APTEL Intervenes in Ongoing Solar Tariff Dispute for 970 MW of Projects in Karnataka


APTEL Intervenes in Ongoing Solar Tariff Dispute for 970 MW of Projects in Karnataka

In Karnataka, which is India’s top solar state, 970 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects have been saved from tariff dispute. This situation arose after the procurers and power traders could not arrive at a mutually agreed tariff for the sale of power generated from these projects. However, the timely intervention by the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) saved the day for Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

SECI had auctioned 970 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects under the government’s viability gap funding (VGF) program back in 2016. According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, SECI had auctioned 13 solar projects totaling 970 MW at a tariff of ₹4.43 (~$0.061)/kWh.

According to a document reviewed by Mercom, when SECI filed the approval petition for power sale agreement (PSA) to be executed between SECI and Karnataka distribution companies, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) raised its concern about the tariff of ₹4.50 (`$0.062)/kWh which was quoted by SECI in the PSA, but was not the tariff discovered in the auction. Read More

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