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The Telangana Government has come up with a new solar policy for 2015, which will be valid for five years with incentives.
It provides for a 100 per cent refund of VAT/GST for all inputs required for solar power projects, which is to be provided by the Commercial Taxes Department. There is also a provision for 100 per cent stamp duty refund for land purchased for the solar power project.
Grid-connected solar power projects based on both photo-voltaic as well as solar thermal technologies set up for sale of power to TS discoms or for sale of power to third parties within the State and for captive generation are entitled for facilities.
These would also be offered to those funded and owned by developers, as also solar roof-top projects, off grid applications, and projects under MNRE and Government of India schemes and solar parks. However, to avail the benefits, the power generated would have to be consumed within the State.
The State proposed to encourage development of solar parks to host an array of players. A solar policy cell to facilitate single window clearance has been proposed.
A transaction charge of 10,000 per mw shall be applicable with a maximum of 2 lakh per project. The modalities for single window will be announced within 30 days.
The policy states that there is no ceiling limit as per the land ceiling act for solar projects factoring five acres as a cap for one mw.
The wheeling and transmission charges have been exempted for captive use within the State and would be charged in case of third party sale. It provides for development charges and layout fee of 25,000 per acre to the respective panchayat. A project monitoring committee, including private developers, would be constituted to facilitate early implementation.
While extending all concessions offered by the Centre under various schemes, for solar rooftop units, there is no distribution loss/charge. The Discom will come out with a separate statement on solar pumps.
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