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Karnataka Solar Price 2019 for 1-10 kW Grid connected Rooftop ₹4.15/kWh

Karnataka solar price 2019

A good New for Karnataka State Residents, this new Tariff rate is set to promote more adopters of grid-connected – net metered Rooftop Solar power Plants – SolarOcta projects growth for Adopting with the new Tariff and new MNRE benchmark costs for 2019.

A piece of good news to help new adoption of Solar rooftop plant in Karnataka, India

According to Our Team, this is a great move to help roof owners and consumers to easily take a decision about opting a Solar Photovoltaic power plant system.

If implemented strategically it will generate enough electricity in the state to meet and stabilize the daylight peak electricity demand and reduce the stress of running costs for thermal power plants which take hours to meet equilibrium of peak load at night after a sunny day in the state, due to lower demand from solar rooftop consumers at daytime peak loads.

This move it found to benefit not only the Small 1-10 KWp installed capacity Rooftop Solar PV power plant owners but also the DISCOM’s in the state, as due to low demand from the city distribution networks during the daylight hours will help in reducing the burden of logistics in Fuel and plant Capacity Utilization ratio along with cost savings for GENCO’s, TRANSCO’s & DISCOM’s .

If you look at the futuristic aspect of it, this move is kind of a baby step towards some sort of SMART GRID foundation in the state of KARNATAKA, as they try to Put consumers and Companies in a Harmonious Symbiotic Relation while enabling a strong reliable grid operation through promotion of Small Solar PV plant size of 1-10 KWp for rooftop owners.

This competitive pricing of  ₹4.15/kWh from solar PV plants under net-metering is news of rejoicing to Solar Rooftop Power plant owners/ future owners under CAPEX models to opt for higher installed capacity w.r.t sanctioned loads for net metering.

The state is blessed with high Solar Irradiance daylight hours and the temperatures are moderate for meeting daytime consumer loads solely by Solar power generated at the site of consumer consumption.

We hope to see a spike in small rooftop Solar power plant installation amongst Residential, Institutional and Public sectors in Karnataka. 

You can read the whole news update on State Department KERC – Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission or on a News page from MERCOM India Website.

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Solar Net Metering Principle

Solar Rooftop Net Metering : Benefits ?

Rooftop Solar Photovoltaics – Net Metering System: Energy Security & Freedom.

Solar Net Metering Principle

How Solar PV on Rooftop Gets the term Grid-Tie & Net Metering Connection.

 

Today, Many People are adopting the concepts of a green,clean and sustainable lifestyle by moving closer to Alternate & Clean Sources of Energy like Solar Power, Wind, Bio Gas etc…. All this while still drawing power from Utility Supply aka Traditional Utility Power Grid, which is still running on Conventional Power Generation Methods namely Coal-based power plants, Hydropower plants utilizing Dams.

Connected to these Grid Supplies Utility Metering is done to keep track of the energy consumption by the consumer for the load connected.

 

Now, What is Net Metering or Grid Tie Metering for Solar Rooftop Power plant?

It is a billing arrangement that allows the consumer to sell excess energy to the utility company or buy deficit energy from the utility power company using a meter to track this energy exchange.

In other words,

 Solar Rooftop Net metering takes into account the difference of energy consumed by the grid & energy Fed back to the Grid from your Solar Power Plant on the rooftop of your own property.

 

Net metering Systems are subject to various contingencies put in place by the Utility companies & government to Protect the Interests of Parties Involved in the Business of Electricity, Due to High Investment Assets Put in Place for Long-Term Yields.

Namely due to Huge Setup costs incurred by these undertakings from 

GENCO’s = Generation Companies (owns Power plants/DAMs etc..)

TRANSCO’s = Transmission companies (owns Electricity Lines from Dams to cities) 

DISCOM’s = Distribution Companies ( buys power from Transco to their Sub Stations inside the City, Distributes Power to Consumers using  Grid Setup by them)

Look at this image for a good idea.

Power Industry Interaction

Power Industry major players and their interaction

 

Now, Possibilities for Net Metering Systems? 

CASE #1 

If the Generation from your Rooftop Solar Power Plant is more than the Required Load or more than what you can consume, The Excess Energy is Fed Back to Your Utility Supply Company (DISCOM) and the meter runs backward (only if it’s a Bidirectional meter) else you Get Metered using another Meter for Excess Energy Fed back.

The System owner is Credited for the Units that were Fed back into the System.

 

CASE #2 

If the generation of energy from your rooftop solar power plant is less than the required load, the deficit/extra energy is drawn from the main grid/ Utility power supply, and the meter, as usual, runs forward. System owner is charged the units that were consumed. 

 

In both these Cases, The System owner is charged for the difference of units Consumed VS units Fed back into the Grid as per Standard Retail Tariffs.

Note- A utility Company will never ever pay you for the Power you Supply them, you can only settle the Transaction in terms of your billed amount. 

also, in a grid-tie system, you will never be independent for the electricity bills, It can be Downsized to negligible amounts of INR 40/50 Rupees. 

Why do you ask? 

well, to explain in simple terms, you have opted for a Grid connection to your property, DISCOMs aka your Grid Supply utility company, took that request and layed down Electricity Lines & poles from their Nearest Sub Station to your house To cater to your Electricity needs, This Cost of New Wire, Poles, Transformer was never charged to you, Your Utility supply company took this heavy investment cost with a pinch of salt assuming you will be a good and loyal customer to their company and will continue to pay for electricity bills, and they will eventually be able to recover the amount they invested for you within a period of 20/30 years.

And Now You, get Enlightened about #climateChange #globalWarming and #SolarOcta and opt for #SolarEnergy 

You Cut into their Business model, namely Disrupt their way of doing Business, But then You are only able to Meet your Day Time Electricity Consumption using Rooftop Solar, and still use their Supply network for Night Time Load consumption. 

Whereas, for Institutional & Commercial Consumers, you’ll say that you only Consume Electricity at Daytime & have a Large Enough Roof Space Area, Free From Shadow, Ideal for Solar PV Installation, & Now you opt for Solar Rooftop Power Plant of Capacity Enough to Meet 100% of your Electricity Demand.

Now What?

well, now you still haven’t disconnected from the Grid Supply, but are able to Meet all your Demand independently, Consider the Cost Discom Put in to Bring Electricity to your Property with all those Poles, Transformers, and wires……..

Remember that? 
You are still enlisted on their company as a consumer with connection…

Until you have them connected to your property, no matter how many units you supply them back they will still Charge for Connected load supply as a minimal connection fee, for any day if you want to draw power from the grid – they have it arranged for you.

Benefits of Net Metering?

 Using a Net Metering Connection Comes with Following benefits:

  • Monetary Benefits- The owner is charged for net energy consumed from the utility grid, directly enjoying financial benefits by savings on your monthly electricity bills.
  • Batteryless systems-  This configuration is the Best, Excess energy is directly fed back into the Main Utility grid and deficit energy is directly drawn from the Supply Grid as and when needed. This also helps avoid the high upfront cost of Heavy batteries which were earlier used in Solar power systems to bring a balance & stability to the system.
  • Independence from backup systems- Due to Direct Switch Between Energy Sources and no dependency on backup systems.
  • Less or No Maintenance-  With No moving Parts involved in the rooftop solar power plant, no batteries, maintenance becomes next to negligible, except that you have to keep your solar panels clean from Dust and Bird droppings, Washing panels with water every 10-15 days is all you need.

 

Want to know more about Net Metering – Go through our whole blog Section for Interesting Reads on Solar Power! 

Search your State Solar Policy on our Knowledgebase page and read the criteria in your state for New Net metering connections.

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