NEW DELHI, June 6: Giving a major push to clean energy, the
AAP government today came out with an ambitious policy announcing incentives
and tax breaks to promote solar power and making it mandatory for government
and public institutions to install rooftop solar panels.
The solar policy, finalised at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal, aims to make Delhi a "solar city" through generation
of 1,000 megawatt of power by 2020 and taking it further to 2,000 MW by 2025.
The government said building bylaws were amended for rooftop solar
installations up to the height of two metres.
The height of the structure carrying solar panels will not be counted towards
total height of the building as permitted by building bylaws, except near
airports where building regulations issued by the Airport Authority of India
take precedence, said a government official.
He said no approval will be required from municipal corporation or other urban
development bodies concerned like DDA for putting up solar plants including any
additional system for monitoring the performance of solar plant in existing or
The support structure on which rooftop solar panels are installed will be
treated as a temporary structure built in accordance with local building codes.
"Making Delhi a solar city is one of our 70-point agenda.
This policy which is very progressive will help in providing clean and green
energy," said Kejriwal.
He further said rooftop solar systems offer sustainable energy, environmental
benefits, low gestation period and minimum transmission and distribution
The policy outlined a combination of regulations, mandates, incentives, and tax
breaks for the growth of rooftop solar power in the capital.
The policy mandated deployment of solar plants on all government-owned rooftops
in the next five years. It requires private power distribution companies to
meet at least 75 per cent of their solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO)
Government said it was taking up with MCDs and New Delhi Municipal Council for
exempting electricity tax, which is currently 5 per cent, on solar power.
Government is in consultation with Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission to
provide exemption on various other charges. It may exempt wheeling, banking and
transmission charges for solar energy within Delhi.
policy also exempts certification by electrical inspector to solar system up to
200 KWp and self certification will be accepted.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre (EE&REM) of Power
department will be nodal agency responsible for effective implementation of
this policy in consultation with the state government, eligible consumers, the
central government, other states and different stakeholders.
To encourage solar plants on rooftops of buildings that cannot consume all of
the energy generated locally, discoms will facilitate group net metering
whereby surplus energy exported to the grid can be adjusted in any other
electricity service connection of the consumer.
This provision will maximize utilisation of rooftop space for solar energy
generation for consumers with multiple buildings and service connections.
Also, to give access to the solar net metering facility for consumers who do
not have a suitable roof for installing a solar system, such as residential
consumers who live in apartments, consumers with shaded rooftops, there will be
facility of virtual net metering.
In virtual net metering, consumers can be beneficial owners of a part of a
collectively owned solar system whose energy will be fed into the grid through
an energy meter and credited in the electricity bill of each participating
The policy approves a non-capital subsidy model for implementation of the
targets outlined by it.
It provides for performance based incentives or Generation Based Incentive
(GBI) of Rs 2 per unit for domestic households coming forward for installation
of solar panels on first come first served basis. It will be applicable to
solar plants which generate more than 1100 units per KW per annum.
Delhi government will facilitate capital subsidy, 30 per cent at present,
provided by Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, to the domestic
consumers for which the exercise of empanelment of vendors is already under
The government plans to conduct awareness campaigns in Delhi and facilitate
technical training for aspiring solar industry professionals to spur growth of