Overview

 

Particulars Sub-particulars Units Details Source
General State Overview
State Regulatory Commission Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission
State Nodal Agency  Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA)
Installed Capacity (MW) MW (as of 29.5.2015) 363.7 MNRE report on Commissioning Status of Grid Conneceted Solar Power Projects under Various Schemes, 29.5.2015
Potential Area Clusters (Tehsil) Dhule, Solapur, Satara, Osmanabad
Break down of Installed Capacity (as on 31.3.2015) JNNSM MW 57 MNRE report on Commissioning Status of Grid Conneceted Solar Power Projects under Various Schemes, 29.5.2015
State Solar Policy MW 185.38
 REC MW 121.32
Policy Overview
Title of Policy Policy for grid-connected renewable energy 2015 Policy for grid-connected renewable energy in Maharashtra 2015
Time span of the policy Years 2015-undefined Policy for grid-connected renewable energy in Maharashtra 2015
Categories of projects covered in Solar Policy MAHAGENCO These projects will be setup by MAHAGENCO in Public Private Partnership. Ten per cent of such projects shall be set up along water bodies. The power from all MAHAGENCO projects shall be sold to MSEDCL at MERC determined preferrential tariff Section 6.3 and 6.4.4., pp. 8/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Captive Captive or group captive projects set up for consumption within or outside the state of Maharashtra
Third Party & REC Projects set up for third party sale of power and/or availing of Renewable Energy Certificates
Sale to DISCOM Projects set up for sale to DISCOMS in the state of Maharashtra
Target MAHAGENCO MW 2500 Section 6.2, pp. 7/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Captive MW 7500 Section 6.3 and 6.4.4., pp. 8/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Third Party & REC MW
Sale to DISCOM MW
Land Provisions Allotment of Government Land for Solar Projects Hectares/MW District Collector may give up to 4 Hectares/MW for projects up to 2 MW on lease at 50% concessional rate and without auction procedure Section 6.8.1, pp. 8/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Allotment of Government land for Manufacturing At a concessional rate of 50% without auctioning process and as per availability Section 6.10, pp. 9/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Minimum Capacity MW 1 Section 6.4, pp. 8/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Grid Evacuation As per MERC regulations. No supervision charges will have to be paid though Section 6.16, pp. 9/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Incentives Electricity duty & cess exemption All captive solar projects exempted from payment of electricity duty for a period of 10 years from CoD Section 6.19, pp. 9/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Approvals and Clearances Exempt from obtaining any Pollution Control Board Clearance Section 6.11 pp. 9/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
Regulatory Overview
Solar Purchase Obligation 2013-14 % 0.5% MERC (Renewable Purchase Obligation, Its compliance and implimentation of REC framework) Regulations, 2010
2014-15 % 0.5% MERC (Renewable Purchase Obligation, Its compliance and implimentation of REC framework) Regulations, 2010
2015-16 % 0.5% MERC (Renewable Purchase Obligation, Its compliance and implimentation of REC framework) Regulations, 2010
Wheeling & Transmission Charges % of energy injected To be announced in a separate Solar Tariff Order by MERC as mandated by the policy
Wheeling Losses % To be announced in a separate Solar Tariff Order by MERC as mandated by the policy
Transmisssion Losses % To be announced in a separate Solar Tariff Order by MERC as mandated by the policy
Cross Subsidy Surcharge To be announced in a separate Solar Tariff Order by MERC as mandated by the policy
Banking Provisions Banking Facility To be announced in a separate Solar Tariff Order by MERC as mandated by the policy
SERC determined tariff INR/kWh To be announced in a separate Solar Tariff Order by MERC as mandated by the policy

Site Selection

 Step Sub-step DESCRIPTION Authority
Details Activities 

undertaken

Important factors to consider
SITE IDENTIFICATION AND PROJECT PRE-FEASIBILITY
IDENTIFICATION OF SITE
 In Maharashtra, District Collector may give up to 4 Hectares/MW for projects up to 2 MW on lease at 50% concessional rate and without auction procedure. In case of project being set up for third party sale of power or for captive purposes, the land needs to be identified by the developer. 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
Revenue Department/

MEDA

SOLAR INSOLATION AND SHADOW ASSESSMENT
For irradiation data, there are currently 15 monitoring stations in Maharashtra out of which 6 have been developed by MEDA. The stations and their locations can be viewed here. Data from these stations can be purchased by filling up this Data Acquisition Form 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
POWER EVACUATION FEASIBILITY AND SITE ACCESSIBILITY
Developer has to apply in the prescribed format along with processing fee of Rs. 100,000/- The applicant has to mention the following measure information in the prescribed format with following Information
a. Location of generating Plant
b. No. of Units with Capacity
c. Proposed period of Generation
d. Nearest Substation and the voltage level at which the generator is likely to connect.
e. Point of drawl where generator intends to sell his power alongwith name of utility and evidence for the same as PPA, if available.
f. If generator is of captive type then he has to submit a certificate of Chartered Accountant.
2) STU’s Letter to concerned C.E. EHV CC O&M Zone of MSETCL and copy to Power Project Developer (to carry out joint survey) for submission of Technical feasibility Report after receipt of above application.
3) As per the Technical Feasibility Report submitted by concerned C.E., MSETCL, Load Flow Study for the Power Generation. (As per LF study, the scope of work to be carried out by the Developer is finalized.)
4) Intimation Letter confirming technical feasibility for Grid Connectivity is issued.
#The interconnection to the Sub station level has to be done at a specific voltage level.

