National Consultation on Delhi Solar Policy
DDC Delhi, in collaboration with RMI India, co-hosted the ‘National Consultation on Delhi Solar Policy’ on 12th May, 2022 to frame Delhi’s new solar policy.
The consultation was organised at the India International Centre, New Delhi with the aim to align relevant stakeholders in the solar energy ecosystem on a shared vision for Delhi’s solar targets and to establish a clear set of actionable next steps to make Delhi the national and global leader in rooftop solar adoption.
Delhi Government had presented a unique Rozgar Budget 2022-23 wherein a new solar policy has been envisaged with an objective of increasing the installed capacity of rooftop solar plants so that it can fulfil 10% of Delhi’s annual energy demand. The plan will also contribute to the creation of 40,000 new green jobs in this sector.
Agenda For National Consulation On Delhi Solar Policy
The consultation was attended by a host of stakeholders like government agencies, power DISCOMs, solar developers like SunEdison and Fourth Partner Energy, think tanks, consumer associations, financiers, RWAs like URJA, shopping malls like Sun City and Pacific, representatives from public and private schools and colleges etc.
The inaugural session include addresses from many dignitaries of the Delhi Government like Shri. Satyendar Jain, Hon’ble Minister of Power, Delhi Government, Sh. Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi, Sh. Gopal Mohan, Member, DDC Delhi and senior government officials of the Delhi Power Department such as the Additional Chief Secretary, Sh Satya Gopal also participated in the event
National and international case studies in solar rooftop adoption were presented by organisations like RMI India, Ikelay, CEEW, Ernst & Young etc.
After the inaugural session, the attendees were divided into three stakeholder groups: residential, commercial & industrial and institutional stakeholders.
The initial discussions focussed towards identifying the key challenges and barriers that impede solar deployment in Delhi, followed by deliberations upon potential solutions like RTS installation mandates, streamlining of net metering processes, BTM storage, improving access to finance, fiscal incentives, promoting innovative business models, supporting the growth of virtual net metering (VNM) and Group net metering (GNM), etc. The stakeholders also outlined necessary implementation actions and milestones for solarising Delhi.