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To: Sh. Shatrujeet Kapur, Chairman cum Managing Director, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN)
Don't let red tape affect implementation of solar policy in Gurugram
Ask DHBVN to provides the net meters and make the process of solar panel installations streamlined.
Why is this important?
In 2016, the Haryana Government announced the solar policy making it mandatory to install solar panels in homes across the state with an area of 500 sq yards or more. So far only 850 connections have been installed. Gurugram has been able to only harness close to 10% of its actual potential. The problem is of red tape in installing these solar panels(1).
To incentivise solar panels, subsidies were offered but only 107 people have been able to avail these subsidies(1). According to a resident, subsidies take one to two years through a cumbersome process of going through various agencies. The installation costs are very steep and nonavailability of subsidy has been a major issue for residents.
Additionally, the non-availability of net meters is a major deterrent for the people of Gurugram to install and use clean energy to power their homes(2).
Since September 2018 no new connections of grid-connected rooftop solar panels have been installed since the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has not been able to release net meters — a key component that gets the system started(2).
With the installation of solar panels, customers not only reap the benefits, but the excess power generated can be fed back to the distribution company.
It is time that DHBVN acts promptly and makes the process of solar panel installation more streamlined and not let red tape come in the way of harnessing solar power.