Sunday, 31 May 2015

Rooftop Net Metering in India

Grid Connected SPV Rooftop Systems
Policy and Regulatory Framework in Various States
(As on 14.11.2014)
Sl.
No.
State (Issuing
Authorities)
Solar
Rooftop
Target
Metering
Mechanism
Present Solar
Tariff (Rs.)
Policy/ Tariff *
Validity
Capping of
System Capacity/ generation
EligibilityIncentivesRemarks
1Karnataka
(Govt. of Karnataka & KERC)
400 MW
by 2018
Net  metering
(excess electricity to
be billed as per solar
tariff)
Rs.9.56
(without subsidy),
Rs.7.20 (with subsidy)
01.04.2013 upto
31.03.2018
Not mentionedAll consumersWheeling,
Banking and cross subsidy
surcharge exempted for 10
years
2West Bengal
(Govt. of West
Bengal & WBERC)
34 MW by
2018
Net meteringConsumer
tariff as applicable for
net energy supply
Projects
commissioned till
2015-16
Injection not
more than 90%
of the consumption
from the
licensee’s supply in a year.
All consumersWheeling,
Banking and cross subsidy
surcharge as applicable
3Chhattisgarh
(Govt. of Chhattisgarh & CSERC)
500-1000
MW by
March
2017
Net metering
(excess electricity to be billed @)
50% of the solar tariff)
Rs. 4.35/ kWh2012-2017Injection not
more than 49%
of the annual net generation.
50kWp  to
1 MWp capacity
Wheeling,
Banking and cross subsidy
surcharge
exempted. VAT exempted on equipment’s/ materials.
4Tamil Nadu
(Govt. of Tamil
Nadu & TNERC))
350 MW
by 2015
Net meteringRs.7.01/kWh
(without AD), Rs.6.27/kWh (with AD)
2014-15Capped
commercially at
90% of the electricity
consumption at
the end of the settlement
period.
Excess energy generated beyond the 90% cap shall be treated as
lapsed.
All consumersFor domestic
consumers subsidy of Rs.
20, 000 per kW for 1 kWp system is
provided.
Wheeling, Banking and cross subsidy surcharge as applicable. Electricity tax is exempted.
Mandatory
for all new Govt./local body buildings. For
existing buildings installation in a
phased manner
5KeralaNot
specified
Net meteringConsumer
tariff as applicable for
net energy supply.
Excess electricity to
be billed as per average
pool purchase cost.
From 25.11.2013
until further orders
Capacity shall
be in conformity with the
provisions relating to the
connected load or contract
demand permissible at
each voltage level as specified in the
Kerala
Electricity
Supply Code,
2014.
Not specifiedWheeling,
Banking, open access surcharge
exempted. Exemption from
electricity duty.
(Govt. of Kerala & KERC)
6Gujarat
(Govt. of Gujarat & GERC)
30 MW in
6 cities
Feed-in tariffRs.9.63/kWh
(with AD),
Rs.10.76/kWh
(without AD)
2014-15Not mentionedAll consumersExemption from
wheeling, banking and cross subsidy surcharge.
7Delhi
(DERC order)
Not
specified
Net meteringConsumer
tariff as applicable for
net energy supply.
Excess electricity to be billed as
per average pool purchase
cost.
APPC for 2014-15
and as per subsequent
amendments
Capacity will be
above 1 kWp and as per
sanctioned load. For above
sanctioned load service line cum development
charges to be paid.
All consumersExemption from
wheeling, banking, cross
subsidy and other charges
for a period of 5 years
8Andhra PradeshNot
specified
Net meteringConsumer
tariff as applicable for net energy supply. Excess electricity to be billed as per average
pool purchase cost for a
period of 7 years.
APPC for 2014-15
and as per subsequent amendments
Capped
commercially at
100% of the electricity
consumption in
a billing month.
All 3 phase
service consumers
State’s 20%
subsidy for system up to 3 kWp in domestic sector only.
Exemption from wheeling, banking and cross subsidy surcharge. No charge for open access for third party sale. Electricity duty exemption,
VAT refund.
(Govt. of Andhra
Pradesh & APERC)
9Haryana
(Govt. of Haryana)
50 MW
till 2017
Net meteringConsumer
tariff as applicable for
net energy
supply.  No payment for excess electricity
2014-15Not specifiedAll consumers10%  state
subsidy in addition to 30%
MNRE subsidy,
exemption from external development charges,
scrutiny fee and infrastructure
development
charges, no application and processing fee
HERC
order under
issue
Mandatory
5% for connected
load upto
1000 kWp for all consumers including residential houses on
a plot size of 500 sq.
yard and
above.
10Rajasthan
(Govt. of
Rajasthan)
Not
specified
Net meteringRs.7.50/kWh
(without AD), Rs.6.63/kWh (with AD)
2014-2016Not specifiedAll
consumer(s) of the DISCOMs
Incentives
available to industrial units under Rajasthan Investment Promotional Scheme available to industrial solar power projects, Banking will be allowed
RERC
regulatory orders yet to be issued.
11Uttarakhand
(Govt. of Uttarakhand & UERC)
5 MW per
year
(2013-
2015)
Net meteringConsumer
tariff as applicable for net energy supply. Excess electricity to be billed @ Rs.9.20/kWh
(with subsidy)
2013-2018Not specifiedAll consumersNo transmission
and wheeling charges
12Uttar Pradesh
(Govt. of Uttar
Pradesh)
20 MW
(by 2016-
17)
Net meteringConsumer
tariff as applicable for
net energy
supply.
2016-2017Not specifiedAll consumersState funds for
technical assessment and
deployment of
rooftop SPV on government owned/Public Institutions
At least
25% of available
plinth area
to be utilized for rooftop. UPERC regulatory orders yet to be issued.
13Punjab
(Govt. of Punjab)
Not
specified
Net meteringConsumer
tariff as applicable for net energy supply
2014-2022Maximum
capacity upto
80% of the sanctioned/conn
ected load with
minimum capacity of
1kWp.
All consumersExemption from
wheeling, banking and cross subsidy surcharge. No charge for open access for third party sale.
PERC
Regulatory order yet
to be issued.
*Tariff in every States may change as per orders issued by respective regulatory commissions from time to time.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

