What are the sources of energy?

classification of energy sources depends on the  viewpoint (purpose) the most obvious distinction comes from the climate change influence.   Energy sources can be characterized in multiple ways, depending on the point of view and purpose. The first, the most straightforward classification way, would be grouping by the physical form of the energy. Forms of energy The “physics” perspective distinguishes mechanical energy, chemical energy (embedded in the inter-molecular bonds), electromagnetic energy, thermal energy,  nuclear energy, gravity, electricity etc. A very good example of available mechanical energy is tidal energy generated by the Moon – the Moon, due to gravity, attracts water, and the tidal energy (wave) power plants can convert kinetic energy to useful mechanical or electricity. The example of the source of chemical energy can be coal or natural gas, where the energy is embedded in inter-molecular bonds. Once the bond breaks out, the chemical energy is released to the environment. The chemical reaction cannot be reversed without energy delivery – so we can say it is a one-way process. Nuclear energy comes from the nuclei of atoms – for example, fission is the nuclear reaction of atom division, atomic physical bonds are breaking and excess of energy is released to the environment.  An example of nuclear fusion is the thermal fusion of hydrogen to helium, taking place inside the Sun. Electromagnetic energy is embedded in the electromagnetic waves. Depending on the length of the electromagnetic wave, it can be thermal radiation (relatively long length electromagnetic waves), light, ultraviolet, […]

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What are the benefits of Net Metering?

Net metering is a special metering and billing agreement between power utilities and their consumers, which facilitates the connection of renewable energy-generating systems to the discoms’ network. It allows consumers to export surplus power to the grid and helps reduce their electricity bills. The most important benefit of net metering to consumers is the reduction in the amount spent each year on energy. The consumer can even make money if the production is more than the consumption and the electricity distribution utility company pays the consumer for that excess energy at a predefined rate. The other benefits of net metering are: The system is easy to install. It enables consumers to get real value for the energy they produce, without having to install an expensive battery storage system. Banking of surplus solar with the grid through export The power generated from the solar system can be utilised during the peak hours which results in decongestion of the grid. It encourages consumers to play an active role in alternative energy production, which both protects the environment and helps preserve natural energy resources

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Net Metering Forms

Net metering is a special metering and billing agreement between power utilities and their consumers, which facilitates the connection of renewable energy-generating systems to the discoms’ network. It allows consumers to export surplus power to the grid and helps reduce their electricity bills. DERC has issued regulations on the subject. Termed “Renewable Energy on Net Metering Regulation 2014“, these regulations are applicable to consumers of the respective discoms. Detailed guidelines are available on the DERC website: http://www.derc.gov.in Net Metering Forms Technical Requirements for Grid-connected RTSPV systems – Click here Net Metering Application Form – Click here Net Metering Registration Form – Click here

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What is virtual net metering?

“Virtual Net Metering” means an arrangement whereby entire energy generated/injected from a Renewable Energy System or Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) charged through Renewable Energy System is exported to the grid from renewable energy meter/ gross meter and the energy exported is adjusted in more than one electricity service connection(s) of participating consumers located within the same distribution licensee’s area of supply. Virtual Net Metering Framework shall be applicable for residential consumers, Group housing societies, offices of Government /Local Authorities and Renewable Energy Generators registered under Mukhya Mantri Kisaan Aay Badhotari Yojna.   You can know more by downloading the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) guidelines on Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering for Renewable Energy by clicking here.

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What is Group Net Metering?

“Group Net Metering” means an arrangement whereby surplus energy generated/injected from a Renewable Energy System or Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) charged through Renewable Energy System is exported to the grid through Net Meter and the exported energy is adjusted in more than one electricity service connection(s) of the same consumer located within the same distribution licensee’s area of supply.   You can know more by downloading the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) guidelines on Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering for Renewable Energy by clicking here.

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How will I account the excess units generated by my solar system?

You will receive a net import-export bill on a monthly the basis from BRPL, which would indicate the number of units consumed from the grid and generated by the panels. In case the bill indicates a net import, you are to settle the bills as you would normally. If during any billing period, the export of units exceeds the import of units consumed, such surplus units injected by the consumer shall be carried forward to the next billing period as energy credit and shown as energy exported by the consumer for adjustment against the energy consumed in subsequent billing periods within the settlement period. You can know more by downloading the guidelines under the DERC net metering regulation by clicking here.

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