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.
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.
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