NSEFI and NHEV come together to look for opportunities to build Delhi-Jaipur solar E-highway

Mr. Abhijeet Sinha, Director, National Highways for Electric Vehicles and Mr. Subramanyam Pulipika, CEO, NSEFI, initiated their scheduled visit on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH-48) from India Gate, on 31st July, 2023. The purpose of this journey was to inspect and identify private and institutional buildings nearby Delhi- Jaipur Highway that might be able to curate the probable capacity to produce 1 MM – 3 MW of Solar Energy for Self Consumption as well as for NHEV 3rd Generation Green Fuel Charging Stations on E-highways.
National Highways for Electric Vehicle started its journey after the Ministry of Power Reform allowed people and private enterprise to own, build, operate petrol pumps like Charging Station without any license and today the project is now entering its construction and allocation phase for upgradation of a 5500 km stretch nationwide into E-highways.
These 3rd Generation Charging Stations, to be erected on these 23 E- Highways were previously proposed to be dependent on Solar Power for only a limited percentage. But after The Government had notified Electricity (Promoting Renewable Energy Through Green Energy Open Access) Rules, 2022 on 06th June last year, in order to further accelerate India’s ambitious renewable energy programmes, with the objective of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and green energy for all, NHEV found a little hope in order to achieve the targeted National Net Zero Goals.

This exercise of NHEV Director and NSEFI CEO together was planned after the Union power & NRE Minister Shri R.K Singh chaired a meeting in New Delhi with Industry and other stakeholders on Green Energy Open Access Rules on 13th May, 2023, assuring Industry of all help in adoption of the same for the implementation of Green Energy Open Access to consume renewable energy for charging EVs anywhere on Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) through Green Open Access Registry (GOAR) of NHEV stations to achieve national NetZero targets.
Green Open Access is allowed to any consumer and the limit of Open Access Transaction has been reduced from 1 MW to 100 KW for green energy, to enable small consumers to purchase renewable power through open access.
Under these open access rules, any consumer can generate their own solar energy and supply it to the required destination via the electricity grid. The Ministry of Power has already notified Grid Controller of India Limited as Central Nodal Agency who operates Green Open Access Registry (GOAR) portal which is the single window portal to register and apply for the Green Energy Open Access.
Green Energy Open Access Rules also levy open access charges on transmission charges, wheeling charges, cross subsidy surcharge, standby charges wherever applicable, banking charge and other fees and charges such as Load Dispatch Centre fees and scheduling charges & deviation settlement charges whereas the additional surcharge are said to be removed.
There will be a uniform Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), on all obligated entities in the area of a distribution license. Green Hydrogen/Green Ammonia has also been included for fulfillment of its RPO.
NHEV is piloting the implementation of Green Energy Open Access to consume renewable energy for charging EVs anywhere on Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) through Green Open Access Registry (GOAR) to achieve the national NetZero targets.

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