net-metering in India



Net Metering policy for roof top PVs in various states in India

Solar powered systems can be divided as:
NetMetering
  • Grid connected solar power system.
  • Stand alone Offgrid system.

When solar energy production is in excess as compared to the load requirement at that moment, the excess energy we can be either stored in the batteries or can be sold back to the utility grid. This difference of energy can be tracked using a meter connected to your solar pv system.

usually following two types metering systems are involved:

  • Gross metering
  • Net Metering

 Net metering is an agreement that allows the solar PV system owner to sell excess solar energy to the utility company or buy deficit energy from the utility company using a meter to track this energy exchange.

Advantages of Net Metering:

The most important advantages of net metering are:
1. Financial benefit for the system owner
Since the system owner is charged for the net energy consumed from the utility grid, the owner gets financial benefits. 

2. Avoid the use of batteries
In a grid connected solar pv system, any excess energy generated can be fed back to local utility grid and can be taken back at later stage when required. Thus, there is no need to store the surplus energy in batteries for later use, thus, avoiding the heavy costs of batteries. 

3. Produce more today, use that tomorrow
Typically, a solar power system produces more energy in summer and comparatively less energy in winter. Eg. If in summer, solar power generates 100 units and load requirement is 80 units, then 20 units  can be fed back to the grid. In winter, solar power generates only 60 units and load requirement is 80 units, then 20 units can be taken from the grid. Thus, overall excess generation from solar power system is taken care of and net units consumed from the grid becomes zero.


 West Bengal
•West Bengal has initiated a net-metering solar rooftop model promoting self consumption.
•Under the WBERC Regulations, grid-integrated rooftop PV is allowed only for institutional consumers like government departments, academic institutions, etc.
•The system size limited to 2-100 kW, Connectivity is allowed at Low Voltage or Medium Voltage, or 6 KV or 11 KV, of the distribution system of the licensee.
•Solar injection is permitted only up-to 90% of the annual electricity consumption, and the net energy supplied by the utility would be billed as per existing slab tariffs.
•Solar generation would first offset consumption in the highest tariff slab and then the lower slab.
•Policy targets 16 MW of rooftop and small PV installations by 2017.

Andhra Pradesh
AP Solar Policy 2012 also promoting roof top solar projects.
Only for 3 phase service consumers can setup roof top PV systems.
Net metering is allowed.
Recently announced by a committee that Rs.3.50 per unit would be paid for exported power for 7 years.
The consumer/SPV generator also has to set up a protection system on their premises with “Islanding” for events like grid failures
Any prevalent subsidy from Government of India can be availed.

