You will need to submit an application, seeking connectivity under the Net Metering Regulations, 2014 in the specified format as per Annexure – I along with an application fee of Rs. 500/- (Rupees Five Hundred) to TPDDL for feasibility analysis.
TPDDL shall acknowledge the receipt of the application form along with fee and shall record time, date & serial number of the receipt that shall form the basis for drawing the priority list.
In order of priority, TPDDL shall complete the feasibility analysis for connecting the Renewable Energy System to the distribution system within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of the application.
On feasibility analysis, if it is found feasible for TPDDL to provide connectivity for the applied capacity or a reduced capacity, TPDDL shall inform all such applicants, to apply for registration and further processing.
The rooftop solar plant must get connected to the grid within one year from the registration process.
You will need to fill in the following forms:
- Application form – TPDDL_Net_Metering_Application_Form
- Declaration form – TPDDL_Net_Metering_Declaration_Form
- Registration form – TPDDL_Net_Metering_Registration_Form
- Connection agreement – Net metering connection Agreement
Over and above this, ensure that you follow this checklist: TPDDL Feasibility Checklist for net-metering
If you need any help, reach out to us at [email protected]
Below are all the forms that you need to fill in to get net-metering in South Delhi for the BSES network:
- Application Form: BSES_Net_Metering_Application_Form-Delhi
- Registration form: BSES_Net_Metering_Registration_Form-Delhi
Then check the transformer availability for your area:
- BRPL area under BSES in South Delhi – Transformer level data for rooftop solar net-metering
- BYPL area under BSES in South Delhi – Transformer level data for rooftop solar net-metering-BYPL
Based on the availability of transformer capacity, you can apply for a connection.
The procedure for connectivity of Renewable Energy System under Regulation 6 of Net Metering Regulations, 2014 is a three tier process, which is as follows;
- Feasiblity Analysis,
- Registration; and
- The consumer shall submit an application, seeking connectivity under the Net Metering Regulations, 2014 in the specified format as per Annexure – I along with an application fee of 500/- (Rupees Five Hundred) only to the concerned Distribution Licensee for feasibility analysis.
- The Distribution Licensee shall acknowledge the receipt of the application form and shall record time, date & serial number of the receipt which shall form the basis for drawing the priority list, for further processing of applications on first cum first serve Such a priority list having validity of one hundred and eighty (180) days from the date of receipt of application shall be displayed at prominent locations in the offices of the Distribution Licensee and to be uploaded on its website.
- In order of priority, the Distribution Licensee shall complete the feasibility analysis for connecting the Renewable EnergySystem to the distribution system within thirty
- (30) days from the date of receipt of the .
- On feasibility analysis, if it is found that due to certain reasons including operational constraints it is not feasible for the Distribution Licensee to provide connectivity at all or upto the applied capacitye. connectivity is feasible for a reduced capacity, the Distribution Licensee shall specifically record the reasons thereof and subject to clause 5 of these guidelines, intimate in writing the same to the applicant(s) specifically mentioning that:
- the applicant has the option, to be exercised in writing, to either
- accept the connectivity for the reduced capacity and approach the Distribution Licensee to process the case; or
- seek refund of its application fee either within seven (7) days of the receipt of the intimation; or
- to stay in the priority list till its validity i.e. upto 180 (one hundred and eighty) days under clause 3(2) of these guidelines, for re-consideration and approval in case of future availability of applied capacity at the distribution transformer level etc. within such period.
- If the applicant seeks refund, the Distribution Licensee shall refund the application fee within seven (7) days from the date of receipt of intimation from the applicant in this regard. Thereafter, the Distribution Licensee shall notify the updated position of the remnant applicants in the priority list.
- In case the consumer opts to stay in the priority list and even in the validity period of priority list of one hundred and eighty (180) days the required capacity does not get available, the Distribution Licensee shall refund the application fee on its own within seven (7) days of expiry of such 180 (one hundred and eighty) days period;
- The Distribution Licensee shall seek prior approval of the Commission for not providing connectivity or offering connectivity for a reduced capacity.
