HPERC DETERMINES GENERIC LEVELLISED TARIFF FOR SOLAR PV PROJECTS

Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has determined the regulations for determination of generic levelised tariff for solar PV projects. The tariff has been determined in parts.

 

  • Tariff determined for the Solar PV projects applicable from 01.04.2017 to 30.09.2017 is as follows:

The capital cost has been determined at Rs 446 lakh/ MW and the tariff determined is:

 
  • Tariff determined for the Solar PV projects applicable from 01.10.2017 to 31.03.2017 is as follows:

The capital cost considered for solar projects is 446 Lakh/ MW for projects above 1 MW to 5 MW and 452.70 lakh/ MW for projects over 1 MW capacity. The tariff determined is as follows:

In comparison to the tariff of previous years, there has been a steady decrease of 17%. The following graph shall make this clearer:
 
The order can be accessed here.

SUBSIDIES IN THE RE SECTOR

Encouraging RE installation in the state, till now, the country’s policies have provided various benefits in the form of subsidies, generation based incentives, viability gap funding, etc.As the installed capacity of solar and wind energy has been increasing consistently, the government has consistently decreased the incentives to renewable energy.

Now that the prices of electricity generated from renewable energy has come very close to the price of electricity generated through fossil fuel based sources, almost achieving grid parity, the government is considering removal of subsidies and incentives given to installation and generation from renewable energy. This change may take place in the coming financial year, as per experts. This development has been reported by the Economic Times.

The wind tariff recently dropped down to Rs 2.43 per unit in an auction held by GUVNL in the month of December 2017 and solar tariff dropped down to Rs 2.65 per unit in September.

GUVNL’S BIDDING FETCHES TARIFF OF Rs 2.65

In a bidding which took place on 19th September 2017 for a 500 MW solar plant of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUVNL), the lowest price determined was Rs 2.65 per unit. This was slightly higher than the price of Rs 2.44 determined in the last reverse bidding by SECI. This increase in the price determined was attributed to the implementation of GST and the increase in the cost of solar panels being imported from China.

A continuous decreasing trend has been seen in the tariff determined for solar projects in the Country this year. The following graph determines the trend in prices of solar power determined in the past:

The article can be accessed here.

STATES IN INDIA BARRED FROM CANCELLING PPAS

The Government has barred the states in India from arbitrarily cancelling PPAs and has also imposed a penalty of 50% of the tariff. This notification has come after six states in the last two months have cancelled or renegotiated PPAs signed at higher prices. This is a welcoming move as it will make sure that the renewable energy sector keeps growing and the government is able to install 175 GW renewable energy by 2022.

 

The article covering the same can be accessed here

SOLAR TARIFF HITS ANOTHER NEW LOW

Solar tariff has hit another low in the auction held for the solar park in Rajasthan’s  Bhadla. The top slot was won by ACME, a domestic company for Rs 2.44 a unit for 200 MW. SoftBank Energy closely followed at Rs 2.45 for 500 MW. As per the analysis given in an article by Business Standard. there has been an 80% fall in solar tariff since the past 6 years.

 

As per a Livemint article, this drastic reduction in solar prices has caused a decrease in the number of clean energy deals as there is a fear that the DISCOMS will not honor the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed earlier at a higher rate since this has happened in the past.

A link to our previous analysis can be found here and here.

SOLAR POWER TARIFF HITS A NEW LOW

During the auction for a 250 MW capacity for Adani Renewable Energy Park in Bhadla, Rajasthan, the solar tariff fell to a new low of Rs 2.62 per unit. The previous low in tariff was  at an auction in Andhra Pradesh where the price was set at Rs 3.15 per unit. In the auction, Phelan Energy Group and Avaada Power, companies based in South Africa won the bid to build capacities of 50 MW and 100 MW by bidding at Rs 2.62 kWh per unit.

This low also beats the average price of power generated at the coal based plants owned by India’s largest power generation utility, NTPC Ltd. India is set to come to the position of being the third-biggest solar market globally in 2017 to  fulfill the 8.8 GW capacity addition projected for the year.

The article can be accessed here.

Our analysis of the previous lows seen in solar tariff can be accessed here.

MERC DETERMINES LEVELISED TARIFF FOR RENEWABLE SOURCES FOR FY 2017-18

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission has released an order for the generic tariff for renewable energy for FY 2017-18. It specifies the terms and conditions and procedures for determination of generic tariff by the commission. The capital cost for wind energy projects has been determined on the basis of revised capital cost given by CERC. The value for capital cost is Rs 594.41 lakh/MW.

The valued for tariff decided for wind energy projects is as follows:

 

In the order, the capital cost for solar PV has not been determined by the CERC. Therefore, the state electricity commission determined the value of capital cost at Rs 424.74 lakh/MW. The normative capital cost for solar thermal projects is Rs 1200 lakh/MW. The table given below specifies the value of tariff for solar projects :

 

The order can be accessed here.

TNERC NOTIFIES SOLAR TARIFF FOR FY 2017-18

 Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission, in its latest order dated 28th March, 2017, has released the tariff values for solar projects in the state.

The tariff values are given as follows:

There has been a slight decrease in tariff for both solar PV and solar thermal this year as compared to the last FY. A comparison of the same is given as follows:

 

The order can be accessed here

SOLAR TARIFF PRICES HIT A NEW LOW:

The solar tariff prices have hit a new low of Rs 3.15 per unit in an auction on Wednesday . The previous low in tariff was Rs 3.30 per unit in an auction which took place in the month of February.

 Source: Livemint (Dated: 13 Apr 2017)
In an article by Livemint, Mercom Capital Group has the following observations: This decrease in tariffs is causing the states to rethink and they are demanding a new power purchase agreement (PPA). This is causing the process of tendering and auctioning to slow down. An example of a state where such a thing has happened is Jharkhand. It is yet to sign its PPA for the 1000 MW solar capacity it had auctioned last year. The reason behind this is the subdued demand and poor financial condition of the discoms. The discoms which had signed their PPAs at a higher tariff are now going to find them unpalatable as they would lean towards cheaper tariff. Therefore, projects locked at higher tariffs will face delays in payments or power offtake curtailments. This might not only affect renewable energy power but also have an impact on renewable energy contracts.

DEMAND FOR SOLAR TO BE HIT DESPITE LOW TARIFF RATES

In a Business Standard article, though solar tariff rates have hit an all time low in the REWA bidding, the future of solar projects seems bleak as there are no new tenders from the big states. Tenders from SECI and NTPC are facing delays and those from Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh are getting downsized. In states like Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the project biddings have been postponed. For the year 2016-17, only 10 GW of solar power has been awarded out of which 30% has been by the states and the rest has been from SECI and NTPC.

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