The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has revised the tariff on which the Chandigarh Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) will be allowed to sell solar power to the UT electricity department.
The commission has fixed rs6.80 per unit (KWh) as the rate.
Earlier, the commission had fixed `1.13 per unit (KWh) as the rate, making it the cheapest in the country.
Unhappy with the decision, the CREST had filed a review petition demanding hike in the rate. The CREST had moved a petition before the JERC for seeking determination of preferential tariff under net metering for rooftop solar photovoltaic power projects and sale of such power to the UT electricity department under various sections of the Electricity Act, 2003.
The commission has directed the CREST to create a separate fund under the anvil of the department of science and technology (DST), Chandigarh, for collection of returns generated from the rooftop projects under consideration.
The order stated: “Separate accounts should be maintained for this fund, which will be maintained and utilised by the DST for promoting programmes on promotion of activities related to renewable energy generation/energy efficiency in Chandigarh.”
Santosh Kumar, CEO, CREST, said that rooftop solar photovoltaic power systems capable of producing 2.79 MW of power have been installed at a total of 10 government buildings. “The solar power from these roof-top solar power plants will be used in these buildings and the surplus power will be sold to the electricity department at rate fixed by the commission,”said Santosh Kumar.
Earlier, the project had hit a roadblock after the UT electricity department had raised certain objections. To get the project going, the CREST agreed to make amendments in revised draft proposal that was submitted before the JERC.
The project had also received a blow in November, 2012, after the electricity department filed objections against the draft proposal submitted by the society before the JERC.
The CREST had moved a petition before the JERC for seeking determination of preferential tariff under net metering for rooftop solar photovoltaic (SPV) power projects and sale of such power to the UT electricity department under various sections of the Electricity Act, 2003.
The CREST had fixed generic generation tariff for solar photovoltaic power at rs8.75 per unit (kwh) to which the electricity department objected. Conceding to the demand,the society had agreed to let 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 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 and low-tension cables.