Tamil Nadu Solar Policy 2012
•Targets 3000 MW by 2015 , including 350 MW of rooftop capacity in three phases of 100, 125 and 125 MW (per year) during 2013-2015.
•50 MW from domestic customers who will receive a GBI of Rs. 2/kWh for the first two years, Rs. 1/kWh for the next two and Rs. 0.5/kWh for the subsequent two years.
•300 MW from government buildings and government schemes for rural and urban lighting.
•Mandates 6% SPO for HT consumers to achieve targets.
•TEDA designated single window agency.
•Connectivity : < 10 kW - 240 V < 100 kW – 415 V > 100 kW - 100 kV

Kerala
•Kerala launched its 10,000 rooftop power plants program for 2012-2013.
•With each applicant eligible to apply for 1 kW only, the total capacity target is 10 MW.
•Due to the small per capita limit; the target audience will be only households and small cottage industries.
•Apart from the MNRE’s 30% capital subsidy, the state is offering a discount of Rs. 39,000 per system.

Gujarat
•Gujarat already initiated 5MW Rooftop Project in Gandhi Nagar in PPP model.
•Generated power is completely fed to the grid.
•As per their model, Roof owner gets paid lease rent (Rs.3.00 per unit) and the project developer gets feed-in-tariff (Rs.11.21) for 25 years.
•Recently announced a rooftop scheme for development of 25 MW in 5 other cities.


 Getting a Solar net-metering  connection – in Tamil Nadu 
 Getting a Solar net-metering  connection – in West Bengal
 Getting a Solar net-metering  connection – in Gujarat


References

http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/pdfs/31687.pdf
http://www.forumofregulators.gov.in/Data/HomePage/Report.pdf
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/pdfs/31687.pdf
http://www.solarcity.com/learn/understanding-netmetering.aspx
http://mnre.gov.in/file-manager/UserFiles/presentations-23052013/SECI.pdf 



 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Industrial Vocational Training for Engineering Students

INDUSTRIAL VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR ENGINEERING AND DIPLOMA STUDENTS

Institute of Solar Technology is going to conduct four weeks / six weeks Summer /Industrial (Vocational) Training Program for Students of B.E./ B.Tech./Diploma in Engineering and M.B.A.from the month of June and July 2015. IST has been well appreciated by Students / Colleges / Universities. This has helped the students in enhancing their career prospects in Solar Power field.

SCOPE OF SOLAR PV INDUSTRY IN INDIA

SOLAR SECTOR: INDIAS NEXT EMPLOYMENT HUB

The Indian government has announced an ambitious target of 100 GW solar power by 2022.
As proposed by MNRE 40GW rooftops and 60GW large-scale projects, the country would get the maximum benefit of 1,310,000 jobs. According to the estimates, 59% of these jobs would be for semi-skilled workers while 21% would require unskilled and 20% skilled workers.

WHO CAN APPLY?



Students of B.E. / B.Tech. / Diploma in Engineering in the discipline of:

Electrical Engineering
Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Electronics & Communication Engineering
Electronics & Instrumental Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

DURATION & METHODOLOGY :

Duration: 4 Weeks
Methodology :
(a)Students opting for 04 weeks summer training will be imparted training for 02 days at a manufacturing unit, 1 day project site visit and instructed to submit a project report after three weeks. After receiving an undertaking, they will be given certificate.
After receiving an undertaking, they will be given certificate.

IST will award certificates to trainees on successful completion of the course.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Candidates will be selected on first come first serve basis by IST Head Office.

COURSE FEE:

Rs. 6,000/- plus 12.36% service tax for 4 weeks 
Course fee is to be paid through DD. The DD should be in favour of :
"Global Advanced Training & Educational Trust", payable at Panchla, Howrah
The course fee will be non-refundable.

HOW TO APPLY?

1. Filled online registration form, (Click Here), After submission, you will get an e-mail with your     Ref:VTR- No
2. and download registration form (Click Here)
3. along with following documents is to be sent by speed / registered post to:
Institute of Solar Technology
Singh Building, 1st Floor
NH-6, P.O.- Raghudevpur,
Dist- Howrah, W.B.
Pin - 711322

or can be submitted in person at the above address.

Enclosures:
1) Demand Draft in favour of "Global Advanced Training & Educational Trust". payable at Panchla, Howrah
2) Two Passport sized photographs (Including one pasted on Application Form)
3) Photocopy of Identity card of College / Institution
4) NOC Letter for Training from college / Institution
For any information please contact on phone numbers 08296353254, 09477511555 or email us isttpcell@gmail.com




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