Indore: State’s first rooftop solar plant with net metering inaugurated
State’s first rooftop solar plant with net metering facility was inaugurated here on Wednesday. The owner of the plant can sell excess electricity to Discom and can get early return for the investment. The much awaited net metering scheme rolled out on Wednesday when a rooftop solar plant with a capacity of 1.97 KW was inaugurated by Manu Shrivastava, principal secretary, new and renewable energy department, government of Madhya Pradesh.
Chartered accountant Santosh Agrawal has set up the plant on his rooftop located in Mansarolar Park, YN Road. On this occasion, Shrivastava, who is also MD of Energy Development Corporation, stated that the corporation is continuously making efforts to promote renewable. This is the first plant set up in residential area for domestic purposes. He expressed hope that rooftop solar plant with net metering facility would motivate people to accept in broader way. Briefing about the incentives Shrivastava said that the state government availed 30% subsidy on net cost of setting up of the plant and free maintenance will be provided by plant setter agency for five years. The plant will not only save electricity but also save the environment. Investment in the plant will be returned in three to four years. Now the corporation will work for promoting government officers and institutions to set up such plants.Jubilant CA Muchhal said that the plant is being set up by Ujas Company and he is feeling extremely happy by stepping up first such plant of the state at his home. The scheme will definitely inspire people to accept green energy.
Net metering scheme
Net metering is a scheme of state government, where solar energy produced on house rooftops is being integrated with grid of Power Discom. Under MP Decentralised Renewable Energy Policy 2016 approved by the state government, 10 units per day can be used from the plant at home and the balance units would be exported to Discom’s grid. The benefit of exported units would be adjusted in monthly electricity bill of the consumer. In this way a person can get return on investment in three to four years.