Authorities Approves Web Metering for Rooftop Solar Programs As much as 500 kW

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The Union’s Department of Energy has released the long-awaited directive on net metering for rooftop solar panels in accordance with consumer rights 2020. The new regulations allow prosumers to get a net reading for up to 500 kW or the sanctioned load, whichever is lower. and gross count for loads over 500 kW. The Commission introduced daily tariffs to encourage consumers to install energy storage. You can use the stored solar energy or feed it into the grid at peak times.

When using net metering, net billing or net feed-in, the distribution licensee can install a solar power meter to measure the gross solar energy generated by the grid-connected rooftop system for the purpose of the purchase obligation for renewable energy (RPO) credit, if available. The commissions can also allow gross metering for prosumers who choose to sell all of their solar energy produced to the distributor instead of using net metering, net billing or net feed-in. The commission determines the feed-in tariff for gross metering in accordance with the Tariff Act.

Previously, the net metering for rooftop solar systems was limited to one megawatt (MW) until the government considered a further reduction to 10 kW in December 2020.

Several industry experts argued that a ban on net metering above 10 kW would be detrimental to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the roof segment.

The top 5 states with the highest number of installed rooftop solar capacities in India are Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Gujarat, which account for almost 50% of total Indian solar capacity. Learn more about state solar policies.

The regulations for net metering, gross metering, net billing or net feed-in are based on the regulations issued by the state commission.

MYSUN’s take

At MYSUN, we believe that changing the guidelines for rooftop solar panels must play a very crucial role in building a sustainable and prosperous nation. A progressive and clear solar policy will speed up the decision-making process for potential consumers. Net metering is a key asset and a regressive policy posed a massive threat, especially for larger rooftops, which would actually benefit most from opting for solar energy. We look forward to the positive impact this step will bring.

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