Overview

Particulars Sub-particulars Sub-particulars Sub-particulars Units Details Source
General State Overview
State Regulatory Commission Gujarat State Electricity Regulatory Commission
State Nodal Agency Gujarat Energy Development Agency
Installed Capacity (MW) MW 1000.05 MNRE (As on 29.09.2015)
Potential Area Clusters (Tehsil) Charanka, Charankapatan, Rajkot, Surendranagar
Break down of Installed Capacity (as on 31.3.2015) JNNSM MW 20 MNRE
State Solar Policy MW 873.05
RPO MW 50
 REC MW 6
Rooftop MW 51
Policy Overview
Title of Policy Gujarat Solar Power Policy 2015 Gujarat Solar Power Policy 2015
Operative period Years 2015-2020 Section 5, page 5/24 of Gujarat Solar Power Policy 2015
Categories of projects covered in Solar Policy Category 1 Rooftop Based Projects Section 9., pp. 7/24 of Gujarat Solar Power Policy 2015
Category 2 Captive/Group Captive projects
Category 3 Projects for sale of power to DISCOM through competitive bidding
Category 4 Projects for sale of power to DISCOM at APPC with REC
Category 5 Projects under JNNSM
Category 6 Projects for sale to third-party through Open Access
Grid Evacuation The developer shall be responsible for laying the power evacuation infrastructure from the plant to the nearest substation or interconnection point. The interconnection voltages shall be as per the project capacity and will be as follows:
PROJECT CAPACITY                                          INTERCONNECTION SPECIFICATION
1.)1 kW<=C<6 kW:  230 V, 1 Phase, 50 Hz
2.) 6 kW<=C<100 kW: 415 V, 3 Phase, 50 Hz
3.) 100 kW<=C<4 MW: 11 kV, 3 Phase, 50 Hz
4.) C >= 4 MW                    66/132/220/400 kV, 3 Phase, 50 Hz
Section 11., pp. 18/24 of Gujarat Solar Power Policy 2015
Single Window Clearance No specific Single Window Clearance mechanism but GEDA shall serve as a facilitator for approvals and queries of the developers Section 18.1, pp. 22/24 of Gujarat Solar Power Policy 2015
Electricity Duty 100% exemption Section 9, pp. 7/24 of Gujarat Solar Policy 2015
Cross Subsidy Surcharge 100% exemption Section 9, pp. 7/24 of Gujarat Solar Policy 2015
Regulatory Overview
Solar Purchase Obligations 2015-16 % 1.50% Section 1.7, pp. 5/51 of GERC Order No. 3 of 2015: Determination of tariff for Procurement by Distribution Licensees and others from Solar Energy Projects for the State of Gujarat
2016-17 % 1.75%
Transmission Charges 2015-16 INR/MW/Day 2785 Table 5.2, Section 5.2, pp. 65/84 of GERC Tariff Order for GETCO dated 31.3.2015
Transmission Losses 2015-116 % 4.81% Annexure A, pp. 78/84 of GERC Tariff Order for GETCO dated 31.3.2015
Wheeling Charges Injection Voltage Drawl Volttage Section 7.2, pp. 102/145 of GERC Distribution Tariff Order dated 31.3.2015
11 kV, 22 kV, 33 kV 11 kV % 10.00%
11 kV, 22 kV, 33 kV 400 V % 15.98%
400 V 400 V % 9.55%
SERC Defined Tariff With AD 2015-16 INR/kWh 6.17 GERC Order No. 3 of 2015: Determination of tariff for Procurement by Distribution Licensees and others from Solar Energy Projects for the State of Gujarat
2016-17 INR/kWh 5.74
2017-18 INR/kWh 5.34
Without AD 2015-16 INR/kWh 6.77
2016-17 INR/kWh 6.30
2017-18 INR/kWh 5.86

