The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has alleged that state-run power giant NTPC and its trading arm NVVN are delaying issue of commercial operation date (CoD) certificate to solar projects. The CoD is a pre-requisite for selling power at the rate prescribed in the power purchase agreement.

The NSEFI has claimed that the power produced from these solar projects is being sold at concessional rates.

“NTPC and its trading arm NVVN are delaying in providing CoD certificates to plants commissioned in March, 2017, even after three months of their commissioning, although contractually required to provide CoD from 30th day of commissioning,” NSEFI said in a letter to power secretary. An NTPC spokesperson did not comment on the matter.

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) in March 2015 under the National Solar Mission programme came up with a scheme for setting up of 3000 MW (Phase II, Batch II) of Solar power projects under state specific bundling scheme to be implemented through NTPC/NVVN.

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