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UP power watchdog approves rooftop solar regulation

Such systems could both be harnessed for self-consumption and also feed state grid

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

The Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved the state regulation, which would allow consumers in the state to install solar rooftop systems.

Such systems could both be harnessed for self-consumption and also feed the state grid with excess solar generated.

The regulator has notified provisions regulating to the segment contained in the state Photovoltaic Plant Policy, 2014.

(Photovoltaic Grid Interactive System Gross/Net Metering) Regulations, 2015, was approved by the state sector watchdog on March 20, 2015, after studying similar regulations in other states, including Gujarat and Delhi, a senior official told Business Standard.

The regulation applies to both distribution licensees and consumers. The plant can be installed either under gross metering or net metering basis. Under gross net metering, the entire solar generated is injected into the grid, while in net metering, only surplus after consumption of will be injected in grid.

The system to be installed by a consumer should be of minimum one kwp (kilowatt peak) capacity. The solar rooftop system installed by a consumer or third-party owner would be exempted from payment of wheeling and cross-subsidy surcharge.

The Indian Industries Association has welcomed the announcement of regulation by

IIA has been a votary for promotion and development of in the region and had organised North India Solar Summit-2014. The 2015 edition of the summit is scheduled for the next month.

IIA said solar energy-based plants, both off-grid and grid-connected, were best suited for to overcome crisis and improve availability of in the state.

Further, it has suggested that proper implantation of the policy would boost the manufacturing companies, consultants and distributors engaged in the space, while benefiting the consumers.

First Published: Thu, March 26 2015. 20:29 IST