MERC Directs Reduction in Tariff for Solar Agricultural Feeder Program in Maharashtra


MERC Directs Reduction in Tariff for Solar Agricultural Feeder Program in Maharashtra

Expressing its disagreement with the solar tariff of ₹3.15 (~$0.043), the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO/MSPGCL) to reduce the price after taking into account the associated costs relating to land, evacuation of energy, and metering arrangement.

The MERC was hearing a petition filed by MAHAGENCO for the difficulties in the matter of implementation of Mukhyamantri Solar Agricultural Feeder Program and approval of draft power purchase agreement (PPA), and draft power sale agreement (PSA) being executed by MSPGCL with the developer and MSEDCL for agriculture (AG) feeder solar power projects in Maharashtra.

In its petition, MSPGCL proposed for allowance of ₹0.05 (~$0.00068) per unit as administrative charges for the expenses being incurred by MSPGCL for the implementation of the program. MSPGCL had also mentioned that the modalities being adopted for this Solar Agricultural Feeder Program are different than the normal power purchase-related modalities adopted. Read more

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