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In collaboration with RMI India and the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC Delhi) hosted the ‘National Consultation on Delhi Solar Policy. This was to help frame Delhi’s new policy and to develop a framework to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy solutions in Delhi, especially solar energy.

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Jasmine Shah, Vice-Chairperson, DDC Delhi, said, that the consultations will help the Delhi Government identify barriers and challenges to deployment of solar rooftop in commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

The recommendations received from the stakeholders were RTS installation mandates, streamlining of net metering processes, BTM storage, improving access to finance, fiscal incentives, promoting innovative business models, supporting the growth of virtual net metering (VNM) and Group net metering (GNM), etc.

It also identified the necessary steps and milestones to solarize Delhi. The consultation had the goal of establishing a clear set and actionable next steps that would make Delhi the global leader in rooftop solar adoption.

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“Policy consultations organized by Delhi Government regularly have allowed us to collect a lot valuable feedback from stakeholders for formulating an effective, exemplary, and robust solar policy in Delhi. The Delhi Government will use rooftop solar installations to explore new ways to manage peak loads. This is also a complement to the growing number of electric vehicles in the city”, said Satyendra Jain, health minister.

The customer must receive proper maintenance and proper operation of the solar panels, he further added.

Jasmine Shah (Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi) stated, “Over these 5 years, Delhi emerged as an environment leader by becoming only state to close down all its thermal energy stations, transitioning its entire sector to clean fuels, and becoming the undisputed leader in EV adoption. The foundation has been laid for rooftop solar adoptions in Delhi with 83% of the total rooftop solar capacity (230MW) since 2016. New solar policy will make Delhi India’s solar capital and a model for other cities to follow in the rooftop solar revolution. Shah stated that it will create thousands of green jobs, as per Delhi’s Rozgar budget.”

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Akshima Ghate is RMI India’s Managing Director. She stated, “Promoting rooftop solar is the first step to transforming consumers into producers and making them an active participant in the energy economy.”

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