The Karnataka State has come out with a draft solar policy. I am listing down the main points of the draft:
1. The policy will come into effect from 1st June 2011 and remain in force for 5 years; till 2016.
2. The State is proposing to install 200MW of solar on-grid power plants by 2016. This being in addition to the allotment received under JNNSM.
The annual capacity addition is expected to be 40MW every year for 5 years.
3. The minimum capacity is 5MW and maximum 10MW in both; solar PV and solar thermal
4. Captive power plants and third party sales are not a part of the 200MW capacity.
5. Solar projects under REC with PPA with ESCOM (Electricity Supply Company) will be limited to 100MW.
6. Maximum 50MW capacity to be bundled with thermal power from outside the State. This will be included in the 200MW capacity.
7. The purchase obligation for ESCOM is 0.25%. In case of shortfalls, RECs can be purchased.
8. CDM benefits to be shared with the ESCOM.
9. JNNSM and MNRE schemes will continue.
There has been no mention of
1. The expected tariff
2. Incentives for the module manufacturing business
3. Off-grid or hybrid models
4. Use of India made modules or modules from outside India.
Please feel free to drop in your suggestions/opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org
It will be very helpful if readers can put forward their opinion on this draft. It will be more effective if I could add all suggestions/opinions and send it together.