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Weekly rundown: Gujarat leads rooftop solar installation in India

March 13, 2020by absrenewpower

  1. Anantapur plans to install 3 mega solar parks

Three mega solar parks are planned to be set up in three manuals namely Mudigubba, Tadipatri, and Obuladevacheruvu. With 1 MW solar power park under construction, the district collector has claimed that they are actively seeking to identify potential non-agricultural land to set up solar power parks that could generate a total of 9 MW of solar electricity.

The project is estimated to cost approximately Rs. 50,000 crore and an estimated 58,328 acres of land will be required to shape this project. The breakdown of the projects is

  • 9,559 acre in Mudigubbafor 1,911 MW solar power plant.
  • 2,589 acre in Tadipatri for 518 MW solar power plant.
  • 46,180 acre among 13 villages in Nallamada Mandal for 5,000 MW solar power plants.
  • 9236 MW power will be produced by private players among three special economic zones.

Till now, 2000 acre non-agricultural land has been identified in Chilamattur, Lepakshi, and Penukondamandals.

  1. The slow growth of rooftop solar installation cannot meet 2022 target.

The government’s ambitious 40 GW rooftop solar installation target might not be achievable by 2022. According to industry experts, utility companies in several states have been reluctant to support the project fearing revenue loss on each unit of power generated.

Last year only 1,896 MW of rooftop solar was installed bringing the total rooftop solar capacity of India to 5.5 GW. While industry experts claim that commercial and industrial consumers have a strong demand for solar, it is the DISCOMs that are reluctant due to the losses they might have to bear.

Maharashtra is said to be one of the fastest adopters of rooftop solar with other states like Karnataka, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat also actively implementing rooftop solar. Additionally, rooftop solar providers are moving towards open access projects. Open access projects allow solar PV systems to be set up remotely rather than the customer’s rooftops. With new policies favoring open access, many solar providers are expected to benefit from it.

 

  1. 50% of Chullikalwishtogo solar.

Kochi Corporation conducted a sample survey in Chullickal to understand the awareness and acceptance rate of solar. The objective of the survey was to understand the audience’s acceptance of solar installation in their homes. While majority i.e. half the sample population were from middle-income groups, they understood the benefits and wished to make the change. The reluctant group thought that the switch would not be affordable.

This study determined that further awareness on the subsidies, alternate investment opportunities, and cost benefits need to be implemented to gain more positive responses towards solar installation projects.

 

  1. Gujarat leads in domestic rooftop solar installation in India.

Gujarat leads the rooftop solar installation with nearly 64% of the rooftop solar PV systems coming from the state. Gujarat has recorded 79,950 solar PV systems across India i.e. 2 out of 3 rooftop solar PV systems were installed in Gujarat. The massive growth comes after the government launched attractive schemes to encourage and meet renewable energy targets. At present, Gujarat has more than 50,915 rooftop solar PV systems installed.

The state government scheme called “Surya Gujarat” aims to attract more than 8 lakh users by 2022. Additionally, the government is ready to provide a 40% grant for solar installations that have a capacity of 3kW to 10kW. After Gujarat, Maharashtra has the highest number of a rooftop solar installation with 5,513 solar plants.

 

  1. 1.34 Lakh Crore invested in 3 years

Between April 2017 and January 2020, approximately Rs. 1.34 lakh crore was invested in renewable energy projects. Post India setting an ambitious target of achieving 175GW of clean energy by 2022, easing renewable investments has been the major driver towards such huge investments.

 

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