Monthly RE update – September 2020

Monthly RE update – September 2020

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    • About 2325 MW of renewable tenders are issued in September 2020, including 1,500 MW of solar BOS tender by NHDC, 600 MW of solar project development tenders by GUVNL and SECI. Another 210 MW of EPC tender was also issued by GSECL.
    • Apart from this, there are about 9.78 MW of rooftop solar tenders that were issued in last month.
    • Auctions were completed for 110 MW of solar projects.

    New RFS Issued

    Tender Name  
    TechnologyTender ScopeCapacity (MW)Other detailsBid submission date
    NHDC, 1,500 MW, Solar, Madhya Pradesh, Sept 2020SolarBOS1500INR 56 million12-Oct-2020
    GUVNL, 500 MW, Solar, Gujarat, Phase IX, Sept 20SolarProject Development500INR 0.4 million/MW28- Oct-2020
    GSECL, 210 MW, Solar, Gujarat, Sept 20  SolarEPC210INR 84 million5-Oct-2020
    SECI, 100 MW, Solar, Chhattisgarh, 50 MWh BESS, Sept 20  Solar + Battery Storage  Project Development100INR 70 million  27-Oct-2020  
    EESL, 7.5 MW, Rooftop Solar, Andaman and Nicobar, Sept 20  Rooftop Solar 7.5Lot 1: INR 3.3 million Lot 2: INR 5.8 million20-Oct-2020
    MES, 3 MW, Solar, Leh, Sept 20Solar 3INR 1.5 million5- Nov-2020
    CEL, 2.28 MW, Rooftop Solar, Uttarakhand, Sept 20  Rooftop SolarRESCO2.28 INR 1.2 million/MW  6-Oct-2020
    CoPT, 1.5 MW, Floating Solar, Kerala, Sept 20Floating solarRESCO (BOOT)1.5INR 1.35 million5- Oct-2020

    Source: JMK Research


    Tender NameTechnologyOther detailsBid submission date
    HPGCL, 57 MW, Solar, Haryana, Sept 2019  SolarEMD: INR 1 million/MW8-Oct-2020
    SSCL,25 MW, Canal top solar, Karnataka, July 2020  Canal top solar7- Oct-2020
    WBPDCL,10 MW, Floating solar, West Bengal, March 2020  Floating SolarEMD: INR 12 million  4- Nov-2020
    KSEB, 200 MW, Floating Solar, Kerala, Dec 2018Floating SolarEMD: INR 0.5 million/MW9-Oct-2020

    Source: JMK Research

    Date extension

    Tender NameTechnologyOther detailsBid submission date
    SECI, 15MW, Floating Solar, HP, July 2020  Floating SolarEMD-INR 13.5 millionBid submission date extended till 19- Oct-2020
    RITES, 1000 MW, Zonal Railways Across India, SolarSolarEMD: 0.4 million/ MWBid submission date extended till 8-Oct-2020
    SECI, 5000 MW, Thermal+ RE, Pan India, March 2020Renewable+ ThermalEMD- INR 0.5 million/ MW/project  Bid submission date extended till 5-Nov-2020
    SECI, 2.5GW, Tranche- X, Karnataka, April 2020UMREPPEMD- INR 0.4 million/MW/ProjectBid submission date extended till 3 Nov 2020
    SECI, 1200 MW, Hybrid, Tranche-III, Pan India, Jan 2020HybridEMD- INR 0.5 million/MWBid submission date extended till 23 Oct 2020
    SECI, 1070 MW, Solar, (Tranche III), Rajasthan, July 2020SolarEMD – Rs. 0.4 million /MW/project PBG – Rs. 0.8 million /MW/projectBid submission date extended till 8 Nov 2020

    Source: JMK Research

    Result announced/ Bids submitted

    Tender nameStatusCapacity tendered (MW)Capacity allotted / bid submitted (MW)Bidders/ winners details
    SECI, 10 MW, Solar, Rajasthan, June 2020  Auction Completed1010REC Power Distribution Company Ltd     (Rs. 2.58/kWh)  
    GUVNL, 100 MW, Solar, Raghanesda Solar Park, Phase X, Gujarat, July 2020Auction Completed100100SJVN Ltd. (Rs. 2.73/kWh)

    Source: JMK Research

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    Projects Commissioned

    In July and August 2020 together, about 617 MW of new solar capacity and 170 MW of new wind capacity is added.

