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Order confuses solar energy users in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, domestic consumers who had installed rooftop solar photo vo­ltaic plants have been left clueless wi­th the energy department’s order that capital subsidy of Rs 20,000 for solar systems would be provided only to those who purchased their systems through Ta­mil Nadu Elect­ri­city Development Age­ncy.

In the government order, the energy department said that the subsidy would be given on ‘first come first serve’ basis by TEDA. The subsidy wi­ll be given only to grid-connected, battery-less systems purchased from vendors approved by TEDA.

A resident of Nungambakkam sa­id he installed a one-kilo watt rooftop so­lar system with battery in his house at a cost of Rs 1.6 lakh in May hoping to get Central and state government incentives. “I was really disappointed. Only after the state government’s annou­nce­ment of Rs 20,000 subsidy, did I opt for solar system,” he said, adding that he made several visits in vain to local TNEB office to know about guidelines before going ahead with solar system installation.

Another resident of Tambaram, who has set up a solar system in his house, said that even a year after the state government came out with its solar energy policy there is no clarity in the procedures to be followed in inst­alling solar systems. “The excess power generated in the solar system is going waste as they are not allowed to be connected to the grid,” he said.

Sources in TEDA said that the state government incentive would be given only to those who are applying for solar systems through TEDA. However, sou­rces said that they would be allowed to supply surplus po­wer to the grid once the Tamil Nadu El­ectricity Regulatory Commission comes out with its order on net metering facility.

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