RERC raises net metering load capacity from 10 kW to up to 500 KW

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has increased net metering load capacity up to 500 KW from earlier provision of 10kW. Haryana and Punjab had already upped the load to 500 KW, as per the revisions made by the Union Ministry of Power. Further, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand have similarly increased the limit to 500 kW.

According to the statement, for all categories of consumers, net metering shall be applicable for loads up to 500 KW or the sanctioned load, whichever is lower. According to previous guidelines, projects with a capacity more than 10 kW were forced to employ gross billing or metering, which required them to pay normal electricity rates to discoms despite the fact that they used cheap power from their rooftop plant.

In June 2021, 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. The net metering regulations have been subject to a series of revisions in recent months. Net metering for rooftop solar systems was capped at 1 MW until December 2020 when it was cut to 10 kW and this announcement came after industry officials voiced their criticism of this proposal.

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