    State-wise installations in Solar and Wind during July and August 2020 – 787 MW

    Source: MNRE, JMK Research

    Recently Commissioned projects

    Project Developer NameTechnologyCapacity tendered (MW)State/UTDate of Commissioning
    Rays ExpertSolar10HaryanaSept-2020
    INKEL LimitedSolar6KeralaSept-2020
    MYSUNRooftop Solar1.75RajasthanSept-2020

    Source: JMK Research

    Tata Power Signs PPA to Commission Solar Carport for Apollo Kolkata

    Tata Power has announced that it has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Apollo Gleneagles Hospital to commission the biggest carport in Indian Health Sector. This will be the biggest carport in the state of West Bengal, with 335 kWp capacity.   

    NHPC signs 400-MW solar power supply deal with Chhattisgarh discom

    NHPC Limited has signed a Power Sale Agreement (PSA) with Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) for supplying 400 MW solar power under the 2000 MW ISTS grid-connected Solar Photo Voltaic Projects.  As per the agreement, NHPC will supply 400 MW solar power to the state distributing company (CSPDCL) at the tariff of Rs 2.55/kWh for 25 years on a long term basis. With this NHPC shall earn trading margin @ Rs 0.07/kWh during the contract period.

    Investments/ Deal

    Company NameDeal TypeSectorAssetAcquirer / InvestorDeal Value
    RattanIndiaAcquisitionSolar306 MWGlobal Infrastructure PartnersINR 16,700 million ($227 million)
    ActisPartnership for asset managementSolar400 MWWise Energy 
    Acme SolarAcquisitionSolar100 MWAmplus Energy SolutionsINR 8000 million ($109 million)
    Avaada Energy Private Ltd.EquitySolarAsian Development BankINR 1101 million ($15 million)
    Fourth Partner EnergyMezannine FundingSolar150Symbiotics, Triodos, ASNINR 1174 million ($16 million)

    Source: JMK Research

    Japan’s Orix to Acquire 20% Stake in Indian Renewable Developer Greenko

    Orix Corporation, a Japan-based financial services group, announced that it had signed a framework agreement with renewable energy project developer Greenko Energy Holdings, to acquire approximately 20% of its share at a total value of around $980 million (~₹ 72.07 billion). As part of the agreement, the company would also add 873 MW of its wind energy portfolio in India into Greenko’s portfolio in exchange for the shares.

    Mahindra Cancels Share Purchase Pact Worth Rs 105 Cr with CLP India

    Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has announced that it has terminated a share purchase agreement with CLP India to sell the entire stake held by its step-down arm Mahindra Renewables in Neo Solren (NSPL) for Rs 104.67 crore. As per the agreement, CLP India was supposed to buy 93,15,000 equity shares of Rs 10 each in Neo Solren at Rs 112.37 per share. Mahindra & Mahindra canceled the pact citing delay in sale closure as the reason.

    EverSource Capital plans to buyout Azure Power’ entire solar rooftop portfolio for around $112 million

    EverSource Capital plans to buy out the entire 167 MW solar rooftop portfolio of NYSE-listed Azure Power Global for around $112 million. EverSource Capital, is an equal joint venture between private equity firm Everstone Capital and global solar project developer Lightsource BP. If the deal is concluded it may rank among the largest solar rooftop deals in India.

