NET METERING POLICY – UTTAR PRADESH
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 Uttar Pradesh.
Title – Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive
Order Dated on – Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive Systems Gross/Net Metering- Regulations – 2015 Dated 20.03.2015
- Distribution Licensee and consumers of electricity of Licensee and third party owners of Gross metering arrangement in the State of Uttar Pradesh
- System to be located in the consumer premises.
Eligible Consumer and Individual Plant Capacity–
- Any consumer/third party owner claiming AD benefits on the Rooftop SPV system only eligible to avail net metering arrangement. Eligible consumers may install Rooftop SPV system under either gross / net metering arrangement.
- Consumer/third party availing gross metering arrangement not allowed to apply for net metering within the same
- Consumer availing net metering not allowed to apply for gross metering arrangement within the same
- Peak capacity of consumer shall not exceed 100% of the sanctioned load/ contract demand of the
- Peak capacity of consumer shall not exceed 100% of the sanctioned load/ contract demand of the consumer
- Connected load of consumer for connectivity with grid up to 5 kW 230 V-1 phase
- Above 5 kW Up to 50 kW- 415 V-3 phase above 50 kW Up to 1 MW – 11 kV-3 phase
- The eligible consumer shall be responsible for safe operation, maintenance and rectification of any defect of the rooftop solar PV system up to the interconnection point beyond which the responsibility of safe operation, maintenance and rectification of any defect in the distribution system including the gross meter /net meter as the case may be shall rest with the Distribution Licensee.
- The Distribution Licensee shall have the right to disconnect the rooftop solar PV system at any time in the event of possible threat/damage, from such rooftop solar PV system to its distribution system, to prevent an accident or damage. Subject to Regulation 8.3, the Distribution Licensee may call upon the eligible consumer to rectify the defect within a reasonable time.
Interconnection with the Grid-
- Interconnection system and meters to conform to the standards, specifications and provisions as provided in CEA Regulations.
- Cost of evacuation and interconnection of the Rooftop SPV system with the distribution system to be borne by the eligible consumer/third party
Wheeling & Cross Subsidy surcharge –
- Rooftop Solar system installed at consumer premises exempted from wheeling and cross subsidy surcharge
Metering Arrangement –
- Meter(s) to be procured, installed and maintained by the Licensee at the consumer premises at consumer cost
- Installation of check meters mandatory for Rooftop SPV system having rated capacity more than 50 kWp.
- For rated capacity up to 50 kWp, consumer/License may install check meter at their own cost.
- The check meter shall be installed after the inverter of the solar rooftop system.
- The specification and standards of the check meter shall be same as or better than the consumer meter installed at the premises of the eligible consumer.
- All the meters installed shall be jointly inspected and sealed on behalf of both the parties.
- The location of appropriate meter(s) shall be in accordance with the CEA (Installation and Operation of Meters), Regulations, 2006 as amendments from time to time and the UPERC (Grid Code) Regulations, 2007 as amendments from time to time.
- The appropriate meter(s) shall be single phase or three phase as per requirement. All the meters to be installed shall be of the same or better Accuracy Class Index than the existing meter installed at the premises.
The net energy metering policy and the additional information for the Uttar Pradesh state can be seen in the link provided below.