Wheeling and banking of solar power

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In recent days many investors are adopting the REC route and selling the solar power either to a third party or using it for captive purpose, rather than selling it to the state utilities. GERC is in the process of framing guidelines for using the solar power for captive use through nits discussion paper in Nov 2011. As per this discussion paper, the wheeling of solar power is applicable for a capacity of greater than 4 MW. THe consumption of this power at 66 KV is allowed afterr payment of the transmission charges and transmission losses as per the open access guidelines. In case the consumer is connected bellow 66 KV level within the state, the consumer has to pay the transmission charges as well as the wheeling loss @7% of the energy fed to the grid.

The roof top plants of 100 kW -1 MW capacity and ground mounted solar plants between capacity of 1 MW-4 MW are also allowed to use solar electricity for captive usage after payment of distribution losses @3% of the energy fed to the grid. In case the wheeling is done in the area of another distribution licensee, then the consumer has to pay the transmission charges as a normal open access consumer as well as the transmission and distribution losses @10% of the energy fed to the grid.

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