FAQ

  1. What is the Purpose of this Site?
  2. Why Pay for Registration?
  3. Why do we verify your registration?
  4. How do I Register?
  5. How this site works?
  6. What is the procedure to participate?
  7. Who can participate in REC Market?
  8. What are the types of REC’s available in market?
  9. What is a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC)?
  10. How are the transmission charges and losses handled?
  11. What are the technical requirements for power trading?
  12. What are the features available under Electricity Act-2003 for Electricity Bill-2003?
  13. What are the responsibilities of State Load Dispatch centre?
  14. What are the responsibilities of Regional Load Dispatch Centre?
  15. What is the network for Transmission of Electricity in the country?
  16. How does any person transmit or distribution or undertake trading in electricity?
  17. Who will prepare & publish National Electricity Policy and tariff policy Plan?
  18. What do you mean by Transmission lines?
  19. What do you mean by Stand-alone system?
  20. What does the Regional Power Committee do?
  21. What does the term Distribution licensee mean?
  22. What does the term Dedicated Transmission lines means?
  23. Is Electricity Act-2003 extended to whole of India?
  24. What are the main objectives of Electricity Act-2003?
  25. What are the responsibilities of State Load Dispatch centre?
  26. What are the responsibilities of Regional Load Dispatch Centre
  27. How does any person transmit or distribution undertake trading in electricity?
  28. Who will prepare & publish National Electricity Policy and tariff policy Plan?
  29. What do you mean by Transmission lines?
  30. What do you mean by Stand-alone system?
  31. What does the term Power Systems means?
  32. What does the term Distribution licensee mean?
  33. What does the term Dedicated Transmission lines mean?
  34. Is Electricity Act-2003 extended to whole of India?
  35. What is wheeling of power?
  36. What is Open Access?
  37. What is Captive generating plant?
  38. What is the electricity Act,2003?
  39. What is your contact number?
  40. Whom do I contact for power purchase?
  41. What are the various sources of power?
  42. Can thermal energy be banked?
  43. What is banking of power?
  44. Can I purchase power for three months?
  45. Do I have to purchase power right through the year?
  46. What type of consumers are eligible for private power purchase?
  47. How much will I save by consuming private power?
  48. Does private power require a separate line?
  49. How is private power supplied?
  50. What is private power?

What is the Purpose of this Site?

eClouds represents various Independent Power Producers (IPPs). Our IPPs have more than 1000 MW of power production capacity. This includes thermal, wind and solar power sources. Power is given to consumers under bilateral agreements (third party power sale) and group captive power purchase option.

eClouds is for providing long term contracts at fixed prices for the contract term. Normally, these long term contracts work for a minimum of one year to a maximum of 15 years. Standard contracts with thermal power plants are for one year duration. For wind and solar, these are signed for three year terms. Longer terms with appropriate escalation clauses can also be obtained.

The contracts are transparent and you get the best price for the power. Power buyers and sellers directly sign off the contract. There are no intermediaries. The operation is transparent and the cost of the site is covered by either of the parties for a very nominal charge.

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Why Pay for Registration?

It is important that you pay for registration because we want only serious buyers / sellers on site. Only then, whomsoever you meet on this site are really serious about doing business with you and not just time wasters.

But of course, you need not worry about that you might lose this money. Simply because we, our support team and our marketing team would ensure that you get the right person to meet your requirements.

Charges

Obviously no business can exist all by itself without taking any service charges. We do charge you for our services. You will have to pay us just 2.5 paise per kWh of consumption for our basic services.

The basic services include providing you with the right buyer / seller within the shortest span of time, coordinating with buyer and seller for signing of the Power Purchase Agreements, maintain complete database on your billing, payments, collection, ensuring timely payments using our messaging and follow up team in addition to ensuring proper supply of power. In short, our work covers all documentation, providing buyer and seller support on supply of power, billing and collection services.

This does not include coordinating with local Utility for delivery of power and liaison for lining up of power at the utility end. This will attract additional charges and you may please chat with support to get further information on the same.

In addition to this, we also provide regulatory provisions support. This would help you comply all regulatory requirements under any of the provisions that are in vogue. In which case, an additional 2.5 paise per kWh will be charged.

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Why do we verify your registration?

