Maharashtra DISCOMs have asked staff to adhere timelines while processing rooftop solar applications
Recent inspection determined that a significant amount of rooftop solar applications had been pending for more than two years. The Chief Engineer made a note of this and has asked all the concerned engineers to speed up the rooftop solar processes. The application processing will be done through an online portal within the scheduled timeline by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC).
Once the application is approved, the customer will receive a communication through an SMS and e-mail consisting all the necessary details like the validity and approval number. The approvals will be valid for six months, failing to commission the project within that period will cancel the order.
Solar generation in India has increased by 26%
India’s second quarter 2020 solar generation reports a rise by 26% from the previous year. Previously, the solar generation grew by 2% quarter-over-quarter. The 2020 Q2 shows 15.7 billion units (BU) of solar electricity was generated according to Central Electricity Authority (CEA). Similarly, Q1 2020 reported 15.3 BU, and Q2 2019 accounted for 12.4 BU.
Despite the current pandemic situation, solar generation have been on the rise. Despite the slow growth in solar installations during the lockdown due to supply chain disruptions, a 30% increase in solar generation was reported in the first half of 2020 when compared to the previous year.
Stamp Duty waived off on 10GW solar projects in Andhra Pradesh
The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to reduce registration fee and exempt stamp duty on 10 GW solar projects and above. Registration fee entered by AP Green Energy Corporation Limited (APGECL) with landowners has been reduced to ₹1 on every ₹1000 evaluation of the document on land deeds.
The move is said to allow solar projects to be developed on 28,014 acres of land implying almost ₹152.4 million. The program aims to offer free solar electricity to farmers during the day. The move is said to deliver nine hours of free power in daytime reducing their utility costs and dependency on distribution companies. The program was finally approved in June after being proposed in February 2020. The program also lowers the land lease rentals on government lands to ₹5/acre to result in lower tariffs and lesser cash outflows for the government.
Mercom India’s solar project tracker estimates that Andhra Pradesh has around 3.7 GW ground and rooftop solar projects operational, and approximately 1.3 GW under the development phase.
University in Uttrakhand decides to go solar
A tender has been issued to set up 2 MW rooftop solar PV system for G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and technology in Uttarakhand. Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise has requested interested bidders to pay a deposit of ₹1200/kWh capacity undertaken. The submission deadline for the bids is September 9,2020.
The scope of work includes design, manufacturing, engineering, testing, supply, and commissioning the project. The scope of work also includes the operations and maintenance service for 25 years. The rooftop solar installation will be under the OPEX model, where the developer will invest in the project and the university will pay the developer a fixed amount per unit of solar electricity generated.
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