Net-Metering process of BESCOM, hassle-free for you

Hola Bangaloreans!

We hope we find you in good spirits. If you are reading this then it means either you have decided to go solar or are planning on it. In both the cases we back your decision as this is the need of the hour and by doing so you will be contributing directly in conserving our “Planet”. If not then, we would like you to consider this as an option to leave this world a more beautiful place for generations to come.

Most of you might be unaware of the procedure which takes place when you go Solar and we at Oorjan are to your rescue. Our promise is simple – to provide a hassle-free solar adoption experience to our customer. So we take the pain of following the procedures written below.

The State of Karnataka has produced a good Solar Policy 2014 – 2021, in which it has set a target of 400 MW, to be achieved by 2018 under the solar rooftop on net-metering scheme policy.

Only a few states in India have adopted a feed-in tariff (FIT), such as Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, while other states such as Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka adopted a net-metering scheme. Karnataka is a unique state where applications have been invited from all consumers of residential, commercial and educational institutions, industries, etc. Compared to other states, BESCOM is the first distribution company to implement the solar rooftop scheme earnestly.

The major bottleneck which any consumer faces while going Solar is the process of net metering and as promised we will be more than happy to guide you through the process of net metering. There are various steps involved to obtain permissions to install a Solar Rooftop Power Plant using Grid connection under BESCOM which usually takes 10-45 days for completion.

Process to obtain BESCOM permissions to install Solar Rooftop Power Plant

Initial documents needed to begin the procedure:

  1. Photograph of the person in whose name the electricity connection is registered. (Name of the person in Electricity Bill).
  2. Latest Electricity bill
  3. Canceled cheque (of the account to which any amount to be transferred from BESCOM will be transferred)

Step1- Online Registration

Log on to BESCOM website onto the online application page http://115.124.123.136:8080/solar/pages/global/registration.jsf. Fill in the needed data like account number, email, mobile number, etc. This page will allow you to do the initial payments and registration for the Solar Roof-top PV System. Photo and electricity bill can also be uploaded here as well.

Step-2- Offline Application

Once the online application is done, a copy of the online filled application along with necessary documents( Format 1,1A,3,4 duly filled- available at http://bescom.org/en/27458-2/) with registration fee shall be submitted to jurisdictional O&M, Sub-division office, BESCOM.

Step-3- Technical feasibility and Revenue report

After the application, BESCOM determines if the site is suitable (technical assessment) and the revenue impact by the customer.

The revenue report has to be signed by the Assistant Accounts Officer(AO) of the subdivision.

The technical feasibility report to be signed by the Junior Engineer/Assistant Engineer(JE/AE). JE/AE would come to the site and verify the details. The report is to be signed by Section Officer, O&M, BESCOM.  

Step-4- Format 5

(http://bescom.org/en/27458-2/)

Signed Formats 3 and 4 are taken to the AEE (Assistant Executive Engineer) O&M, Sub-division office, BESCOM for signing the Format 5 which is the intimation for signing the PPA(Power Purchase Agreement). Once AEE signs the Format 5, prepare the PPA(Two copies on Rs.200 stamp paper) for net metering.

Step-5- Signing the PPA and Format 6A (http://bescom.org/en/27458-2/)

After getting the PPA as per above step, take it to the AEE O&M, Sub-division office, BESCOM for signing the same and also get the Format 6(for net metering) which is the approval for installing the system.

**Sometimes, the AEE gives Format 5, PPA and Format 6 signed together.

Sigh! We are halfway through Folks. Be prepared for some more steps just be with us we will cross this together…….

Step-6- Install the system and in parallel order the bi-directional meter from BESCOM certified vendors

Step-7- Submit the Work Completion Report

After the installation, fill the Format-6A (http://bescom.org/en/27458-2/) with the details of installation like panel, inverter, bi-directional meter, earthing etc. and submit to the AEE/ Executive Engineer(Elect.), O&M, Sub Division, BESCOM requesting him for installing the meter and commissioning the system. AEE will give Format 6B granting to go ahead with commissioning.

Step-8- Meter installation and System Commissioning

Format 7(approval letter) will be given duly signed by AEE/ Executive Engineer(Elect.), O&M, Sub Division, BESCOM. The AEE or any person authorized by the AEE will come to the site, check the installation parameters and install the bi-directional meter and commission the system. Format 8 will be prepared after getting signatures from AEE/EE (MT Division and O&M, Subdivision, BESCOM).

Step-9- Synchronisation report

After commissioning the system, the AEE O&M, Sub-division office, BESCOM should give the Format 8A signed which is the certificate for synchronization.

Step-10- Moving the entire file for bi-directional meter billing

The completed file should be moved to the Accounts department for initiating the billing from the bi-directional meter.

 

Kudos to you. We did it, guys.

