Delhi Releases Draft Policy for Group and Virtual Net Metering for Rooftop Solar

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has announced that it has released Draft Guidelines to execute a group net-metering and a virtual net-metering framework under the Delhi Solar Policy 2016. The draft is up for remarks, suggestions and objections till January 10, 2019.

As per the draft, the rationale of this group net-metering framework is to help exploit the utilization of rooftop space for solar energy generation for consumers with several buildings and service connections.

The draft states that virtual net-metering will be an agreement for consumers who do not have a appropriate roof for installing a solar power generating system, but want access to a solar net-metering facility. With virtual net metering, consumers can own a part of a collectively-owned solar power generating system. All energy produced by such a solar system will be fed into the grid through an energy meter and the exported energy as recorded by that meter will be credited to the electricity bill of each participating consumer based on favorable ownership.


  • In the early phase, the group and virtual net-metering framework will be made accessible for government entities.
  • The Annual settlement rate will be administered as per the provisions of DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014.
  • For group or virtual net-metering, consumers must apply to the distribution company (DISCOM) with a fee of Rs. 1,000 ($14).
  • If the capacity of group or virtual net-metered solar project is more than the sanctioned load of the premises of the consumer on which solar the project is installed, the consumer will pay the differential amount of state load dispatch charges.
  • Smart meters will be installed at the generation point and the cost will be bear by the DISCOMs.
  • At the end of each fiscal year, any net energy credits, which remain unadjusted, will be paid by the DISCOM to the consumer as per the rates fixed by DERC.
  • Under virtual net metering, there is no constraint on intra DISCOM or inter DISCOM transfer of surplus energy per the Delhi Solar Policy, 2016. In case of inter DISCOM transfer of power due to physical location of either of generation unit or consumer in different DISCOM area, normative distribution losses on account of transfer of power will be borne by the consumer.

Once final, these regulations may assist the DISCOMs in Delhi meet solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets and spur the rooftop solar market. Net metering has been a challenge that has prohibited the growth of rooftop solar in India. If implemented appropriately, group and virtual net metering could be a model for other cities to follow.

Policies & Regulations | News published on 21/12/2018 by Moulin

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