GERC to revisit net metering rules regarding surplus energy purchase for solar projects

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has issued an order dismissing a petition requesting it to purchase surplus energy from open access solar projects set up for captive use or third-party sale at the lowest tariff discovered through competitive bidding or average power purchase cost. The commission stated that the solar projects set up in the state of Gujarat and in other states vary from site to site and therefore are not comparable. Further,  the solar projects set up for captive use or third-party sale and solar rooftop set up primarily for self-consumption could not be compared with solar projects set up exclusively for sale of electricity to the discoms. Thus, the procurement rate for surplus energy injected into the grid from such projects after self-consumption has to be treated differently.

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