To encourage the installation of solar energy panels, which has had few takers in the city thus far, the Delhi administration is set to enhance the subsidy and relax restrictions to make it more appealing to people.
Individuals currently receive a Rs 2 per unit incentive if they generate at least 1,100 units per KW in a year, and none if they generate less. According to insiders, this restriction could be removed in the new solar policy that is presently being developed, allowing everyone to profit.
Only 3,168 Delhi residents had chosen rooftop solar plants as of the first week of May. According to sources, just 50 of the approximately 1,400 group housing organizations had the plants put on their buildings' terraces.
"The generation-based incentive was enjoyed by less than 45 percent of the 3,168 individual consumers." Direct sunlight, which is not accessible all year, is required for solar plants to operate at full capacity. As a result, the generation does not attain its full potential, and only a select few benefit from the incentive. As a result, we are considering deleting this criterion from the new policy," said an official who requested anonymity.
According to sources, the Delhi government may also offer discounts on rooftop solar energy plant installation — 40% on smaller ones up to 3KW and a little less on larger ones — to make them more cheap. Currently, the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy provides a 30% subsidy on benchmarked solar panel installation costs.
Officials stated the government is keen to make solar energy more popular among people, despite the fact that just 230 MW of solar energy is now produced in Delhi, compared to the objective of over 2,700 MW set under the National Solar Power Mission in June 2015.
According to a senior official, the power department has set an internal objective of 500 MW of solar energy by the end of 2023, which is more than quadruple the present generation. According to sources, the objective is for solar facilities to generate at least 25% of Delhi's total electricity.
According to Satya Gopal, assistant chief secretary (power), Delhi's total solar power contribution (both within and outside the state) has climbed significantly to 7 percent (1,189 MW) in 2022 from 0.3 percent (79 MW) in 2016. It is expected to rise to 11% (2,540 MW) in the next two years.
"With the new policy, we should encourage all individual house owners, cooperative and group housing societies, and owners of industrial and commercial units to install solar panels on rooftops and increase solar power's contribution to more than 50% of Delhi's energy basket by 2030," Gopal said at a recent stakeholder meeting.
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