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Madhya Pradesh Net-Metering formalized

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Although it’s been a while since the Madhya Pradesh Net-Metering Regulations were formalized, it’s only now that we see people applying for net-metering and some ground level action. Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC), released the regulations in October last year and can be viewed here.

Highlights

  • At LT level the maximum permissible limit for connecting to the grid is 112 kW, however, there is no clear indication of maximum limit for connecting at HT level. The Policy for Net Metering Based Solar, 2015 indicates that the maximum permissible limit for connecting is 250 kW. But, unlike other states, Madhya Pradesh does not mention connectivity to the grid for projects upto 1 MW capacity.
  • Customers will be catered to on a first come first serve basis subject to operational constraints which limits all Individual transformers to use only 15% of transformer’s peak capacity for solar.
  • The cumulative capacity in the whole state cannot exceed 10 MW- at least until further notification which re-iterates that focus is on small Rooftop Solar Installations. In such a scenario, we see rooftop solar for the domestic sector playing a vital role in the state
  • The cumulative capacity in state cannot exceed 10 MW
  • Third party sale is not allowed
  • Energy accounting is standard as followed in all other states. Refer, to a sample bill here to understand what bills will look like (adaptable to each state). At the end of each financial year, if there is net export and unadjusted credits left- then the customer would be paid for such net supply to the grid at APPC (average pooled cost of power purchase)
  • Exemptions: Banking, Wheeling and Cross Subsidy charges

Application Process

The application process is briefed in the flowchart below. The application maybe viewed here: Application form

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Note:

* This would be unless augmentation work is required in which case connectivity will be within 60 days

So, if you’re a house owner in Madhya Pradesh looking to go solar, submit your request to get a quotation by clicking here.

Tanya Batra

Tanya keeps a close track of policy updates in the field of Rooftop Solar in India and likes to write blogs on its application for the end customer

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