The policy talks of solar purchase obligation for high tension consumers

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has invited comments from the public to its proposed consultative paper on the State government’s solar energy policy.

Among the issues to be flagged by the Commission are banking mechanism, transmission and wheeling charges, cross subsidy charge, CDM (clean development mechanism) benefits, adjustment of generated energy for captive use, energy purchase and wheeling agreement and evacuation of power.

The deadline for the submission of suggestions is December 28, according to the TNERC’s website.

In November, the State government wrote to the Commission to take action that would facilitate the implementation of the policy. The issues framed by the TNERC would be covered in the Commission’s comprehensive order on solar power. Prior to the release of the order, a consultative paper had to be prepared.

The policy talks of solar purchase obligation (SPO) for high tension consumers - special economic zones, industries guaranteed with 24/7 power supply, information technology parks, telecom towers, all colleges and residential schools and buildings having built-up area of 20,000 sq. m. or more. All domestic consumers will be, among others, exempted from the SPO.

Those consumers covered under SPO can generate captive solar power in Tamil Nadu or buy it from third party developers in the State or purchase it from the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation at solar tariff or meet the obligation through purchase of RECs as prescribed in the policy.

In the case of those domestic consumers who go in for roof-top solar generators, conventional meters will be replaced with instruments that incorporate net metering. Such meters will be installed by the distribution licensee [as of now, Tangedco] at the cost of the consumers or generators concerned.


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