Site Selection

 Step  Sub-Step DESCRIPTION Authority Reference
Details Activities  Important factors to consider
Site Identification and Project Feasibility IDENTIFICATION OF SITE In Gujarat, the developer has to identify a suitable land for the project. The land banks of revenue land are available with the District Collector and can be obtained from the same. The category of the land has to be checked with the Revenue Department of the State. Further, one of the key factor in identification of a suitable site is to obtain the consent of the present owner of that piece of land, to sell. Suitability of a place includes factors such as suitable irradiation, access to site and availability of evacuation infrastructure.  This step is undertaken in conjunction with other analysis such as solar radiation analysis, infrastructure analysis etc. 1. Identify a suitable piece of land
2. Obtain consent from current owners
3. Check the categorization of the land with the Revenue Department
Gujarat Revenue Department Primary Research
Solar Insolation and Shadow Assessment It is recommended that for ascertaining accuracy of solar irradiation data, dedicated weather stations are erected at the site for local irradiation measurement and a minimum of 12 to 18 months of data is gathered for observation
There are currently 3 solar radiation resource assessment stations under the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE). They are located at Tharad, Idar, Charanka, Gandhinagar, Chandrodi, Kothadapitha, Bhogat, Sadodar, Keshod, Vartej, Surat, Jambua. (Refer)
The following has to be checked :
#Global Horizontal Solar Radiation
#Diffused Horizontal Solar Radiation
#Direct Normal Solar Radiation
#Wind Speed/Direction
#Rain Accumulation
#Air Temperature
#Atmospheric Pressure (SLP) and
#Relative Humidity.
Technical advice is suggested for this level. NA Primary Research
POWER EVACUATION FEASIBILITY AND SITE ACCESSIBILITY The developer has  to consult and check on the interconnection voltage level with GETCO/ Distribution Utility for the desired voltage level transmission corridor up to the project site. A grid feasibility study is done to evaluate the evacuation capacity of existing transmission system.
The evacuation feasibility study involves the following steps:
#Nearest feasible substation for interconnection
#Identification of interconnection point
#Voltage level
#Feeders and Bay available in the substation
#Right of Way
GETCO/DISCOM Primary Research
WATER AVAILABILITY/ CONSTRUCTION & POWER AVAILABILITY There is no specific provision for water availability in Gujarat Water requirements are generally fulfilled through borewells and other temporary sources of water such as water tankers NA NA Primary Research
PROJECT REGISTRATION The project has to be registered with GEDA upon land acquisition. The fee for the same is INR 20,000 per MW in addition to the applicable Service Tax. This form has to be filled for project registration and subbmitted to GEDA along with the fee prescribed therein. GEDA Primary Research
BAY ALLOCATION The bay allocation is done as a part of the feasibility study conducted by the STU/DISCOM. NA STU/DISCOM Primary Research

 

Project Development

Step  Sub-Step DESCRIPTION Authority Reference
Description  Activities Important factors to consider
LAND/SITE ACQUISITION LAND ACQUISITION Although the new land rules are being drafted in the state of Gujarat as of this writing, the process of land acquisition involves identifying a piece of revenue land and obtaining a government lease for the same through the following process:
##After identification of land, submit an application to the district collector.
##As per the new laws in Gujarat, a social impact assesment has to be carried out by an independent empanelled agency.
##District Collector will then publish a notification inviting comments/objections from stakeholders and the general public
##District collector provides recommendation letter which shall be forwarded to the the Panchayat (talati)  via the additional district collector
##the Panchayat (talati) examines records to ascertain the availability and applicability of the land and if found correct
##The Panchayat (talati)  then demarcates land in front of the developer and some villagers.
##Consent from thePanchayat (talati)  is routed through the  additional district collector and the district collector to the state revenue department and revenue minister.
##Revenue minister approves the recommendation for lease of land which is then executed in the form of a lease deed by the District Collector.
If the land is forest land then that is taken on lease from the forest department. Private land is purchased from a private individual or corporation
Signing of land agreement and demarkation of land #Complex procedure of conversion in case of revenue land, application needs to be routed through various state nodal agencies. Need to hire agents and liaison officer to facilitate and understand the process
# Lack of ownership data, land demarcation records, maps and various local claims over the land. Clarity on land classification is also a concern
District Collector; Local Village Body; State Revenue Department Primary Research
TRANSMISSION AGREEMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE All the finalized drawings of the project site including the bay and inter-connection design shall have to be approved by GETCO. The developer needs to send all the relevant designs as soon as they are prepared for approval. This is also a pre-requisite for getting into an agreement with GETCO for transmission of power generated from the plant. GETCO Primary Research
CLEARANCES AND APPROVALS CONSENT TO ESTABLISH No Pollution Control Board clearances are required for solar projects in Gujarat as solar projects are classified as category green NA Primary Research
CEIG DRAWING CLEARANCES Drawing approvals need to be taken with the details of the drawing and accompanying enclosures mentioned as follows: The following drawings are to be furnished:

