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Partnership to Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption

Partnership to Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption
05th May, 2022

Key Highlights

  • DDC Delhi partners with RMI India to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy solutions in Delhi.
     
  • DDC Delhi and RMI India to hold a National Consultation on Delhi’s new Solar Policy in collaboration with the Power Department on May 12th, 2022.
     
  • RMI India will provide support to the Delhi Government in developing a new solar policy with the goal of making Delhi the leading state in terms of rooftop solar (RTS) adoption.

DDC Delhi has partnered with RMI India to develop the framework to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy solutions in Delhi, especially solar energy. The partnership was signed on May 5th, 2020 between DDC Delhi and RMI India in the presence of DDC Delhi Vice Chairperson Sh. Jasmine Shah and Managing Director of RMI India, Ms. Akshima Ghate.

The collaboration aims to promote rooftop solar (RTS) technology in Delhi through experience and knowledge sharing, multiple stakeholder convenings, technical knowledge sharing, and research. Both organisations will also be hosting a National Consultation on Delhi’s new Solar Policy in collaboration with the Power Department at the India International Centre (IIC) on May 12th, 2022.

The Delhi Government had notified the Delhi Solar Policy 2016 to promote the adoption of rooftop solar units in residential as well as commercial buildings in Delhi, which kickstarted the adoption of solar energy in Delhi on a mass scale. The policy outlined a combination of regulations, mandates, incentives, and tax breaks for the growth of rooftop solar power in the capital. The Delhi Solar Policy 2016 strongly advocated performance-based incentives for domestic households to come forward for the installation of solar panels.

The policy has successfully deepened the penetration of solar energy in Delhi with a total of 1189 MW of solar power installations commissioned to date, of which 230 MW is through rooftop solar installations. Since 2019, the share of renewable energy in the total power supply has also doubled. It was subsequently announced in Rozgar Budget 2022 that the Delhi Government will come up with a new solar policy that will position Delhi as a national and global leader in rooftop solar generation while simultaneously generating 40,000 green jobs.

 

Under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Government has laid out an ambitious plan of creating 20 lakh jobs in 5 years through its Rozgar Budget. The Rozgar Budget lays a special emphasis on generating green jobs, including 40,000 new jobs in the next 5 years in solar renewable energy. The Rozgar Budget announced the Delhi Government’s intention to bring out a new Solar Policy for Delhi in 2022. This collaboration will go a long way in tapping into global best practices and ensure Delhi emerges as the national and global leader in terms of rooftop solar adoption. DDC Delhi and RMI India, in collaboration with the Power Department, will organise a National Consultation on Delhi’s new Solar Policy on May 12, 2022, inviting key stakeholders to share their experiences and inputs for Delhi’s solar policy. The consultations are expected to help the Delhi Government identify barriers and challenges to the deployment of solar rooftops in commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. These consultations will provide an opportunity to ideate potential solutions to these challenges and obtain specific inputs on the steps that need to be taken to ensure effective implementation.

Sh. Jasmine Shah
Sh. Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi

The Government of NCT of Delhi’s commitment to promoting clean energy is commendable. RMI India looks forward to working with DDC Delhi and the Delhi Government in creating a targeted, implementable, and evidence-informed solar policy aimed at accelerating renewable energy adoption in Delhi.

Ms. Akshima Ghate
Ms. Akshima Ghate, Managing Director, RMI India
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