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Govt planning ‘rent a roof’ policy in solar power push


Mains Paper 3: Economy | Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Not Much

Mains level: Important policy for achieving future clean energy targets of India


“Rent a roof” policy

  1. The Union government is working on a “rent a roof” policy to support its ambitious plan to generate 40 gigawatts (GW) of power from solar rooftop projects by 2022

Why is this policy important?

  1. While investors have been enthused by India’s large ground-mounted, grid-connected solar parks, the solar rooftop market hasn’t gained much traction
  2. Of India’s ambitious target of 175GW of clean energy capacity by 2022, 100GW is to come from solar projects
  3. Of these, while 60GW is targeted from ground-mounted, grid-connected projects, 40GW is to come from solar rooftop projects. Wind power projects are to contribute 60GW

Suitability of India for such kind of projects

  1. The country offers a big opportunity given its 750GW potential as it records around 300 sunny days a year, with an average solar radiation range of 4-7 kilowatt-hours per square metre.

Concerns related to Solar Power Projects in India

  1. According to some experts,  there are concerns as India is not expected to achieve even half of the solar rooftop targets by December 2021

Government Strategy for Wind power Projects

  1. The central government is also firming up its strategy to expedite bidding out wind power contracts
  2. India has an installed wind power capacity of 33GW
  3. The country has auctioned 2GW of wind power contracts that saw tariffs fall to a record low of Rs2.64 per unit in the October auction conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corp. of India
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