Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has secured a net metering facility for a 2.4 MW grid-connected rooftop solar project. The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved the facility to be set up at HAL’s premises in Lucknow. The approval has come in response of a petition filed by HAL with the Commission requesting a net metering facility for its 2.4 MW grid-connected rooftop solar project. According to net-metering regulations in Uttar Pradesh, the project capacity for a grid-connected rooftop solar project cannot exceed 1 MW.
The commission had relaxed the provision for a 1 MW ceiling for the net metering facility for grid-connected solar projects in its 2018 order. HAL was also permitted to develop a 4 MW grid-connected rooftop solar project at its Lucknow premises in 2018 under the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model as per the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s mandate of rooftop solar projects on Central Public Sector Undertaking buildings.
According to UPERC’s order in August 2019, consumers who applied for net metering before the notification of the ‘Rooftop Solar PV Grid Interactive Systems Gross/Net Metering) Regulations, 2019’ are eligible for the facility. Consumers who made payments for rooftop solar projects under the capital expenditure model or signed PPAs with developers under the RESCO model and developers who placed purchase orders before the notification of the regulations are also eligible for net metering.
HAL had appealed to provide net metering before the 2019 regulations were notified. It had also signed a PPA with Sudhir Power before the regulations came into force. HAL had also approached Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA), which later informed the commission that a net metering facility could be granted to HAL for its 2.4 MW rooftop solar project.