This document presents a brief concept to integrate DisComs as an implementing agency
in Phase-II of rooftop solar scheme of MNRE. The document also provides an insight of
the various factors that attribute to bring DisComs to the fore- front, instead from being an
indirect participant, for rooftop solar (RTS) implementation in the country. The concept,
once approved, shall serve as the basis of revised scheme of MNRE for solar rooftop in
Phase-II and will replace the CCEA note that has been submitted to cabinet since
18.04.2017. This concept only provides an idea for implementation and shall be circulated
to all stakeholders for comments on the same. The Phase-II targets and arrangements shall
be applicable till 2021-22. The proposed scheme shall thrive to ensure that the national
target of solar rooftop of 40 GW is achieved within time.
1. Background:
Rooftop solar (RTS) plants utilize idle rooftop space for solar generation. Typically 1 kWp
RTS plant requires about 10 sq. m area. Such power can then be used, either for captive
consumption of the premises or can be fed into the grid and be adjusted in the electricity
bill. Net metering regulations notified by respective State Electricity Regulatory
Commissions (SERCs) provide a legal framework for such adjustment. RTS plants also
help Distribution utilities/companies (DisComs) by eliminating transmission and
distribution losses as power consumption and generation are co-located. These are also
useful in tackling day time peak loads as solar generation profile matches such peak loads.
Government of India has set the target of installing 40,000 MWp of RTS power by the
year 2022.

 

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