#A transmission study has to be carried out to ensure that the nearest sub-station or the sub -station under consideration has adequate evacuation capacity to support the solar power plant being set up.

MSETCL/

MSEDCL

WATER AVAILABILITY/ CONSTRUCTION & POWER AVAILABILITY
There is no specific provision for water availability in Maharashtra Water requirements are generally fulfilled through borewells and other temporary sources of water such as water tankers. NA NA
PROJECT REGISTRATION
PROJECT REGISTRATION
The modalities for this are being worked out by MEDA and will be released in their implementation guidelines for the renewable energy policy MEDA
BAY ALLOCATION
Bay allocation is done as a part of the application for grid connectivity with MSETCL upon payment of INR 1,00,000 as processing fee. The step by step procedure to be followed is as mentioned in this document. NA MSETCL/

MSEDCL

 

Project Development

Step Sub-step DESCRIPTION Authority Reference
Details Activities undertaken Important factors to consider
LAND/SITE ACQUISITION LAND AGREEMENT In Maharashtra, District Collector may give up to 4 Hectares/MW for projects up to 2 MW on lease at 50% concessional rate and without auction procedure. 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 with the project registration details (provided by MEDA) to the district collector.
##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 it grants permission for land transfer.
##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.
Private land is purchased from a private individual or corporation
Signing of land agreement and demarcation of land # 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 Policy for

grid-

connected

renewable

energy 2015

LAND CATEGORY CONVERSION As per the policy, if the land is barren land, there is no need for obtaining Non-Agricultural (NA) status. For Agricultural Lands, MEDA will approach Revenue Department. for deemed NA status. However, both revenue department and MSEB will release a circular/notification for the same.
MEDA will require 7.12 records (which can be accessed here , Forms VII  and XII as given on pages 17 and 19 of MAHARASHTRA LAND REVENUE  RECORD OF RIGHTS AND REGISTERS  (PREPARATION AND MAINTENANCE) RULES, 1971 , Registered Deed along with application for NA conversion.
Submission of Land record, Form VII and Form XII and registeration deed to MEDA MEDA/

Maharashtra Revenue Department

Maharashtra Land Revenue Record of Rights and Registers (PREPARATION AND MAINTENANCE) RULES, 1971
TRANSMISSION AGREEMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE A transmission line has to be constructed to the nearest gridd substation for evacuation of power. This can be done by MSETCL/MSEDCL or the developer himself. The transmission line is usually constructed by the developer himself under supervision of MSETCL/MSEDCL but in Maharashtra, no supervision charge has to be paid.

Subsequently, a transmission agreement has to be signed between the developer and MSETCL/MSEDCL which requires the submission of all the pertinent documents related to the project including PPA, Registration Letter of MEDA Singe Line Drawings of the plant and transmission line, drawings of the interconnection point, meter testing reports, eequipment testing reports, land lease/sale documents etc.

Construction of Transmission Line
Signing of Transmission Agreement
MSETCL/

MSEDCL

Primary

Research

CLEARANCES AND APPROVALS CONSENT TO ESTABLISH In Maharashtra, this clearance is not required for solar projects Maharashtra pollution control board/ MEDA Section 6.11 pp. 9/12 of Policy for

grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015

CEIG DRAWING CLEARANCES Drawing approvals need to be taken with the details of the drawing and accompanying enclosures mentioned as follows. 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 equipments.

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

Construction

Step Sub-step DESCRIPTION AUTHORITY REFERENCE
Details Activities undertaken 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. To take a new electricity connection from MSEDCL, the following form needs to filled and submitted:
Form A1.
Ensure selection of connection type as “temporary” in the form field titled “Service Requested”
NA MSEDCL MSEDCL
WATER PERMIT The water requirements of the project developer can be met from the nearest source available besides utilizing ground water. If water is utilized from a water body owned by the government, the Maharashtra Water Resources Department will have to be approached for filling up of requisite forms available with the Maharashtra Wtaer Resources Department NA Maharashtra Water Resources Department Primary Research
LABOR CLEARANCE No Labor clearance is required in Maharashtra. It should be ensured that the workers are above 18 years of age Department of Labor, Government of Maharashtra The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986
PROJECT COMPLETION AND COMMISSIONING CONSENT TO OPERATE Consent to Operate Certificate is not required to be taken in Maharashtra Section 6.11 pp. 9/12 of Policy for grid connected Renewable Energy in Maharashtra 2015
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. Chief Electrical Inspector of Maharashtra Indian Electricity Rules 1956  (Section 47 a)
GRID INTERCONNECTION AND METERING Following must be submitted to MSETCL:
a. Index – II towards land acquired.
b. Agreement/MOU with Solar Modules manufacturer.
c. Agreement/MOU with Inverter manufacturer.
d. Forest clearance, if required.
e. Copy of PPA, if executed., Grid
Upon reciept of the above mentioned documents, connectivity with detailed Scope of Works to be executed by the developer is
issued. The Grid Connectivity with detailed Scope of Works is valid for ONE year. The developer is asked to submit the following documents after completion of the scope of works:
a. Connection Agreement executed between MSETCL’s Zonal Chief Engineer and Developer.
b. Site Responsibility Report alongwith equipment details.
c. Work Completion Report along with installation of ABT meters and SCADA, RTU-DC etc. from MSETCL’s field office.
d. Copy of Layout and SLD, approved by MSETCL.
After receipt of all the above documents, the Final Permission for Grid Connectivity is issued and the developer is requested to co-ordinate with the Chief Engineer (SLDC), Airoli towards synchronization of the project
MSEDCL/

MSETCL

Primary Research