Bengaluru: Falling tariff takes sheen off rooftop solar plants


Bengaluru: Falling tariff takes sheen off rooftop solar plants

Karnataka might have set itself an ambitious target of 2,400MW for grid-connected rooftop generation projects by 2021, but the going seems to be slow in eight districts coming under the jurisdiction of the Bangalore Electric Supply Company (Bescom).

The number of new rooftop solar plants installed in the region is falling every year: from an all-time high of 521 in 2016-17 to 81 in 2018-19 (till December 31, 2018).

According to data published by Bescom on its website, there were 27 plants commissioned in 2014-15, 399 in 2015-16 and 521 in 2016-17. After the all-time high in 2016-17, the number almost halved to 290 in 2017-18 before dropping to 81 this year.

While the actual numbers have dropped sharply, the capacity of the newly installed plants only fell marginally from 44.68MW in 2016-17 to 41.13MW in 2017-18. Read More

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