Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has approved net
metering for solar rooftop customers in the state with systems ranging from 1 kW
to 1 MW. This policy will become effective on the
date of its notification in the official gazette. This policy applies to power
distribution companies (DISCOMs), eligible consumers and third-party owners of
rooftop solar projects in the state of Telangana.
Net metering permits will be issued on a first
come, first serve basis and customers who have installed a solar rooftop system before the announcement
of this policy will be giving priority to connect to the network distribution
system of the DISCOM.
The tariff paid to the customer will be based on the
average power purchase cost to a DISCOM. Consumers will be exempt from
transmission charges, wheeling charges, wheeling losses, cross subsidy
surcharges and additional surcharges. The TSERC has also mandated that the maximum
rooftop solar capacity to be installed at any eligible consumer’s premises will
- Up to a maximum of 100 percent of the
consumer’s approved load for residential and government consumers.
- Up to 80 percent of the approved load for industrial, commercial, and other consumers.
The DISCOMs will need to ensure that the inter-connection of
solar rooftop systems with the grid conforms to
the specifications detailed by
the Central Electricity Authority. The care and maintenance of the systems up to
the interconnection point will be the responsibility of the power generator
after which the responsibility will remain with the DISCOMs. The state DISCOMs
will be able to use the power generated from these systems towards their renewable
With increasing power demand due to economic growth and industrialization, the state is looking at rooftop solar as a solution to rampant
load-shedding. “The policy
has been released to make people aware of the process, incentives, and
subsidies, and to ease the process of installing rooftop solar PV systems,” stated an official at the TSERC.
The official also commented that this policy “will boost rooftop installations,” which is good for the state as most
of the cost is borne by consumers. The
state currently faces acute transmission and grid-connectivity issues.