Solar Panel Net Metering in Pakistan Updates Today

The Federal Government of Pakistan has planned to end solar net metering and start gross metering. It is proposed to do away with the unit-for-unit formula in gross metering. Gross metering can cost almost half of the electricity delivered to the national grid.

The government of Pakistan has started preparing to reduce the benefit of solar panel installers and Promote Solar Panel Net Metering in Pakistan .

Solar Panel Net Metering in Pakistan Updates Today

In net metering, consumers are currently getting Rs 21 per unit. The government is now considering reducing this rate to Rs 11 per unit. After which the consumers will suffer a loss of Rs 10 per unit. Due to the massive installation of solar panels, the government’s plan for payment of capacity charges has become unbalanced.

Solar Panel Net Metering in Pakistan Updates

In gross metering, it is proposed to purchase electricity from consumers at the rate of CPPA. Electricity distribution companies will sell electricity to consumers at the government rate under the gross metering policy.

وزیر توانائی اویس لغاری کا کہنا ہے کہ ہم نے کبھی نہیں کہا کہ نیٹ میٹرنگ کو ختم کر رہے ہیں۔انہوں نے کہا نیٹ میٹرنگ کے حوالے سے بے بنیاد خبریں پھیلائی جا رہی ہیں۔پاور سیکٹر میں بہتری کیلئے اصلاحات متعارف کرائی جا رہی ہیں .نجی سولر سسٹم سے 1500میگا واٹ سے زائد بجلی پیدا ہو رہی ہے ۔سولر سسٹم میں سرمایہ کاری کی حوصلہ شکنی نہیں کرنا چاہتے .نیٹ میٹرنگ کےحوالے سے کوئی پالیسی تبدیل نہیں کی جا رہی ۔

Discussions have also been held with the IMF on gross metering policy. The Gross Metering Policy may be submitted to the Federal Cabinet and Council of Common Interests for final approval.

The government is going to scrap or modify the existing net metering policy and is finalizing a proposal to introduce a gross metering policy instead. Two electricity meters will be installed under gross metering. The electricity generated by the solar panels will be automatically connected to the national grid and then fed back.

They will be metered through two meters while consumers with solar panels will be provided electricity from the national grid at the normal rate at which other consumers are being provided. On the other hand, net metering has moved countless consumers into the protected category.

Under the gross metering policy, consumers with solar panels will not be registered in the protected category and will be charged the same electricity rates as non-protected consumers.

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