Recommendations of the Committee set up for promotion of manufacturing in solar energy in India.

Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) on Friday ordered the state

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has become the first State Regulatory Commission in the country to issue a tariff order on solar energy. It has issued its first tariff order for procurement of power by distribution licensees from solar energy generators (solar photovoltaic and solar thermal projects).

K Subramanya

As the details of the implementation guidelines for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission trickle out, the vast majority of the Indian solar industry has gone into thinking mode over the last two weeks, worrying why the government, in a throwback to an earlier era, is trying to preselect the means to admirable ends even before particular technologies are proven.

The policy framework provided in the National Solar Mission document is to enable solar technology penetration in the country, both at a centralized and decentralized level. The Ministry had started processes on the major components through a process of consultation with various Ministries as well as other stakeholders including industry and investors shortly after Cabinet approval.

After the announcement of the National Solar Mission, a Committee was set up to recommend a policy framework to encourage domestic production of raw materials and components required for expanding the domestic industrial base by identifying the critical elements/components which led themselves to indigenous manufacture and recommend the minimum indigenous content for solar power pojects, both sola

CERC's order stakeholders comments for setting of the benchmark capital cost of solar-PV for financial years 2010-11, 2011-2012 and solar-thermal projects for the years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-13. The order also includes comments and calculations presented by stakeholders in a public hearing in February 2010.

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K Subramanya

In a notification issued on December 3, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has announced the generic tariff to be paid to the producers of power from renewable sources including wind, small hydro, biomass, non-fossil fuel-based cogeneration plants and solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal power plants.

IF THINGS move in the right direction, Rajasthan is set to bask in the sunshine. The desert state is likely to attract an investment of Rs 45,000 crore in the solar energy sector. Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation chairman and managing director Naresh Pal Gangwar told ET that 72 power companies have registered with the corporation for the generation of 2,500 MW in solar energy sector.