Rooftop Solar Is Still Out In The Cold

Rooftop Solar Is Still Out In The Cold

When your achievement is 8-9% of your target, things are not quite all right. That is the reality of the rooftop solar business in India today. Against a target of 10,000 MW for March 31, 2018, the achievement as of the last day of 2017 was 923 MW.

While India’s track record in large-scale solar installations is respectable — the country had 16,070 MW by December-end, 2017 and is set to add another 6,500 MW by March — the rooftop part of the solar story has not been good.

Why it is so, is no mystery. For individual house owners, rooftop solar is still not an attractive alternative to the subsidised power supplied by the electricity distribution companies (discoms) — such as Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. in Delhi, MSEDCL in Mumbai and BESCOM in Bengaluru. Read More…

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