Open Access Solar Power

Open Access Solar Power

What is Open Access?

Open Access enables large power consumers with more than 1 MW connected load to buy relatively cheaper power directly from power producers (open market). While, conventional consumers do not have choice except the AREA DISCOM for electricity supply & have no control over the rate. The electricity act 2003, enabled consumers with more than 1 MW of sanctioned load to buy electricity directly from power producers, pay some duties and taxes and reduce cost of power.

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Solar Microgrids in India

Solar microgrids in India

As in the rest of the world, India’s main power grid is based on alternating current (AC). This AC current is supplied to consumers at different voltages depending on their demand and type of loads. This saves in transmission losses but the infrastructure for voltage step-up and step-down comes at a cost and so grid power has not been able to reach distant villages and hamlets. The growth in solar power technology and decrease in cost of solar power systems has come up as a solution for this problem. Recent years, has seen growth of Direct Current (DC) Solar microgrids in India, particularly in villages. This article, examines the potential of Solar microgrids in context of India.

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