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No technical feasibility study required for solar roof top power upto 10 kw, TN

- May 28, 2024

Chennai, May 28 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has directed the state power utility, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) not to conduct a technical feasibility study for solar rooftop proposals upto 10 kilowatts.

The regulatory commission of Tamil Nadu in an order dated May 23 , has directed the Tangedco to exempt consumers of solar rooftops upto 10 Kilowatt power based on Rule 7(A) of Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules , 2004.

The TNERC came out with the directive after Tangedco ordered exemption on solar rooftop for capacity upto only 3 kilowatts only.

The directive was required after several households had complained that there was delay in installing rooftop solar systems in households by the Tangedco.

The regulatory commission also directed Tangedco that the sanction power of the Grid Interactive Solar Photovoltaic Power System capacity upto 10 kW should be delegated to the lower level field officers to prevent further delay in according sanctions.

While Tangedco has to conduct the study and produce the feasibility report for a solar rooftop project in households within a fortnight, consumers told IANS that there has been inordinate delay.

Meenakshi Sundaram, a retired College professor who wanted to install a solar rooftop connection of 8 kW, told BPNS that there has been a long delay from Tangedco and several consumers like her were dejected.