HAREDA (Haryana Renewable Energy Department) said that a new software for solar power billing is ready now. This billing software has been designed as per the guidelines of the solar plant scheme of 2014. This software is glitch free as compared to the earlier net meters.
The software announcement was due to the complaints that were surfacing with respect to the net meter. The consumers were complaining that they did not get the mandated rebate as per the policy of solar energy due to the glitches in these net meters.
The superintendent engineer of DHBVN, Naveen Verma said that the bills of solar power for the upcoming cycle are going to be generated through this new software. On 10th March, 2017, the Times of India reported that some of the consumers had complained about the field staff lacking the training to be able to read from the meters of bi-directional type, which were used under the scheme.
A resident of Sector 10A, Gurugram, Haryana, said that about two months ago, linemen came to read the power meters. They were unable to read them and were completely clueless. When asked why they couldn’t do their job, they said that they were not given any training on these types of meters. The training for these types of meters was only given to the senior officials.
When officials of HAREDA were asked about this discrepancy, they said that some training sessions have been arranged for the field staff of the agency.
Gurugram’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh, who is the Chief Project Officer of the department of new and renewable energy, said that they took about two months to bring about a drastic change in DHBVN and now the agency has started using computer-generated bills. The field staff of DHBVN was also trained and more sessions would be arranged if the requirement presents itself.
The grid-connected solar plant scheme of the state government was announced in 2014. This scheme made it mandatory for all the consumers that are living on plots with about 500 sq. yd. area to install solar energy panels for which the state was going to award them with a huge subsidy. The same policy made the installation of solar panels mandatory for industrial units, hotels, malls, and schools.
Under the guidelines of renewable energy in Haryana, the consumers are entitled to avail an incentive of Rs1 per unit of power that is generated. This is for domestic consumers and for industrial consumers, this figure is 25 paisa per unit.