India Solar Policy Update - April 2019

Below is SolarQuarter's brief analysis of the latest updates on solar regulations & policies from various states in India.

Central (CERC) : Validity Extension

Brief Analysis : 

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has extended the validity period of RECs which were due to expire between April 1, 2019, and October 31, 2019.

Validity extended till December 31, 2019.

Commission’s decision will provide the sellers with eight REC trading sessions to finish the entire inventory.


Central (CERC) : Amendment ISTS Charges & Losses

Brief Analysis : 

Sixth Amendment.

No transmission charges and losses for the use of ISTS network shall be payable for the generation based on solar and wind power resources for a period of 25 years from the date of commercial operation of such generation projects subject to conditions.

Provided such generation capacity has to be awarded projects via a competitive bidding process & should have been declared under commercial operations between 13.2.2018 till 31.3.2022.

PPAs should have been executed for sale of such generation capacity to all entities including Distribution Companies for compliance of their renewable purchase obligations.


Maharashtra (MERC): Generic Tariff Announcement For Wind & Solar

Brief Analysis : 

Generic Tariff Order applicability for the period between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020.

Utility-scale solar PV projects at Rs 3.29/kWh.

Rooftop solar segment, MERC has fixed Rs 3.79/kWh as the generic tariff rate (projects that are covered under the MERC regulations for net metering have been exempted from this tariff order).

Wind Energy generic tariff for the fiscal at Rs 2.52/kWh.

Solar thermal projects a tariff of Rs 11.15/kWh with accelerated depreciation of Rs 0.91/kWh.


Gujarat (GERC): Open Access Charges

Brief Analysis : 

Additional Surcharge of Rs. NIL/kWh shall be applicable to the consumers of MGVCL, UGVCL, PGVCL and DGVCL who avail power through open access from any source other than their respective DISCOMs and for the open access transactions from 1st April, 2019 to 30th September, 2019.


Gujarat (GERC) : DISCOM tariffs/ Wheeling charges & Distribution losses for the FY 2019-2020

Brief Analysis : 

No increase in power tariff for the consumers of State owned Discoms and Torrent Power Limited (Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and Surat area).

Number of slabs in Residential Tariff are reduced from 5 to 4 so as to simplify the present structure.

Energy Charges for Agriculture Consumers using electricity for Lift Irrigation purpose reduced by 30 Paise/unit.

Benefit of Optional Demand Based Tariff extended to small consumers upto 6 kW of contract demand.


Andhra Pradesh (APERC): Wheeling Tariff

Brief Analysis : 

Distribution loss trajectory FY 2019-2020 to 2023-2024 for APEPDCL & APSPDCL.

Wheeling Tariff for DISCOMs.




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