India May Miss Rooftop Solar Target


India May Miss Rooftop Solar Target

While investors have been encouraged by India’s large ground-mounted, grid-connected solar parks, the rooftop solar segment had hit its stride in the last financial year. For India’s solar power targets to be met, the rooftop part of the story will have to take off. However, there are concerns as India is not expected to achieve even half of the rooftop solar targets by 2022. Against the ambitious target of 10,000 Megawatt (MW) for March 31, 2018, the country’s cumulative installed capacity of rooftop solar stood at 982 MW as of December 2017. Notably, the government has also downscaled its targets for FY18 to only 1,000 MW of capacity, lower from the original target of 5,000 MW till as recently as December 18, 2017. A closer look at the figures further reveals that the government has achieved just around 9 per cent of the target, pointing to the out of kilter things in India’s rooftop solar programme.

“…Against the target of 60 GW of ground-mounted and 40 GW of rooftop by 2022, we have set up around 16 GW of ground-mounted and 1 GW of rooftop solar. If I can admit, our rooftop programme is not doing well,” reiterated Anand Kumar, secretary, Ministy of New and Renewable Energy, at a CII workshop in January. Read More

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