The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) will hear the review petition filed by Chandigarh Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society’s (CREST), challenging the decision of the commission to fix low tariff of ` 1.13 per unit at which it can sell power to Chandigarh electricity department, on June 24.
CREST had last week filed the review petition. In the order issued in April this year, the commission had fixed Rs 1.13 per unit (Kwh) as the rate, making it the cheapest in the country.
CREST has urged the commission that the low tariff will put both solar power project and their chances of roping private sector players for better promotion at risk.
Earlier, the project had hit a road block after the UT electricity department had raised certain objection. To get the project going, CREST agreed to make amendments in revised draft proposal, which was submitted before JERC.
The project had received a blow in November, 2102 after electricity department filed objections against the draft proposal submitted by the society before JERC.
CREST had moved a petition before JERC for seeking deter mination 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.
CREST had fixed generic levelised generation tariff for solar photovoltaic power at ` 8.75 per unit (kwh) to which the electricity department objected. Conceding to the demand, the society had agreed to let JERC determine tariff.
The ter m of contract was another bone of contention between both the parties. 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.
CREST is executing rooftop SPV projects on behalf of the UT department of science and technology with central financial assistance from ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE). These SPV projects are being installed on the rooftop of government buildings.
These roof top-based SPV projects have been tendered and the work has been allotted to the successful bidder.
The work includes installation of SPV power plants, its operation and maintenance for the next 10 years.
According to the draft proposal, the expected life of a rooftopbased power plant is 30 years.
A solar power plant should be able to generate minimum electricity of 1,300 units (kwhr) per annum per Kwp.