HAREDA announces amendments in Haryana Solar Power Policy, 2016

Recently Haryana Renewable Development Agency (HAREDA) announced amendments in the current guidelines for Solar Power Policy, 2016. The amendments  made in clause 4.3 are as under:

  • The wheeling & transmission charges are exempted for ten years from the date of commissioning for all the captive solar power projects who have submitted their projects registration to HAREDA.
  • Further, the projects should also have purchased land or have taken land on lease for thirty years & have bought equipment and machinery or should have invested at least Rs. one crore per Mega Watt for the purchase of equipment & machinery for setting up of such Captive Solar Power Projects till 13th February 2019.
  • Cross-subsidy surcharges and additional surcharges are not applicable for Captive Solar Power Projects as per provisions of Electricity Act 2003.
  • For determining the investment of Rs. One crore per MW, payment for equipment should be made into the bank accounts of equipment supplier before 13th February 2019 and proof of the same needs to be submitted.
  • There is no waiver on transmission charges, wheeling charges, cross-subsidy surcharges, and additional surcharges for solar projects for third party sale.
  • However, against the waivers already specified above, Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) benefit will be provided to Power Utilities as per RE Regulations 2017 with amendments from time to time.
  • Banking will be provided for captive/ third party solar generation projects. However, banking charges shall be applicable as per RE Regulations 2017 with amendments from time to time.

These amendments, however, have come in retrospection and will only be applicable to the existing captive solar plants.

Haryana Solar Policy 2014

The State Govt. of Haryana has approved the Solar Energy Policy 2014 on Sep 4th 2014. The policy mandates of giving huge benefits in terms of subsidies and incentives to the solar power generators. The policy has been brought in order to fuel up the solar sector in the state, which only contributes a total of 8 MW of Solar power.

A summary of the policy is given in the table below:

The targeted Areas in the policy are given in the table below:

The policy also talks about providing financial assistance to the beneficiaries, which shall be generated by levying and collecting solar cess on all categories of consumers of DISCOMs except agriculture consumers. Solar cess up to 2 paisa per unit shall be levied. The Policy has given huge subsidies for the off-grid solar applications, which seems to be a good initiative.

In addition to the policy, Hon’ble HAREDA had issued an order on 3rd September, mandating all categories of consumers/areas, to install or consume solar power as mentioned in the table below:

It will lay down detailed procedures for the enforcement of the same, at a later date.

The order can be accessed here.

 The policy can be accessed here.

Contributed by Dheeraj Babariya

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