Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Net Metering arrangement will decrease the electricity bill

Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has notified Net Metering Regulations, 2019 wherein the consumers in the State of Haryana are permitted to install Solar Rooftop in their premises. The Regulations shall stay in force up to FY 2021-22.

          While giving this information here today, Chairman HERC, Mr. Depinder Singh Dhesi said that such Net Metering arrangement will decrease the electricity bill of consumers as the Solar Energy will be utilized for self consumption and balance energy, after self consumption, shall be exported to Distribution Companies ie Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN).

          According to the information, the maximum rated capacity of rooftop solar system, to be installed by any eligible consumer in his premises, shall not exceed its connected load in case of Low `Tension connection and contract demand in case of High-Tension connection, subject to maximum of 2MW.

          Mr. Dhesi laid stress on the fact that the new Regulations provides the rooftop space available in the Government organizations/ institutions/ buildings can also be provided on lease rent to independent power producers/  Renewable Energy Service Companies (RESCO) developers for setting up of rooftop solar systems. The  Government organizations/  institutions/  buildings,  may  also set  up rooftop solar systems of permissible capacity as defined under these regulations on their own or through third party, under net metering.

          The quantum of electricity consumed by eligible consumer, who is not defined as obligated entity, from the rooftop solar system under net metering arrangement shall qualify towards compliance of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) for the distribution licensee.

          The Chairman, HERC said that the solar meter (a unidirectional meter) is required to be installed as an integral part of the net metering system at the point at which the electricity is generated by Solar Energy System and delivered to the main panel. The net metering equipment (Bi-directional meters) and the Solar meter (unidirectional) as per CEA Regulations shall be installed and maintained by the distribution licensee at the cost of the eligible consumer.

          Mr. Dhesi said that the eligible consumer may either apply online on the distribution licensee website and/or HAREDA website or submit the application in the prescribed form in the concerned subdivision. The application shall be accompanied with processing fee of Rs.1000/-(Rs. One thousand).

          It may be mentioned here that as per earlier Net Metering Regulations, 2014, the maximum installed capacity shall not exceed 1MW(peak) for a single eligible consumer which has now been revised upto 2 MW (peak) in new Regulations with installation of certain Battery Storage.



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