- On feasibility analysis, if it is found feasible for the Distribution Licensee to provide connectivity for the applied capacity or a reduced capacity under clause 3(4)(a)(i), the Distribution Licensee within seven (7) days from the feasibility analysis shall inform all such applicants, to apply for registration and further processing. A Registration form as per Annexure – II shall also be furnished with the Intimation Letter containing the following information:
- Details of documents to be submitted by the applicant;
- Technical specifications including the essential safety features
- Allowable capacity and technical specifications of the Renewable Energy Meter and Net Meter;
- Relevant abstract of the applicable Rules & Regulations
- List of approvals / clearances required from respective authorities / agencies for installation of Renewable EnergySystem;
- Model Renewable EnergySystem line diagram for grid connectivity;
- Model Connection Agreement;
- SLD charges, if applicable as per Regulation 3(4);
- Applicable charges as specified by the Commission from time to time;
- Any other information/details as may be required to ensure safe and reliable operation of the distribution system with prior approval of the Commission;
- The applicant, within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of the intimation regarding feasibility and capacity under clause 3(6) of these guidelines, shall apply for registration of his scheme for installation of the Renewable Energy System in the format specified in Annexure-II (Registration Form) along with requisite documents and the Registration Charges as stipulated below and other applicable charges:-
|Sl. No.||Capacity (kW)||Charges (Rs)|
|1||1 to ≤ 10||1000/-|
|2||> 10 to ≤ 50||3000/-|
|3||> 50 to ≤ 100||6000/-|
|4||> 100 to ≤ 300||9000/-|
|5||> 300 to ≤ 500||12000/-|
- At the time of submission of Registration Form, the Distribution Licensee shall perform preliminary checks of all the documents submitted along with the Registration Form in the presence of applicant or his representative, and if found complete, shall receive the form and acknowledge its
- The Distribution Licensee shall scrutinize the Registration Form within forty five (45) days from the date of its receipt, and shall either
- allot a Registration Number to the applicant, if Registration Form is found complete and in order, or
- intimate the applicant about the deficiencies observed in the submitted Registration Form, if any, along with the instructions to cure such deficiencies.
- The consumer shall re-submit the Registration Form, along with the requisite documents, after curing the deficiencies contained therein within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of intimation.
- Within fifteen (15) days from the date of receipt of the re-submitted Registration Form, the Distribution Licensee shall scrutinize it and shall
- register the scheme and assign a registration number if Registration Form is found complete and in order;
- give a personal hearing to the applicant and also intimate in writing the deficiencies, found if any, in the Registration Form and/or the documents submitted by the applicant giving him a final opportunity to cure the deficiencies and its re-submission.
- The applicant within fifteen (15) days from such intimation shall cure the deficiencies and re-submit the Registration Form along with documents to the Distribution Licensee. If the Registration Form is found complete and in order, the Distribution Licensee shall register the scheme and assign a Registration Number to it. However, if it is observed that certain deficiencies still persist, the application for registration may be rejected under intimation to the Commission.
- Within thirty (30) days from the date of registration, the Distribution Licensee and the Consumer shall execute a Connection Agreement. The Connection Agreement shall include clauses relating to interconnectivity, billing and settlement, dispute resolution and Standards as per Net Metering Regulations, 2014, relevant Guidelines, Orders thereof, as amended from time to time. In case the applicant fails to execute the Connection Agreement for reasons assigned to him, the registration shall be treated as cancelled.
- The applicant shall avail the connectivity of the Renewable EnergySystem within one (1) year from the date of registration, failing which the registration may be cancelled under intimation to the Commission and the Distribution Licensee can proceed for allotment of such capacity to other applicants, strictly on the basis of first come first serve basis as per the available priority list.
- The applicant shall obtain requisite approvals, in accordance with the provisions of the Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity of Distributed Generation Resources) Regulations, 2013 for commissioning of the Renewable Energy System, and furnish copies of approvals to the Distribution Licensee.
- The Distribution Licensee, within fifteen (15)days from the date of installation of the Renewable Energy System shall procure, test and install the Net Meter. In case the Net Meter is procured by the applicant, the Distribution Licensee, within fifteen (15) days from the intimation from the applicant regarding procurement of the Net Meter, shall test and install the Net Meter so procured.
