The Government of Gujarat (the “State Government”) has also acknowledged the fact that power from renewable sources is, at present, significantly more expensive than those generated from conventional sources like coal‐based power plants. The increase of renewable energy in the total energy basket has to be done in a manner that does not add undue burden to the Consumers in the State. Therefore, this Solar Power Policy‐2015 (this “Policy”) is intended to facilitate and promote large scale addition of solar power generation capacities in Gujarat while taking into account the interest of all its stakeholders, such as the Investors, Developers, Technology Providers, Power Utilities, Grid Operators and the Consumers.
The State Government envisions a future with reduced dependence on fossil‐based energy by promoting renewable energy sources. The State recognizes that renewable energy can also significantly increase the State’s and the Nation’s energy security. Above all, it is the vision of the State Government to provide a clean and sustainable environment for its Citizens.
1. To promote green and clean power and to reduce the State’s carbon emission;
2. To reduce dependency on fossil fuels for energy security and sustainability;
3. To help reduce the cost of renewable energy generation;
4. To promote investment, employment generation, and skill enhancement in the renewable energy sector;
5. To promote productive use of barren and uncultivable lands;
6. To encourage the growth of local manufacturing facilities in line with the ‘Make in India’ programme;
7. To promote research, development, and innovation in renewable energy.
Installed Capacity: The minimum size of an MW-scale project shall be 1 MW and that for a kW-scale project shall be 1 kW.
Brief about installation policy
The Government of Gujarat launched the Surya Urja Rooftop Yojana-Gujarat (SURYA Gujarat), vide G. R. No. SLR-11/2015/401/B1 dated 5th August 2019 to give a further boost for the promotion of Solar Roof Top in the State for the residential sector. The Policy has targeted 2 lakh, residential consumers, during the year 2019-20 and 8 lakh residential consumers cumulatively until the year 2021-22. This is over and above the capacity commissioned as of 31st March 2019. The Policy operative period shall be up to the financial year 2021-22. Any capacity of solar rooftop system equal to or greater than 1 (one) kilowatt DC can be installed irrespective of the sanctioned load of the residential consumers. The electricity generated from the solar rooftop system shall be net-metered on the billing cycle period and the surplus power fed to the grid upon self-consumption shall be purchased by the concerned distribution licensee at the rate of INR 2.25 per unit.
OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND INCENTIVES
Gujarat Industrial Policy 2015
The Government of Gujarat has launched the “Gujarat Industrial Policy 2015” (Industries and Mines Department) and envisions to boost the renewable sector through its provisions. This policy promotes the “Make in India” campaign and provides for subsidy benefits, simplification of procedures, strengthening a single-window system, etc. to manufacture in the State.
Electronics Policy for the State of Gujarat (2014‐19)
The Government of Gujarat has also launched the “Electronics Policy for the State of Gujarat (2014‐19)” (Department of Science and Technology) which supports facilitation for setting up semiconductor wafer facilities. It also extends benefits for solar cell manufacturing, solar modules, and panel manufacturing, solar lanterns/ lamps manufacturing, and all the systems and devices that come under the purview of solar technology.
Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M‐SIPS) of the Government of India
The Government of India has launched the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M‐SIPS) to provide incentives and attract investments in electronic systems design and manufacturing industries. These industries include the manufacturing of polysilicon, ingots, and wafers, crystalline/ polycrystalline cells and modules, thin‐film modules, transformers, and allied electronics. The manufacturer/ Developers may avail of the benefits of this scheme.