India ROUND-UP: Weather and low cost power portals, Maharashtra 2GW tenders, Tamil net metering cuts

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email

Piyush Goyal launches weather and lowest cost power Portals

Credit: Government of India

Energy minister Piyush Goyal has launched a new 'Weather Portal' for the power sector aiming to help distribution companies (Discoms) to manage power supply and plan infrastructure availability in response to extreme weather.

An Indian government release said heat waves, cold waves, wind storms and floods can dramatically affect production means or the electrical grid. Therefore the portal provides regional weather summaries, updated forecasts every three hours and projections for the next six days.

Goyal has also launched a second portal named 'MERIT' (Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency). This will facilitate must-run status for hydro power and renewables as well as transparency in the clean energy market.Goyal has previoulsy condemned Discoms for failing to implement the priority status for renewable energy plants.

The government stated: “It will also promote competition for lower costs as information will be available to all stakeholders including generators and utilities for more efficient procurement. Since the information will be available to all consumers on continuous basis it will create pressure on utilities for continued efficiency.”

Maharashtra 2GW of solar tenders

The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) has invited expressions of interest for the development of a 500MW solar park in Dondaicha, according to Mercom Capital Group.

MAHAGENCO has also invited expressions of interest for the 1.5GW solarisation of agricultural feeders in the state, with projects ranging from 2-50MW in size.

Tamil Nadu ‘drastic’ net metering cuts

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has planned cuts to net-metering for solar consumers.

Mercom Capital Group reported that TANGEDCO included recent record low tariffs as one of the reasons for the proposed cuts. The state has a 3.5GW rooftop target for 2022, but has so far installed just 91MW.

A Mercom release stated: “The most important aspect of TANGEDCO’s proposal is to reset the net-metering tariff by calculating a rate of 50% of the lowest solar tender during the previous financial year, or set the rate of 50% of the solar preferential tariff issued by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) corresponding to the financial year, whichever is less.”

Current rates are between INR6.63-7.23/kWh under various categories, but, if the plans are adopted, these could see a “drastic reduction” to between INR2.20-2.55/kWh.

In recent news, although Tamil Nadu’s latest 1.5GW large-scale solar tender had seen significant oversubscription with 3,774.5MW of submissions, most of the key solar players in India did not participate.

Read Next

PV Tech Premium
April 8, 2021
After a challenging year, India’s solar sector stands primed for something of a rebound. But a host of familiar issues, from the perilous state of DISCOMs to regulatory uncertainty, run the risk of stymying future growth. Vinay Rustagi, managing director at consultancy Bridge to India, talks to PV Tech about the future prospects for Indian solar.
April 8, 2021
Tata Power Solar has expanded its PV manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, India, taking the total production capacity of modules and cells to 1.1GW.
April 1, 2021
Norwegian independent power producer Scatec is looking to collaborate with project developers in India as part of efforts to gain a foothold in the country’s burgeoning solar sector.
March 30, 2021
BayWa r.e. and its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven have expanded an agrophotovoltaic installation in the Netherlands to help protect fruit from hail, heavy rain and extreme heat.
PV Tech Premium
March 29, 2021
In the first of a series of exclusive editorial columns for PV Tech Premium subscribers, editor in chief Liam Stoker urges energy regulators around the world to nurture home solar installations, or pay the price with delayed climate action
March 29, 2021
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed a state climate bill on Friday that creates benchmarks for the adoption of solar power technologies.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
April 20, 2021
Upcoming Webinars
April 28, 2021
4:00 - 4:30 PM CET
Solar Media Events
May 11, 2021