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India Working On Unified Portal To Help Consumers Set Up Rooftop Solar Panels

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in association with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank is developing a unified web portal, which will facilitate as a single-window clearance system for the consumers looking to install rooftop solar panels.

Besides, the portal will also help in promoting and creating awareness regarding usage of rooftop solar in India.

In India, awareness related to installation of rooftop solar panels is very low among the micro, small and medium enterprises, small and medium enterprises, and households, said an official involved in the process.

"MNRE, ADB and the World Bank are developing unified web portal. The respective states are also part of the initiative. The portal will work like a single-window clearance system for the consumers looking to install rooftop solar panels, besides promoting and creating awareness regarding usage of rooftop solar in India. Today, if someone wants to install a solar panel at roof of his business unit, the person would not know who to approach," the official said.

The portal, the official said, will provide all information related to installation of solar panel.

"There will be information as to what all agencies have to be approached, how to get clearance for installation of solar panels, what are the necessary documents required, which companies are developers of solar panels and install solar panels, and information related incentives and other benefits," he said.

India has set an ambitious target of having 100 gigawatt of solar capacity by 2022, and steps must be taken to scale up the use of solar energy in the country, he added.

The country has achieved 26 GW solar capacity till February this year.

According to an industry source, in 2018-19, auctions for around 8,000 megawatt solar capacities worth Rs 40,000 crore were cancelled.

On Wednesday, a survey revealed that several power-consuming small and medium enterprises in India are hesitant to install rooftop solar panels due to perceived performance risks.

The survey titled 'Scaling Up Rooftop Solar in SME Sector in India' conducted by global consultancy giant Deloitte across 150 MSMEs in six industrial clusters said that "the level of awareness about rooftop solar was quite low among the sample surveyed, many high-power consuming SMEs were hesitant to install rooftop solar because of the perceived performance risks."

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