JERC to hold hearing to decide power tariff for solar projects

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2014 12:10 IST

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) will hold a public hearing session on September 19 for determining preferential tariff under net metering for rooftop solar photovoltaic power projects of Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) for sale of power to the UT electricity department.

CREST has been asked to issue public notice for holding the public hearing session for getting inputs from the general public before determining the tariff.

Earlier, the project had hit a roadblock after the UT electricity department had raised certain objection. 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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