Jharkhand proposes new regulations for RPOs

The Jharkhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) has floated regulations for renewable purchase obligation (RPO) for obligated entities within the state. These regulations will apply to distribution licensees, captive users, and open access consumers within the state. The earlier regulations are set to expire in March 2020. As per the new regulations, entities owning a captive generating project with an installed capacity of at least 5 MW and consuming electricity generated from such a project will be subjected to a minimum per cent of RPO. The entities that consume electricity procured from conventional fossil fuel-based generation through open access will also be subjected to a minimum per cent of RPO.

In January 2020, Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited floated a tender for the empanelment of agencies to install grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects of various capacities in residential areas of the state. The total capacity of the rooftop solar PV projects will be 10 MW. The scope of work entails the empanelment of agencies for the design, manufacture, testing, supply, installation, and commissioning of the projects. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 540 million and the period of empanelment is 12 months.

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