Verification is needed because, this is a serious business web site. We do not want people who are not serious in doing business or who might cause damage to our system. Even if the number of people clicking into the site is limited, it is fine. But do we want people who are just walking in or people who really mean business? This is really to protect your interest.

Verification process

The process of verification is two pronged. One, we get an identity proof and an address proof from you just to confirm, that you are representing the company you claim to represent. Two, we call you up and talk to you to confirm that you are the person whom you claim to be. Once this done, your stage 1 registration process is completed.

At the end of stage 1 registration, you will be able to see the bids. But you will not be able to place your own bid. You will not be able to chat with the seller / buyer and close an order. In order to do that, you will have to complete stage 2 registration.

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How do I Register?

Registration is a simple process. Just go through the sign up option from the home screen. Sign up is shown in the logging in screen as well. Click Sign Up right here to reach Sign Up screen.

Fill the registration form, comprising of three tabs. Please provide adequate information for the verification team to confirm your registration.

This is a part of the Stage 1 Verification.
Why do we verify your registration?

Stage 2 registration.

In your home screen, you will find a profile option. Go to the profile option and check the percentage completion of your profile.

You will find Stage 1 Complete. Stage 2  Complete Now. Stage 2 and Complete Now will be in Red while Stage 1 Complete will be in Green.

You can click on Complete Now and get into stage 2. A detail on what is being done in Stage 2 will be provided in the screen along with a Pay Now button. Click on the pay now and go to the Payment Gateway.

Make payment of Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand Only) to confirm your interest in doing business on this web site. Please note this is a refundable amount if you are not able to get your supplier / buyer within 30 days or a reasonable period of time and you have made earnest efforts at it. If you get the right party, then the same is adjustable against our charges for the work. See charges.
See also Why pay for Registration?

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How this site works?

Every visitor to the site can choose to be either a consumer or a generator. If you are a consumer, then you may please choose the Buyer option while registering your name and choose the Seller option if you are a Generator of power. Registration is a must in order to make use of the site to its entirety. See how do I register?

Let us consider that you are selling power.

You have two options. One, you may place a bid and then wait for buyers to respond. We have two thousand clicks every day at our site. The wait will not be long. Two, you may look up the bids placed by the buyers and see if any of them is satisfactory for your requirements.

If you find any of them interesting all that you have to do is, select the chat option in the bid and directly converse with the Buyer if he is online. If not leave message and a convenient time for conversing and deciding on the contract.

You may also send a message to eClouds support team right there asking for more details of the buyer which could also be provided by eClouds team. Please note, we normally do not divulge the names and contact details of the buyer to you before finalizing the terms. And we do not expect you to share contact information with the buyer / seller

The same is valid if you want to buy power.

You will have two options. One, to place a bid and then wait for sellers to respond to your bid. Two, you may look up seller bids and see which of them meets your requirements. Choose the one that you want and talk directly to the Seller using our chat feature and finalize your terms and conditions.

You may also ask for seller terms and conditions from the eClouds Support team who will happily provide you with the term sheet.

Finalize the terms and place the order. Your search for power is over, sitting at your desk.

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What is the procedure to participate?

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) approved the procedures to participate in REC Mechanism in its regulation dated 14th January, 2010. The procedure approved and notified by the regulator broadly involves four parts: procedure for accreditation through State Nodal Agency; Procedure for Registration through Central Agency NLDC; Procedure for Issuance through Central Agency (NLDC) and procedure for trading and redemption through power exchanges.

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Who can participate in REC Market?

Eligible Entity- Those who generate power from renewable sources approved by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

Obligated Entity- Those who have obligation to purchase some percentage of their consumption as mentioned in their respective state REC regulations either from renewable power or the renewable energy certificate. . The CERC – REC Regulations, recognise the obligated entities as: distribution utility, open access consumer and captive power consumer.

Voluntary Entity- Those who purchase RECs voluntarily to offset the carbon footprints of their business activities or for CSR activities.

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What are the types of REC’s available in market?

There are two types of certificates:

  •  Solar certificates for generation through solar
  • Non-solar certificates for generation through all renewable sources other than solar
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What is a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC)?

Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) represents the green attributes of electricity generated from renewable energy source. These attributes are unbundled from the physical electricity and the two products—the attributes embodied in the certificates and the commodity electricity—are sold or purchased separately. While the green power can be sold to the distribution licensee at preferential tariff, the generator can get the green attributes issued for every 1 MWh of green energy injected into the grid      (1 REC=1 MWh). These green attributes can be separately traded at power exchanges.

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How are the transmission charges and losses handled?

Regional/inter-State transmission charges are levied as per CERC Regulations and state transmission charges are levied as per the concerned State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) Regulations. Similarly losses are be accounted for at the time of scheduling and the percentage loss applied is as per the rates decided by CERC/SERC.

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What are the technical requirements for power trading?

The technical requirements to start trading are as below:

  • Standing Clearance from State Load Despatch Centre (SLDC) of State/UT
  • Presence of ABT (Availability based Tariff) Meter (0.2s class Accuracy)
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What are the features available under Electricity Act-2003 for Electricity Bill-2003?

Following are the features under Electricity Act-2003 for Electricity Bill-2003.

  • The central Government to prepare a National Electricity Policy in consultation with state governments·
  • Trust to complete the rural electrification and provide for management of rural distribution by panchayats, cooperative societies, non-government organizations, franchisees, etc.
  • Provision for license free generation & distribution in the rural areas. ·Generation, being de-licensed and captive generation being freely permitted.
  • Hydro projects need clearance from the central electricity authority.
  • Transmission Utility at the central as well as state level, to be a government company with responsibility for planned and coordinated development of transmission network.
  • Provision for private licensee in transmission & entry in distribution through an independent network.
  • Open access in transmission from the outset.
  • Open accesses in distribution to be introduced in phases with surcharge for current level of cross subsidy to be gradually phased out along with cross subsidies and obligation to supply. SERs to frame regulations within oneyear regarding phasing of open access.
  • Distribution licensees would be free to undertake generation and generating companies would be free to take up distribution licensees.
  • The State Electricity Regulatory commission is a mandatory requirement.
  • Provision for payment of subsidy through budget·
  • Trading, a distinct activity is being recognized with the safeguard of the Regulatory commissions being authorized to fix ceilings on trading margins, if necessary.
  • Provision for reorganization or continuance of SEBs, -Metering of all electricity supplied made mandatory·
  • An Appellate Tribunal to hear appeals against the decision of the CERC and SERC.
  • Provisions relating to theft of electricity made more stringent.
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What are the responsibilities of State Load Dispatch centre?

The State Load Dispatch centre shall be the apex body to ensure integrated operation of the power system in a State. Be responsible for optimum scheduling and dispatch of electricity within a State, in accordance with the contracts entered into with the licensees or the generating companies operating in that State. Monitor grid operations. Keep accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted through the State grid; Exercise supervision and control over the intra-state transmission system.   Be responsible for carrying out real time operations for grid control and dispatch of electricity within the State through secure and economic operation of the State grid in accordance with the Grid Standards and the State Grid Code.

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What are the responsibilities of Regional Load Dispatch Centre?

The Regional Load Dispatch Centre shall, -Be responsible for optimum scheduling and dispatch of Electricity within the region, in accordance with the contracts entered with the licensees or the generating companies operating in the region.-Monitor grid operations; -Keep accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted through the regional grid; -Exercise supervision and control over the inter-State transmission system. -Responsible for carrying out real time operations for grid control and dispatch of electricity within the region through secure and economic operation of the regional grid in accordance with the Grid Standards and the Grid Code.

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What is the network for Transmission of Electricity in the country?

The Central Government makes region-wise demarcation of the country, and,  from time to time, makes such modifications therein as it may consider necessary for the efficient, economical and integrated transmission and supply of electricity.

  • The National Load Dispatch Centre shall be operated by a Government company or any authority or corporation established or constituted  by or under any Central Act, as may be notified by the Central Government·
  • The Central Government shall establish a centre for each region  to be known as the Regional
  • Load Dispatch Centre having territorial jurisdiction  as determined by the Central Government for the purposes of exercising the  Powers, and discharging the functions under this Part.
  • All directions issued by the Regional Load Dispatch Centres to any transmission licensee of State transmission lines or any other licensee of the State or generating company (other than those connected to inter State Transmission system) or sub-station in the State shall be issued through the State Load Dispatch Centre.
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How does any person transmit or distribution or undertake trading in electricity?