    KKR’s India InvIT in talks to acquire FRV Solar assets

    India Grid Trust (IndiGrid), the KKR-owned first Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) in the Indian power sector, is in advanced discussions to acquire India portfolio of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), the Madrid-based developer, in a deal worth Rs.750 crore. FRV, owned by Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services, owns a 135 megawatt (MW) solar power project in Andhra Pradesh.

    Petronas plans to acquire minority stake in Tata Power Renewable Energy

    Malaysia’s state-run oil and gas company, Petroliam Nasional Bhd or Petronas is looking to acquire around 10% stake in Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL). TPREL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Tata Power Company Ltd and its primary investment vehicle in clean energy space.

    Monthly import, export data for solar modules

    Compared to July 2020 prices, the imports have decreased by 25% while exports have fallen by 45% in August 2020.

    RE update September 2020

    Source: Ministry of Commerce, JMK Research

    Compared to August 2020 prices, multi crystalline module prices have remained the same in September 2020, while prices of mono PERC modules increased marginally. Though, prices of cell have increased substantially by more than 14%.

    RE update September 2020

    Source: PVInfoLink, JMK Research

    Monthly payments by SECI

    Monthly SECI payments to solar/wind developers

    The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) paid nearly INR 4.6 billion to developers for the purchase of solar and wind power in August 2020. Compared to July 2020, the payment disbursal decreased by 11.53%.

    RE update September 2020

    Source: SECI, JMK Research

    Policy and Regulations

    MNRE issued clarifications for implementation of PM-KUSUM Scheme

    • MNRE has issued clarifications for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme.
    • MNRE has stated that for Component-B and Component-C of the scheme, the state’s share of subsidy shall be minimum 30% of the applicable MNRE benchmark cost or cost discovered through tender, whichever is lower.
    • MNRE has stated that the states are  free to provide higher share of subsidy to reduce the beneficiary farmer contribution, however, the central financial assistance (CFA) would be limited to 30% of the applicable MNRE benchmark cost or cost discovered through tender, whichever is lower for pump capacity up to 7.5 HP.
    • As per MNRE notification option is available with the farmer to install Universal Solar Pump Controller (USPC) under Component-B, for which the farmer must bear the additional cost for USPC. There is no CFA on additional cost of USPC, however, the states are free to bear the additional cost for USPC fully or partly, to facilitate the farmer to install USPC.

    Also, there is no CFA for replacement of existing less efficient grid connected agriculture pump with energy efficient agriculture pump under Component-C. MNRE highlighted that the states are free to provide additional financial support for replacement of existing pumps with energy efficient pumps.

    MNRE suggested Solar PV Manufacturers to submit for List of Goods for Exemption from Basic Customs Duty

    • MNRE has asked Solar PV Manufacturers and their Association to submit a list of high valued machinery and capital goods which are required for manufacturing of Solar PV modules from cells, Solar PV cells from wafers and thin film modules so that they can be  exempted from basic custom duty (BCD).
    • Earlier department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance has exempted certain capital goods from payment of BCD when imported into the country which includes capital goods required for manufacturing of Solar PV Cells and Modules.
    • Later, MNRE in consultation with Ministry of Finance and Department of Heavy Industry updated of list.
    • It has been decided to give priority to high value capital goods by exempting them from BCD. In line of this MNRE has asked for list from manufacturers.

    MNRE invited EOI for conducting evaluation of Off-GRID and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Programme Phase-III

    • MNRE has invited bids from reputed consultants/experts to undertake evaluation of Off-grid and Decentralised Solar PV Applications Programme Phase-III as per Terms of Reference (TORs)/ Scope of Work.
    • Off-grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Programme is part of National Solar Mission with a target of 2 GW capacity with off-grid solar applications by the year 2022. While Phase-III is ongoing in the current financial year, many systems have already been installed or are under installation.
    • The purpose of the study is to evaluate the implementation of the Programme by collecting information from state implementing agencies, beneficiaries and other stakeholders, assess performance of the applications for different stakeholders and recommend on continuation of the Programme along with required modifications in implementation process of the scheme.
    • The study will be done on a trial basis, and the consulting firm will collect data from at least five states for each of the three applications. The last date for the submission of bids is October 14, 2020. Interested bidders will have to submit an amount of Rs. 50,000 as the earnest money deposit (EMD).
    • The program was initially valid until 31 March, 2020, and later it was extended to March 31, 2021. It was also decided that the projects would be installed under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) model during the extended period. MNRE had also issued guidelines for off-grid solar power projects under the RESCO model.

