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nancial year following the financial year during which the solar energy has been generated. Other Incentives and Benefits • Electricity Tax (currently 5%) will be exempted for solar energy units generated, whether for self-consumption or supplied to the grid. In other words, Electricity Tax will be applicable only on net consumption charges billed by the DISCOM at the applicable rate • There will be no Open Access Charges during the Operative Period of the Policy if the solar electricity is generated and consumed within the State • The implementation of rooftop solar energy systems will be permitted by the State Planning Department, after necessary scrutiny. Residential consumers opting to implement solar plants to sell power to the grid will be exempted from conversion of house tax to commercial tax • All solar panels, inverters, energy meters, and other devices purchased for the installation of solar plants in Delhi will be exempted from VAT and entry tax during the operative period • There will be no wheeling and banking charges for solar plants commissioned during the operative period • All solar power systems will be treated as ‘Must Run’ power plants and will not be subjected to Merit Order Rating (MOR) / Merit Order Dispatch (MOD) principles • DERC will exempt payment of cross— subsidy charges and surcharge for solar plants commissioned during the operative period • There will be no Transmission Charges for solar plants commissioned during the operative period of the policy • The State will advise the Municipal Corporations and local Urban Bodies for making suitable amendments in the existing building bylaws to encourage the installation of solar plants. The following advisories will be issued by the GNCTD for this purpose – 1. The height of the module structure carrying solar panels will not be counted towards the total height of the building SOLAR POWER as permitted by building bylaws, except near airports where building regulations issued by the Airports Authority of India take precedence 2. No approval will be required from concerned Municipal Corporation or other Urban Development Bodies like the DDA for putting up solar plants in existing or new buildings 3. The support structure on which rooftop solar panels are installed will be a temporary structure. Role of the State Nodal Agency (EE&REM) The State Nodal Agency (SNA) will facilitate the eligible entities in implementing the solar plant to provide single-window services to all eligible entities and undertake following activities: • The SNA will take the lead in launching this solar energy policy to the public through the use of media, PR, billboards, advertisements, websites, and more. It will also communicate amendments to the policy to major stakeholders via its website and/or other means and send net export surplus energy to any DISCOM grid irrespective of his service and location connection with other DISCOMs. ENERGETICA INDIA: How will Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering help? BASANT JAIN: GROUP Net-Metering policy will be very helpful if the consumer has his office or factory rooftop installed solar plant with service connection of a different DISCOM than that of his residence which is located at any place in Delhi. The consumer can enjoy set-off of units of power consumption at both premises i.e factory and residence. This will eliminate extra investment of installation at both premises and allow the consumer to enjoy actual net metering benefit. By Virtual Net Metering policy individual owner will get his share of net metering benefit adjusted against his energy consumption bill due to collectively owned rooftop solar power plant installed on building roof. This will open up a big market for apartment owned rooftop solar installations. ENERGETICA INDIA: Does the State have the kind of infrastructure and awareness of achieve its targets? BASANT JAIN: In our opinion Delhi can become one of the leading solar cities in the world without any significant investment to develop or upgrade existing infrastructure. The people of Delhi are aware of the benefits of Solar and also posses buying capacity. Delhi also has sufficient rooftop area as do Govt. and PSU buildings with sufficient shadow free areas. Once this policy is implemented, with a proper implementation schedule and an effective monitoring strategy, we can expect some very good results in a short span of time. ENERGETICA INDIA: What are your suggestions to further make the policy more growth oriented? BASANT JAIN: THE policy is a step in the right direction in solving Delhi’s electricity problems. As mentioned, Delhi has a huge potential for solar energy in terms of available rooftop space and more than 300 days of sunlight. This policy can write a new chapter in India’s targeted solar mission. Implementation of any policy is always a big challenge in India; in this case, the Govt. needs to prepare a proper implementation and monitoring strategy to ensure a smooth adaptation. Aggressive implementation with clear time lines to install solar power plants on all the Govt building in the first stage of this policy will further boost the rooftop sector in Delhi. There are a few untouched points in this policy that need more clarity, for e.g. post installation of the rooftop solar plant and reducing power consumption from the grid, residential consumers should be charged on the reduced slab as before the installation i.e. through net metering if the bill goes to a lower slab then lower rates should be applicable 41 energetica INDIA · SEP | OCT15


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