The net metering policy in India’s capital city, Delhi, has finally found favour among the power consumers, data released by at least three utilities operating the city suggest.
Delhi has had a history of experimenting, rather unsuccessfully, with net metering policy and regulations. Now, BSES – a utility servicing a very large part of Delhi – has reported that it has already commissioned 206 net metering connections in its service area. BSES is also working on 50 more connections with cumulative capacity of 1.5 MW.
BSES claims that it is the first utility in the country to have scored more than 200 net metering connections. Industrial and commercial consumers as well as schools have given positive responses to the scheme. However, participation from household consumers have also been very encouraging. More than a third of the net metering connections have been implemented by households consumers — a possible sign that the falling prices of solar modules, financial advantages of net metering, and cheaper loans made available by banks have resonated with the consumers.
Another utility operating in the city — New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) — has announced that it has received net metering applications for solar rooftop systems at 102 buildings in its service area. The utility already has 45 net metering connections operational. Along with the new connections, the total rooftop solar power capacity under net metering will increase to 5.6 MW.
The Delhi government has announced plans to install 1 gigawatt (GW) worth of rooftop solar power capacity in the capital over the next 4 to 5 years, with a medium-term target to have a total of 2 GW of solar power capacity installed by 2025. The Delhi government is looking to set up solar power systems atop bus stops, metro stations, and railway stations.
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