Jammu & Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) is
expected to release a policy on net metering for grid-connected rooftop solar
PV power projects. The projects will range from 1 kW up to a maximum of 500 kW,
with or without battery back-up support. Relevant state authorities will have
the right to undertake rooftop solar projects above 500 kW capacity through
alternative mechanisms. The power purchase agreements (PPAs) will be signed for
a 25-year period.
development is in line with the issuance of draft regulations on net metering
for grid-connected rooftop solar PV
systems by Jammu & Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission
(JKSERC), and the solar installation target of 450 MW solar by 2022 set for
Jammu & Kashmir by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The policy
will be effective from the date of its notification in the Gazette of India.
This policy will apply to the distribution company (DISCOM)
and consumers of Jammu & Kashmir and will remain in force unless repealed
or substituted with a new policy. The DISCOM will allow discriminatory
net metering arrangement on first-come-first serve basis for both self-owned
and third-party owned rooftop solar PV systems so long as the total capacity
(in kW) does not exceed the target capacity determined. The incentives from the
Solar Power Policy-2013 will also apply to solar power projects to be
developed under this policy. Developers can also benefit from subsidies
provided by the MNRE.
According to a JAKEDA official, seven pilot projects totaling
153 kW have been commissioned in the state till date. The MNRE has set an ambitious
rooftop target of 54 MW in the current financial year, however JAKEDA will be
able to achieve only 20 percent of the targeted 54 MW.