New net metering policy on its way for Jammu and Kashmir in India

Jammu and Kashmir is one of the more complicated states in India for the deployment of solar PV, as it has disputed territory with Pakistan and China. However, the local energy agency, Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA), is still working hard to build policy frameworks to incorporate the technology, now with a new net metering policy on the horizon, as reported by Mercom Capital.

The new policy will be for grid-connected rooftop PV projects with capacities between 1 kW and 500 kW, and can also have energy storage incorporated into them. Draft regulations for grid-connected arrays have already been issued, while the projects under the new policy will benefit from 25-year power purchase agreements.

The policy will be applicable for the distribution company in the state and for consumers in Jammu and Kashmir, while incentives from the J7K Solar Power Policy-2013 will carry over to solar projects that will be developed under this new policy. So far, Mercom Capital reports that seven pilot projects, with a combined capacity of 153 kW, have been commissioned in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir is still a fair distance off completing its total installation target for grid-connected rooftop, which currently sits at 450 MW by MW. The target has been set by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), who wants the state to install 54 MW in the current year alone. However, only 20% of that is expected to be completed.

It is part of the overall target that India has set itself of 100 GW of installed PV across the country by 2022. Astonishingly, 40 GW of this target is set aside for rooftop PV, which is causing a dash among states across the country to develop policy frameworks in support of solar rooftop deployment.