Telangana Solar Power Policy 2015
Solar Power policy of Telangana and its Objectives:
In the last decade, due to increasing thrust of Governments across the world towards fuel conservation and clean energy, solar power capacity has increased by over 45 times and stands at about 184 GW in 2014. In India, capacity additions in solar power have been even more remarkable. In contrast to mere 10 MW in 2010, total solar capacity in India has grown to nearly 3000 MW in 2015.
Growth rate in solar capacity has been accompanied by rapidly declining cost curves. Solar system costs have come down by nearly 70% in the past five years owing to technological advancements resulting in lower manufacturing and processing costs. In India, solar power prices discovered through competitive bidding have come down by more than 50% in the last four years.
Across the globe, about 7,200 gigawatts (GW) of capacity needs to be built to keep pace with increasing electricity demand while also replacing existing power plants due to retire by 2040. The strong growth of renewables in many countries raises their share in global power generation to one-third by 2040.
Government of India (GoI) has set for itself an ambitious target of increasing solar capacity to 100 GW by 2022 and 200 GW by 2050. In order to achieve these targets, GoI is implementing a wide range of regulatory and policy interventions. It is estimated that utility-scale grid parity is expected to be achieved faster than originally estimated and solar power will start aggressively competing with conventional power by 2017 .
Telangana has a vast solar potential with average solar insolation of nearly 5.5 kWh/m2 for more 300 sunshine days. Government of Telangana (GoTS), intends to make use of the positive environment in solar market and push given by GoI for substantially harnessing the solar potential in the state of Telangana.
This policy of GoTS on solar has provisions which aims at creating an enabling environment for prospective solar power developers to harness substantial quantum of solar power in the best possible manner. This in turn is expected to meet the objective of GoTS to provide competitive, reliable power supply to its consumers and also to ensure a sustainable fuel mix in the long run.
The policy shall be known as “The Telangana Solar Power Policy 2015”.
Objectives of Telangana Solar power policy :
This solar policy has the following specific objectives:
1. Realize and harness the vast solar power potential of the State.
2. Contribute to long-term energy security of the state and promote a sustainable fuel mix in generation through higher contribution of solar energy.
3. To promote solar parks
4. To promote public as well as private investment in solar power generation
5. To promote decentralized and distributed generation
6.To promote grid connected and off-grid solar applications and effective energy conservation measures.
7. To promote all technologies of harnessing solar energy.
This policy shall come into operation with effect from the date of issue and shall remain applicable for a period of five (5) years. All Solar Projects that are commissioned during the operative period shall be eligible for the incentives declared under this policy, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of commissioning – unless otherwise the period is specifically mentioned .
Applicability of the policy
This solar policy shall be applicable for the following solar projects set up within the state-
1) Solar Power Projects (SPPs)
a) Grid connected solar power projects based on both Photo Voltaic (PV) as well as Solar Thermal technologies
• Projects set up for sale of power to TSDISCOMS
• Projects set up for sale of power to third parties within the state
b) Projects set-up for captive generation/ group captive generation (including those funded and owned by developers).
2) Solar Roof-top Projects (SRPs) ( Grid connected and off grid ) – This includes projects which are funded and owned by developers
3) Off grid applications
4) Any other project which is established based on MNRE/GOI Schemes as amended from time to time.
5) Solar parks
For availing benefits under this policy, power generated from any of the above modes, has to be consumed within the state.
Demand-side management through energy conservation is integral to energy security. Hence, this policy aims not only at promoting grid connected projects but also promoting off-grid solar projects/applications.
The Electricity Act 2003, as amended from time to time, mandates the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, to set tariffs for renewable energy as well as to issue regulations pertaining to renewable power purchase obligation (RPPO), and set charges for wheeling, transmission and distribution of electricity.
The solar park is a concentrated zone of development of solar power projects, which provides developers, an area that is well characterized, properly infra-structured and where the risk of the projects can be minimized as well as the facilitation of the permitting process.
Solar park implementing agency would be formed by State Government along with designated central agency and private sector participation or independently by private sector.
The Solar park implementing agency will help facilitate in development of supporting infrastructure and facilities including power evacuation, water arrangements, internal roads and administrative facilities.
These Solar Park(s) will host an array of players in the solar power sector including solar power plants, component manufacturers, R &D centres, training centres, and financial institutions. The State will extend all facilities and fiscal incentives provided by Central Government/ National Solar Mission to the manufacturers and other participants in Solar Parks.
Solar Rooftop Projects
The Government of Telangana is committed to promotion of solar rooftop systems on public buildings, domestic, commercial and industrial establishments.
All incentives provided by the GOI/MNRE under the NSM or other schemes and incentives provided by state government from time to time shall be extended to grid connected SRPs as well as off grid SRPs.
The following additional support shall be available to grid connected SRPs as per the capacity limit as defined by MNRE from time to time.
The consumers are free to choose either net or gross meter option for sale of power to the DISCOMs under this policy. The tariff applicable for units generated under gross metering at 11 KV and below would be average cost of service of the DISCOM as determined by TSERC. The tariff applicable for units under net metering would be average pooled power purchase cost. Projects under both gross and net metering would be subject to monthly billing and settlement. No distribution losses/charges shall be applicable for SRPs.
Consumer installing grid connected SRPs shall apply online with the respective TSDISCOM either on website/through designated customer service centres. All applications shall be processed and feasibility issued by the respective DISCOM. Such applications will be processed within 21 days from the date of application failing which it will be deemed to have been approved.
The above facility of gross and net metering would be extended to SRPs for a period of 25 years. The project size at a single location would be subject to technical constraints. The modalities of implementing the above policy directives for SRPs, including metering, billing, settlement, payment(s) and technical aspects etc. would be made available on the TSSPDCL /TSNPDCL website.
The State Government in collaboration with the Central Govt/MNRE/MOP/Multilateral agencies will undertake measures to enable gradual replacement of conventional pumpsets to solar powered pumpsets through subsidy support. The Nodal Agency will engage with various stake-holders for materializing subsidies, grants and/ or incentives on behalf of TSDISCOMS. The scheme of gross metering facility would be extended to project developers/ farmers for setting up solar powered pumpsets in the State. The modalities for implementing the solar powered pumpset program including commercial framework and technical aspects shall be issued by DISCOM within 30 days from the date of issue of this policy.
Solar off grid Applications
The State Government and the DISCOMS, through various awareness programs, shall actively encourage use of solar powered applications for both domestic, industrial as well as commercial purposes. The Nodal Agency shall work with DISCOMS to create an enabling framework with direct/indirect benefits for replacement of conventional applications with solar powered applications.
Source: The Hans India