Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) became the first State Regulatory Commission in the country to issue a tariff order on solar energy. It had issued its first tariff order for procurement of power by distribution licensees from solar energy generators (solar photovoltaic and solar thermal projects).
The tariff for energy from solar photovoltaic generators is Rs 12 per unit and for solar thermal Rs 9 per unit for the initial 12 years, and Rs 3 per unit from 13th year onwards for both Solar PV and Thermal for projects commissioned after 31.12.2010 and before 31.3.2014.
Earlier the state government through Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd had finalized 17 PPAs for 235MW of generated Solar PV and Solar Thermal for 25 years.
had successfully allotted 716 Mw of solar power generation capacity to 34 national and international project developers in the first round.
Now has announced the allotment of another 565 Mw capacity to various power project developers.
The companies shortlisted for allotment in the second round also include state PSUs such as Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC), Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd (GIPCL) and Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd (GPCL) with capacity allotment of 10 Mw each.
A table of a partial list of allotments is provided below:
“The government has allotted the solar power capacity to various companies,” confirmed Saurabh Patel, minister of state for energy and petrochemicals, government of Gujarat.In order to attract more and more players to take up solar power projects in Gujarat, the state government decided not to allot new capacity to those players, who were allotted capacities in the first round.
“The idea behind this was to broad base the number of solar power project developers in the state,” added Patel.
The state government has already sent the list of these developers to the apex electricity company of the state-Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL), which will ink power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the companies in time to come.
GUVNL has recently signed PPA with 26 solar power companies for 365 Mw.
Gujarat government has set the ambitious target of installing 1,000 Mw solar power capacity by the end of 2012 and 3,000 Mw in next five years. The state has laid out the norms of the RPO policy as illustrated in the table below.
Gujarat government has demonstrated that they are serious with their intention in making Gujarat one of the leading states in utility-scale solar power development in India by announcing the RPO and now with the launch of the REC mechanism in India this should be easily possible.
While the India government has shortlisted developers for about 640MW apart from those that have been allotted under the migration program to JNNSM, the total allotment planned for grid connected utility-scale solar is about 1000MW in this first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission(JNNSM) Gujarat government has already allotted about 1300MW so far and seems to be leading the way in the utility-scale Solar.
Further, a lot of developers bidding under the national solar mission have also identified Gujarat as the state where they intend to implement the project leading to about 1500-1600MW of Solar projects under implementation in Gujarat.