Haryana issues EoIs for 279 MW of solar projects under KUSUM programme

The Haryana state government has issued an expression of interest for 279 MW of solar projects under the PM-KUSUM programme. The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited and the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited has invited substation-wise expression of interest from developers for setting up decentralised grid-connected solar power projects of capacity between 500 kW and 2 MW. The solar power projects will be installed within a 5 km radius of a substation and the solar power generated will be purchased by the distribution companies at a pre-fixed tariff of Rs 3.11 per kWh that has been determined by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission.

In January 2020, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had issued a clarification for the PM-KUSUM programme which states that the distribution companies can pass on the procurement-based incentive given to them by the central government under Component A of the programme to the renewable energy project developers to get a more competitive tariff. As per the clarification, the implementing agencies can invite a single bid under Component A of the programme based on a pre-fixed levelised tariff for the installation of projects for all the distribution sub-stations in the state or within the distribution company’s area of operation.

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