Energy Minister says no plans to end solar net metering policy, denying a U-turn.

Federal Energy Minister Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari clarified on Sunday that the government has no intentions of discontinuing the solar net-metering policy.

The minister’s statement was prompted by media reports suggesting a potential replacement of net metering with a new system called gross metering.

Net metering enables consumers with solar systems to sell surplus electricity they generate back to their power company, thereby reducing their electricity bills. Conversely, under the proposed gross metering system, electricity from consumers’ solar panels would directly feed into the national grid, and consumers would repurchase electricity from the distribution company, potentially diminishing their financial benefits.

Addressing reporters at the Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) headquarters, Minister Leghari dismissed these media reports. He stressed that the net-metering policy was initiated during the tenure of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and assured the government’s support for its continuation.

The minister reiterated the government’s dedication to promoting solar energy and reassured consumers that their existing benefits under the net-metering policy would remain intact. He also emphasized the significance of renewable energy in Pakistan’s energy portfolio and reiterated the government’s endeavors to foster the adoption of solar power nationwide.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.