Solar Developer Seeks CERC’s Help to Align Long-Term Access with Project Commissioning

Independent power producer Azure Power had recently approached the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), seeking a deadline extension from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) to lay the transmission lines.

In response to the appeal, CERC, in a recent order, directed Azure Power to file an affidavit, explaining the current developments leading to delay in commissioning the 1,200 MW of solar projects being developed in Rajasthan. Azure Power has been asked to submit its response by May 14, 2021.

Azure Power had further appealed to the Commission to direct PGCIL to not penalize for the delay in commissioning of the transmission line and the pooling substation. Taking cognizance of the request, the Commission noted that the central transmission utility would not take any coercive action against the company during the hearing. The Commission also asked PGCIL to file its reply by May 24, 2021.

Azure Power filed a petition with the Commission requesting it to direct PGCIL to extend the start date for the long-term access and the deadline for the completion of the dedicated transmission line and the pooling substation to match with the extension of the commissioning dates of the projects.

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