KERC Proposes Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems up to 500 KW

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The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has proposed net metering for rooftop solar installations up to 500 kW from the earlier suggested cap of 10 kW.

In the proposal, the KERC had suggested generic tariffs of Rs. 3.82/kWh for residential rooftop solar systems between 1 kW and 10 kW, and Rs. 2.84/kWh for large-scale projects between 1 kW and 2 MW.

In its proposal, the Commission had suggested generic tariffs of ₹3.82 (~$0.0526)/kWh for residential rooftop solar systems between 1 kW and 10 kW, and ₹2.84 (~$0.0391)/kWh for projects between 1 kW and 2 MW (large-scale). Among other suggestions made in the discussion paper, the proposed tariffs were applicable for the control period between financial year (FY) 2022 and FY 2024.

Earlier, KERC had proposed allowing net metering for rooftop solar projects between 1 kW and 10 kW and gross metering for capacity over 10 kW.

The Commission has scheduled a public hearing on ‘Determination of tariffs in respect of solar power projects (including solar rooftop photovoltaic projects) for FY 2022 and FY 2024’, on August 4, 2021.

Last month, the Ministry of Power (MoP) issued the much-awaited amendment to the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) 2020 Rules concerning net metering for rooftop solar installations. The amendment permits net metering to the prosumer for loads up to 500 kW or up to the approved load, whichever is lower.

Under the latest Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2021, the arrangements for net metering, gross metering, net billing, or net feed-in would follow the regulations made by the State Commission from time to time.

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