The net metering based rooftop solar projects facilitates the self-consumption of electricity generating by the rooftop project and allows for feeding the surplus into the network of the distribution licensee. The electricity generated by the solar power system is first used to service consumer’s captive load within the rooftop owner’s premises. The solar power generated in excess of the owner’s electricity consumption is fed into the grid through a net-meter, which is a bi-directional energy meter capable of registering both import and export of electricity. This net generation is then credited to the owner’s account and adjusted subsequently against imports from the grid.
Considering the importance of Solar Energy & its relevance, Uttarakhand Government released Uttarakhand Solar Policy 2013, on June 27, 2013 (download). An amendment to the above Solar Policy was released on October 1, 2015 (download). Below are the main highlights of the Policy with due consideration for changes because of amendment.
The Delhi Solar Policy promises a generation-based incentive for domestic consumers taking to rooftop solar power plants, the government plans to keep a minimum eligibility criterion for households to avail themselves of the scheme. Besides, it has proposed to offer the incentive on a first-cum-first-served basis.
According to the policy which is ready but awaiting the Chief Minister’s approval, consumers will get a generation-based incentive of Rs. 2 per unit of solar power generated from a domestic rooftop. The minimum eligibility criterion for the scheme has been prescribed at 1,000 units (kWh) per annum per kW.