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Discoms told to connect home suppliers of solar power

Under the plan, consumers will be able to sell solar power from their homes to the discom.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 17, 2014 9:53:54 am

Delhi’s power regulator has directed the three private discoms to put in place infrastructure that will allow domestic consumers to supply solar energy to the transmission grid from their rooftop solar panels and earn money.

With an aim to encourage domestic and commercial consumers to go for solar energy, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has told the Reliance Infra-backed BSES discoms and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) to upgrade their networks at the earliest so that people can sell excess power from their homes and offices to them without any difficulty.

“We have directed all three power distribution companies to put the infrastructure in place as soon as possible. It is a major focus area for us and we are hopeful that people will go for solar energy in a big way,” a senior DERC official said.

Under the plan, consumers will be able to sell solar power from their homes to the discom in the area at market price or opt for adjusting their bills if they continue to draw electricity from the discom.

“We have set a target of generating around 100 MW of solar energy in the first few years. It has the potential to touch 500 MW and beyond within five years,” the official said.

DERC has already issued detailed instructions to the private power discoms regarding installation of metering devices that can record supply of solar energy to the transmission grid, consumption by the owner of the solar panels, and price of solar power to be paid to the consumer.

Any consumer who owns a solar energy generation unit, will be able to either supply directly to the grid or use it partially, the official said.

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