New norms for solar power bids to enhance transparency, says Ministry of New & Renewable Energy

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New Delhi | August 26, 2017 4:54 PM

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy today said its guidelines for tariff based bidding for procuring solar power would reduce risk, enhance transparency and increase affordability.

solar power, solar power india, solar power bids, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy news, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy latest news, latest norms, guidelines, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy new guidelines, renewable enrgyThe MNRE had issued the new guidelines for tariff based competitive bidding process on August 3. (Representational image: Reuters)

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) today said its guidelines for tariff based bidding for procuring solar power would reduce risk, enhance transparency and increase affordability. The MNRE had issued the new guidelines for tariff based competitive bidding process on August 3. The guidelines have been issued under the provisions of Section 63 of the Electricity Act, 2003 for long term procurement from grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects of 5 MW and above, through competitive bidding. “New Guidelines for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding Process to reduce risk, enhance transparency and increase affordability of Solar Power,” the ministry said in a statement. Besides, it said, the move will help protect consumer interests through affordable power.

Besides, it said, the move will help protect consumer interests through affordable power. It will also provide standardisation and uniformity in processes and a risk-sharing framework between various stakeholders involved in the solar PV power procurement, it said. This will also help reduce off-taker risk and encourage investments, enhance bankability of the Projects and improve profitability for the investors, it added.

Some of the salient features of the the new norms include generation compensation for offtake constraints for reducing offtake risks. The ‘must-run’ status for solar projects has been stressed upon.

Besides, to ensure lower tariffs, minimum PPA (power purchase agreement) tenure has been kept at 25 years. Moreover unilateral termination or amendment of PPA is not allowed. The guidelines also streamline the provision for project preparedness to expedite and facilitate the setting up of projects.

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