How it un­folded

Down to Earth - - ENERGY -

Kar­nataka's plan to in­crease its so­lar power pro­duc­tion is now mired in con­tro­ver­sies and court cases

July 2010 Kar­nataka Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (KERC) an­nounces that it will buy power from rooftop so­lar plants at R14.5 per unit July 2011 Govern­ment re­leases So­lar Power Pol­icy 2011-2016 Oc­to­ber 2013 KERC low­ers rooftop so­lar power tar­iff to R9.56 per unit May 2014 Govern­ment re­vises and re­leases a new So­lar Power Pol­icy 2014-2021 Septem­ber 2014 KERC is­sues power pur­chase agree­ment (PPA) for­mat for rooftop so­lar agree­ments De­cem­ber 2015 the no­ti­fi­ca­tion March 2016 Govern­ment with­draws the May 2016 KERC low­ers rooftop so­lar power tar­iff to R7.08 per unit May 2016 Govern­ment or­ders in­quiry into the PPA ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties July 2016 KERC re­vises PPA for­mat July 2016 Govern­ment sus­pends nine en­gi­neers for sign­ing PPAs. Hold­ers of the agree­ment file court cases

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