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Solar project developers ask ministry to defer auctions

Power News - Published on Wed, 16 May 2018

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Economic Times reported that solar project developers have urged the ministry of new and renewable energy to postpone auctions, which NTPC and the Solar Energy Corporation of India have scheduled for the next few weeks, until transmission issues are sorted out.

NTPC, which held a 750 MW solar project auction last week, has invited bids for another 2000 MW, while SECI has issued tenders for 8000 MW.

Developers are worried as final rules relating to grant of connectivity to the Inter-State Transmission System as well as the regulations for General Network Access for renewable energy projects have not yet been announced, causing uncertainty over grid connectivity for the projects. The draft rules were released by the Central Electricity Authority in early April for comments, but no public hearing on the matter, as is required, has been held yet. The Solar Power Developers Association wrote in a letter sent to the ministry said that “Our feedback from industry members is that the draft procedure for grant of connectivity has many contradictions with respect to allocation of connectivity in multiple stages.”

The association fears that unless there was “complete clarity in terms of obligations of developers, off-takers and interfacing agencies,” developers might find themselves unable to connect their power projects to the national grid even after completing the work. Some developers including Azure Power, Avaada and Sprng Energy have also separately written to the ministry with the same request.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 16 May 2018
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