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After consistently failing in procuring power through renewable energy sources, distribution companies in the national Capital have finally begun to meet their renewable power obligations (RPOs). On Thursday, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) signed a power purchase agreement with SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy development company to buy 180 megawatts (MW) of solar power. The move comes at a time when the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has decided to penalise the discoms for defaulting in the annual targets towards RPOs.
The arrangement is projected to save 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to taking more than 54,000 cars off the road, said officials. “SunEdison will be setting up six plants of 30 MW each totaling 180 MW in Madhya Pradesh, and the power generated will be wheeled to TPDDL in Delhi for the next 20 years. The solar power plants are projected to produce 375,000 MWh a year,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, TPDDL.
Over two and a half years have passed since power procurement through renewable sources of energy was made mandatory for Delhi’s distribution companies. But, none of the three power utilities have complied with the regulation so far. For 2015-15 the total power procurement for discoms through non-renewable energy is 7.6 per cent out of which 0.30 per cent is from solar power.
On this a discom official said, “TPDDL has been focusing to augment its solar power capacity and has set up a target to generate 400MW of rooftop solar energy in Delhi by 2022, mainly through commercial and industrial consumers in North and North West Delhi.” The arrangement is projected to save 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to taking more than 54,000 cars off the road
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