Goa issues net metering regulations for solar projects

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories has finalised the net metering regulations. The new rules have been in effect since July 24, 2019.

These regulations will apply to grid-connected rooftop solar, ground-mounted and floating solar PV power projects in Goa, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.

Under the new regulations, the group net metering framework will apply to all the consumers. The virtual net metering framework will apply to all residential consumers, group housing societies, and establishments of government and local authorities.

Solar projects of a minimum capacity of 5 kW and a maximum capacity of 500 kW at a single location will be eligible for grid connectivity. Solar projects of capacity higher than 500 kW can be considered by the distribution company if the distribution system remains stable with the project getting connected to the grid.

In case of a third-party-owned solar PV project, the consumer can lease out the rooftop space or land or water body to a solar project developer on a mutual commercial arrangement for setting up the project under the net metering framework.

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