Delhi Solar Policy

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Delhi Solar Policy as announced in June 2016


The policy supports all models of ownership and maintenance of solar plants, including self-owned (“CAPEX”) and third-party-owned models (“RESCO”).
The Delhi Government expressed its commitment to work towards increasing Delhi’s share of renewable energy to help combat climate change, reduce air pollution, and enhance energy security.

Key highlights of Solar Policy
• Mandatory deployment of solar on Govt./Public institution
• Concept of Virtual Net Metering.
• Group Net Metering
• Generation Based Incentive for 3 years
• Building bylaws amendment for rooftop solar installations
• Tax breaks, benefits and subsidies
• Solar system upto 200 KWp are exempted from certification by Electrical inspector.

The policy promotes net metering for all solar plants above 1 kW based on the net metering regulations already issued by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Mandatory deployment of solar on Govt./Public institution
· The policy mandates the deployment of solar plants on all government-owned rooftops in the next five years. It requires DISCOMS to meet at least 75% of their solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) within Delhi.

Virtual Net Metering

• To give access to the Solar Net Metering facility for consumers who do not have a suitable roof for installing a solar system (e.g. residential consumers who live in apartments, consumers with shaded rooftops) there will be the facility of Virtual Net Metering. In Virtual Net Metering consumers can be beneficial owners of a part of a collectively owned solar system. All energy produced by a collectively owned solar system will be fed into the grid through an energy meter and the exported energy as recorded by that meter will be pro-rata credited in the electricity bill of each participating consumer on the basis of beneficial ownership.

Group Net Metering

• To encourage solar plants on rooftops of buildings that cannot consume all of the energy generated locally, DISCOMS shall facilitate Group Net Metering, whereby surplus energy exported to the grid from a solar plant at the location of the solar plant can be adjusted in any other (one or more) electricity service connection(s) of the consumer within the NCT of Delhi, provided these connections are in the same DISCOM territory. The purpose of this provision is to help maximize the utilization of rooftop space for solar energy generation for consumers with multiple buildings and service connections.

Generation Based Incentive
· The policy approved a non-capital subsidy model for implementation of the targets outlined in the policy. It has instead provided performance based incentives i.e. Generation Based Incentive (GBI) of Rs.2 per unit for domestic households coming forward for installation of solar panels on first come first served basis that reward actual production in the domestic segment. It will be applicable only to the solar PV plants which generate more than 1100 units per KW per annum and will ensure the deployment of quality solar panels.

Building bylaws amendment for rooftop solar installations

· The height of the module structure carrying solar panels shall not be counted towards total height of the building as permitted by building bylaws, except near airports where building regulations issued by the Airport Authority of India take precedence.

· No approval will be required from concerned Municipal Corporation or other Urban Development Bodies like DDA for putting up solar plants including any additional system for monitoring the performance of solar plant in existing or new buildings.

· The support structure on which rooftop solar panels are installed shall be treated as a temporary structure built in accordance with local building codes.

Tax breaks, benefits and subsidies
· Government is taking up with MCDs/NDMC exemption of Electricity tax (currently 5%) for Solar Energy generated.

· Government in consultation with DERC shall provide exemption on open access charges.

· Government in consultation with DERC will exempt wheeling, banking and transmission charges for Solar Energy generated / consumed within Delhi.

No need for certification by Electrical inspector

· Solar system upto 200 KWp are exempted from certification by Electrical inspector. Self certification will suffice.

The Delhi Government will facilitate all consumers in installation of Solar Panels.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre (EE&REM) under the Department of Power, GNCTD shall act as the State Nodal Agency (SNA) for the purposes mentioned in this Policy and shall be responsible for the effective implementation of this Policy in consultation with the State Government, eligible consumers, the Central Government, other States and other stakeholders.

In collaboration with the State Nodal Agency, the Indraprastha Power Generation Co. Ltd. (a Govt. of NCT of Delhi Undertaking) will aggregate capacity on Government rooftops / rooftop other than of Government buildings and ground mounted capacities, float tender and manage the entire bidding process under both RESCO & CAPEX model.

GNCTD will facilitate capital subsidy (@30% at present) provided by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt. of India to the domestic consumers for which the exercise of empanelment of vendors is already under process.

Other links:
Government announces policy to make Delhi ‘Solar City’
Delhi finally starts switching on the sun
Read more about Delhi’s solar rooftop policy

(excerpt above from last link)

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