Here is a renewable energy policy roundup from central,
state and government agencies in India for the month of February 2017.
The increase in installed capacity of solar
parks from 20 GW to 40 GW has been approved by the cabinet committee on
economic affairs. By 2019-2020, 50 solar parks with a capacity of 500 MW or
above are expected to be constructed.
Sikkim became the 22nd state/union
territory to join Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana. The state is expected to derive a
net benefit of ~Rs.2.07 billion (~$31.01 million) by joining the program.
The state cabinet of Jammu & Kashmir
has approved the draft solar rooftop policy 2016, under which solar rooftop
projects aggregating 450 MW will be installed in the state by 2022.
The Central Electricity Regulatory
Commission (CERC) released draft tariff regulations for the three-year period
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
(MNRE) has proposed reducing the minimum project size under the viability gap
funding (VGF) program to 5 MW for special category states and union
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory
Commission (TNERC) has proposed a new benchmark solar tariff of Rs.4.50
(~$0.0673)/kWh with accelerated depreciation and a tariff of Rs.4.41
(~$0.0659)/kWh without accelerated depreciation for FY 2017-18. The proposal is
open for comments and suggestions up to March 15, 2017.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has reduced the solar tariff under
the Defense Viability Gap Funding (VGF) Program to Rs.4.50 (~$0.06735)/kWh from
the previous Rs.5.50 (~$0.8232)/kWh.