Solar Net-Metering Guidelines in Goa

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Now that we have the foundation laid on the Solar Policy in Goa, let’s look into details of a particular procedure which is extremely important for the success of a Rooftop Solar Power plant in India: Metering (Gross and Net).

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Why the two are important is simple-

  1. it allows virtual banking of power
  2.  it controls wastage of power by interacting with grid
  3. for areas that don’t have too many power cuts, it avoids the need to attach a battery to the system
  4. It reduces your dependence on the grid

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GST in the Solar Energy Sector

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The schedule of GST for the solar sector and its impact has been studied and discussed by multiple companies and individuals. However, we are here to discuss the basics of GST specifically in the Rooftop Solar Sector and our interpretation of the bill and finally the impact it will finally have on the project cost.

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Solar Energy potential of India

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“Readily available” and “easy to use” is the selling point on fossil fuel. These power plants carried out by coal and mineral oil do not only cause heavy greenhouse gas emission, but sources became limited over the years and are non-renewable. Energy demands only by fossil fuel will not able to meet the energy demands of such a growing population.

Rate of Increase Energy Consumption: 4.2% (refer)

Approximate coal consumption in recent years: 407 MTOE

Consumption of coal by India: 11% worldwide

Total coal reserves in India: Meagre 8% worldwide

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Case Study: Hybrid Solar Power Project in Hissar

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This week we bring to you a Case Study of our client who has recently installed a Hybrid Rooftop Solar Plant. We thought it best to share his experience with our users and so here is a brief. To give you an overview, this is a Residential Rooftop project with battery back-up. The project was executed at the on-set of Summer 2017.

IMG_20170404_182054A picture of the Installation at the client’s site in Hissar

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Delhi Solar: Group and Virtual Net-Metering come of age this April

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The Delhi Solar Policy was made official in October 2016 before which it was in draft stages. The Policy enables basic advantages such as net-metering mechanism which allows consumers to feedback excess electricity generated from the solar power system to the grid. However, there are a few special advantages in the Delhi Solar Policy not offered by other states.

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It’s been a while since it was declared that Group and Virtual Net-Metering will be available for those who install Rooftop Solar Plants in Delhi. However, the time has come when this declaration matured to reality.
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Solar Rooftop Scenario – Maharashtra

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Maharashtra State Net metering policy highlights

Eligible Consumer
  • Wants to setup a Solar Plant up to a maximum capacity of 1 MW (subject to Technical Constraints explained ahead)
  • On Rooftop or any other Mounting Structure (Ground, Shed and Superstructures etc) in his premises
  • to meet all or part of electricity requirement including Consumer catering to common load (Housing Society Community Halls, Pumping stations etc)
  • Such System maybe owned by Consumer directly or by 3rd Party leasing such system (opening up the market to investors who will setup the power plant FREE to sell electricity to the consumer at a cost less than what Distribution Companies offer)
Capacity Limitation (Due to transformers)

The cumulative capacity of all solar plants connected to a Distribution Transformer (which is the closest grid transformer from which we receive electricity) should not exceed 40% of its capacity. The Distribution Company may allow for more after conducting a Detailed Load Flow Study,

The Distribution Company shall:
  • Put on its website, the information of available capacity of Distribution Transformers within 3 months (10th Dec, 2015) of the notification (10th Sept, 2015)
  • Update the capacity available quarterly within 1 month of ending of the quarter
First Come & First Serve

Since there are technical limitations set out in the policy for the maximum capacity of Solar plants that can be connected to the distribution transformer of the Electricity Distribution Company, the permission for Net Metering would be given on First Come, First Serve basis with a priority to already installed Solar Plants.

Duration of net metering agreement

After the approval for Net Metering, but before the commissioning of the system, the distribution company and the consumer would enter into a Net Metering Agreement for a duration of 20 years.

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