JERC Drafts Solar Tariff Regulation

Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Goa and Union Territories (UT) on 4th July 2014 has released a draft Regulation of Solar Tariff applicable to Ground Mounted Grid Connected & Rooftop Solar with Net Metering. The regulation shall be applicable to all grid connected Solar PV (including rooftop PV) and solar thermal projects of Goa and the Union Territories.

The primary objective of the policy is to reduce the power deficit in the Union Territories through Solar Power generation. The policy aims to replace diesel power generation by solar power.

Overall the policy is a good initiative by JERC to reduce the dependency on diesel generators. In the recent meeting of Forum of Regulators, emphasis was laid on Solar Rooftop and Net Metering. It can be expected that various SERC’s may come up with their Solar Rooftop and Net Metering policies, which will definitely encourage the sector, that may face tough times ahead after AD was reintroduced for Wind Power.

The Draft Regulation can accessed here.

Contributed by Dheeraj Babariya.

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