The solar policy announced by the Aam Aadmi Party government aims to make Delhi a solar city through generation of 1,000 MW of power by 2020 and by taking it to 2,000 MW by 2025. Making Delhi a solar city was one of Aam Aadmi Party’s 70-point agenda once it came to power in the national capital. Terming the policy “very progressive”, the government had said that it would help in providing clean and green energy. The government said building by-laws were amended for rooftop solar installations up to the height of 2 metres.
As per the policy, no approval will be required from municipal corporations or other urban development bodies like the DDA for installing solar plants including additional systems for monitoring the performance of solar plants in existing or new buildings.The policy has outlined a combination of regulations, mandates, incentives and tax breaks for the growth of rooftop solar power in the city. The policy has mandated deployment of solar plants on all government-owned rooftops in the next five years. It also requires private power distribution companies to meet at least 75 per cent of their solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) within Delhi.
The key highlights of the solar policy include mandatory deployment of solar panels on the government or public institutions, concept of virtual net metering (to give access to the solar net metering facility to the consumers who do not have a suitable roof for installing a solar system), group net metering (to encourage solar plants on rooftops of buildings that cannot consume all of the energy generated locally), generation based incentive for three years and amendment of the building bylaws for rooftop solar installations. The policy supports all models of ownership and maintenance of solar plants, including self-owned third-party-owned models. The policy also entails tax breaks, benefits and subsidies. Solar systems up to 200 KW will be exempted from certification by an electrical inspector.