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• The SNA will, from time to time, undertake the process for allotment of solar power capacities under various State and Central Government schemes on a first-come-first served basis and in a transparent manner to the DISCOMS and other project developer • The SNA will assist solar project developers in obtaining all necessary clearances and approvals from different Government departments • The SNA will also support the DISCOMS in developing the protocols and procedures for easy adoption of solar plants by consumers. The SNA will be responsible for managing all transactions and accounting processes relating to net metering and Group Net Metering. • The SNA will develop and maintain a website with educational material and other necessary resources for potential consumers in Delhi. The website will have information such as an up-to-date list of contacts to get started, current incentive schemes, resources for finding financial loans, solar integrators and service providers, and other information to promote education and awareness among consumers • The SNA will assist project developers in identifying the technically feasible sites/roofs under jurisdiction of the State Government for deployment of solar plants. The SNA will also encourage deployment of solar plants on sites under the jurisdiction of private institutions/buildings that are not mandated as per this Policy • The SNA will notify and coordinate with the Housing and Urban Planning Department to obtain necessary amendments in the building bylaws Role of DISCOMS • The State Electricity Distribution Licensees (DISCOMS) are expected to extend their support in installing solar power plants and their connectivity with their grid network. They will comply with the regulatory framework specified by the DERC and provisions contained in this Policy • In case of third-party PPA signed directly with the consumer (RESCO model), the consumer will be responsible for providing appropriate technical details of the solar installations on the consumer’s rooftop to DISCOMS • For each billing period, DISCOM will show separately: 1. The quantum of units of electricity exported by the Consumer; 2. The quantum of units of electricity imported by the Consumer; 3. The quantum of units of electricity generated by the Consumer’s solar plant (this will be the basis for the DISCOM’s RPO computation and will also facilitate GBI payments to eligible consumers who have opted for GBI); 4. The Net units of electricity billed for payment to the Consumer and 5. The Net units of electricity carried over to the next billing period • DISCOM will promote online applications for net metering. DISCOMS will also display online the status of all net metering applications received, whether online or offline. DISCOM will also be expected to maintain a database of net metering application requests, approval status, installation and commissioning data, which will be submitted to the SNA on a quarterly basis • Starting 1 April 2016, all new service connections in Delhi will have energy meters programmed for bidirectional energy recording and display and will be time-of-day metering compliant • At the time of commissioning of net metering of a solar system, the DISCOM has to verify that when the service connection is disconnected (e.g. by removing the meter cut-out fuses), the solar plant stops feeding power to the consumer side of the service connection meter or cut-out fuse. This is to ensure that the solar grid inverter stops feeding power into the grid during grid outage • For solar plants generating above 150 kWp, inspection by an Electrical Inspector. Up to a solar plant capacity of 150 kWp, the consumer is responsible for the inspection and verification before commissioning. Evacuation facility and connectivity to the electricity system • Evacuation infrastructure will be developed and augmented, wherever necessary, by the State Transmission Licensee and/or the DISCOM • The connectivity of solar plants with the electrical grid at voltage level 33kV and above is to be governed by DERC Net Metering Regulations and Guidelines, Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid) Regulations, 2007 • The connectivity of the solar plants with the grid at voltage level below 33kV is governed by the Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity of Distributed Generation Resources) Regulations, 2013 Energy produced by rooftop solar systems is mostly consumed at, or near, the point of generation, minimizing transmission and distribution losses. Self-consumption of rooftop solar energy also reduces the need for, and the challenge of, provisioning new distribution infrastructure, such as transformers, in congested localities SOLAR POWER 42 energetica INDIA · SEP | OCT15


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