The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has approved the petition to procure 250 MW of solar power from SECI. The Haryana Power Purchase Center (HPPC) had submitted the plea for procuring 250 MW of solar power through the 1,200 MW (ISTS Tranche IV) tender to fulfil its renewable purchase obligation targets. Nearly 2,100 MW of solar power on a long-term basis is required to meet the solar RPO target of 8 per cent by the financial year 2021-22. However, with the current figures, only 1,584 MW of solar power will be available by the end of 2021-22.
The state has a solar RPO target of 1 per cent of the total consumption for the year 2016-17, 2.5 per cent for the year 2017-18, 4 per cent for 2018-19, 5.5 per cent for 2019-20, 7 per cent for 2020-21, and 8 per cent for the year 2021-22.The existing contracted capacity of 125.8 MW is expected to generate 214 million units every year. The HPPC had submitted that it has 100 MW of contracted capacity with SECI at a tariff rate of Rs 2.57 per kWh and another 400 MW at Rs 2.51 per kWh. Further, it has a contracted capacity of 330 MW with SECI for wind and solar projects at the rate of Rs 2.76 per kWh. Apart from these, HPPC also has a contracted capacity of 93 MW with the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) and 135 MW under the KUSUM programme. Considering this, HPPC submitted the plea to purchase 250 MW of solar power from SECI at the rate of Rs 2.54 per kWh. After reviewing the status of the RPO shortfall, the commission approved the request. The contract will be valid for 25 years.