In a strategic move to enhance solar power generation, the Delhi government is set to conduct rooftop assessments through satellite imagery. This pioneering initiative aims to analyze the shadow and sunlight patterns throughout the year, ensuring accurate calculations of power generation potential.
Innovative Approach to Solar Assessment
Under the newly passed Delhi Solar Policy 2024, residents are encouraged to install solar panels on their rooftops. To facilitate this, the government will collaborate with organizations utilizing satellite imaging for a precise assessment of the city’s rooftops. Power Minister Atishi highlighted the significance, stating, “This will assist the consumer, who has difficulty determining how much solar panel space he needs to install on his roof.”
Holistic Information Portal
To further streamline the solar adoption process, the state government plans to launch a comprehensive portal. This platform will feature details of empanelled agencies specializing in solar panel installations, providing consumers with valuable information. The initiative aims to bridge the information gap, enabling consumers to make informed decisions about solar installations.
Consumer-Friendly Solar Policy
The Delhi Solar Policy 2024 offers residents various incentives for embracing solar power. These include generation-based incentives, capital subsidies, and the opportunity to sell excess electricity to other consumers in real time. The emphasis is not solely on the rooftop’s size but also on identifying areas free from shadows for optimal electricity production.
In a TOI report, an official explained, “The electricity production depends not just on the size of the rooftop but also on areas that remain shadow free for an adequate period.” This holistic approach ensures that consumers can maximize their solar power potential.
Empowering Consumers Through Information
To increase awareness and understanding of the policy, the government will organize camps where residents, particularly those from Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), can learn about the benefits, guidelines, and qualified vendors related to solar installations. In the same TOI report, the official emphasized, “Many people are not showing an interest in this for lack of awareness. But once they hear about the details, they will certainly show more interest.”
Revised Incentives Under the 2024 Policy
The Delhi Solar Policy 2024 revises the incentives provided to consumers. While the 2016 policy offered Rs 2 per unit for solar generation, the new policy increases the incentive to Rs 3 per unit for small rooftop plants and Rs 2 per unit for larger plants. Notably, the new policy eliminates the riders on minimum generation necessary to receive Generation-Based Incentives (GBI).
Extending Incentives to Commercial and Industrial Consumers
In a groundbreaking move, the Delhi government has decided to extend GBI to commercial and industrial consumers for the first time. Businesses installing up to the first 200 MW of solar installations in Delhi will receive an incentive of one rupee per unit of solar power generated for five years.
Community Solar Model Introduced
The Delhi Solar Policy 2024 introduces innovative deployment models, including community solar for consumers facing constraints in funds or rooftop space. This pioneering concept allows consumers to be part of a community-owned solar system installed at a third-party location, providing benefits even without suitable rooftops.
Positive Responses from Power Companies
Leading power companies, including Tata Power and BSES, have welcomed the policy. A Tata Power official highlighted the financial benefits, stating, “The income generated from solar plants as excess units are compensated by the discom at the unit rate of that specific customer segment.” BSES expressed their commitment to rooftop solar promotion, with plans to energize over 1,000 rooftop solar connections in 2024-25.
The Delhi government’s adoption of satellite imaging for solar assessments and the comprehensive solar policy for residents and businesses mark a significant step towards a sustainable and energy-efficient future.
(With inputs from TOI)
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