    Gujarat Govt. issues amendments to Waste Land allotment policy for wind, solar and hybrid projects

    • Gujarat government issues amendments to land allotment policy for solar, wind and solar-wind hybrid projects to make developers more accountable.
    • As per these amendments, the renewable power project developers selected by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will have to commit to install of 50% of the total generation capacity in three years and 100% in five years. Apart from this, all the other land allotment policy conditions issued on January 25, 2019, will be applicable.
    • The park developer can sub-lease it to any other project developer after developing the park or can choose to be the project developer. In either case, the park developer would be liable to pay the rent to the government.
    • The amendments mention that for the renewable energy parks, the land lease tenure will be 40 years. The first five years will be for the development of the park, and 35 years for the generation of renewable energy. After 40 years, the park developer will return the land allotted on lease to the government.
    • The amendments further specify that 100% of the project capacity should be installed on the land allotted on lease by the end of five years. A review of the project would be done at the end of five years.

    OERC announces No CSS for consumers availing Renewable power through Open Access

    • Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has revised cross-subsidy surcharge, wheeling, and transmission charges applicable for consumers availing power through open access. The revised charges will be effective from 1, October 2020, and will remain in force until the issue of another order.
    • Applicable Surcharge, Wheeling Charge & Transmission Charge for Open access consumer of 1MW & above as per notification is shown below: –
    • The normative transmission loss at EHT (3.0%) and normative wheeling loss for HT level (8%) are applicable for the year 2020-21.
    • Additional Surcharge: No additional surcharge over and above the Cross-Subsidy Surcharge needs to be given to the embedded licensee.
    • No Cross-subsidy surcharge are payable by the consumers availing Renewable power.
    • 20% Transmission & Wheeling charge is payable by the consumer drawing power from Renewable source excluding Co-generation & Biomass power plant.

    HERC rejects the claim of Cleantech solar for open access approval

    • HERC in its latest hearing has rejected the proposal of Cleantech Solar for granting open access approval. The petitioner has invoked the relevant provisions of the Open Access Regulations, 2012 and the Renewable Energy Regulations, 2017.
    • The petitioner has approached the Commission with the grievance that despite the generation plant being ready for generation, the required Connectivity Agreement is not being executed by the DISCOMs and Long-Term Open Access has also not been granted.
    • However, the commission under various provisions has rejected the petition and said that no directions for execution of connection agreement can be passed.

    HERC has allowed DISCOM to sign bilateral PPA with Amplus

    • Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has approved petition filed by the Haryana Power Purchase Centre’s (HPPC) for draft power purchase agreement (PPA) with Amplus Sun Solutions Private Limited for 25 years from grid interactive solar PV based power project.
    • The PPA was signed for 50 MW of solar power from its project in Bhiwani.  HPPC is a joint forum created and owned by the state distribution licensees, namely, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).
    • This is a welcome move after Haryana created hurdles to open access developers in the states by delaying regulatory approvals.

    Uttarakhand Sets Net Generic Tariff for Rooftop Solar Projects

    • The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) announced generic tariffs for rooftop and small solar projects under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) program with a subsidy rate of 80%.
    • These tariffs would apply to projects with a capacity of up to 10 kW, above 10 kW and up to 100 kW, and above 100 kW and up to 500 kW, for the financial year (FY) 2020-21.
    • The ceiling tariff set by the Commission will be applicable for projects commissioned or to be commissioned on or after April 01, 2020 and will remain functional until further notice issued by the Commission.
    RE update September 2020


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