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Karnataka unveils multi-city rooftop solar programme

According to reports, as solar programmes go, the one unveiled recently by Karnataka is a pretty small one — about 1.3 MW. But its spread is large.

The State wants to create 0.5 kW and 1 kW household solar systems across some 1,943 houses in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli and Gulbarga. From a reading of the tender notification, it appears that this is a pilot project.

These are grid-connected solar systems, which means that this programme is a rent-a-roof type of initiative. The solar developer puts up a plant on a rooftop and sells the electricity to the grid at prices arrived at by the tender process. The revenues will be shared with the roof owner.

Half kilowatt systems will come up on 1,297 roofs and 1 kW systems on 646. The equipment used should be those approved by the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd and the developers should guarantee a minimum of 450 units a year for half kilowatt systems and 900 units for 1 kW.

The tender notification speaks of the value of the tender of Rs 34 crore.

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