Only DISCOMS are authorised to install rooftop solar plants, empanel vendors

• Ministry of New and Renewable Energy clarified that Roof Top Solar scheme is being implemented in the state only by DISCOMs.

About:

• 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.

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Mains Paper 3: Economy

Prelims level: Roof Top Solar scheme

Mains level: Benefits of scheme

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