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

MERC, in its order, has clarified that solar power generators cannot simultaneously use both open access and net metering facilities for a project. The commission also ruled that 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 seeking net metering permission for a 991 kW rooftop solar PV project on the premises of Asahi India Glass Limited in MIDC-Taloja, Maharashtra. The commission rejected the petition stating that net metering and open access were two different sets of arrangements for different consumers and required separate regulatory frameworks.

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