Punjab Invites Bids for 217 MW Solar Power Projects Under PM-KUSUM

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has invited applications from farmers, groups of farmers, panchayats, cooperatives, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) and water use associations in Punjab for setting up of solar power plants of individual capacity of 1MW, 1.5 MW and 2 MW. the move comes even as Punjab struggles to find a way out […]

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SJVN To Build 100 MW Solar Project in Punjab With PPA From PSPCL

SJVN, the jointly owned power firm of the Government of Himachal Pradesh and Govt Of India has won a 100 MW grid connected solar project from Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). The power purchase agreement shall be signed between PSPCL and SJVN for 25 years. SJVN currently has installed capacity of 2016.5 MW which […]

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SECI Wins Crucial Case At APTEL On Trading Margins, For Now

The Ruling against orders by the Delhi and Punjab regulators will be a relief to the central agency. In a detailed 77 page judgement delivered on July 2nd, a two judge bench of the Appellate Tribunal For Electricity  (APTEL) had delivered welcome news to SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India) on its precious trading margin […]

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Punjab Power Crisis The Worst Case Scenario For Poor Policy Decisions

Less than 72 hours after Union Minister R.K. Singh spoke about a target of 24×7 power, Punjab, one of the most  prosperous North Indian states, is plunged into a power crisis. In this crisis lies the case for some of the biggest reforms that have been pending due to resistance from multiple states, including Punjab […]

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Now Punjab Wants to Tear Up Solar Contracts

Even as the issues from Andhra Pradesh are still to be resolved, comes the news of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), the key state discom, pushing for a 10 percent discom from solar power producers. PSCL’s logic? The hit to collections during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the amazing argument that while determining the rate, […]

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Solar Subsidies. Is It Time To End Them?

Solar subsidies, like every other subsidy before them, had a noble purpose. To encourage, and enable the adoption of solar power, a cleaner power. It also joined a relatively select group of subsidies, by being open to almost every category of consumers for a while, before being restricted lately to the rooftop solar category. However, […]

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Solar Rooftop: Over to the States

The Missing Player Rooftop Solar. Right up till 2014, when India shifted gears in solar with an ambitious new target and a new focus on utility scale solar, solar usually meant rooftop solar, or even solar water heaters and other distributed solar products. And this was not because we had a lot of rooftop solar […]

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Rs 22,000 per kW Solar Rooftop in Punjab. Reality Bites

Rs 22,200 per kW. Yes, that was the final rate arrived at after a call for grid-connected solar rooftop bidding from vendors looking to get empaneled with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). This was after the  L1 rate of Rs 37,000 received  for 1 kWp – 10 kW category. After the 40 percent […]

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Punjab Lags in Installation of Solar Rooftop Power Plants

Punjab has seven buildings each fitted with a solar power plant of certain generating capacity across the districts of Mohali, Bathinda and Ludhiana. As the country sees a surge in the solar energy development, Punjab state government is said to have a blind eye towards India’s aggressive approach towards solar power development. Punjab government is […]

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