- The Distribution Licensee shall, within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the intimation under Regulation 8(2) of the Net Metering Regulations, 2014 test the Renewable Energy System in the presence of the applicant as per the provisions of the Central Electricity Authority (Technical Standards for Connectivity of Distributed Generation Resources) Regulations, 2013 and shall provide the connectivity with the distribution system.
- Distribution Licensee may keep the entire information regarding application and registration of the Renewable Energy System on the website or web portal for transparency and convenience.
The Delhi government has released a draft solar policy on 10th of September 2015. The policy would remain valid from 2015-2020. As of August 2015, Delhi has around 7 MW of installed rooftop solar capacity. With a target of 1 GW, this policy plans to grow the market by 150 times in the next five years. The policy further goes on to set a long term target of 2GW by 2025. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre (EE&REM) will act as the Nodal agency responsible for implementation of the policy.
It is not unusual to see such aggressive targets by states considering the national goal of 100 GW of solar. However, as Delhi is a small state and does not have access to land like other states, the Delhi policy had to be rooftop solar focused. This makes it an interesting one to look into.
The draft focuses on promotion and deployment of rooftop solar plants by way of mandates, incentives, and amendments in regulations.
The policy seems to build a comprehensive framework around rooftop solar generation and net metering. Delhi already has working net-metering (refer) in place but this policy goes a step further by facilitate aspects such as allowing building to export more than they consume, allowing multiple power consumers to have a single solar installation and allowing virtual net-metering, i.e., consumers can use rooftop space that is not a part of the same building as the power consumption. These steps will increase the addressable market size considerably.
Taking a cue from the neighboring state of Haryana, mandates have also been introduced in Delhi. The solar policy mandates all government and public use buildings with a minimum shadow free rooftop area of 50 m2 to install a solar PV plant. As yet, the policy does not mention if any penalties would be applicable if rooftop solar is not adopted.
A number of incentives have been mentioned in this policy such as exemption of electricity tax, open access charges, VAT, Entry taxes, CSS, Transmission, Wheeling and Banking charges. A limited amount of Generation Based Incentives (GBI) of INR 2/kWh would also be offered to consumers who meet the eligibility criteria of generating at least 1,000 kWh per annum; the GBI would be capped at 1,500 kwh/annum. GBI would be allotted on a first come first serve basis.
An amendment to various building by laws has also been suggested that would further ease the process of getting approvals from municipal corporation for developers. The policy has assigned various responsibilities to the SNA, DISCOMS and IPGCL to facilitate swift deployment of solar.
Rooftop solar is ideally suited for Delhi as the city has its peak power consumption in the late afternoon. Currently, DISCOMs end up buying this power at an expensive rate from outside the state. To ensure self-sufficiency, the policy mandates DISCOMs to procure 75% of their RPO from within the national capital territory.
On paper, the policy is definitely one of the most progressive in India. Privatized DISCOMs and track record of a decent beginning to the implementation of net-metering in the state gives us hope for effective implementation of the new policy as well.
Download the Delhi Solar Policy 2015 [Draft] here
1. The State Electricity Distribution Licensees (DISCOMS) shall extend their support in installing solar power plants and their connectivity with their grid network. They shall comply with the regulatory framework specified by the DERC and provisions contained in this Policy.
2. In case of third-‐party PPA signed directly with the consumer (RESCO model), the consumer will be responsible for providing appropriate technical details of the solar installations on the consumer’s rooftop to DISCOMS.
3. For each billing period, DISCOM shall show separately:
a. The quantum of units of electricity exported by the Consumer;
b. The quantum of units of electricity imported by the Consumer;
c. The quantum of units of electricity generated by the Consumer’s solar plant (this will be the basis for the DISCOM’s RPO computation and will also facilitate GBI payments to eligible consumers who have opted for GBI);
d. The Net units of electricity billed for payment to the Consumer and
e. The Net units of electricity carried over to the next billing period.
The DISCOM shall also make available online all of the billing data above for each consumer, along with a sample bill explaining the various billing components above.
