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Consumers to get bidirectional meters for rooftop solar systems soon

According to reports, domestic consumers who are beneficiaries of the Chief Minister’s scheme for solar rooftop capital incentive can hope to have the installation of solar photovoltaic (SPV) systems early.

Twenty five systems have been installed. The delivery of the first set of bidirectional (net meters) meters is expected shortly and the meters will also be installed soon, according to Sudeep Jain, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), the nodal agency for the scheme.

[Bi-directional meters are required as solar energy produced at the end of the consumer is more than the consumption, the surplus energy will automatically be exported to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) distribution network or the grid. If there is less solar energy than what the consumer requires, the shortfall will be drawn from the grid (energy import). Such meters alone can measure both energy import (from the grid to the consumer) and energy export (from the consumer to the grid). They will replace the conventional meters at the premises of beneficiaries of the scheme].

Responding to questions on the status of implementation of the scheme, Mr. Jain told reporters on Monday that sanction had been given for 1,500 consumers. Totally, 10,000 consumers could be covered under the scheme.

As regards the execution of the Chief Minister’s Green House Scheme, the CMD said 90,000 houses had been provided with solar power systems. The installation of the systems was possible only when houses were completed and normally, there would be a gap of six months.

As for solar-powered street lights, 20,000 street lights had been installed. Initially, the lights were installed in a cluster of 10 followed by 15. A pilot project was under way in Kancheepuram district to install grid-tied 50 street lights.

Referring to the installation of a large number of solar power systems in the State every year, the CMD said this underscored the need for skilled manpower, both at the time of installation as well as for maintenance. This issue would be addressed at the upcoming international conference and exposition on renewable energy, “Renergy 2014,” by having a pavilion meant for career prospects in renewable energy and skill development. About a dozen companies were expected to be part of the pavilion. The meet would be held during June 12-14 at the Chennai Trade Centre here. On June 12 and 13, general visitors would be allowed between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. while the entry would be permitted throughout the day on June 14.

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