The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) will take a decision on the proposal of the Chandigarh Renewal Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society's (CREST) to sell solar power to the UT electricity department on January 21.
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 the joint electricity regulatory commission (JERC).
The project had received a blow in November, 2102, after the electricity department filed objections against the draft proposal submitted by the society before the JERC.
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 for sale of such power to the UT electricity department under various sections of the electricity act, 2003.
CREST had fixed generic 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 JERC determine tariff.
The term of contract was another bone of contention between both the parties. 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.
CREST is executing rooftop SPV projects on behalf of the UT department of science and technology with central financial assistance from the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE), government of India. These SPV projects are being installed on the roof top of government buildings.
These roof-top based SPV projects have been given on tenders and the work has been allotted to the successful bidder which includes installation of the SPV power plants and its operation and maintenance for the next 10 years.
The installer of these power plants is expected to operate and maintain the power plant for next 10 years.
According to the draft proposal, the expected life of a roof-top based power plant is 30 years.