Maharashtra announces Net Metering Policy for Rooftop Solar

Maharashtra recently announced the Net Metering Policy for Rooftop Solar PV Plants:

The Key Features are:

  1. “Eligible Consumer” means a consumer of electricity in the area of supply of the Distribution Licensee who uses or intends to use a Solar Photo Voltaic (“PV”) generating System having a capacity less than 1 MW, installed on a roof-top or any other mounting structure in his premises, to meet all or part of his own electricity requirement, and includes a Consumer catering to a common load such as a Housing Society
  2. The capacity of the Roof-top Solar PV System to be connected at the Eligible Consumer’s premises shall not exceed his Contract Demand (in kVA) or Sanctioned load (in kW)
  3. If the quantum of electricity exported exceeds the quantum imported during the Billing Period, the excess quantum shall be carried forward to the next Billing Period as credited Units of electricity. The unadjusted net credited Units of electricity as at the end of each financial year shall be purchased by the Distribution Licensee at its Average Cost of Power Purchase as approved by the Commission for that year, within the first month of the following year. At the beginning of each Settlement Period, the cumulative quantum of injected electricity carried forward will be re-set to zero.
  4. In case the Eligible Consumer is within the ambit of ToD tariff, the electricity consumption in any time block, i.e. peak hours, off-peak hours, etc., shall be first compensated with the quantum of electricity injected in the same time block. Any excess injection over and above the consumption in any other time block in a Billing Cycle shall be accounted as if the excess injection had occurred during off-peak hours

Link to Policy Document >>

Delhi: Residents can now sell solar power to NDMC as part of Smart City project

At a time when private discoms and the Delhi government are struggling to provide cheap electricity to the people in the Capital, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has allowed its residents to install solar panel on rooftops to generate electricity. However, the power generated will have to be sold to the civic body, and residents cannot utilise it for their consumption.

A New Tariff Policy to Accelerate India’s Renewables Growth

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has proposed amendments to the country’s existing tariff policy of 2005 (refer). Promotion of renewable generation sources has now been added as the fifth objective of the policy. There are three salient features for the solar sector in this proposed amendment:

  • Renewable purchase obligation (RPO) has been revised to 8% by 2019
  • Discoms will now be allowed to procure bundled solar power from the existing conventional power generators on a cost plus basis to meet their RPOs
  • Renewable sources have been exempted from inter-state transmission charges

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