In another interesting turn of events in Andhra Pradesh’s renewable energy space, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has directed the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) to pay a tariff of ₹2.72 (~$0.04)/kWh along with a trading margin of ₹0.07 (~$0.001)/kWh to Sprng Energy, Ayana Renewable Power, and SB Energy, the winners in the auction conducted by the National Thermal Corporation of India (NTPC) for 750 MW of solar projects in Ananthapuramu solar park.
A petition was filed by solar power project developers Sprng Agnitra Private Limited, Ayana Kadapa Renewable Power Private Limited, SB Energy Solar Private Limited, and Sprng Soura Kiran Vidyut Private Limited, against the petition filed by AP DISCOMs before the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC).
Andhra Pradesh DISCOMs, namely, Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh and Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh, had earlier filed a petition to reduce the tariff for the solar power. The case has so far been tossed from one bench to another, awaiting resolution.
The Andhra Pradesh distribution companies at various stages had approached the state Commission stating that the tariff must be reduced to ₹2.44 (~$0.034)/kWh since there is going to be a delay in commissioning of the project. They had also sought for the reduction of a trading margin of ₹0.07 (~$0.001)/kWh to ₹0.02 (~$0.0002)/ kWh.
The state DISCOMs argued that the tariff for procurement of solar power across the country had been reduced to ₹2.44 (~$0.03)/ kWh, so the tariff that would be applicable will be the one that’s prevalent when the project starts supplying power.