The state cabinet of Jammu & Kashmir has approved the 2016
draft policy for grid-connected rooftop power projects with net-metering.
Under the policy,
rooftop solar projects aggregating 450 MW are to be constructed across Jammu
& Kashmir by 2022, net-metering systems will be installed across the state
to enhance public participation. Consumers are eligible to install solar rooftop
systems for self-consumption and can feed excess power into the grid.
The policy will be in force for a 10-year period and will be
implemented in accordance with the provisions of Jammu
& Kashmir Electricity Regulatory Commission (Grid Interactive Rooftop
Photovoltaic Systems based on Net Metering) Regulations, 2015.
With the launch of the rooftop solar program in Jammu &
Kashmir, the burden on the power department’s
transmission and distribution network will certainly be relieved and consumers
using rooftop solar will save on the billed amount, commented the Jammu and
Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) official. This is also a
contribution towards environment and attaining renewable purchase obligation
targets, added the JAKEDA official.