With the Goan Government’s new move to encourage Industrial Players to adopt Solar Energy (refer), we are here to present the highlights of the Policy relevant to Rooftop Solar in the Union Territory. What does stand out in the Solar Setup in Goa when compared with other states is that ‘Metering (Gross or Net)’ is compulsory for all solar plants.
This is contrary to the regulations in the state of Gujarat where non- CAPEX plants cannot be registered as a solar plant at all, disallowing them to use the grid infrastructure at all. So, a compulsion on net-metering comes as a blessing in disguise. The only potential barrier with this compulsion could be a possible delay in commissioning of solar power projects due to a delay in getting approvals, but that is yet to be seen.
Solar Energy Policy (Goa)- 2017
It seems as though the solar power policy for Goa is still in draft stages (refer) as no document of the policy being published has been made available after this Notification. For the purpose of this blog, we shall limit details to Rooftop Net Metering Projects.
The operative period for the policy is 7 years. Highlights of the three basic categories under Rooftop Solar are given below for which maximum installable capacity is 500 kW which must be executed within 180 days of receiving approval from the licensee.
Sale of Electricity to the DISCOMs:
- Individuals or Commercial establishments can make use of this arrangement.
- The maximum one can install is the sanctioned load/ 10 kW of system whichever is lower
- None of the electricity produced by system would be used by the roof owner and would be fully fed back to the grid for which he will be refunded at the feed-in tariff decided by JERC
- For those looking to consume solar power and draw lesser from the grid can opt for a net-metering arrangement
- All government buildings will be covered under Net-Metering irrespective of their load
Group Net-Metering :
- This is applicable for those who have two or more service connections from the DISCOM
- In case more than 100% of the consumption is exported, then that excess can be adjusted in another service connection without being charged for it
Some of the other incentives covered under the Solar Policy are given below:
- Electricity Duty:would be exempt for self-consumption or sale of electricity. While used to be common knowledge a few years back however, there are some states such as Maharashtra that have started levying Electricity Duty on Solar Power consumption or sale.
- VAT and Entry Tax exemption: This would have added some benefit over other states, but now with the announcement of GST, does not hold too much value (read our article on GST).
- Height of the Module Structure: No approval would be required from any Municipal Corporation to mount a solar power system on the rooftop since the solar system would be considered a temporary structure. Also, the module structure would not be counted towards the total height of the building. This is perhaps the first time any policy has explicitly stated this point clearing a lot of confusion.
The Goa Energy Development Agency will function as the Nodal Agency and be responsible for disbursing subsidy and for coordinating with MNRE for Technical Specifications. Goa looks like the place that should be taking up solar next. Get an estimate of your Solar Power Plant in Goa. Also, watch out for our next article on Net-Metering and Gross-Metering in Goa detailing on the specifics.