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What is Net Metering and How is it Beneficial for Indian Solar Consumers? APS Explained 

Net Metering
June 21, 2024

Net metering in India is a system that allows individuals who generate their own electricity from renewable sources, like solar panels, to feed excess electricity back into the grid. This policy varies by state; some states offer this facility, while others do not. Here’s how it works and why it’s beneficial: 

What is Net Metering? 

Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. When your solar panels produce more electricity than you need, the excess is sent to the grid, and you receive credits for it. To receive government subsidies for installing solar systems, you must register with the government electricity provider, and the net meter must be installed by the distribution company (DISCOM). Only then will you be eligible for the subsidy amount. APS solar experts have already worked with thousands of customers nationwide. If you want to know anything about the government solar policy, we can help you. Call Us. 

Benefits: 

– Savings on Electricity Bills: By generating your own electricity through rooftop solar panel system, you reduce the amount you need to buy from the grid, leading to lower electricity bills. 

Environmentally Friendly: Using renewable energy like solar power helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and supports a cleaner environment. 

Financial Incentives: Governments often provide subsidies and incentives to promote solar energy adoption like PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana, making it more affordable for homeowners to install solar panels. 

Gujarat Government’s Net Metering Policy: 

The Gujarat government introduced its net metering policy a few years back to encourage solar power adoption among residents and businesses. The policy allows consumers to install solar panels and connect them to the grid. Interested individuals or organizations need to apply for net metering to their local electricity distribution company (DISCOM). They will evaluate the application and oversee the installation process to ensure compliance with safety and technical standards. The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission approves net metering for rooftop solar systems with capacities ranging from 1 kW to 1 MW. 

Billing and Credits: 

Consumers are billed based on the net electricity consumed from the grid (after deducting the electricity generated by their solar panels). Excess electricity generated is credited to their account for future use. 

In essence, net metering in India promotes self-sufficiency in energy, reduces electricity bills, and supports sustainable development. It’s a step towards a greener future where individuals and businesses can contribute positively to the environment while saving money on their electricity expenses.  

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