The last two wind energy tenders in India have been significantly under-subscribed and the government was quick to make some small but crucial changes to the conditions of wind energy tenders issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
Some of the issues addressed by the government include-
- Land acquisition– the time limit to acquire land has been completely removed.
- Penalty on the shortfall in the generation- The penalty has now been reduced to 50% of the tariff ratewhich was earlier 70% and now this penalty can be deposited with the end-consumer (distribution utilities), a provision that was absent in the original regulations.
- Payment on Early Commissioning- The project developers shall now receive payment as per the full tariff rate in case they commission their projects before the scheduled date. As per the original regulations, developers would have received payment at the rate of 75% of the tariff rate.
These changes may help the government bring back developers to the auctions.
This is a PIB News-Feed; edited by Clean Future Team