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Haryana solar developers protest as state refuses to waive transmission charges: Report

The Distributed Solar Power Association (DISPA), a body representing rooftop solar developers, has moved the HERC, protesting its decision to deny the waivers

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The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has refused to waive various transmission-related charges for solar projects above 500 MW, a move that has been met with resistance from solar developers.

The Distributed Solar Power Association (DISPA), a body representing rooftop solar developers, has moved the HERC, protesting its decision to deny the waivers, The Economic Times reported.

Trends in the energy sector suggest that renewable energy will soon become mainstream, with the current tariffs for it almost at par with those for conventional power.

As a result, state governments are withdrawing concessions provided to the sector earlier.

"The 500 MW limit is completely arbitrary and has been imposed without any consultation or public hearing. Such a limitation acts as a barrier to achieving and unlocking the full benefit of solar power generation in the state, which is the true intent behind the commission's order," the petition read.

The state government had announced last year that it would waive transmission-related charges for ground-mounted and rooftop solar projects to push renewable energy production in Haryana.

However, the state power regulator's draft regulations issued a few months later suggested that exemptions must be made only for an aggregate installed capacity of 500 MW. Even the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) agreed with this in its guidelines.

After putting out its guidelines, HAREDA invited comments from stakeholders, to which DISPA responded saying the limit must be removed. The body has not issued final guidelines incorporating any suggestions from the stakeholders, DISPA was quoted as saying.

Each state is required to have a mandatory minimum renewable energy capacity. Haryana needs to be drawing 8 percent of its power from solar energy projects before 2022. According to DISPA, this target will be hindered if the 500 MW limit is enforced.
First Published on Dec 17, 2018 12:47 pm
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