Draft Solar Policy of Delhi Wants 6000 MW Installation by 2025

Jan 2, 2023 12:03 PM ET
  • The 2016 Solar Policy targeted to mount just 2000 MW of solar energy by 2025.
  • Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed that 6,000 MW will heighten the solar energy share in the annual power demand of Delhi from 9 per cent to 25 per cent by 2025.

The Delhi government has accorded approval to the draft Solar Policy 2022 under which the state wants to install solar capacity to 6,000 MW by 2025. In the previous solar policy released in 2016, Delhi had targeted to set up solar power of a cumulative capacity of 2,000 MW of solar power by 2022. Readers will recall that actual achievement till date was hardly 20% of those targets.

The new draft solar policy envisages a three-fold jump in solar capacity in the coming 3 years. Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that 6,000 MW will certainly heighten the solar energy share in the annual electrical energy need of Delhi from 9 percent to 25 percent by 2025. It will certainly be the greatest in India, specified Sisodia.

The solar policy draft will continue to be in the public domain name for thirty days for comments and also pointers from stakeholders and the public. After that, the solar policy will certainly be tabled prior to the Cabinet for approval.

The Delhi government will certainly develop a single-window portal to offer info on solar PV system benefits, guidelines as well as timelines. The portal will be handled by the Delhi Solar Cell.

The Deputy CM claimed, "To motivate consumers to use solar energy, the government will certainly supply various incentives such as generation-based incentives (GBI) and capital subsidies. For the very first time in the country, consumers will have an opportunity for Community Solar and also Peer-to-Peer trading."

He informed that the solar policy will certainly offer capital subsidies for household and commercial consumers in the nationwide capital. The state government will certainly fight pollution through the policy and generate 12,000 jobs too.

" It will certainly make Delhi a design for states and also cities not just in India yet also across the world in making it possible for lasting clean energy transition," he mentioned.

Key Tenets Of Draft Solar Policy

Generation Based Incentive: The household, team housing societies, resident welfare associations, as well as commercial & industrial consumers can qualify for month-to-month GBI for 5 years. For residential consumers having solar PV setup of approximately 3kW, the GBI will be Rs 3/kWh, for solar installment over 3kW and also upto 10kW, GBI will be Rs 2/kWh, for CGHS as well as RWAs having solar systems as much as 500kW, the GBI will certainly be Rs 2/kWh.

Early-Bird GBI: The government will also offer early-bird GBI of Rs 1/kWh for the first time for commercial & industrial (C&I) consumers for the initial 200 MW of solar installation.

Capital Subsidy: A capital subsidy for placing structures will be given to household consumers at a price of Rs 2,000 per kW approximately a max of Rs 10,000 for every consumer. This will certainly be adjusted against power bills of the consumers.

Tax-Less: The state government will certainly not levy taxes and duties on power production from rooftop solar systems.

Introduction of New Versions: To step-up the rooftop solar setups in the city, release versions like RESCO, Community Solar as well as Peer-to-Peer trading will be employed. In the RESCO model, consumers sign agreements with their DISCOMS where they obtain net-metering benefits and also do not have to make capital investments upfront.

Community Solar: The solar policy, declares the Delhi Government, brings the concept of 'Community Solar' for the very first time in India. Consumers that do not have sufficient roof space can come to be co-owners of a better solar PV system that will be set up by a developer ashore offered in the city.

Peer-to-Peer Trading: There will certainly likewise be Peer-to-Peer trading of solar energy. Currently manufacturers can sell their excess power through a P2P trading platform in real-time.

Solar Power Import: Distribution business can raise the share of solar power obtained from outside Delhi solar power sources.

Storage to Go Along With: The Delhi Government, via the new policy, wants to amalgamate all renewable resource resources with battery based power storage systems that will offer round-the-clock green power in Delhi.

At SaurEnergy, we have actually continuously drawn attention to the high interest among Delhi discoms for EV charging, whch will certainly drive need greater, over Solar capacity development, which will certainly generate economical power. The discoms stay with minimal incentives to genuinely promote solar, if a target as ambitious as 6000 MW is to be achieved. That will require steps including feasible legislation to mandate use of solar in structures over a certain story dimension, besides accelerating the approvals as well as evaluation program. Alternately, Delhi will have the choice of acquiring much greater renewable power, as it has actually been promoting regardless, from outside the state.

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