• Ministry of New and Renewable Energy clarified that Roof Top Solar scheme is being implemented in the state only by DISCOMs.
• Solar panels and other equipment to be installed shall be as per the standard and specifications of the Ministry.
• India has set the target of achieving 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022 of which 40 GW to be achieved from RTS.
• In 2019, Government approved phase II of Grid-connected RTS Scheme with an objective to:
• Promote grid connected RTS in all consumer segments, viz., residential, institutional, social, Govt., commercial, industrial etc.
• Bring DISCOMs as key drivers for rapid deployment of RTS.
• Promote domestic manufacturing of solar cells and module.
• Solar power so generated can be used either for captive consumption of premises or can be fed into grid and be adjusted in electricity bill.
Benefits of scheme:
• Reducing transmission and distribution losses as power consumption and generation are co-located.
• Useful in tackling day time peak load as solar generation profile matches such peak loads during the day.
• Rooftop space is often left unutilised in many establishments, thus additional value from building.
Mains Paper 3: Economy
Prelims level: Roof Top Solar scheme
Mains level: Benefits of scheme