Jharkhand has started receiving solar power from Gujarat through the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) as part of the Renewable (Energy) Purchase Obligation (RPO).

The 200MW solar power received from PGCIL will ensure an uninterrupted power supply in areas under the Jharkhand Urja Sancharan Nigam LImited (JUSNL).

Notably, the state discom — Jharkhand Bidyut Viratan Nigam Limited (JBVL) had signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for 25 years with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in July 2018 for 700MW of solar power. The solar power is purchased at Rs 2.5 per unit from SECI’s solar plants in Gujarat.

Talking to TOI, JBVNL director (operations) K K Verma, who is also heading Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Authority (JREDA), said every discom is under the obligation to purchase energy from renewable resources and the addition of 200MW to the state’s net power availability would be a big step in realizing the RPO.

“Our demand is also increasing, and we expect to meet this demand from the solar power source,” he said.

Currently, the state is experiencing a power crisis in the DVC command area over the past several months over outstanding bills. The solar power receive will, however, be not supplied to the DVC command area.

Source: TOI