In a bid to promote green power in the state, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) on 22 September 2015 issued gazette notification on installation of net metering system of rooftop photo voltaic (PV) solar power units.
With the issuance of the notification, solar power can now be harnessed by domestic as well as commercial power consumers.
As per the notification issue, with the installation of new meters, eligible applicants can get credits for their solar power and adjust them against their normal bills for electricity supplied by respective distribution companies anywhere in the state. A net meter can record import as well as export of power.
Promoting solar power is a state policy, however, lack of regulation for grid connectivity made its actual implementation by common users difficult.
A roof top unit may involve one-time investment starting from around 1 lakh ruppes for 1 KV producing 150 units a month. Consumers using around 500 units or more in a month can find solar units economical as they end up paying a high rate of 8 to 10 rupees a unit for conventional power.
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When: 22 September 2015