4. DISCOM will promote online applications for net metering. DISCOMS will also display online the status of all net metering applications received, whether online or offline. DISCOM will maintain a database of net metering application requests, approval status, installation and commissioning data, which will be submitted to the SNA on a quarterly basis.
5. Within 15 (fifteen) days of a consumer’s request for a net metering connection, DISCOM shall replace the consumer’s existing service connection meter with a bidirectional vector summation meter. In case the existing meter is a static meter, the DISCOM may collect a nominal fee from the consumer to cover the reprogramming cost to make such meters bidirectional. Additionally, starting 1 April 2016, all new service connections in Delhi shall have energy meters programmed for bidirectional energy recording and display and shall be time-‐of-‐day metering compliant.
6. At the time of commissioning of net metering of a solar system, the DISCOM shall verify that when the service connection is disconnected (e.g. by removing the meter cut-‐out fuses), the solar plant stops feeding power to the consumer side of the service connection meter or cut-‐out fuse. This is to ensure that the solar grid inverter stops feeding power into the grid during grid outage.
7. For solar plants generating above 150 kWp, inspection by an Electrical Inspector appointed by the Delhi Government shall be required to ensure quality, safety, and compliance before commissioning. Up to a solar plant capacity of 150 kWp, the consumer shall be responsible for the inspection and verification before commissioning.
The State Nodal Agency (SNA) shall facilitate the Eligible Entities in implementing the solar plant to provide single-‐window services to all Eligible Entities and undertake following activities:
i. Announcement of solar policy, amendments, and related schemes
The SNA shall take the lead in launching this Solar Energy Policy to the public through the use of media, PR, billboards, advertisements, websites, and more. It will also communicate amendments to the Policy to major stakeholders via its website and/or other means.
ii. Allotment of the solar power capacities
The SNA shall, from time to time, undertake the process for allotment of solar power capacities under various State and Central Government schemes on a first-‐come-‐first-‐ served basis and in a transparent manner to the DISCOMS and other project developers.
iii. Facilitation in development of solar projects
The SNA shall assist solar project developers in obtaining all necessary clearances and approvals from different Government departments.
iv. Support in establishing protocols/procedures for easy adoption of solar power
The SNA shall also support the DISCOMS in developing the protocols and procedures for easy adoption of solar plants by consumers. The SNA shall be responsible for managing all transactions and accounting processes relating to net metering and Group Net Metering.
v. Maintain a website for consumers interested in Rooftop Solar
The SNA shall develop and maintain a website with educational material and other necessary resources for potential consumers in Delhi. The website shall have information such as an up-‐to-‐date list of contacts to get started, current incentive schemes, resources for finding financial loans, solar integrators and service providers, and other information to promote education and awareness among consumers.
vi. Identification of Sites for Deployment of Rooftop Solar Power Plants
The SNA shall assist project developers in identifying the technically feasible sites/roofs under jurisdiction of the State Government for deployment of solar plants. The SNA shall also encourage deployment of solar plants on sites under the jurisdiction of private institutions/buildings that are not mandated as per this Policy.
The SNA will play a key role in the aggregation of potential rooftop projects, and provide guidelines to nominated state agency doing technical and commercial assessment of competitive bids by private entities. The SNA may also appoint an external commercial party to fulfill the role of the aggregator.
vii. Management of the Green Fund and Disbursement of the GBI
The SNA will manage the Green Fund and disburse the GBI as provided for in this Policy.
viii. Support in availing Subsidies
The SNA will pass on any subsidies available through the Central Government (MNRE) to consumers, integrators, and other solar developers in the State, as applicable.
ix. Amendment in Bylaws
The SNA shall notify and coordinate with the Housing and Urban Planning Department to obtain necessary amendments in the building bylaws, as outlined in 13.10, to facilitate extensive adoption of solar plants.
x. Capacity Building, Awareness Creation, Green Fund Management
The SNA shall oversee the creation and utilization of a Solar Green Fund in Delhi, which may utilize the Air Ambience Fund established by the State of Delhi. The fund so created shall be utilized for GBI incentive payments, organizing capacity building and training programs, creating public awareness and other activities deemed necessary for the promotion and faster implementation of solar plants in the State.
xi. Budgetary Support
To help achieve the targets in this Policy, the SNA, working with DISCOMS and/or other entities, shall undertake assessment of solar potential and project costs for public buildings and submit them to the State Government for budgetary support, as necessary.
