Highlights of Kerala Draft policy for Grid Interactive Distributed Solar Energy Systems

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Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission has published the Draft Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Grid Interactive Distributed Solar Energy Systems) Regulations, 2014. Stake holders including public are requested to forward their comments/ responses on the draft regulations, to the Commission on or before 28-02-2014. The stake holders and the public can present their responses/comments on the draft regulation in the public hearing also which shall be held at 11 AM on 19.03.2014 at the Office of the Commission.

Download KERC_ROOFTOP_SOLAR_DRAFT REGULATION-24.1.2014-final

The Draft Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Grid Interactive Distributed Solar Energy Systems)
Regulations, 2014 is also available in the web site of the Commission www.erckerala.org.

Highlights:

  1. The capacity of the solar energy system to be installed at the premises of any consumer shall not exceed three megawatt (MW)
  2. The distribution licensee shall give connectivity to the solar energy system of any consumer provided the cumulative capacity of solar energy systems connected to the distribution system under a particular distribution transformer does not exceed fifty percent of the capacity of the such transformer.
  3. “Check meter” shall be installed for the solar energy system having capacity more than 20kW and for the solar energy system of capacity less than or equal to 20 kW, the “check meter” would be optional
  4. The eligible consumer in time of the day (ToD) billing system shall be entitled to use the quantum of electricity banked by him, first in the corresponding normal period in which the electricity was generated and injected into the system and the balance in the peak period and in the off peak period in succession.
  5. The eligible consumer shall pay wheeling charges at the rate of five percent of the energy wheeled for use in other premises owned by him.
  6. If the electricity generated and injected into the system as measured in the solar meter exceeds the total electricity consumed by the eligible consumer in the same premises during any billing period, such excess electricity injected into the distribution system may be used by him in any other premises owned by him as specified in regulation above and balance excess electricity shall be carried forward to the next billing period as electricity credit and shall be accounted and used to settle the electricity consumed by him in future billing periods.
  7. The electricity generated by an eligible consumer using the solar energy system installed in his premises, whether owned by him or by a third party, shall be exempted from banking charge and cross subsidy surcharge.
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