1) Topographical map showing location of the power plant/unit.

2) Single line schematic of entire project

3) Sectional plan and elevations

4) Earthing scheme

Documents required to be submitted along with the drawing are,

1) Govt. order for having obtained permission for setting up of power plant.

2) Power purchase agreement copy.

3) Scheme of grid synchronization.

4) Power Evacuation infrastructure details including sending and receiving end equipment’s.

Gujarat State Electrical Inspectorate Indian Electricity Rules 1956  (Section 47 a):

Construction

Step Sub-Step DESCRIPTION Authority Reference
Description paragraph Activities Important factors to consider
TEMPORARY ELECTRICITY CONNECTION Prior to the start of construction at the site, a temporary electrical connection from the local/state distribution utility must be taken. This is to offset the cost of electricity in case of using a diesel generator during the construction period. An application for a new connection has to be made to either PGVCL, MGVCL, UGVCL or DGVCL indicating the nature of connection has temporary. The application forms have to be obtained from the offices of the respective DISCOM. NA PGVCL, DGVCL, UGVCL, MGVCL Primary Research
WATER PERMIT The water requirements of the industry can be met from the nearest source available besides utilizing ground water. NA NA NA Primary Research
LABOR CLEARANCE Before employment of labor at site, Registration of Licenses needs to be done with the Labor Department and the time limit for getting the same is expected to be 7 days NA State Labor Department (Labor inspector) Industrial Employment Act 1936
PROJECT COMPLETION AND COMMISSIONING CONSENT TO OPERATE Consent to Operate clearance not required in Gujarat as solar is classified as category Green. NA Primary Research
CEIG CLEARANCE THE CEIG Inspector inspects three components of the system:
1. The solar power plant
2. The pooling substation
3. The transmission line constructed to the nearest substation
Calibration reports, site test results, equipment manufacturer testing reports, etc. shall be sent to the jurisdictional officer of the Electrical Inspectorate for inspection. Telangana CEI Indian Electricity Rules 1956  (Section 47 a)
GRID INTERCONNECTION AND METERING The project developer needs to commission the project within the timeline specified in the PPA

EPC to undertake the testing of the equipment and take Utility Approval for substation connection. The Final Acceptance Test is designed to check the status of the plant and the proper functioning of the system and system components. Once it is verified that the plant complies with requirements and testing, the plant will be taken over by the owner from the EPC contractor.

All warranty relevant data or testing shall be approved or tested prior to warranty ending to raise final claims by the developer and the EPC. Further, the distribution utility shall provide the necessary approvals and infrastructure for evacuation of power generated.

At the time of commissioning, the developer is to draw up a punch list with the EPC contractor. This comprises of the scope of work that has been partially completed/not completed but does not impact performance or output of plant. The punch list needs to be completed by EPC contractor at a future date within a mutually agreed timeframe with the developer.

The process of project commissioning will follow:
##Site inspections
##Mechanical Completion Test
##Inverter Commissioning Test
##Performance Test.

DISCOMS Primary Research

Support Schemes

Incentive Details Activities  Important factors to consider Authority Regulatory/Policy Reference
TAX EXEMPTIONS A stamp duty exemption of 100% only available for farmers in the state of Gujarat Gujarat Revenue Department
Waived for sale to DISCOM/Third Party/Captive Use provided power is supplied and consumed within the state GEDA Section 9, pp. 7/24 of Gujarat Solar Policy 2015
100% exemption available GEDA Section 9, pp. 7/24 of Gujarat Solar Policy 2015