The Delhi Solar Policy 2015 will remain in place from 2015 to 2020, and will be revised periodically. (Source: Delhi Government)
- Approved at the state cabinet meeting, Delhi Solar Policy 2015 makes it mandatory for government buildings to install rooftop solar panels
- State building by laws amended to enable rooftop installations up to the height of two meters
- Generation based incentive of 2.00 INR per unit to be paid to rooftop solar panel users for next three years
- The policy will apply to all solar rooftop generating systems of 1 kW capacity and above
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The capital of India, Delhi has announced its own solar policy according to which, it will generate 1,000 MW of power by 2020 (4.2% of energy consumed) and escalate it to 2,000 MW by 2025 (6.6% of energy consumed). The Chief Minister of the state, Arvind Kejriwal announced that his government has now made it mandatory for government and public institutions to install rooftop solar panels.
According to a report on NDTV, a news portal in India, the state government has amended state bylaws to enable rooftop solar installations of up to the height of 2 meters. This height carrying the solar panel, will not be counted in the height of the building which is permitted by building bylaws.
Under the policy, anyone can put up solar panels on the rooftop in existing and new buildings without needing official approvals from municipal corporation or other urban development bodies. This also includes any additional system for monitoring the performance of the solar plant.
Government buildings will have to install these panels in the next five years. The policy will be applicable for generating systems of 1 kW and above.
The state government is currently in talks with the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission to offer exemptions of some of the charges for users of rooftop solar energy. It is also talking to local authorities to exempt electricity tax ‘which is currently 5%, on solar power’.
Kejriwal stated that his government wants to make Delhi a solar city and has made this as part of his 70-point agenda.
The Delhi Solar Energy Policy 2015 was approved by the state cabinet this week. It will be applicable from 2015 to 2020, and will be revised periodically. The state will offer generation based incentives (GBI) or feed-in-tariffs of 2.00 INR per kWh for the next 3 years from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.