A step-by-step guide for Net Metering

A step-by-step guide for Net Metering

The economics of rooftop solar has improved over the years. It is now cheaper to install rooftop solar systems in few parts not connected to grid. Given the scarcity of land, improving technology and reducing the cost of installing solar, many people and institutions are installing solar power systems on the rooftops. One of the major attractive propositions of installing a rooftop solar system in your establishment is the availability of credits in one’s electricity bill. In order to claim the credit, installers need to have a net meter installed at their place which keeps a tab of power that was sent back to the grid. It is one of the major pre-requisites for claiming a rebate on the electricity bill. Net meters are critical components in an on-grid solar power system. A customer will not be able to avail any credit without a net meter.

As convenient as it sounds, the entire process could be a bit daunting for a newbie in the solar industry. The process of buying net meters involves certain procedures including documentation, etc. The implementation of net metering policy in India has been shaky as the DISCOMs do not want to lose on the customers who pay them a high power tariff. Each state has a different net metering policy. The net metering policy in India is facing many challenges currently. Lengthy clearance and approval processes being the major ones. Developers face long approval processes which can last anywhere between 3-6 months

Since consumers are always looking for buying net meters but have no clear idea/ direction of how to proceed, we thought of coming up with this piece so as to throw some light on the subject matter. This article will talk about different steps involved in procuring a net meter in different states (now in 4 states). The steps are self-explanatory with screenshots. 

 Let’s start off with the northern state of Punjab.

1. Net Meter in Punjab

Punjab has the tenth largest installed solar power generation capacity in the country. The state’s solar capacity at the end of 2018 stood at 845 MW. Solar accounts for more than 6% of its total installed electricity generation capacity. A robust net metering policy in the state would further support the state’s solar targets.

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2. Net Meter in Haryana

Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency is taking proactive measures to promote solar in the state. Haryana is one of the richest states in India strategically located near India’s capital of Delhi and cities like Gurgaon and Faridabad have benefited hugely from being part of India’s National Capital Region (NCR). Haryana mandates installation of rooftop solar on government buildings from time to time.

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3. Net Meter in Delhi

The Indian capital of New Delhi is one of the most polluted cities not only in India, but the whole wide world. Though the government is taking strict action to promote rooftop solar by mandating it for government buildings and facilities, not much success has been achieved in the overall rooftop solar installation numbers. Delhi aims to generate 2000 MW of solar energy by 2025 and is also trying to lift up rooftop solar power generation. 

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4. Net Meter in Maharashtra

Maharashtra has the eighth largest installed solar power generation capacity in India. The state’s solar capacity at the end of 2018 stood at 1,311 MW, with solar now accounting for 3% of the overall installed electricity generation capacity. 

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Which company is best for net meter?

L&T is a leading player in the electricity metering segment in India. It has designed single-phase and three-phase meters. Are you thinking of buying net meter for your home? We recommend – L&T Company Net Meter.It is approved by the state electricity board. The price of 3 phase net meter is Rs. 7,600 and it available in some electrician shops.

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Conclusions

The implementation of net metering policy in India has been shaky as the DISCOMs do not want to lose on the customers who pay them a high power tariff. This has become a huge challenge for solar vendors and interested customers. The net metering policy in India is facing many challenges currently. Lengthy clearance and approval processes being the major ones. Developers face long approval processes which can last anywhere between 3-6 months.

If you are planning to install solar system for home, business, clinics, showrooms, schools, offices, petrol pumps and want to run Air Conditioner, Refrigerator, Water Motors, Washing Machine, Lights and Fans, then you can see our on-grid solar systems as per sanctioned load and rooftop space.