After the Final Draft of the Uttar Pradesh Solar Policy 2017 was announced in July, the final solar policy for the state was released yesterday. The solar policy can be accessed here. Several interesting points have been highlighted in the policy, none more so than the fact the Government lead by Yogi Adityanath is looking to add at least 10GW of solar power by the end of the year 2022. We have summarized the solar policy for you presenting the key highlights. They are as follows:
With inputs from Mr. Hiten Mahajan
- Uttar Pradesh government has set an ambitious target of generating 10,700 MW of solar power in next five years by the end of 2022, out of which 4,300 MW is the target set for solar rooftop systems.
- Uttar Pradesh Government has set an 8% Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) target till 2022.
- For grid-connected solar rooftop system under the net-metering arrangement in the Residential segment, a state Government incentive of Rs. 15000 per KW to a maximum of Rs. 30000 per user is provided. The amount would be disbursed after effective installation, commissioning of the solar system and completing documentation to UPNEDA. The project should be completed within 6 months of the beginning of installation to avail the incentive from UPNEDA. Also, the incentive (solar subsidy) is available only for first 100MW installation on a first come, first serve basis.
- Only for installations of solar power plants in Uttar Pradesh, greater than 10kW, approval from State Electricity Inspector is required.
- Another incentive in the new solar energy policy is that it allows investors the facility of 'open access' and thus to sell power to an individual or institutional consumers within and outside the state. This was restricted in the previous policy framework and they were supposed to feed the entire energy generated to UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) grid.
- Under the new policy, the state is drafting an action plan to develop an exclusive Green Energy Corridor in the arid Bundelkhand region at an investment of about Rs 4,000 crore with partial funding by the Union Government.
- For new solar power projects in Bundelkhand and eastern UP, the state government would bear the cost of linking the solar power project with the power grid or the cost incurred in laying the overhead power line
- The land ceiling of 5.058 hectares has been removed exclusively for setting up of solar power plants. Plus 100% exemption from stamp duty. Also, complete exemption from electricity duty for at least next 10 years.
- The private solar power generator will have the freedom to sell the power anywhere in the country and will get 100 percent waiver in transmission charges.
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