KERC proposes new capacity limit of up to 500 kW for net metering

Under a recent proposal, Karnataka Energy Regulatory Commission (KERC) is considering net metering for rooftop solar projects with capacities up to 500 kW or up to the approved load whichever is lower. The earlier suggested ceiling for net metering was 10 kW. As per the proposal generic tariffs of Rs 3.82 per kWh have been listed for residential rooftop solar systems between 1 kW and 10 kW, while Rs 2.84 per kWh has been suggested for larger projects between 1 kW and 2 MW.

The tariffs proposed are to be tentatively effective for the period between FY 2022 and FY 2024. In this regard, KERC has scheduled a public hearingon August 4, 2021 for ‘Determination of tariffs in respect of solar power projects (including solar rooftop photovoltaic projects) for FY 2022 and FY 2024. The commission has also issued a discussion paper under the topic.

Earlier in June 30 the Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued the amendment to the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) 2020 Rules concerning net metering for rooftop solar installations. Under the amendment, net metering can be set up by the prosumer for loads up to 500 kW or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower. For loads beyond 500 kW, gross metering must be used.

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