The power distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Karnataka have
been asked by the state government to sign supplemental power purchase
agreements (PPAs) with successful developers to set up 1,200 MW of solar projects
across 60 taluks in the state. The supplemental PPA will correct clerical
errors, such as locations, names of SPVs, and capacities of the original PPAs
signed in June of 2016. The last date to sign the supplemental PPAs is November
Under Phase-V, tenders were issued for 1,200 MW with bids being
accepted for up to 20 MW on a taluk-by-taluk (county) across 60 taluks to
distribute solar evenly across the state.
According to Mercom’s India
Solar Project Tracker, out of the total 1,170 MW (1,070 – General Category and 100 MW - Module Manufacturer
Category), PPAs had been signed for 1,010 MW by bidders quoting prices up to Rs.5.50
(~$0.0821)/kWh under the general category. All the PPAs under the module
manufacturer category have been signed at prices quoted up to Rs.6.10
projects are expected to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2017.
Karnataka Energy Regulatory Commission (KERC) confirmed that
there were minor discrepancies
in the original PPAs which required the commission to request supplemental
PPAs. The source also added that the original project commissioning date will
not be extended despite requests to do so.
An official at Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation
Limited (KSPDCL) said, “there
will be no change in tariff or scope of work for the developers since the
supplemental PPAs are just a clarification of few omissions and minor errors in