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Solar Rooftop Summit

Rooftop solar is an important part of India’s ongoing clean energy transition, with a planned target of 40 GW installed capacity out of the overall 100 GW of solar by 2022 target. However, the current trajectory of rooftop capacity addition will translate into an installed capacity of only around 10 GW by 2022. The Solar Rooftop Summit will take stock of the challenges constraining rooftop solar deployment as well as potential solutions for accelerating the same. There are a number of challenges that have resulted into sluggishness in rooftop solar deployment:

• Poor implementation of policies and execution

Lack of support from DISCOMs
o Fearing revenue losses as a result of a decline in demand by consumers adopting rooftop solar, particularly high tariff paying commercial and industrial consumers, DISCOMs have not supported rooftop solar deployment.
o This has been manifested through long delays in granting approvals for net metering connections, restrictions on system size for consumers etc
o Lack of institutional capacity to support rooftop deployment in terms of resources
• Involvement of multiple agencies in execution of rooftop solar programme – MNRE, SECI, DISCOMs - resulting in lengthy delays in implementation

Poor consumer awareness
• Consumer unfamiliarity with rooftop solar, resulting in weak demand
• Perceptions about rooftop solar being an expensive technology for electricity generation
• Lack of awareness of government schemes and processes to be followed for setting up rooftop solar systems

Access to affordable finance is a challenge:
• Small-scale, disaggregated nature of projects and a short track record makes accessing affordable finance difficult for developers, barring a select group of large developers
• Poor creditworthiness of offtakers
High upfront cost of rooftop solar projects

Potential Solutions:
• DISCOMs and execution delays:
• SRISTI scheme
o Giving DISCOMs a central role in implementation, thereby reducing execution delays due to involvement of multiple agencies
o Financial incentive under the scheme would incentivise DISCOMs to support rooftop solar deployment

Consumer Awareness
• MNRE’s Information & Public Awareness Programme
• Enhanced consumer awareness about benefits of rooftop solar will create demand for the same

Innovative Business Models
• Rent a roof policy
o Could address many issues including offtaker risk, access to finance for developers

Solar City Initiative
o Solarize Dwarka

o Promoting the uptake of RESCO model to circumvent problems such as high upfront costs of systems in CAPEX model

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