Growth Of Rooftop Solar In India: Opportunities, Challenges And Way Forward


Growth Of Rooftop Solar In India: Opportunities, Challenges And Way Forward

India is endowed with tremendous potential to produce solar energy. Given the rising energy needs, as a nation responsible towards climate change concerns, India has set a target to achieve 100 GW power capacity through grid-connected solar energy, out of which 40 GW is estimated to come through rooftop solar installations by 2022.

Rooftop solar offers certain advantages over large solar plants as no land and additional transmission capacity is required. In addition, it saves transmission and distribution losses, which are to the tune of 30 percent.

Practically one unit energy generated by rooftop solar is equivalent to 1.4 unit energy generated from large solar power plant considering 30 percent of transmission and distribution losses. If the land cost and transmission capacity expenditure are also accounted for, this ratio may further increase.

Rooftop solar projects in any country typically go through three phases. It begins with the proof of concept phase, which as the name suggests demonstrates the success of utilising such technology.  Read More

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