Power distributor BSES said on Wednesday that they have energised 206 solar rooftop connections with a cumulative sanctioned load of over seven megawatt in the national capital and claimed to be first power distributor in the country to do so.A BSES official said that consumers who have metered solar rooftop connections could sell back additional power generated to the BSES at rates approved by the DERC.
“We have the first discom in the country to score a double century in solar rooftop connections. There are nearly 50 connections — with a sanctioned load of over 1.5 MW — which are under various stages of commissioning at the consumer’s end,” the official said.“Consumers across categories have warmed up to the idea of rooftop solar metering. The response has been incredibly encouraging,” he added.
Consumers who have opted for solar rooftop connections from the BSES include education institutes, business houses and domestic residencies. According to the discom’s data, the ‘domestic’ category leads the race for rooftop solar connections with 78 subscribers.Nearly 40 leading education institutes have opted for the BSES’ net metering connections with a total sanctioned load of over 1.6 MW including Vasant Valley School, Bhatnagar International, Father Agnel School among others.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as well as the Delhi Secretariat have reportedly opted for the renewable energy scheme. “Consumers have begun to see benefits of rooftop solar connections and how it reduces their electricity bills. The current subscribers save between Rs 1,000 to Rs 1 lakh a month,” the BSES said, adding that they have energised net metering connections ranging from a sanctioned load of 1 KW to 1 MW.