Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, a joint venture of Tata Power Company and the Delhi Government, has sought “debarring of Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Ltd for poor performance of solar projects.” In a letter to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Tata Power DDL, (formerly North Delhi Power Ltd, in which Tata Power owns 51 per cent) said it had awarded three solar projects to Moser Baer Photo Voltaic Ltd, a unit of the Moser Baer group.
The letter states that performance of the solar plants installed by them has not been up to the industry standards. It also cites a number of failures, including failure to adhere to contractual timelines leading to “tremendous delay” in commissioning of the projects, poor engineering leading to “faulty design and frequent change in layouts”, quality of workmanship and high system losses leading to actual electricity generation being much less than the guaranteed generation.”
The poor response to client’s complaints for rectification of faults and weak operations and maintenance support are the aspects that have prompted Tata Power DDL to write the letter. As many as 87 people connected to the power industry, including the officials of the Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and various state electricity regulatory commissions have been copied on the letter.
“We had been following it up with them (Moser Baer) for over one year but there was no proper response,” Tata Power DDL has said. However, after the letter was issued on May 7, there has been some action from Moser Baer side. If the action is satisfactory, Tata may withdraw the letter, according to officials.
A spokesperson of Moser Baer said, “We have reached an agreement on resolving the issue and the same is under execution.”