Transmission Capacity is the Culprit !
Economic Times ( 30 April ) carries following news :
Transmission Capacity Deficit may Cap Reach of Green Power
Lack of coordination between ministry, CEA and Power Grid seen as reason for under-capacity
· The Economic Times
· 30 Apr 2018
· Kaavya.Chandrasekaran @timesgroup.com
Renewable energy developers are worried that transmission facilities are not keeping pace with power generation even as 12,000 MW of solar projects are under construction...
Developers expressed fear that completed projects might not be able to start functioning because all bays at the nearest substations are already occupied and transmission lines already carrying their full capacity ….
The main reason is that so far there has been no coordination between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy ( MNRE ) , Power Grid Corporation of India ( PGCIL ), and Central Electricity Authority ( CEA )
Solar Energy Corporation of India ( SECI ) , which is under MNRE, has been merrily holding auctions for both wind and solar projects without making sure that enough evacuation facilities are available
Read this in the context of another news just 2 days back , which said :
MNRE is about to come out with fresh tenders for 20 GW ( 20,000 MW ) of Solar projects
Now 1 GW of Solar needs approx. $ 1 Billion of investment
So , we are talking of $ 20 Billion ( approx. Rs 130,000 crore )
I am afraid the response would be very poor due to following reasons :
* Non availability of Transmission Capacity , as mentioned above
* “ Non Risk “ attitude of Private Sector finance ( due to falling tariff of Solar )
* No bank wants to fund these projects when its own NPA are a huge concern
Loans of Rs 1.77 Lakh*Crore to 75,000 MW of Coal based power plants have
already turned NPA !
* Uncertainty re Safeguard Duty on imported Solar Panels pushing up costs
In light of this , it would be much better for MNRE to encourage Roof Top Solar projects , which enjoy following advantage over Ground-Based projects :
Each residential building will produce / store and consume its OWN power , without having to depend upon DISCOMS
No need for metering / transformers / substations / cables / transmission lines !
No need for DISCOM to maintain the infrastructure ! or worry about thefts ! or sign Power Purchase Agreements – and then worry about rescinding !
Now , recognizing that it is just not possible to switch-over to ROOF TOP SOLAR , overnight, we must appreciate what the government is doing
But what I fail to understand is :
Why is govt not going all out to encourage ROOF TOP SOLAR ?
I urge the Policy Makers to read :
Solar Roofs ? Why not ? [ 06 Feb 2018 ]
For roof top installations , currently govt gives 30 % subsidy
Change this as follows :
# 30 % by way of subsidy
# 70 % by way of interest free loan , repayable over 10 years
Why not save all the funds required for the above-mentioned infrastructure and use for the interest free loans / subsidy for Solar Roof Tops ?
01 May 2018
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