Haryana issues new regulations for procuring solar power to meet its RPO

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has issued an order, modifying the terms and conditions for determination of tariff from renewable energy sources, renewable purchase obligation (RPO) and renewable energy certificates.

According to the notification, the capacity utilization factor (CUF) for solar PV project will be 19 per cent. The O&M expenses will be determined on the basis of prevalent market conditions and the auxiliary energy consumption will be 0.25 per cent of the gross generation. For wind projects, CUF has been set at 35 per cent. Since Haryana has limited wind energy potential, HERC will determine the appropriate capital cost for wind power projects, their O&M expenses and tariff soon. The new RPO trajectory for the state is given in the table below:

Year Revised RPO (%) of total consumption excluding hydro Existing total RPO (%) of consumption
Non-solar Solar Total RPO Solar
2018-19 3.00 4.00 4.50 1.50
2019-20 3.00 5.50 4.75 2.00
2020-21 3.00 7.00 5.00 2.50
2021-22 3.00 8.00 5.50 3.00

 

The HERC order came in response to three separate, but similar petitions. The first petition was regarding HERC’s 2017 regulations for the terms and conditions for determination of tariff from renewable energy sources, renewable purchase obligation and renewable energy certificate. The second petition had been filed by Amplus Infrastructure developers Private Limited seeking the implementation of exemption from wheeling charges, cross subsidy charges, transmission and distribution charges and surcharge for ground mounted and rooftop solar power projects. The third petition had been filed by Haryana Power Purchase Centre on behalf of the state discoms seeking relaxation of RPO.

GET FREE ACCESS TO OUR ARTICLES

Enter your email address