DERC invites ideas for solar power metering

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission has invited suggestions and feedback from stakeholders on a proposal to introduce netmetering for rooftop solar power generation as per guidelines laid down by the ministry of new and renewable energy.

The commission claims that, with about 300 sunny days in Delhi a year and around 30 lakh households, Delhi has more than 700 sq km of built-up area for installation of photo-voltaic systems. With net metering, the commission will be able to keep an account of how much self-generated solar power the consumer will retain, how much they will pass to the distribution grid and how much they will draw from it.

“Net metering will help in keeping account of the power produced from the solar panels. We are waiting for consumer feedback on the proposal before we proceed to fix up solar power tariffs,” said an official.

Senior officials said introducing solar power policy in Delhi has become a priority for DERC though the proposal has been stuck in red tape for years. “If somebody wants to generate solar power for their own purposes, they may do so and, if they produce more, they can then have an arrangement with their power supplier BSES or Tata to send the excess power in the distribution grid. The consumer can simultaneously draw solar power from this grid,” DERC chairperson P D Sudhakar said.

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