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Karnataka to add 200 MW solar power capacity by FY2016

The first round of the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Mission was announced and bids invited for 620MW of projects, 470MW in Solar Thermal and 150MW in Solar PV last year.

Panchabuta was the first to report  on the Solar PV and thermal developers  shortlisted for the first phase of the Solar Mission. 37 developers for a aggregated capacity of 620MW have been shortlisted and PPA’s signed.

Gujarat has released a state specific  solar policy with an 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 already signed PPAs for about 934MW.

According to reports, Karntaka has released the draft solar policy for the next five years. The policy outlines the state government’s goals to add solar PV and thermal capacity till 2011. The final draft of the policy will be issued soon and would come into effect from 1 June 2011. 

The state government aims to installed 40 MW of solar power generation capacity every year between FY12 and FY16. This capacity includes the generation capacity selected under the first and second phases of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Solar PV and thermal projects with a minimum generation capacity of 5 MW and maximum of 10 MW will be approved under the state policy. 

The policy also states that the proposed capacity addition of 200 MW does not include the power projects installed for captive use or third-party sale. The policy also mentions the Renewable Energy Certificate scheme and specifies that a total of 100 MW of solar power projects would be selected for this scheme over the next five years. 

The policy states that the government of reserves the right to allot any project under the central or state government policy for providing solar power bundled with thermal power from outside the state at tariffs rates decided by the KERC. Out of the 200 MW proposed capacity addition, a maximum of 50 MW capacity would be placed under this scheme. 

All the new projects that would come up under this five-year policy will be required to sign Power Purchase Agreements with ESCOMS. Any CDM benefits earned by these projects would be shared with the ESCOMS according to the norms fixed by KERC.

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