Mandatory Provisioning of Solar Photovoltaic Cell Plants (Solar Roof-top) for Building in Haryana

Haryana Government Renewable Energy Department (HAREDA) has issued an order dated 03rd Sep 2014 for mandatory provisioning of Solar Photovoltaic Cell Plants (Solar Roof-Top) in the state of Haryana. What are the pros and cons of this mandatory order? What are the issues with this order?

 

The HAREDA order can be found at the following link:

http://hareda.gov.in/writereaddata/news/hareda398121132.pdf

There are two line items which are of interest to the societies and apartment complex:

S. No.

Building/Area

Capacity of Solar Photovoltaic Cell Plants to be involved

1

All residential building built on a plot size of 500 sq yard and above and falling within the limits of municipal corporation, municipal councils, municipal committees, HUDA, HSIIDC Sectors

Minimum of 1 Kilo Watt Peak (1kWp)

Or 5% of the connected load whichever is higher

2

All new housing societies, complexes developed by group housing societies, builders, housing boards on a plot size of

 
 
  1. 0.5 acre to 1.0 acre
 i. 10 Kilo Watt Peak
 

ii. 1.0 acre to 2.0 acre

 ii. 20 Kilo Watt Peak
 

iii. 2.0 acre to 5.0 acre

 iii. 30 Kilo Watt Peak
 

iv. more than 5.0 acre

iv. 40 Kilo Watt Peak

 

The second one is applicable to the new apartment complexes. We believe that the first one remain applicable to existing apartment complexes.

At the high level, it is a welcome policy.

We however believe that the policy has following issues:

  1. The time lines available to implement are not known.

  2. Who has the mandate to implement the policy? Technically, municipal bodies should implement it. It however has to come into their bye-laws and regulations. The policy is not effective till then.

  3. The policy is silent on the punitive measure for the violation of the policy. Would it become a harassment tool?

  4. There are subsidies available. It is good that subsidies are not linked with the policy. However, the presence of subsidies does create a distortion in the policy environment.

 

As usual, it is a hastily drafted un –implementable policy.

In our view, the government has failed miserably in meeting its own Renewable Purchase Obligations for its state distribution companies – DHBVN and UHBVN. These things should be driven either by commercial considerations and environmental considerations. For a lot of client segments, it already makes a commercial sense to implement solar roof-tops. Let us create the policy environment friendly for the entities who would like to implement the system based on commercial consideration.

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