Any person is allowed to transmit or distribute or undertake trading in electricity provided he has authorized license issued under section-14 or is exempted under section-13.

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Who will prepare & publish National Electricity Policy and tariff policy Plan?

The Central Government shall, from time to time, prepare & publish the national electricity policy and tariff policy plan, in consultation with the State Governments and the Authority for development of the power system based on optimal utilisation of resources such as coal, natural gas, nuclear substances or materials, hydro and renewable sources of energy.

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What do you mean by Transmission lines?

Transmission lines” means all high pressure cables and overhead lines (not being an essential part of the distribution system of a licensee) transmitting electricity from a generating station to another generating station or a sub-station, together with any step-up and step-down transformers, switch-gear and other works necessary to and used for the Control of such cables or overhead lines, and such buildings or part thereof as may be required to accommodate such transformers, switch gear and other works.

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What do you mean by Stand-alone system?

Stand-alone system means the electricity system set up to generate power & distribute electricity in a specified area without connecting to the Grid.

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What does the Regional Power Committee do?

Regional Power Committee is established by the Central Government for a specified region for facilitating the integrated operation of the Power system in that region.

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What does the term Distribution licensee mean?

Distribution licensee means a licensee, authorized to operate and maintain a distribution system for supplying electricity to the consumers in his area of supply.

All aspects related to generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity which includes one or more of the following.

  • Generating stations·
  • Transmission or main transmission lines·
  • Sub-stations, -Tie-lines· Load dispatch activities·
  • Mains or distributing mains, -Electric supply lines·
  • Overhead lines, -Service lines, -Works
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What does the term Dedicated Transmission lines means?

Dedicated Transmission lines means any electric supply line for point to point transmission which is required for the purpose of connecting electric lines or electric plants or generating stations or any transmission lines or substation or generating stations or load centre.

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Is Electricity Act-2003 extended to whole of India?

Yes, The Electricity Act-2003 is extended to whole of India except the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

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What are the main objectives of Electricity Act-2003?

An Act to consolidate the laws relating to generation, transmission, distribution, trading and use of electricity by taking the following measures.

  • Taking conducive measures to develop electricity industry·
  • Supply of electricity to all users·, -Protecting consumer Interest·
  • Rationalization of electric tariff· -Transparency in policies regarding subsidies·
  • Promotion of efficient & environmentally policies constituted by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Regulatory commissions & establishment of Appellate tribunal.
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What are the responsibilities of State Load Dispatch centre?

The State Load Dispatch centre shall be the apex body to ensure integrated operation of the power system in a State. Be responsible for optimum scheduling and dispatch of electricity within a State, in accordance with the contracts entered into with the licensees or the generating companies operating in that State. Monitor grid operations. Keep accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted through the State grid; Exercise supervision and control over the intra-state transmission system.   Be responsible for carrying out real time operations for grid control and dispatch of electricity within the State through secure and economic operation of the State grid in accordance with the Grid Standards and the State Grid Code.

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What are the responsibilities of Regional Load Dispatch Centre

The Regional Load Dispatch Centre shall, -Be responsible for optimum scheduling and dispatch of Electricity within the region, in accordance with the contracts entered with the licensees or the generating companies operating in the region.-Monitor grid operations; -Keep accounts of the quantity of electricity transmitted through the regional grid; -Exercise supervision and control over the inter-State transmission system. -Responsible for carrying out real time operations for grid control and dispatch of electricity within the region through secure and economic operation of the regional grid in accordance with the Grid Standards and the Grid Code.

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How does any person transmit or distribution undertake trading in electricity?

Any person is allowed to transmit or distribute or undertake trading in electricity provided he has authorized license issued under section-14 or is exempted under section-13.

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Who will prepare & publish National Electricity Policy and tariff policy Plan?

The Central Government shall, from time to time, prepare & publish the national electricity policy and tariff policy plan, in consultation with the State Governments and the Authority for development of the power system based on optimal utilisation of resources such as coal, natural gas, nuclear substances or materials, hydro and renewable sources of energy.

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What do you mean by Transmission lines?

