Solar Magazine India


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Solar Magazine India


(All that you want to know about the solar sector, from the leading magazine in India.) Karnataka has witnessed an unprecedented growth in renewable energy installations over the past few years, fueled by the state government’s initiatives for providing 24×7 power to all and improving energy security in the long run. Karnataka has immense renewable energy potential and the state government is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring maximum utilization of these resources. According to Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL), around 9,029.89 MW of renewable energy capacity in the state has been commissioned as of January 2018, accounting for 41.74 per cent of its total installed power capacity. (For more updates on the solar sector, read the leading magazine in India).


The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has recently released draft regulations to increase the solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) for discoms , as per the Fifth Amendment to the KERC (Procurement of Energy from Renewable Sources) Regulations, 2017. These regulations propose an increase in the solar RPO from 1.25 per cent to 3.5 per cent for 2017-18 and from 1.75 per cent to 6.75 per cent for 2018-19. Even with solar costs declining, this would mean an increase in tariff for consumers, as all the discoms have sought tariff hikes ranging from 82 paise to 162 paise per unit, in their tariff petitions for the year 2018-19. The regulations proposed no change in the non-solar RPO.


Karnataka’s Draft Karnataka Renewable Energy Policy 2014-20, covering all renewable energy sources accept solar, targets a minimum renewable energy capacity addition of 4,000 MW during the period. It also aims to attract private sector investments on a larger scale. The policy encourages the repowering of old wind power plants and the hybridization of solar and wind. In addition, it has also proposed to set up a centralized monitoring cell for better coordination and improved planning of renewable energy projects. Under the policy, a green energy fund called the Akshaya Shakthi Nidhi will be set up to facilitate renewable energy financing and energy conservation in the state by levying a green energy cess on electricity supplied to industrial and commercial establishments. As per the policy, the wheeling, banking, reactive and transmission charges will be applicable as determined by KERC from time to time.


Karnataka is also one of the first few states in India to introduce a specific policy for electric vehicles. The Karnataka Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy, 2017 directs discoms to permit the use of renewable energy at low connection costs and zero wheeling charges for powering electric vehicle charging stations. This is expected to further drive renewable energy uptake in the state. It has come a long way since then with considerable capacity additions, owing to the state government’s commitment to meet the aggressive renewable energy targets, and ensure energy security for all consumers. While the state is aggressively expanding its solar power capacity, the other resources need greater attention. The draft renewable energy policy of 2014 has still not been approved, and discoms are shying away from signing new wind PPAs. The state is yet to adopt the competitive bidding process for project allocation in the wind power segment. (Read more about solar sector from the leading magazine in India.) Read it: /

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