In Punjab, the solar power firms wanted an extension of goal so that they could set up projects, which will be suitable for wheeling charges and releasing from a transmission.
During last year January, Punjab electricity regulator officially accepted the release of renewable energy to set up the projects in the respective state from July 9th, 2015 to March 31st, 2017 to increase the renewable energy projects.
Aditya Malpani, who is the chairman of sub-committee for solar open access, OAUA (Open Access Users Association) said that the actual time frame for implementing the project is short; many of the solar power projects, which are still developing in Punjab, may not be complete within the estimated time frame and also benefits cannot be availed from them. This may delay the growth of renewables as many of the solar projects, which are proposed by consumers, are still under development.
Open Access Users Association, representing the solar power firms, has appealed to the commission of Electricity Regulator to extend the deadline for the program by 12 months (that is to March 31st, 2018). The association has also enabled the Act of Electricity, which gave a chance to industrial clients, the right to select their source of electricity.
Few other states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka gave a time frame of 4-5 years. They also said that the given time frame of one year is too less to get it implemented in a meaningful way. In addition, to get the estimated 175GW of energy capacity, the state should install 4,700MW of energy capacity. He further added the complete impact of solar access on the state power distribution is less than Rs 0.5-0.7/kWh.
Malpani also said that when compared to the benefits this impact is negligible. They will see an increase in the employment, interesting FDI and also there will be the improvement in the competitiveness of the large-scale customers. This can help the consumers to avail cost effective and eco-friendly solar power. Well, when all the above benefits are considered, many of the customers are keen to come forward to set up projects.
As officially accepted by the Government of India, the city Chandigarh is considered to be one of the solar city models. Shivraj V Patil, the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor, has placed some special importance on promoting of solar power. It is also proposed that solar power plants are to be installed on the top of government school buildings.
As of now, the power generated by this plant is used by building internal consumption. And during weekends, when institutes and office are closed, the produced power is excess, which can be sold to the Department of Electricity.