We know at this point you all might be having a lot of questions. Questions like why so many steps? Why so many signatures? Why so many Formats? And you probably are looking for answers to these questions.

We have been asking the same questions and we promise to get back to you once we receive answers 🙂

Till that time Rise and Shine People, and let Oorjan handle all the above for you!

Job – UI/UX Designer

In a team of hardware and software engineers, sales ninjas and bankers, we are now looking for a designer, who uses the other side of the brain to make it easy for our customers to adopt solar with the best in the world visualization. If you are one of them, and you would like to save the world by making it greener – join us!!

Fulltime

Based in Goregaon, Mumbai.

https://angel.co/oorjan/jobs/256900-ui-ux-designer

 

 

 

What it takes to get into Oorjan!

Hey folks!

It’s all on an upswing here at Oorjan. We closed our fifth deal for the month (cheers!). The sales team couldn’t be happier, the ops team a bit grudging but really happy too (no mid-day lounging for them). It’s been a month since I joined, and there’s something energetic about the environment here. It’s hearty to see the dynamics, new features thought of, deployed quickly so as to continually improve the product pitch, projects being completed in ever shortening spans. It’s this healthy ecosystem that I think a startup should focus on thriving and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Oorjan. Which brings me to what I really wanted to share with you today, why Oorjan, and what it takes to be an Oorjanite 🙂

Well I have always been attracted towards startups. Since you are here I am assuming even you have a fair interest in startups. Maybe you are working in a big multinational co, or maybe in another startup, or you could be a fresh graduate, all wanting on some level to take the plunge into the startup world. I would be happy if you are thinking so.

Oorjan really stands out in terms of uniqueness among the plethora of startups out there. You got to love the idea – Help India go solar. Whether or not we at Oorjan succeed at it (we really think we will), India needs to, and it’s on the right track. Solar has come a long way from what it was a decade or two ago, now it’s all about creating social awareness that it has come a long way. Sure there will be some technological shortcomings, but that’s hardly any reason to tell down the solar story. The technology is really at an inflection point, it’s really taken off recently. Research is underway on a vast scale and the whole ecosystem is going to improve manifold. It’s how quickly we are able to accelerate the adoption among the masses that will set the stage for the future.

But even if you are a sceptic at environment issues like our friend at the US, or just focused on other aspects, there’s still plenty to look for at Oorjan.

We have a small yet rocking Technology team. Contrary to most startups who really bootstrap the tech platform with the view to release their MVP, it’s a great tech stack here. No shackles whatsoever as compared to the countless incompatibilities and legacy issues at a bloated company. You have an idea, explore it, pitch it, and be most welcome to execute it. You gotta love this about tech startups.

The Product team is equally adept at rolling out new strategies to attract the customer base. As I said, solar in India is at its infant stage, so there are no tried and tested methodologies. India by itself is a challenge because of its demography and sheer diversity, and solar on top of such takes it to another domain that’s just incredibly hard to predict. Such is the challenge that the team perceives as a great opportunity!

If you are someone who can code the hell out of stuff, you’d fit in here. If you can land in sales with your mesmerising pitch, bring it on. Or if you think you can craft the best product ideas for something in a whole new unchartered territory, you’d feel right at home here. If you are great at what you do, we’d love to hear you out, feel free to connect with us.

There are many ways you could be part of a change, but can you drive the change? That’s what it takes to be an Oorjanite.

Karnataka solar – Net metering or gross metering?

Karnataka has fine-tuned their rooftop solar policy (memorandum reproduced at the end of this post)

  1. The maximum size of the rooftop solar plant was earlier limited to 150% of the sanctioned load. This has been reduced to 100% of the sanctioned load.
  2. Earlier, commercial consumers were eligible for net metering while Domestic, Hospital and Educational institutions were eligible for gross metering. Now Domestic, Hospital and Educational institutions can opt for either gross or net metering by a one time irrevocable option

Continue reading “Karnataka solar – Net metering or gross metering?”

Tamil Nadu rooftop solar: Good return on investment

Tamil Nadu continues to lead the nation in rooftop solar installation. As per the 2016 Bridge To India report, Tamil Nadu is the state with the most rooftop solar installed across Residential, Commercial and Industrial categories.

Continue reading “Tamil Nadu rooftop solar: Good return on investment”

Do your bit to reduce air pollution in Delhi – go solar!

View of west of Delhi with air pollution

A thick, acrid smog has settled over NCR over the past few weeks. While experts trace the cause to burning crops, Diwali fireworks and vehicle emissions, one significant component of Delhi’s pollution woes is power plants burning fossil fuels. As part of the reflex measures announced by the Delhi government, the Badarpur coal plant is being shut for 10 days. Continue reading “Do your bit to reduce air pollution in Delhi – go solar!”