|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
#Atmospheric Pressure (SLP) and
|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
#Feeders and Bay available in the substation
#Right of Way
|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|
|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):|
|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:
|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|