Solar Energy and Net-Metering in Odisha

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Somehow while discussing the major cities to go solar, we never really thought too much about the potential Odisha might have to go solar. As a matter of fact, climatically, it makes a lot of sense for Odisha to go solar. Let’s have a look at some basic facts:

NetMetering

  • Number of sunny days:280- 300
  • Pollution level in Odisha:
Air Pollution data from World Health Organization
Mumbai Bhubaneswar
PM10 117 81
PM2.5 63 43
PM10Pollution Level Very High High

 

Air Pollution data from World Health Organization
Delhi Bhubaneswar
PM10 229 81
PM2.5 122 43
PM10Pollution Level Extremely Very High High

 

Air Pollution data from World Health Organization
Bangalore Bhubaneswar
PM10 118 81
PM2.5 63 43
PM10Pollution Level Very High High

When compared with major cities in India, the pollution level in Bhubaneshwar is much better and would only be lower in other cities of Odisha considering Bhubaneshwar is among the most polluted (refer). Why this is important is because the lesser the pollution level, the better the performance of solar panels.

Both the reasons above point to a better generation of solar panels and hence a reduced payback period. Let’s now look the highlights of net-metering regulations in Odisha which was released only recently.

Date of Release: 19/8/2016
Applicability: Ground Mounted & Rooftop Projects
Transformer Capacity allocated: 75%
Maximum Installable Solar Capacity: Sanctioned Load of the customer
Maximum installable capacity in a single location: No limit

 

Two models are eligible for net-metering:

Self- owned system: This a mechanism in which the system is completely owned by the end customer for which he pays upfront for purchase and installation.

Third-party owned solar system: The entire system is leased out by a developer to the end consumer for a fixed price per month. The end consumer also benefits from net-metering.
However, what is a bit confusing is why would the owner of a house lease a system when the reduction in his bill is accompanied by an added expense of leasing the system? Such an arrangement will only make sense, if the total cost of leasing the system and using grid electricity becomes lower than just using grid electricity.

Application procedure for Net-Metering:

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Looking at the simplicity of the process outlined for Odisha and the lack of detail, my guess is that on-ground implementation of Net-Metering in Odisha might face some hiccup. However, Ezysolare is confident of getting net-metering approvals done in Odisha as well.

DISCOMs in Odisha: NESCO, WESCO, SOUTHCO, CESU. The individual DISCOM websites will contain online application forms which can be downloaded and filled out.

Energy Accounting:

Capped at 90% of the electricity consumption from the grid from the date of connection to the end of financial year. Any excess electricity exported to the grid beyond the cap will not be offset against consumption the next year

 

Relevant Documents

Grid Interactive System

Net-Metering Application

Net-Metering Agreement

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