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Barter solar power for bill reduction

According to reports, a solar generation unit costing around Rs 1 lakh could soon not only light up your home, but also trim your electricity bill if you are able to generate excess power.

In a unique proposal, residents could export solar power to the electricity department and balance out their power bill. However, they won’t be able to earn money with commercial use of the system.

Santosh Kumar, conservator of forest and wildlife, UT, said the system has been experimented at government buildings in the city and would be extended to houses after receiving approval from the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission. “The attempt is to promote zero electricity usage in most houses with a majority of electricity being drawn from solar energy,” he added.

Power generated from solar panels during daytime could be utilized fully by lighting up the house and feeding excess power to the grid. A team of UT officials recently visited Germany to study solar generation system, preparing a report on features that could be easily replicated here.

However, the hurdle was that in existing meters, needles could not move in reverse direction when solar power generated from home was exported to the grid. To tackle this problem, UT has now filed a petition with Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission to get permission to install “bi-directional” meters.

The system of smart meters has been introduced in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal but since there is no policy at the national level, it depends on the initiative of the states.

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