Energy and Petrochemicals Department, Government of Gujarat has prescribed a Timeline for speedier installation of Rooftop solar power plants in the State of Gujarat vide Circular no. SLR/11/2016/70/B dated 18th February 2016.
This is in line with the ambitious target of 3200 Mega Watt capacity Rooftop solar power plants set for the state of Gujarat by the Central Government (MINISTRY OF NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY) to be to be installed by the year 2022 and also the Solar Power Policy – 2105 issued by Government of Gujarat on 13th August, 2015.
This prescription of Time Line shows the enthusiasm of the Government of Gujarat for achievement of the target.
State Nodal Agency GEDA and all Discoms in the state as well as all concerned organisations will have to follow this time-line scrupulously.
Procedure for setting up of Solar Roof top PV project in Gujarat will be as below:
1. Registration at GEDA.
GEDA shall issue registration certificate within 5 days from receipt of duly completed application.
2. Approval from Chief Electrical Inspector.
CEI shall approve Single Line Diagram, Earthing Diagram and Wiring Diagram within 10 days from receipt of duly completed application.
3. Application to Discom
Applicant shall submit application form in prescribed format and submit following compliance and documents to DISCOM:
- capacity of solar Rooftop to be installed (Maximum should be 50% of the Consumer’s sanctioned load)
- Copy of Registration at GEDA
- Documents related to legal possession of roof-top/ NOC of co-owners, in case of joint ownership
- Approval of Chief Electrical Inspector (CEI) for Single Line Diagram, Earthing Diagram and Wiring Diagram
4. Technical Feasibility Report (TFR)
On registration with Discom, letter to concerned Circle / Division for TFR and informing applicant regarding specifications of CTPT meter.
Duration of approval: within 5 days from receipt of duly completed application.
5. TFR from field
TFR to include following:
a) Name of consumer
b) Load details of the buindling where roof-top is to be installed mentioning: Name of Division, Sub-Division, Consumer Name, Consumer No., Address, Tariff, Contract Demand/ Connected Load
c) Name of 11 KV feeder, Transofrmer capacity, Solar roof top capacity already connected as well as approved / sanctioned on this transformer including this proposed Solar Rooftop capacity -whether total Rooftop solar capacity is within the rated capacity of the transformer.
d) Maximum demand recorded during last one year
e) No dues certificate
f) No legal disputes pending certificate
g) Detailed estimate to be recovered from applicant for strengthening of DISCOM’s system for the work to be carried out for providing connectivity & evacuation facility of surplus power to be injected by the applicant.
Note: Solar installation to be restricted to T/C Capacity, if required it is to be strengthened at the cost of solar rooftop generator.
Duration of approval: within 10 days from the letter of Head Office.
6. Post TFR
On receipt of TFR from field, Head Office shall issue letter to applicant regarding:
In-principle consent for connectivity, payment of Connectivity Charges and execution of Connectivity Agreement within 15 days
Issuing estimate to applicant for system strengthening (if required) to be paid within 30 days, payment of Connectivity charges and execution of Connectivity Agreement.
Duration of approval: within 5 days from Receipt of TFR from field office.
7. Signing of Connectivity Agreement and issuance of letter to applicant for completion of project work
Case-1 (No system Strengthening required)
On payment of Connectivity charges and execution of Connectivity Agreement within 15 days of consent. Letter to applicant to complete the project work within 6 months.
Duration of approval: within 5 days from Execution of Agreement.
Case-2 (If system Strengthening required)
On payment of Connectivity charges and execution of Connectivity Agreement within 30 days along with payment of estimate. Letter to applicant to complete the project work within 6 months.
Duration of approval: within 5 days from Execution of Agreement.
8. System Strengthening by DISCOM
Discom to complete the work of system strengthening on payment of estimate.
Duration : within 45 days in parallel to project installation.
9. Notice to applicant for commissioning
Issuance of 2 month notice to applicant for commissioning of the project on expiry of 6 months project completion period.
Duration : within 5 days on expiry of 6 months.
10. In case of non-completion of work by applicant
If no intimation received from applicant on expiry of 2 months notice period, application shall be cancelled informing the applicant within 30 days forfeiting all charges apid for Solar Rooftop Project.
Duration : within 5 days on expiry of 2 months.
11. On Completion of work by applicant
Intimation to applicant to submit following documents within 5 days: (If not submitted along with intimation of commissioning by applicant)
a) Ownership of Solar PV system
b) Installation charging approval of Chief Electrical Inspector (CEI)
c) Meter/ #CTPT testing certificate from High-tech lab and #ERDA.
d) All equipment should comply with IEC Standards. Applicant to submit relevant #IEC certificate/ test reports for all equipments. i.e. for PV modules/ SPV inverters/ cables / junction box / Transformer / RMU/ CTPT meter etc.
e) Installation of proper protection system (inverter shall have anti-islanding feature) along-with second line of protection such as no-volt relay, applicant has to pay connectivity charges & execute connectivity agreement with #DISCOM
Note: If applicant is not submitting above documents within 5 days, application shall be cancelled forfeiting all charges paid for Solar Rooftop Project.
Duration : within 5 days from receipt of Completion Letter from Applicant.
12. Intimation to field office
On Receipt of documents from the applicant, intimation to field office/ sub-division for installation of Meter (Solar meter- to record total generation and bidirectional / ABT meter for Net Metering).
Duration : within 5 days from receipt of documents from Applicant.
13. Report from field / sub-division
Installation of Meter (Solar meter- to record total generation and bidirectional / #ABT meter for Net Metering) and intimate to applicant and report to HO
Duration : within 7 days from receipt of Letter from HO.
14. Intimation to #GEDA
Discom shall intimate to GEDA for issuing #Commissioning #Certificate
Duration : within 5 days from receipt of Letter from Discom.
15. Issuance of Commissioning Certificate from GEDA
GEDA shall visit the site in consultation with Discom and applicant and issue Commissioning Certificate
Duration : within 5 days from receipt of Intimation from Applicant.
I hope effective implementation of this well drafted Time Line for speedier installation of Rooftop solar power plants in the State of Gujarat will help India to be a leading player in use of Renewable sources of energy.