MERC provides clarity on simultaneously using open access and net metering services

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) in its order has clarified that solar power generators cannot use both open access and net-metering facilities simultaneously for a project. The commission also ruled that the net-metering benefits will be limited to rooftop solar installations of up to 1 MW only. For generators having project capacities of 1 MW and above, net-metering will not be provided and open access rules will apply.

The MERC order came in response to a petition filed by CleanMax Solar to grant net metering permission for a 991 kW rooftop solar PV project at Asahi India Glass Limited situated at MIDC- Taloja, Maharashtra. The commission rejected the petition stating that net metering and open access were two different sets of arrangements for different eligible consumers and required separate the regulatory framework.

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