Maharashtra’s Renewable Energy Policy 2008 Does Not Include Solar: MERC


Maharashtra’s Renewable Energy Policy 2008 Does Not Include Solar: MERC

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd (AEML) not to pay any benefits to open access solar projects aggregating 6 MW. These projects were developed under the Renewable Energy Policy 2008 and were notified by the government of Maharashtra (GoM). According to the state’s policy, benefits were to accrue to renewable energy projects.

Akshay Enterprises, Yash Promoters & Builders, and RYB Power Electricals Pvt. Ltd., all owners of solar power generating projects in Maharashtra, had petitioned the MERC seeking clarification that renewable energy sources also include solar energy.

This would imply that the Renewable Energy Policy dated October 14, 2008 is a comprehensive policy for all renewable energy including solar energy and benefits accruing to projects commissioned under the policy need to be passed on to the project developers by the concerned distribution licensees.

Petitioners had requested the commission that AEML should be directed to immediately provide to the petitioners all benefits available under the policy. Read More

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