A policy to facilitate 10 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic power plants in India may soon see the light of the day if plans of the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) go right. B Venkateswara Rao, General Manager (Technical) of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) informed about the development during Solarcon 2012, a conference-cum-exhibition event of the solar industry in Bangalore.
The details of the policy are being finalised by MNRE and as Rao said, it would be a ‘rent-a-roof’ project, where the owner of a roof may rent it out to a project developer who will put up the solar power plant and sell the electricity to the grid.
Rao said the cities where such rooftop plants would come up are yet to be decided, but the projects would come up in places that had zero grid stability issues.
Gujarat was pioneer in implementing the first rent-a-roof model rooftop programme, which awarded 2.5 MW each to two developers SunEdison and Azure Power. Under the state’s programme, the developers would sell the power to the Gujarat distribution utility at fixed tariffs.
As the state-owned electricity distribution companies are financially weak, new large MW-scale projects in India are scarce. The country on date has 1,030 MW of solar power plants, around 680 MW is under Gujarat government’s feed-in tariff-based programme.