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Net-Metering up to 500 KWp in Rajasthan for all category of consumers.

As per RERC suo-moto order dated 07.09.2021

"Net metering arrangement shall be applicable for loads up to five hundred kilowatt (500 kW) or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower, for all categories of the consumers."

Earlier RERC restricted the net metering up to 10 KW only in line with the Electricity ( Right of consumer) Rules 2020 released by Ministry of Power in Dec 2020 but after representations from stakeholders & various associations, ministry revised the cap of net metering from 10 KW to 500 KWp via amendment to the Electricity (Right of consumer) Rules 2020.


We also requested RERC to fix the cap of net metering as per the MoP's amendment to the rules. RERC finally allowed Net-Metering up to 500 KW for all categories of consumers in Rajasthan via a suo-moto order dated 07.09.2021


This once again proves that unity plays a very important role if we want any change of policy in our favour. We, at REAR Renewable Energy congratulate the whole solar industry in Rajasthan for supporting the cause which will convert the victory today.


As per the RERC Suo moto order released today 07.09.2021, "As of now, for the regulatory certainty Commission decides that for the purpose of regulation 3.2 of the RERC DREGS Regulations 2021, net metering arrangement shall be applicable for loads up to five hundred kilowatt (500 kW) or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower, for all categories of the consumers. However, the Commission may take further view on other issues raised by the DISCOMs in their response at a later stage by following the due procedure"

We once again would like to bring to your notice that although we have pushed for the net metering up to 500 KW, Discom in the meantime advocated:-


  • For Domestic category:

Net Metering: For sanctioned load till 10 kW.

Net Billing: For sanctioned load above 10 kW and up to 25 kW.

Gross Metering: For sanctioned load above 25kW.

  • For all other categories:

Net Billing: For sanctioned load till 25 kW. Gross Metering: For sanctioned load above 25 kW.

Hence, Discom advocated the net metering upt to 10 KW only and RERC in its order mentioned that Commission may take further view on other issues raised by the DISCOMs in their response at a later stage by following the due procedure.

Arvind Sindhawa (Gen. Secretary- REAR ) urges all stakeholders in Rajasthan Industry to be vigilant and unite to get our voice heard by the concerned authorities and regulatory bodies in time to come.


As per Ajay Yadav (President- REAR)," This relief don't seem to be permanent as commission may take further view on other issues raised by the DISCOMs in their response at a later stage by following the due procedure" but still we can expect the current cap to be applicable to one year at least before RERC release in amendment to the current regulation. We already , requested RERC to form a committee consisting of experts from different fields like power procurement, tariff, load dispatch, policy, Discom and solar industry etc. who can work together, analyse the true facts & figures considering all possible aspects to reach at some fruitful and long term solution to this issue rather than deciding based on representations by Discom.


As per our understanding, Discom is under an misconception that Grid connected Solar under net metering will be unfavorable for them, however; as per our understating the distributed generation will always be helpful for Discom as far as the load management and grid stability is concerned. Discoms are already lagging to meet their RPO compliances, restricting net metering solar projects will drop further, it would be tougher for Discom to meet RPO in future. Solar Generation will play a vital role in this also.


In short, we would request RERC to form a committee to analyse the true facts & figures considering all possible aspects to reach at some fruitful and long term solution.