Weekly Power Sector Round up: 16th January 2021

Power Ministry examining revision of 10kW net metering cap

The Ministry of Power indicated in a tweet that representations made by the solar industry seeking revision of consumer rules are being examined and a call will be taken for balancing interests of all stakeholders.

The Solar industry has been up in arms about the 10kW limit for net metering indicated in the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020 which were recently notified.

The Ministry also indicated that the rules were finalised after consultations with various stakeholders and the limit was arrived at considering the financial health of DISCOMs since it protects their high paying industrial consumers.

Wind-solar hybrid tariff will continue to be higher than solar for now: Ind-Ra

Technical complexities relating to grid integration and a floor capacity of 33% of wind power in the hybrid mix is likely to weigh on project economics and tariff assumptions for wind-solar hybrid auctions in the near future, according to India Ratings (Ind-Ra).

This compared to standalone solar, which has an air of comfort around PV technology, improving panel efficiency, lower volatility in generation, increasing economies of scale and decreasing operating costs.