In a significant development, the Joint Electricity Regularity Commission (JERC) has proposed to allow city residents, who will install solar rooftops, to sell excess power to UT electricity department.
The proposal has been made in the draft solar power tariff — grid connected ground mounted rooftop mounted SPV and rooftop solar with net metering regulations — 2014 prepared by the commission.
As per the guidelines on net metering, any consumer installing solar rooftop power plant, can consume solar power generated on this rooftop and in turn, will be able to export the excess power generated which can be banked with electricity department, and therefore, be adjusted in the future bill.
JERC has prepared comprehensive net metering regulations which clearly define technical parameters like the specifications of the meter, solar power plant, etc.
The draft was discussed in a meeting chaired by UT administrator, Shivraj Patil, in Delhi. Under the draft regulation, JERC has fixed the solar tariff at the rate of Rs. 7.74 per unit for getting the solar power plant commissioned during financial year 2014-15.
Patil said the Chandigarh administration should take proactive steps in making various stakeholders like industries, institutions and public to participate in the Solar Energy Programme and earn profit by selling solar power.
For this, he advised that meetings and awareness workshops be conducted involving Confederation of Indian Industry and other Industrial Associations. He also suggested that audio visual method should be employed to get spread awareness.