The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has launched a new community based power generation project titled 'Soorya Bala Sangramaya' (Battle for Solar Energy) in collaboration with Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Lanka Electricity Company (Private) Limited (LECO) to promote the setting up of small solar power plants on the rooftops of households, religious places, hotels, commercial establishments and industries. It is expected to add 200 MW of solar electricity to the national grid by 2020 and 1000 MW by 2025 through this intervention.
Under this program, the consumers will have options to generate and use electricity in their premises. In case of electricity in excess of their requirements, they can sell the excess to the national grid or bank it for later use. According to the electricity usage the customer can select a preferred option from the following three schemes: Net Metering, Net Accounting and Micro Solar Power Producer.
With the current metering system the electricity produced by the customers' Solar panels are connected to the Government grid and the excess electricity will be used by the national grid through the net metering system. If the production made by the customer is greater than his consumption, the excess units can be consumed by the customer later time within the given 10 year period of time. The customer will not be paid for the excess units he sent to the national grid.
Existing net metering customers can switch to other schemes if they wish to. However, the accumulated electricity units prior to the signing of new agreement shall not be carried forward.
If the customer generates electricity greater than his consumption through his solar rooftop system the consumer will be paid for the excess as Rs 22/KWh for the first 7 years and after that Rs 15.50 from the 8th to 20th year. If the consumer consumes electricity greater than his generation, the consumer shall pay for the excess consumption according to the existing electricity tariff structure.
|Period||LKR / kWh|
|1.||First 7 Years||22.00|
|2.||8th to 20th Year||15.50|
As per the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, customers can be paid for the amount of electricity they had generated using the solar panels fixed on their houses/premises. Unlike NET METERING method there is no linkage in between the electricity consumption of the customer and the electricity generation. The customer has to pay for the electricity consumed according to the existing tariff. Electricity Board will pay for the total amount of electricity he generates.
The total electriciy generation from the solar rooftop system would be purchased by the utility. The bill for electricity consumption would be paid to the utility as usual.