DERC Releases Guidelines for Group and Virtual Net Metering

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has announced that it has releases the capital’s group and virtual net metering framework, tiling the way for the installation of rooftop and agri-solar plants in residential areas and villages in the city.

The net metering framework intended at encouraging solar and other forms of renewable energy was informed with sanction of Power minister Satyendar Jain, a Delhi government statement held.

Jain addressed the notified net metering framework as supportive in implementing the Delhi government’s vision of sustainability and decentralization and in-line with the government’s political vision of ‘Bijli Swaraj’ (power self-reliance).

Group net metering (GNM) will be relevant for all consumers of Delhi, while the Virtual Net Metering (VNM) framework shall be valid for residential consumers, group housing societies, offices of Government/local authorities and renewable energy generators registered under Mukhya Mantri Kisaan Aay Badhotari Yojna.

“This will allow thousands of resident welfare associations (RWAs) and lakhs of individuals to take advantage of the Delhi government scheme in the solar energy sector with a particular push to agri-solar and rooftop solar energy,” the declaration believed.

Net metering allows power consumers to produce renewable energy and then use it anytime instead of instantly after it is generated. Such energy is supplied to the grid and those who produce it receive credits which are adjusted against their electricity bills.

As per guidelines of the reported framework, the renewable energy plants will range 5 KW to 5000 KW capacity. The distribution licensee (power discoms) will bear the cost and provide network augmentation.

For GNM and VNM connections, the consumers will submit an application with a non-refundable fee of Rs 1,000 to the concerned discom which will carry out feasibility test, registration and connection agreement.

Jain insisted the DERC, Power department and discoms to come together and incentivize green energy production appealing, residents, corporates and agricultural landowners and to take benefit of the net metering.

Solar PV | News published on 17/06/2019 by Moulin

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