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Delhi solar power policy to be finalized in a fortnight

According to reports, the Delhi Solar Energy Policy draft, aimed at generating 1,000MW solar power in the next five years, was released by minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday. The draft has been put in the public domain for comments and will be finalized and submitted to Delhi government after 15 days.

“Delhi, with almost 300 sunny days a year, has great potential for solar energy generation,” said chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Jain added that a tender for 5MW solar power generation had been floated. “We have a target to generate 1,000MW solar power in next five years and 2,000MW by 2025,” he said.

“Solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of every government building starting with Delhi Secretariat,” Jain said. The conference was hosted by Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre of the power department. It was attended by several members of the Indian solar industry, siscoms, consultancies, banks, state regulatory body, NGOs, research institutions, experts from Germany, etcand government officials.

The DDC has recommended a non-capital subsidy model for implementation of the policy. It has advocated performance-based incentives for households installing solar panels. The draft outlines a combination of regulations, mandates, incentives, and tax breaks for the growth of rooftop solar power. “The state’s financial assistance for solar energy will not take the form of capital subsidies but low-cost financing options for all consumers,” added Jain.

The draft promotes net metering for all solar plants above 1kW based on regulations issued by DERC in 2014.

“The also provides an generation-based incentive of Rs 2 per solar energy unit in domestic segment for three years. Also, exemption of tax on solar energy and waiving VAT on solar plant components including panels and inverters, for five years has been provided,” said officials.

The task of drafting the solar was led by Namit Arora, an alumni of IIT Kharagpur with over 20 years of technical and business experience in California’s Silicon Valley, and by Rajneesh Shrivastava of the EE&REM Center, the state nodal agency responsible for implementation of the policy.

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