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ble, reliable, 24x7 power to all citizens, incorporating demand side management, energy conservation, energy efficiency initiatives, distributed renewable energy generation, and smart grid development. Operative period The Policy will come into effect on 1st October 2015 and will be valid for the next five years. The Government will review this policy every year to evaluate the actual results against policy objectives and modify or amend the provisions of this policy. Nodal agency Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre (EE&REM), a sub-division of the Department of Power, GNCTD, will act as the State Nodal Agency (SNA) for the policy and will be responsible for the effective implementation of this Policy in consultation with the State Government and other stakeholders. Target capacity By August 2015, Delhi had installed 7 MW of rooftop solar capacity. To achieve its solar power generation targets, this Policy mandates solar installations—to be completed within 5 years— on all governmentowned rooftops. Since pricing parity hasn’t been achieved as yet in the domestic segment, except at the high end, solar adoption is to be encouraged via a limited time generation-based incentive. This policy has set aggressive, yet achievable, targets over the next ten years, outlined below: Implementation plan for solar power systems and plants The State will promote the development of grid-connected solar plants on rooftops for meeting own electricity needs and injecting surplus electricity into the distribution grid. Grid connectivity must comply with “Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014” and DERC’s “Terms and Conditions for Determination of Tariff for Procurement of Power for Grid-connected Solar Photovoltaic Power Projects”, 2013. Group Net Metering To encourage solar plants on rooftops of buildings that cannot consume all of the energy generated locally, DISCOMS are to facilitate Group Net Metering, whereby surplus energy exported to the grid from a solar plant in excess of 100 percent of imported energy at the location of the solar plant can be adjusted in any other (one or more) electricity service connection(s) of the consumer within the NCT of Delhi, provided these connections are in the same DISCOM territory. The purpose of this provision is to help maximize the utilization of rooftop space for solar energy generation for consumers with multiple buildings and service connections. At this time, The Group Net Metering has been approved for all government buildings. The State government is to work with DERC to approve and announce Group Net Metering for non-government consumers, and remove the restriction on DISCOM territory SOLAR POWER for all consumers, no later than 1 April 2017. Virtual Net Metering To give access to the solar net metering facility for consumers who do not have a suitable roof for installing a solar system (e.g. residential consumers who live in apartments, consumers with shaded rooftops) there will be the facility of Virtual Net Metering. In Virtual Net Metering consumers can be beneficial owners of a part of a collectively owned solar system. All energy produced by a collectively owned solar system will be fed into the grid through an energy meter and the exported energy as recorded by that meter will be pro rata credited in the electricity bill of each participating consumer on the basis of beneficial ownership. Collective ownership of solar plants may be established through societies, trusts or any other legal entity that safeguards the interests of participating consumers, including rights which are at par with the rights enjoyed by consumers who have solar net metering with a solar system installed on their own roof. The State government will work with DERC to approve and announce Virtual Net Metering for all consumers no later than 1 April 2017. Government / Public Institutions The State has mandated the deployment of solar plants with net metering on all existing, upcoming, or proposed buildings of government organisations, government owned or aided hospitals, schools and other educational/research institutes, hostels and training institutes such as Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), fire stations, prisons, Delhi Jal Board and Delhi Development Authority building rooftops, stadiums, bridges, public toilets, bus depots and bus stops, sheds, parking lots, and other state government buildings. The State will also explore the feasibility of floating solar power plants on top of some of the perennial water bodies in Delhi as well as on the rooftop of moving buses and eRickshaws. It will be mandatory for all such government buildings with a minimum shadow free rooftop area of 50 m2 to install a solar PV plant with a minimum capacity (kWp) computed as follows: 39 energetica INDIA · SEP | OCT15


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