NET METERING POLICY – MAHARASHTRA
Net metering is the mechanism that allows distribution companies monitor the user’s energy production and consumption. This mechanism also allows consumers who generate some or all of their own electricity to use that electricity anytime, instead of when it is generated. For an instance, consider a prosumer is generating and consuming the electricity and has surplus amount of energy. The surplus amount of energy is feed into the grid. There is another facility to transfer the surplus energy into the grid and use the same amount anytime. This facility is called as Banking.
The net metering policy can vary significantly from country to country and state to state. Most net metering laws involve monthly rollover of kWh credits. Net metering uses the single, and bi-directional meters and can measure the current flowing in both the directions. Net metering can be installed and solely responsible as an accounting procedure, requires no special notification or arrangement. The list of aspects considered for net metering policy are listed one by one for Maharashtra.
Title – Net metering
Order Dated on – Net Metering for Roof-top Solar Photo Voltaic Systems Regulations 2015 Dated 10.9.2015
Applicability – Eligible Consumers who have installed, intend to install a Roof- top SPV System connected to Licensee network
Eligible Consumer and Individual Plant Capacity–
- Capacity of Roof-top SPV System to be connected at Consumer’s premises shall not exceed his Contract Demand / Sanctioned load.
- Capacity limits for connectivity of Rooftop SPV to licensee network – Up to 8 kW 230/240V, 1 phase, Up to 150 kW – 415 V, 3 phase above 150 kW – 11 kV & above.
Interconnection with the Grid-
- Interconnection system and meters to conform to the standards, specifications and provisions as provided in CEA
- Consumer may install grid interactive SPV with or without battery backup
Wheeling & Cross Subsidy surcharge – No wheeling and cross subsidy surcharge
Metering Arrangement –
- Net Meter to be at the inter- connection point, ascertained by the Distribution Licensee
- Net Meter at the Eligible Consumer premises to be procured and installed by the Licensee at its own cost
- Licensee to be responsible for supply, installation, testing and maintenance of the metering equipment
- Solar Generation Meter to be maintained by the Distribution Licensee at its cost.
- If Consumer is within the ambit of Time-of-Day Tariff, the net Meter shall be capable of recording Time of Day consumption and generation
The net energy metering policy and the additional information for the Maharashtra state can be seen in the link provided below.