According to reports, the MNRE, a couple of days ago, held a meeting of State electricity regulators, electricity distribution companies, and various officials from the State Governments as well as the Central Electricity Authority, to discuss how to develop the ‘roof-top’ solar industry in India. Over 110 people attended the meeting, the MNRE official said.
It is common to find solar water heaters on Indian roofs, but now the idea is to encourage people to put up solar panels on their roofs that would generate electricity to run the house.
A key component of this is ‘net metering’, where the energy meter spins backwards when surplus electricity from the rooftops is fed into the grid.
MNRE has asked the CEA to develop a protocol for grid connectivity, the official said.
He said that the potential for rooftop solar could easily be well in excess of 20,000 MW.