Policy Roundup

Mercom’s renewable energy policy roundup from central, state and government agencies in India for the month of July 2017:

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) released the GERC Net-Metering Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive Systems (First Amendment) Regulations 2017.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy amended the guidelines for the disbursal of National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) grant for the development of intra-state transmission system under the green energy corridor project in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.

Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) released Draft Solar Policy 2017, proposing to install 150 MW of solar PV power by 2022.

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) proposed changes to the MERC, Net Metering for Roof-top Solar Photo Voltaic Systems Regulations, 2015. The new regulations will be called the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (Net Metering for Roof-top Solar Photo Voltaic Systems) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2017.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued an advisory asking state governments to utilize available spare space near substations and prioritize construction of solar projects based on availability of land near substations or transmission system.

The New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) has established Rs.80,000 (~$1,238.87) as project cost for a 1 kW rooftop solar project, Rs.1,43,000 (~$2,214.48) for a 2 kW rooftop solar project, Rs.2,19,150 (~$3393.73) for a 3 kW rooftop solar project, Rs.2,64,680 (~$4098.80) for a 4 kW rooftop solar project, and Rs.3,45,000 (~$5342.63) for a 5 kW rooftop solar project.

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) fixed Rs.5.26 (~$0.0814)/kWh without accelerated depreciation (AD) and Rs.4.87 (~$0.0754)/kWh with AD as levelized generic tariff for wind projects located in Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Barmer districts of Rajasthan. The RERC has also fixed Rs.5.52 (~$0.0854)/kWh without AD and Rs.5.12 (~$0.0792)/kWh with AD as levelized generic tariff for wind projects located in other districts of Rajasthan.

Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has proposed the use of aggregator model for installation of rooftop solar for a group of consumers under net-metering.

The State Government of Mizoram issued the Mizoram Solar Power Policy 2017 with immediate effect.

Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) released a discussion paper on HERC (Terms and Conditions for Determination of Tariff from Renewable Energy Sources, Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC)) Regulations, 2017.

Haryana government will provide Rs.7.5 billion (~$116.38 million) loan to distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Haryana at a concessional rate of interest (about 3 percent lower than the market rate) under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued an order explaining the rules for state distribution companies (DISCOMs) to purchase power produced in solar park/s in the state.

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has issued the Draft DERC (Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Framework Implementation) Regulations 2017. The draft is up for comments and suggestions.