MERC passes ruling to permit net metering for only 1 MW of rooftop solar

MERC has passed a ruling stating that net metering for rooftop solar projects can be availed of by installations of up to 1 MW only. The ruling came in response to a petition filed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Defence, requesting clearance for the implementation of a 3 MW net metered solar power project at the Ordinance Ammunition Factory in Khadki, Pune. As per MERC’s regulations, BEL’s 3 MW captive solar project falls under the category of open access. Thus, BEL will be treated as an independent power producer availing of open access. The company will have to pay appropriate open access charges such as wheeling charges, a cross-subsidy surcharge, and Maharashtra State Load Despatch Centre (MSLDC) fees. However, these additional charges could impact the viability of the project. The commission has also rejected a similar petition from Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation.

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