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UP power watchdog approves rooftop solar regulation

According to reports, the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved the state rooftop solar regulation, which would allow consumers in the state to install solar rooftop systems.

Such systems could both be harnessed for self-consumption and also feed the state grid with excess solar power generated.

The power regulator has notified provisions regulating to the rooftop solar segment contained in the state Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant Policy, 2014.

UPERC (Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Grid Interactive System Gross/Net Metering) Regulations, 2015, was approved by the state power sector watchdog on March 20, 2015, after studying similar regulations in other states, including Gujarat and Delhi, a senior UPERC official told Business Standard.

The regulation applies to both distribution licensees and consumers. The rooftop solar plant can be installed either under gross metering or net metering basis. Under gross net metering, the entire solar power generated is injected into the grid, while in net metering, only surplus power after consumption of electricity will be injected in grid.

The rooftop solar system to be installed by a consumer should be of minimum one kwp (kilowatt peak) capacity. The solar rooftop system installed by a consumer or third-party owner would be exempted from payment of wheeling and cross-subsidy surcharge.

The Indian Industries Association has welcomed the announcement of regulation by UPERC.

IIA has been a votary for promotion and development of solar energy in the region and had organised North India Solar Summit-2014. The 2015 edition of the summit is scheduled for the next month.

IIA said solar energy-based power plants, both off-grid and grid-connected, were best suited for Uttar Pradesh to overcome power crisis and improve availability of power in the state.

Further, it has suggested that proper implantation of the policy would boost the manufacturing companies, consultants and distributors engaged in the solar energy space, while benefiting the consumers.

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