The projects set up on the roofs of the buildings and also in the open areas within the premises of the consumer are categorized as solar rooftop projects, as per the guidelines of MNRE. In case of different rooftops belong to single owner in a city or town, the combined solar power generation will be adjusted against the combined consumption recorded in various energy meters.
Permission will be given to the group of persons/societies to set up Solar Power Projects and will be treated as collective generation for supply of power to the households of each society /group member. The DISCOMs will deduct the above energy from the consumed energy of individual service connections and balances (either excess or lower) can be billed on net metering basis. No Distribution losses and charges will be collected from the Group/Society/ individuals by the DISCOMs.
Eligible Developers are allowed to avail the relevant subsidies and incentives from MNRE under JNNSM scheme. The eligible subsidy for net metering systems may be processed through NREDCAP (Nodal agency) or Channel Partners of MNRE, GOI. The sanction and release of the subsidy will be as per the guidelines issued by MNRE from time to time.
The modalities for implementing the rooftop policy including metering, billing, settlement, payment(s) and technical aspects etc. shall be issued by APEPDCL within 30 days from the date of issue of this policy, which would be followed by all DISCOMS in the State.
E. Solar pumpsets
The State government in collaboration with the Central Govt/MNRE /MOP/Multilateral agencies will undertake measures to enable gradual replacement of conventional pumpsets to solar powered pumpsets through subsidy support. Nodal agency will facilitate with government agencies for availing subsidies, grants and/ or incentives on behalf of APDiscoms.
It is envisaged that 50,000 solar powered pumpsets will be operational in the State in the next five years without any additional financial burden on the farmers. The modalities of the scheme will be developed in consultation with all the stakeholders within 30 days from the date of issue of this policy.
The Government will encourage Grid Connected Solar Pump sets to benefit the farmer community by way of sale of surplus energy to the DISCOMs.
4. Incentives from the State Government
To enable solar power capacity addition in the State, following incentives shall be provided for Eligible Developers for those projects setting-up during the operative period mentioned in the para one (1).
a) Transmission and Distribution charges for wheeling of power
Transmission and Distribution charges shall be exempted only for connectivity to the nearest Central Transmission Utility (CTU) via State Transmission Utility (STU) network for inter- state wheeling of power subject to the consent of APERC.
b) Energy Banking
Banking of 100% of energy shall be permitted during all 12 months of the year, based on the feasibility and prior approval of APTRANSCO/APDISCOMs. Banking charges shall be adjusted in kind @ 5% of the energy delivered at the point of drawal. The banking year shall be from April to March.
Drawals from banked energy shall not be permitted during five (5) month period from 1st April to 30th June and 1st February to 31st March of each financial year. In addition, drawls of banked energy during the Time of the Day (ToD) applicable during the peak hours, as specified in the respective Retail Supply Tariff Order, shall also not be permitted throughout the year. However, the provisions on banking pertaining to drawal restrictions shall be reviewed based on the power supply position in the State.