Goa drags feet over connecting solar prosumers to grid

Goa drags feet over connecting solar prosumers to grid

Seven residential premises in the state have fitted grid-connected rooftop solar installations this year and have already begun consuming and supplying green power to the electricity grid. They, however, have apprehensions about the pending power purchase agreement and hope it can be signed with the electricity department soon.

The solar installations under net metering are at Fatorda, Chandor, Betalbatim, Loutolim and Dona Paula. One of the largest residential plants is fitted at Chandor with a capacity of 10.24kW. While Helena Furtado, the owner of the large residential grid-connected installation, has already started receiving zero electricity bills, a power purchase agreement is yet to be inked.

Since the electricity department has reservations over committing to paying the prosumers (consumers and producers of solar power) high rates set by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the surplus power they would supply through the grid, it agreed to release the net metering connections to the prosumers with a rider that the power purchase agreement would be signed at a later date. Read More

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