Delhi government has advised the Municipal Corporations and local Urban Bodies for making suitable amendments in the existing building bylaws to encourage the installation of solar plants.
The following advisories shall be issued by the GNCTD for this purpose –
- The height of the module structure carrying solar panels shall not be counted towards the total height of the building as permitted by building bylaws, except near airports where building regulations issued by the Airports Authority of India take
- No approval will be required from concerned Municipal Corporation or other Urban Development Bodies like the DDA for putting up solar plants in existing or new
- The support structure on which rooftop solar panels are installed shall be a temporary
Delhi solar policy exempts Electricity Tax, Open Access Charges, VAT, Entry Tax, CSS and Transmission Charges
The exemptions, benefits, and incentives below shall be available to solar plants implemented by the eligible entities, as applicable, during the Operative Period of the Policy.
Exemption from the payment of Electricity Tax and Cess **
Electricity Tax (currently 5%) shall be exempted for solar energy units generated, whether for self-‐consumption or supplied to the grid. In other words, Electricity Tax will be applicable only on net consumption charges billed by the DISCOM at the applicable rate.
Exemption on open access charges
There shall be no Open Access Charges during the Operative Period of the Policy if the solar electricity is generated and consumed within the State.
Exemption on conversion charges
The implementation of rooftop solar energy systems shall be permitted by the State Planning Department, after necessary scrutiny. Residential consumers opting to implement solar plants to sell power to the grid shall be exempted from conversion of house tax to commercial tax.
Exemption on VAT and entry tax
All solar panels, inverters, energy meters, and other devices purchased for the installation of solar plants in Delhi shall be exempted from VAT and entry tax during the Operative Period.
Exemption on wheeling and banking charges
There shall be no wheeling and banking charges for solar plants commissioned during the Operative Period.
“Must Run” status
All solar power systems shall be treated as ‘Must Run’ power plants and shall not be subjected to Merit Order Rating (MOR) / Merit Order Dispatch (MOD) principles.
** DMC (Assessment and Collection of Tax on the Consumption, Sale or Supply of Electricity) Bye Laws, 1962 provides for levying a tax on consumption, sale or supply of electricity and also levies a tax on electricity generated for own consumption.
Cross subsidy charges
DERC shall exempt payment of cross-‐subsidy charges and surcharge for solar plants commissioned during the Operative Period of the Policy.
There shall be no Transmission Charges for solar plants commissioned during the Operative Period of the Policy.
CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) benefit
All risks, costs, and efforts associated with the availing of carbon credits shall be borne by the solar energy generating entity. Further, the generating entity shall retain the entire proceeds of carbon credit, if any, from an approved CDM project.
Delhi will offer a limited time GBI for net metered connections in the domestic/residential segment only. This GBI will reduce payback time and increase adoption. A GBI of INR 2.00 per unit (kWh) of gross solar energy generated is proposed for 3 years, starting from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2018.
GBI will be paid on a first-‐come-‐first-‐served basis until the funds earmarked for GBI run out. The minimum eligibility criteria for GBI will be 1,000 solar energy units (kWh) generated per annum For solar plants that generate less than 1,000 units (kWh) a year, the GBI facility will not apply. The annual solar energy generation that is eligible for GBI shall be capped at 1,500 kWh per kWp, irrespective of the readings of the solar generation meter.
The funds for the disbursement of GBI shall come from a Green Fund established by the State of Delhi for promoting solar energy. The SNA will be responsible for managing this Green Fund.
Consumers who wish to avail of the GBI facility shall install a solar energy generation meter as provided for in article 18 of this Policy. The GBI will be based on solar meter readings taken by the DISCOM, which the DISCOM shall send to the SNA within 15 days from the date of the reading. The SNA will transfer the GBI payment directly to the bank account of the consumer annually on or before the 15th of April of the financial year following the financial year during which the solar energy has been generated.