KERC Determines tariffs and other norms for Solar Rooftop and Small Photovoltaic Power Plants
This Order is applicable to all new grid connected solar rooftop and small solar photo voltaic power plants, entering into Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and commissioned on or after 2nd May, 2016 and up to 31st March, 2018.
Sharing of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) benefits between the generating company and the beneficiaries
- 100% of gross proceeds on account of CDM benefit are to be retained by the project developer in the first year, after the date of commercial operation of the generating station,
- In the second year, the share of distribution licensees shall be 10%, which shall be progressively increased by 10% every year till it reaches 50% and thereafter, the proceeds shall be shared in equal proportion by the generating companies and the beneficiaries.
Grid Connectivity for roof-top projects
- 1 kW to 5 kW – single phase 230 volts
- 5 kW to 50 kW – 3 phase 415 Volts
- 50 kW to 1 MW – 11 kV line.
- Metering shall be in compliance with the CEA (Installation and Operation of Meters) Regulations 2006 as amended from time to time.
- In the case of, solar rooftop PV systems connected to LT grid of a distribution company, the concept of net metering shall be adopted and the net energy pumped into the grid shall be billed.
- In the net -metering, the consumer is paid for the net energy i.e., the difference between energy generated from solar rooftop plant and consumed by his/her installation.
- This concept allows only surplus energy to be injected into the grid. The Commission had proposed to continue with net-metering concept for all consumers, other than domestic consumers.
- In the case of domestic consumers, the Commission had proposed to adopt gross metering concept where the entire energy generated by the solar rooftop plant is allowed to be injected into the grid
Note – An amendment to CEA (Installation and Operation of Meters) Regulations 2006 has been issued recently, in which a new definition of “renewable energy meter” has been introduced to extend clarity to net-metering scheme.
- If export>import, ESCOM pays generator at the tariff determined.
- If import > export; then generators pays to DISCOM at prevailing retail tariff.
Applicability of Wheeling and Banking Charges and Cross Subsidy Surcharge:
For solar generators going with intra-state open-access, no wheeling/banking charges or cross- subsidy charges are to be paid.
The copy of the order can be accessed here.