The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has approved the Haryana Power Purchase Center’s (HPPC) draft power purchase agreement (PPA) with Amplus Sun Solutions Private Limited. The PPA was signed for 50 MW of solar power from its project in Bhiwani. HPPC is a joint forum created and owned by the state distribution licensees, namely, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).
This is a welcome move after Haryana created hurdles to open access developers in the states by delaying regulatory approvals.
Haryana Power Purchase Center had filed a petition seeking approval of the PPA with Amplus Sun Solutions from a grid-connected solar project in the Bhiwani district of Haryana at a tariff to be determined by the Commission.
Amplus developed the project as an open access/captive power project under the Haryana state solar policy 2016. The project was registered with the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Authority (HAREDA) for captive consumption. It was granted connectivity for the sale of power under open access on August 28, 2019.
In its order, the Commission decided to waive off the DISCOMs’ RPO backlogs until 2019 as a one-time measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.