Web Exclusive | July 2013
AP to permit more solar power firms to set up plants
Any solar power company can set up a solar photovoltaic unit in Andhra Pradesh now as the State government has assured Rs 6.49 per kwh supplied. Interested solar power developers have been told that they can submit applications within four weeks. The State Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on July 10 approved the proposal of AP Transco to give opportunity to all the solar power developers, even to those who have not participated in the recently concluded competitive bidding for 1000 mw.
Solar power producers will be offered Rs 6.49 per unit as decided by Group of Ministers (GoM). The decision comes in the backdrop of some solar power developers, who have not participated in the bidding process, have evinced interest to supply solar power at this rate. M Sahoo, State Principal Secretary, Energy, while reviewing the progress of solar power projects bidding with AP Transco and New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) said the government is committed to encourage setting up of non-renewable energy.
The latest decision of the government is expected to help the State to tap the solar power attracting more developers. The State’s solar policy for captive use and third party sale offers several incentives. These include exemption of wheeling and transmission charges, cross subsidy surcharges, electricity duty in case of captive use/third party sale, refund of VAT for all inputs required for solar power projects and refund of stamp duty and registration charges for purchase of land.