Energy Economic Times has reported that the electricity department of Goa is dragging feet connecting solar prosumers to the grid. A solar prosumer is one who produces as well as consumes energy from the rooftop solar plant. The plant is connected to the grid under a net-meter arrangement. As per the Energy Economic Times while the Goa Electricity Department is allowing consumers to connect their plants with the grid it is resisting to enter the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with them. Reason: Electricity Department will have to pay high rates to the consumer for feeding solar energy into the grid.
Loopholes in the apprehensions of the electricity department about rooftop solar
A rooftop solar plant with a net meter enables a prosumer to reduce his dependency on the grid for electricity demand. A prosumer has to consume energy from it not to sell it to the grid. This provision is in the gross-meter. Therefore the apprehensions of the electricity department are baseless.
If at all the department stands correct anywhere it is the surplus energy from the plant that will go to the grid. But the quantum of this energy is not large enough to burn the books of the electricity department. The features of Goa Solar Policy, in any case, restrict the rooftop solar capacity of prosumers up to their connected load. It is, therefore, unlikely that a consumer will be feeding energy to the grid. Rather he will be consuming all of it most of the time.
Further, even in the event of energy export to the grid, the department does not have to pay anything to the prosumer. It will offset all the energy that a prosumers exports from his rooftop solar plant to the grid. The net-meter regulation of Goa has the provision for the same.
SolarDae’s take on the rooftop solar delay by DISCOMs
State DISCOMs often resist their consumers from using rooftop solar on one pretext or the other. It was recently that Maharashtra DISCOM wanted to levy a surcharge on its rooftop solar users. It also wanted to introduce only gross-meter and scrap away net-meter. The State regulator had fortunately turned down the prayers.
Goa, on the other hand, is delaying the rooftop solar with its unsubstantial theory. The joint regulator of the state must take note of this and direct the electricity department to enter PPA with its consumers.
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