MNRE Asks Tamil Nadu To Prevent Curtailment Of Solar Power

MNRE Asks Tamil Nadu To Prevent Curtailment Of Solar Power

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has written to the Tamil Nadu government, urging it to prevent arbitrary curtailment, or backdowns, of solar power in the state.

In a letter dated September 18, Dilip Nigam, advisor-National Solar Mission, MNRE, urged Vikram Kapur, principal secretary in the Tamil Nadu government, to “instruct the concerned officials at the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Co (TANGEDCO) not to curtail generation from solar plants, which in any case are must run plants”.

Nigam’s letter maintains that “the ministry has received various representations regarding backing down of solar projects” in Tamil Nadu and points out that “solar power developers need to be given adequate confidence to maximise development of solar power capacity in the state”.

Solar plants have been subject to repeated backdowns in TN since last year, to the extent that the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has filed a petition before the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission, urging it to intervene. Separately, Adani Green Energy, which has a 216 MW solar plant in Ramanathapuram district, has also filed a similar petition. (See ET, July 16.)

The petitions say arbitrary backdowns have been causing solar developers huge losses, apart from affecting efficiency of electrical equipment installed and shortening their lifespan. Adani’s petition, for instance, claims that between April 1 and August 31 last year, it incurred losses of Rs 36.38 due to backdowns. Read more

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