Solar Power Consumers Cannot Use Open Access and Net Metering at the Same Time

A ruling by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has clarified that generators cannot use both Open Access and Net Metering simultaneously. The commission also reiterated that benefits of net-metering are limited to rooftop solar installations of only up to 1 MW. For generators who have project capacities of 1 MW and above, open access is the way to go.

MERC was responding to a petition filed by CleanMax Solar to grant net metering permission for a 991 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project at Asahi India Glass Limited (Asahi) situated at MIDC- Taloja, Raigad, Maharashtra.

Prior to the development of the rooftop solar PV project, Asahi was a customer of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd (MSEDCL) with a contract demand of 7,500 kVA connected at 100 kV. Asahi also avails partial open access of 3,000 kVA from conventional sources under a group captive arrangement from Sai Wardha Power Generation Limited (SWPGL).

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