Recently in April, Gujarat introduced a new subsidy for residential, grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems. The subsidy is on top of other benefits provided by the Indian Central Government to rooftop solar projects. Just last November, the government announced a return to 30% subsidy for residential solar rooftop systems. This positive move signals the state’s growing efforts towards the adoption of renewable energy.
The subsidy will amount to INR 10,000 (USD 151) for each kW of installed power with a maximum cap of INR 20,000 per consumer. The financial aid will be given by the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) after the installation and commissioning of each rooftop system is completed. Initially, the government plans to target around 100,000 customers, post which the scheme’s fate will be decided based on a review. This scheme is further expected to boost solar rooftop installations across the state.
Source: The Hindu Businessline
As part of the country’s 100 GW target installations by 2022, Gujarat was assigned a goal of 8,024 MW of solar capacity by 2022. Of this, over 3,200 MW of capacity will come directly from rooftop solar. Earlier in March, a significant report by the Solar Rooftop Policy Coalition claimed that the current business-as-usual approach towards the target could prove to be a problem as this would lead India to reach only one-third of its 40 GW by 2022 target.
In more good news, Chandigarh is planning to become the second Indian municipality to make rooftop solar mandatory for all buildings.
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