JERC gives 15 days to file suggestions

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2014 12:33 IST

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has given 15-day time to UT residents for filing their suggestions and objections related to the determination of solar power tariff and framing of draft for solar rooftop power net metering regulations.

The commission held a public hearing session on Monday. The extended time period was given after the residents failed to submit suggestions and objections.

Santosh Kumar, CEO, Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), gave a detailed presentation on rooftop solar photovoltaic power project. Representatives of various associations attended the session. Officials of the UT electricity department were also present.

The CREST intends to sell solar power to the UT electricity department.

Earlier, the project had hit a roadblock after the electricity department had raised certain objections. To get the project going, the CREST agreed to make amendments in the revised draft proposal which was submitted before JERC.

The project had received a blow in November 2012 after the electricity department filed objections against the draft proposal submitted by the society before JERC.

The CREST had moved a petition before JERC for seeking determination of preferential tariff under net metering for rooftop solar photovoltaic power projects and for sale of such power to the UT electricity department under various sections of the Electricity Act, 2003.

The CREST had fixed generic levellised generation tariff for solar photovoltaic power at Rs 8.75 per unit (kWh) to which the electricity department objected. Conceding to the demand, the society had agreed to let the JERC determine tariff.

The term of contract was another bone of contention between both the parties. The CREST wanted to enter into contract with the electricity department for a period of 30 years.

Left with no option, the society reduced the term to 25 years. The electricity department had also raised objection on the transmission ratio through high tension (HT) and low tension cables.

The CREST is executing rooftop SPV projects on behalf of the UT department of science and technology with central financial assistance from the union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).

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