The proposed plan of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to reduce the rate of excess electricity sold to the government by 10 rupees 32 paise per unit through net metering has come out.
Production of electricity from furnace oil and LNG has become very expensive all over the world, so the Pakistani government is also trying to promote solar energy and domestic consumers are also being encouraged to install solar systems.
On the other hand, Nepra is making a plan to reduce the rate of excess electricity to the government by 10 rupees 32 paise per unit through net metering.
At present, DISCOs are buying this power at the rate of Rs 19.32 paise per unit and according to sources, Nepra wants to set this rate at just Rs 9 per unit, i.e. more than 53% less, to sell the excess power to the net metering consumers to the government. But they do not get cash money, but it is adjusted in their electricity bill and thus their bill is much lower than that of ordinary consumers.
Sources say that the proposed project of Nepra will discourage those installing solar systems.
According to Nepra sources, the new tariff for solar power generation for IPPs has come up to three and a half to four cents, so the tariff of 19 rupees 32 paise per unit which the DISCOs are buying through net metering is too high. Apart from this, net metering users do not have any protection regarding the tariff in the license.
According to sources, whatever decision Nepra takes in this regard will be applicable to all new and old net metering users.
Nepra has also invited public opinions in this regard, in the context of which the decision will be taken.