Transmission lines means all high pressure cables and overhead lines (not being an essential part of the distribution system of a licensee) transmitting electricity from a generating station to another generating station or a sub-station, together with any step-up and step-down transformers, switch-gear and other works necessary to and used for the Control of such cables or overhead lines, and such buildings or part thereof as may be required to accommodate such transformers, switch gear and other works.

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What do you mean by Stand-alone system?

Stand-alone system means the electricity system set up to generate power & distribute electricity in a specified area without connecting to the Grid.

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What does the term Power Systems means?

All aspects related to generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity which includes one or more of the following. Generating stations – Transmission or main transmission lines Sub stations – Tie-lines – Load dispatch activities – Mains or distributing mains – Electric supply lines – Overhead lines – Service lines – Works.

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What does the term Distribution licensee mean?

Distribution licensee means a licensee, authorized to operate and maintain a distribution system for supplying electricity to the consumers in his area of supply.

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What does the term Dedicated Transmission lines mean?

Dedicated Transmission lines means any electric supply line for point to point transmission which is required for the purpose of connecting electric lines or electric plants or generating stations or any transmission lines or sub station or generating stations or load centre.

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Is Electricity Act-2003 extended to whole of India?

Yes, The Electricity Act-2003 is extended to whole of India except the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

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What is wheeling of power?

wheeling means the operation whereby the distribution system and associated facilities of a transmission licensee or distribution licensee, as the case may be, are used by another person for the conveyance of electricity on payment of charges to be determined under section 62.

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What is Open Access?

Open Access means the non-discriminatory provision for the use of transmission lines or distribution system or associated facilities with such lines or system by any licensee or consumer or a person engaged in generation in accordance with the regulations specified by the Appropriate Commission.

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What is Captive generating plant?

Captive generating plant means a power plant set up by any person to generate electricity primarily for his own use and includes a power plant set up by any co-operative society or association of persons for generating electricity primarily for use of members of such co-operative society or association.

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What is the electricity Act,2003?

An Act enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-fourth Year of the Republic of India To consolidate the laws relating to generation,  transmission, distribution, trading and use of electricity and generally for taking measures conducive to development of electricity industry,promoting competition therein, protecting interest of consumers and supply of electricity to all areas, rationalization of electricity tariff, ensuring transparent policies regarding subsidies, promotion of efficient and environmentally benign policies, constitution of Central Electricity Authority, and for matters

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What is your contact number?

Contact eclouds at +91-422-2540710/+917373188900/+91737

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Whom do I contact for power purchase?

You may contact eClouds energy at the mail id – support@eclouds.net/marketing@eclouds.net

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What are the various sources of power?

Wind, Solar, Thermal, Hydro, Bio-mass,etc.

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Can thermal energy be banked?

Thermal energy cannot be banked.

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What is banking of power?

Banking of power is a term used for storing energy for later use. Under no circumstances you can store large energy generated. The excess energy generated during the wind season is supplied to the EB Grid and later taken back from the EB for use in the lean months. When there is no wind available for power generation. Wind energy can only be banked in some States. Thermal energy cannot be banked.

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Can I purchase power for three months?

Yes power can be supplied for 3 months, depending upon the energy available and will carry a higher rate.

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Do I have to purchase power right through the year?

Yes power will have to be purchased for the 12 months in a year. PPA Contracts are signed for a short term of 1 year and 3 to 5 years for long term contracts.

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What type of consumers are eligible for private power purchase?

All consumers are not eligible. Only HT consumers are eligible for purchase of private power. High tension (HT) consumers are consumers who purchase bulk power and who need 11 kilo-Volts or above. Most small consumers of electricity like individual houses, shops, small offices and smaller manufacturing units get their electricity on LT connection.

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How much will I save by consuming private power?

You will save a minimum of Rs.0.50 to Rs.1.00 per unit of energy consumed depending upon the State you are located.

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Does private power require a separate line?

No, Private power is supplied through the existing consumers EB connection.

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How is private power supplied?

Private power is supplied through the existing Consumer’s EB power line. No need for separate power line. Power will be supplied through the grid for inter-state and state wise distribution.

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What is private power?

Private Power is the power generated by Single owners or companies other than the government. This power will be of Wind, Solar, Thermal and Bio-mass.

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