Telangana’s Karimnagar to Install 1.35 MW of Rooftop Solar under Smart Cities Mission

Projects are to be installed with net metering facility


Karimnagar Municipal Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO)  for the installation of 1.35 MW of solar rooftop projects.

“The rooftop solar projects will be developed under the central government’s Smart Cities Mission. It will be installed on most of the government buildings with net metering facility”, an official from TSREDCO informed Mercom.

Mercom has reported that the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) had approved net metering for solar rooftop customers in the state with systems ranging from 1 kW to 1 MW. The tariff paid to the customer would be based on the average power purchase cost to a DISCOM.

Recently, TSERC passed an order stating that the pooled cost of power purchase in FY 2017-18 would be considered again for FY 2018-19 at ₹4.097/kWh (~$0.058/kWh).

Under the central government’s Smart Cities Mission, many cities have issued tender for installation of solar panels, net metering and various other infrastructural revamps. Here are a few examples:

Vellore Smart City Limited recently announced a tender for grid-connected solar rooftop systems for around 130 buildings. The capacity of the rooftop projects varies from 1 kW-36 kW. The largest rooftop project of 36 kW would be installed at Vellore Fort.

Last month,  Tiruppur Smart City Limited, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, had issued a tender to develop 4.8 MW of solar power projects at Iduvai village.

Previously, the Tirupati Smart City Corporation Limited Invited Request for Proposal for 6 MW of grid-connected solar projects.

The Greater Chennai Corporation announced its plan to install solar panels on 662 of its buildings under Smart City Program in November 2018.

Nitin is a staff reporter at and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer