Delhiites are finally beginning to take to green energy production in a big way. The BSES discoms reported that they have energised 206 net metering connections with a sanctioned load of over 7MW (over 7,000 kW). Apart from this, nearly 50 connections with a sanctioned load of over 1.5MW are under various stages of commissioning at the consumer’s end.Some of the recent takers for green energy generation are Delhi Cheshire Home, Vasant Valley School, East Point School, Dayal Singh College, DMRC, a Church in Mayur Vihar, Kohli Imports and Exports, Spartan Management Services and the Delhi Secretariat.
The BSES discoms claimed they were the first power distribution utility in the country to have such a large number of net metering connections. “Consumers across categories have warmed up to rooftop solar net metering. An interesting trend that has emerged is that Educational Institutions (and schools), Commercial Establishments and Domestic Users have taken to Net Metering in a big way,” said a spokesperson.Many prominent schools and educational institutes have opted for net metering connections with a total sanctioned load of over 1,600kW (over 1.6MW). These schools include Vasant Valley, Tagore International, New Era Pubic School, Father Agnel, Venketeshwara, Bhatnagar International, St Cecilia’s Public School, East Point, Vivekanand Public School and M S Mukerjee Memorial School.
“The response to net metering has been incredibly encouraging. Consumers have begun to see the benefits of rooftop solar and how it reduces their electricity bills. BSES has energised net metering connections ranging from a sanctioned load of 1kW to 1,000kW. These consumers save between Rs 1,000 to around Rs 10 lakh per month,” said a BSES official.Both Centre and Delhi government have very ambitious renewal energy programmes and are actively pushing for green energy generation. The potential of rooftop solar in BSES area is in excess of 250-300MW, said officials.
Net metering regulations were notified by the DERC in 2014 and outline how people can generate renewable energy on their premises and reduce their electricity bills through the amount of power they supply to the grid.”With this, consumers can set up their own solar panels and either supply directly to the grid or use it partially. Whatever you supply to the grid, you can draw back whenever you need it,” a DERC official said.