).
    3. Banking of excess energy will be allowed for one billing cycle.
    4. Transmission charges and losses, wheeling charges and losses and demand cut are not applicable on energy generated by rooftop solar PV systems.
    5. For electricity generated by rooftop solar PV systems in Gujarat, no electricity duty will be applicable. The generated solar power is also exempt from Cross subsidy surcharge and additional surcharge.
  4. To fulfill RPO, the Gujarat discoms can award centralised MW-scale projects to private players through bidding mechanism. No clear targets have been stated in the policy document.
  5. For solar projects developed under captive use:
    1. Capacity for the Solar projects set up for captive use has also been capped at 50% of the contract demand of the consumer.
    2. Any excess solar energy not consumed by the consumer will be purchased at APPC rate of the year if renewable attribute is given to the DisCom, or at 85% of APPC rate if the the renewable attribute not given to DisCom.
    3. The Transmission Charges and Losses are as applicable to the normal Open-Access consumer determined by GERC, amended from time to time.
    4. The Wheeling Charges and Losses for projects not registered under REC, 50% of charges or losses as applicable to normal Open-Access consumer determined by GERC, and for the projects registered under REC, as applicable to normal Open-Access consumer.
    5. Consumers who set up SPG for its own RPO will get the RPO credit for solar energy used by the developer (consumer), and the RPO credit for any excess power (after 15 minute cycle adjustment)  goes to the DisCom.
  6. For Solar projects with sale of power to DisComs:
    1. Overall capacity of the project will be based on year-on-year RPO targets set by GERC.
    2. Tariff for generated power will decided through competitive bidding.
    3. The Transmission and Wheeling charges and loss will be as applicable to normal Open-Access Consumer determined by GERC.
    4. The Energy Settlement will be on a 15 minute time-block basis, and the Electricity Duty shall be exempted on the generated solar power.
    5. As the energy generated will be credited to DisComs, both REC and RPO credit will also be credited to DisCom.
  7. For solar projects under REC mechanism for sale of power to DisComs:
    1. The minimum size for the project is set at 250kW, but he overall capacity will be determined by DisComs based on their energy requirements.
    2. APPC rate of the year in which SPG was commissioned will be applicable.
    3. The Transmission and Wheeling charges and loss will be as applicable to normal Open-Access Consumer determined by GERC.
    4. RPO is not applicable, but the REC will be claimed by the developer/consumer.
  8. Solar projects with sale of power under NSM:
    1. The capacity of the project will be as specified in the scheme puvlicized by MNRE, SECI, NVVN or any other such bid processing organization, if the power is exported outside the state/ sale of power to DisComs inside the state. But, if the the power is sold to consumers within the state, capacity of the project is capped up to a maximum of 50% of the sanctioned load/ contract demand of the consumer.
    2. For sale of power outside the state/ to DisComs within the state, tariff will be determined through competitive bid mechanism. If the power is sold to consumers within the state, mutually agreed-upon tariff between Developer and Buyer shall apply (any excess energy will be purchased by DisComs at APPC rate of the year).
  9. Gujrat Government in collaboration with Central Government/ MNRE/ MoP has taken up intensive initiatives to deploy Solar Irrigation Systems and Stand-Alone PV Systems &  Home Lighting Systems.

For the full report, please visit Gujrat Energy Development Agency website.

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