|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
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
#Atmospheric Pressure (SLP) and
|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.
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|
|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 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/
|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
|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
|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):|
|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:
Ensure selection of connection type as “temporary” in the form field titled “Service Requested”
|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