Under the Karnataka Renewable Energy Policy, it is envisaged that the State will have a target for achieving 126 MW of solar power up to 2013-14. The Govt. of Karnataka had released the Solar Policy for FY11-FY16 on 1st July 2011 envisaging to set up a capacity of 200 MW of solar power in the state for the RPO fulfilment of the ESCOMs. The policy came into force from 1st July 2011 and shall remain in force up to 31st March 2016.

Salient Features:

  1. Proposed Capacity:

It is proposed to install 200 MW up to 2015-16, for the purpose of procurement by the ESCOMS. This will be in addition to the allotment received under JNNSM. The annual capacity approved will be as follows:


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  • This does not include CPP and those put up for sale of power to third party.
  • The minimum capacity shall be 3 MW and max. capacity will be 10 MW for Solar PV projects and min. capacity shall be 5 MW for Solar Thermal projects
  • Power evacuation shall be through 11 KV and above voltage will only be permissible.
  • Project allocation will be done through competitive bidding process with a maximum tariff being in accordance with the KERC order.
  1. Additional Capacity:

The state reserves a capacity of 50 MW from the central or state owned undertaking for setting up solar projects in the state for providing solar power bundled with thermal power from outside the state at the rates to be determined by the govt. subject to the approval of KERC. This is in addition to the 200 MW of capacity planned as mentioned above.

  1. Wheeling & OA charges:

In addition to envisaged 200MW capacity, captive power plants and plants for sale to third party will also be set up. In case of captive power plants and projects for sale of power to third party other than ESCOMs, wheeling and open access charges have to be paid as determined by KERC/CERC.

  1. REC Scheme:

Under the REC mechanism the project developers can sell their power at the pooled cost of power purchase only to the ESCOMS. A capacity of 100 MW can be installed under this scheme.

  1. CDM Proceeds:

Sharing of CDM proceeds will be as per bidding documents.

  1. Metering:

Metering arrangement shall be made as per Central Electricity Authority (Installation & Operation of Meters) Regulations, 2006, the grid code, the metering code and other relevant regulations issued by KERC/CERC in this regard

  1. The state will continue to implement JNNSM and all other schemes of the MNRE.
  2. KREDL will be the nodal agency for facilitating and implementing this policy.

Source: MNRE

The detailed policy document can be downloaded from the following link:



Karnataka Solar Policy 2014-2021

Government of Karnataka revises the existing solar policy and publishes the Karnataka Solar Policy 2014-2021. The new solar policy which encourages households to generate solar power on their roof-tops and sell the surplus energy to the state grid.

The new policy is expected to give a major boost to solar power production in the state. The policy envisages generating 450 MW energy in the 2014-15 financial year. The policy also promotes production of solar power by land-owning farmers with a minimum capacity of 1 MW and maximum capacity of 3 MW per farmer.

Cumulative capacity under this category is fixed at 300 MW. The government will facilitate purchase of energy generated under this category through ESCOMS at the tariff fixed by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission. The new policy for 2014-2021 envisages solar power generation of 2,000 MW by 2021 in the state.

The detailed policy document can be downloaded from the following link:


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