India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is finalising laws that will include penalties for state governments and distribution companies (Discoms) that do not honour power purchase agreements (PPAs), according to power minister R.K. Singh.
Utility-scale solar projects and hundreds of other power projects in the Philippines are being held up by pending approvals at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a problem compounded by last week’s dismissal of ERC chairman Jose Vicente Salazar for grave misconduct related to allegations of corruption.
Singapore-based renewable energy firm Equis Energy has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the utility Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) for its 5MW solar project located in Kouhu Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan.
Tamil Nadu’s distribution company (Discom) awarded 1.5GW of solar to 18 companies in June, but it has now signed PPAs with just 16 of the companies, all of whom have agreed to lower their original tariff to the lowest bid in the auction.
Vietnam’s final solar power purchase agreement (PPA) has to a large extent ignored recommended changes from a group of international Chambers of Commerce and therefore its attractiveness to foreign investors remains in doubt, according to representatives from law and finance sectors.
Renewable energy developers SkyPower and Renew Power are involved in legal disputes with the distribution company (Discom) of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh over solar project deadlines and PPAs, while SkyPower has also claimed to have successfully brought into operation its first ever project in the state.