South African NERSA creating rooftop solar rules, including for your home installation
South Africans with rooftop solar need to take note of this. The wording is unfortunately pretty confusing around the exemptions. "Connected to the grid" is a bit vague. Could it mean those pushing power back into the grid? My system auto switches between grid, battery and solar but does not push power into the grid at all (is that "connected to the grid?). Any own use home system should really be exempt as long a sit has the necessary isolation from the main grid.
Energy regulator Nersa has published for comment proposed rules that will regulate the market for individuals and organisations who typically generate electricity from their own rooftop installations.
Stakeholders have 30 days to comment on the rules that will apply to installations with a generating capacity of up to 1MW.
The publication follows a notice published by the department of energy in November that provided for exemption for small-scale embedded generators from the obligation to obtain a licence from Nersa to generate electricity.
The exemption applies to generators of up to 1MW which are connected to the national grid and supply a single customer without wheeling (transporting) the energy through the grid, as well as wheeling it to a single or related customer.
Generators of up to 1MW of electricity for own use or a related person or customer on the same premises which is not connected to the grid are also exempted from licensing, as are demonstration plants and backup generators. They also need to register with Nersa, as do industries that generate electricity as a by-product of their main activity or from waste.
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