what is solar net metering?

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what is solar net metering

With solar panels on rooftops in demand, it is now much cheaper and easier to install solar panels. And with the net metering system, it is much easier to save on electricity bills and generate more electricity.

Net metering is an electric billing mechanism that allows you to use the power grid to store surplus energy generated by your solar panel. It is a utility billing technique available in most regions that provides credit to residential and commercial customers that generate surplus power with their solar panel systems and transmit it back to the grid. This helps customers to be billed for their net energy usage.

The process of net metering is not simple to understand, but Sanelite Solar is here to help you understand the fundamentals of the process.

Policy of Solar Net Metering in India

Each state may have different restrictions regarding the type of net meter that can be used to record electricity. Usually, only one meter is necessary to calculate the net amount of power used by the owner. But in some states, two meters are required to record the total number of grid units utilized by the owner as well as the total amount of electricity generated by the owner.

The government has also approved net metering for rooftop solar systems with capacities of up to 500 kW. The Ministry of Power has amended the Electricity (Consumer Rights) Rules to include net metering for rooftop solar installations. The amendment also states that DISCOM may install a solar energy meter to track the gross solar energy generated from the grid for renewable energy purchase obligation (RPO) credit in either scenario of net metering or gross metering.