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Net Metering Policies in Northern India

If the solar energy production is in excess as compared to the load requirement at that moment, the excess energy can be sold back to the utility grid. This difference of energy can be tracked using a meter connected to your solar pv system.

WHAT IS GROSS METERING?
In gross metering, entire energy generated by the solar PV system is fed back directly into the utility grid. In this case, the owner gets incentives based on feed-in tariffs proportional to the energy fed back to the grid.

WHAT IS NET METERING?
Net metering is an agreement that allows the solar PV system owner to sell excess solar energy to the utility company or buy deficit energy from the utility company using a meter to track this energy exchange.

NET METERING Policies of various northern states for grid connected solar rooftops:-
Chhattisgarh-
• Exemption of electricity duty
• Projects of capacity more than 50KW upto 1MW permitted
• TARIFF- generic levelised tariff for 25yrs
• Grid meter to be installed and maintained by DISCOM at the cost of rooftop

Delhi-
• Grid connectivity on first come fist serve basis
• Capacity not to be less than 1 KWp
• No wheeling, banking,cross subsidy and other charges for a period of 5 yrs
• Energy supplied to the grid to be adjusted in monthly bill and remaining net energy credits to be adjusted at end of FY
• TARIFF- will be set by DERC every year

Gujarat-
• The target is for 30MW in 6 cities
• Exemption from wheeling, banking and cross subsidy surcharge
• Energy generation to fulfill RPO compliance of te obligated entities/ DISCOMS
• TARIFF- levelised tariff for 25yrs

Haryana-
• Minimum capacity to be installed is 1KW or 5% of connected load and maximum capacity is MWp
• System maybe installed with or without battery backup
• Subsidy on cost of installation on first come first serve basis
• Licensee eligible for meeting RPO targets
• TARIFF- Average buying cost

Himachal Pradesh-
• Maximum capacity cannot be more than 1 MWp
• Cost of net metering and solar generation meter to be borne by the consumer
• Exemption from wheeling,banking and cross subsidy surcharge for 5 yrs
• Quantum of energy generated to meet DISCOM target
• TARIFF- to be decided by HPERC from time to time

Punjab-
• Project capacity from 1KWp to 1MWp battery backup allowed
• Capacity of the system not to exceed 80% of the sanctioned load
• Cost of bidirectional meters to be borne by the consumer
• Exempted from wheeling,banking,cross subsidy charges
• Quantum of power generated shall qualify as deemed RPO for the DISCOM
• TARIFF- retail tariff

Rajasthan-
• Grid coonectivity on first come first serve basis
• Project capacity from 1KWp to 1000KWp
• Exempted from wheeling,banking,cross subsidy charges
• Third party ownership of plant applicable
• Quantum of power generated shall qualify as deemed RPO for the DISCOM
• TARIFF- to be decided by RERC from time to time

Uttar Pradesh-
• Minimum project capacity of 1 kWp
• Consumers claiming for AD benefits not eligible for net-metering arrangement
• Third party ownership allowed for gross metering
• TARIFF- as decided by UPERC

Uttarakhand-
• Project capacity form 300KWp to 500 KWp
• Rent for solar and net-meters to be paid by consumer
• RPO fulfillment for DISCOM , as it will pay feed-in-tariff
• Exempted from wheeling,banking,cross subsidy charges
• TARIFF- Rs9.20 without AD benefits, Rs. 8.15 with AD benefits

The government is supporting solar power by bringing attractive net metering policies as mentioned above. With so many benefits to the environment and to our pockets, there remain less reasons to delay going solar.

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