The era of solar expansion has finally arrived in India. The country’s previous target of 20,000 MW of installed solar power under the National Solar Mission has increased by five times to 100,000 MW by 2022.
Solar in India has been driven by government incentives, provided mostly in the form of feed in tariffs. The National Solar Mission has been a significant driving force to put solar as a reliable alternative to mainstream energy sources. With a decrease in prices, solar is now being looked at as a source of energy that can reduce power deficits and help states become self-reliant for their energy needs.
The closing gap between the cost of conventional sources of power and solar, especially at the customer end,is causing solar policies to shift from incentive driven to becoming increasingly facilitation driven. This implies that there is a minimisation of state incentives in lieu of providing parameters for a functioning market for distributed, privatised power generation. This includes regulatory changes such as the introduction of net-metering and improved energy accounting. Such steps will increase the deployment of solar power through private investment and reduce the financial burden of the states, while also reducing the power deficit in the states effectively. There is therefore, a significant push for solar rooftop power across several Indian states.
CEED has been a frontrunner at being the arbitrator of solar rooftop power in Bihar and Delhi. We have been in dialogue with government bodies, policy think tanks and civil society groups to promote and empower the cities rooftops with solar energy.