Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) Proposes Amendments to Accelerate Rooftop Solar Adoption

Posted On - 3 July, 2024 • By - King Stubb & Kasiva


The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has initiated a public consultation process for the proposed amendments to the Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (Rooftop Solar Grid Interactive Systems Based on Net and Gross Metering) (First Amendment) Regulation, 2024.[1] These amendments aim to streamline and incentivize the installation of rooftop solar systems in Bihar, aligning with the national push for renewable energy adoption and the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2024.


  • Simplified Technical Feasibility: The proposed amendments mandate that distribution licensees (DISCOMs) complete the technical feasibility study for rooftop solar installations within 15 days. If not completed within this timeframe, the proposal will be deemed technically feasible, thus expediting the approval process.
  • Deemed Approval for Small Systems: Rooftop solar systems with a capacity of up to 10 kW will be automatically approved without the need for a technical feasibility study. This provision aims to reduce the administrative burden on consumers and DISCOMs for smaller installations, encouraging greater adoption in residential and small commercial sectors.
  • Load Enhancement: DISCOMs will be responsible for enhancing the sanctioned load of the consumer as required for the rooftop solar system. This measure simplifies the process for consumers, as they won’t have to apply for load enhancement separately.
  • Alignment with National Rules: The amendments are in line with the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2024, which aim to empower consumers and promote rooftop solar. The deemed approval and faster technical feasibility provisions are directly derived from these national rules.


The proposed amendments by BERC represent a significant step towards promoting rooftop solar in Bihar. The simplified procedures, faster approvals, and deemed approval for smaller systems are expected to reduce barriers to entry and encourage greater adoption of rooftop solar among consumers.

The BERC has invited comments, suggestions, and objections from stakeholders and the general public regarding the draft amendments. The deadline for submitting written feedback was June 20, 2024. A public hearing was also scheduled for June 25, 2024, where stakeholders could present their views orally or in writing.

The public consultation process ensures that the concerns and suggestions of stakeholders are considered before the final regulations are notified. The successful implementation of these amendments could make Bihar a leader in rooftop solar adoption in India, contributing to the nation’s renewable energy goals.