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.

Agenda for National Consulation on Delhi Solar Policy

Key Highlights

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.

“The policy consultations organised regularly by Delhi Government have enabled us to gather a lot of valuable feedback from the stakeholders for formulating a new, effective, exemplary and robust solar policy of Delhi. Many buildings in Delhi are old and require reconstruction – thus there is a need for re-installing/ transferring the solar panels once the new building is made. Delhi Government will explore the empanelment of credible RTS developers to provide continuous maintenance and the promotion of RESCO model to ensure proper functioning of the solar panels. Providing generation based incentives is better than capital incentives and the government should only adopt the RESCO model while we can figure out additional demand aggregation strategies for private installers. We need to figure out a way that the charging of EVs does not put too much pressure on the peak load of the grid. We can explore swappable batteries that can charge the grid during peak hours and be charged during the low-demand hours. There needs to be more awareness that installing rooftop solar will not ruin your terrace space as you can explore putting the elevated solar panels (at a height of 8-9 feet). That space can then be used for recreational activities as well. One can also explore installing solar panels on lands in the outskirts of Delhi to generate power and income.”
– Sh. Satyendar Jain, Delhi Power Minister

“Sustainability is a key and constant aspect of Hon’ble CM Sh. Arvind Kejriwal’s vision for the future of  Delhi. Delhi has emerged as an environmental leader, by becoming the only state to shut down all its thermal power stations, transitioning its entire industry to clean fuels (PNG), becoming the undisputed national leader for EV adoption etc. We aim to draft a benchmark Delhi Solar Policy Delhi that is all-inclusive and sets an example for others to follow so that Delhi emerges as a sustainable, modern and global city. By putting collaborative problem solving at the heart of Delhi’s model of governance, Hon’ble CM Sh. Arvind Kejriwal’s vision has changed the nature of policy making. The success of Delhi’s progressive Electric Vehicle Policy is an example of how various barriers can be addressed through regular consultation with all stakeholders and incorporating their feedback throughout the various stages of policy design, implementation and course correction. DDC Delhi and Power Department had collaborated to develop the landmark Delhi Solar Policy 2016 after consultations with various national and international experts. It was the first time that any state policy gave space to progressive concepts like VNM and GNM in its policy. The new solar policy will take this movement forward so that Delhi can become the solar capital of India and hopefully, become a global case study for how cities can lead the rooftop solar movement.”
– Sh. Jasmine Shah, Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi

“The Delhi Solar Policy 2016 was formulated with the target of achieving 1995 MW rooftop solar installation by 2025. Installation of solar panels on rooftops of government buildings having area of 500 sq. m or more was made mandatory. The scheme provided for group and virtual net metering, with the intention of extending benefits of solar power to even those sections of people who were unable to install solar panels. Generation-based incentives were also provided for INR 2 per unit of solar generation for minimum 1100 units per KW per year to domestic and residential consumers. The solar power contribution which was less than 0.3% (79 MW) in 2016 has increased substantially to 7% (1189 MW) in 2022 and it is likely to increase to 11% (2540 MW) in the next two years. The share of renewable power has increased from less than 0.3% (95 MW) in 2016 to 15% (1582 MW) in 2022 and it is likely to increase to 22% (3623 MW) in the next two years. With the new policy, we should aim to install solar panels on the rooftops of all government buildings and encourage all individual house-owners, cooperative and group housing societies, owners of industrial and commercial units etc. to install solar panels on their rooftops and increase the contribution of solar power to more than 50% of Delhi’s energy basket by 2030. The Power department is also formulating a vision document for inclusion in the Master Plan Of Delhi 2041, which focuses on a mass shift to renewable energy and discusses strategies to significantly increase the share of renewable energy, particularly through adoption of solar power in Delhi. The vision document would emphasise on sourcing at least 80% of the new power tie-ups through renewables by providing solar panels on agricultural farms, canals, government buildings, residential houses, highways, public utilities etc.”
Sh. Satya Gopal, Additional Chief Secretary, Power Department

Unleashing the true potential of solar energy requires scaling up of India’s rooftop solar capacity significantly. Promoting rooftop solar is the first step in transforming consumers into producers of electricity and making them an active part of energy economy. This convening attests to Delhi Government’s willingness and ability to listen to and incorporate feedbacks from different stakeholder groups towards enhancing the city’s leadership in solar deployment and clean energy transition. With the increasing numbers of Electric Vehicles (EVs), we can witness for ourselves the success of Delhi’s progressive policies on the roads of Delhi. Our ambition is to see successes on the roofs of Delhi as well. DISCOMs have a huge opportunity to potentially lower their average power purchase costs which is rising by the day, REC costs, transmission and distribution losses etc. and adoption of rooftop solar also helps them avoid investments in generation capacity, transmission charges and distribution costs. For the governments, it means the creation of local green jobs, increased security and reliability of power and actionable climate commitments. The opportunity that rooftop solar provides as distributed renewable source is not only beneficial to the decarbonization efforts of the power sector but it also lends us the huge opportunity of decarbonising many other sectors of the economy. For the consumers, it helps in reducing their reliance on grid electricity consumption, reduce their electricity costs by opting for lower tariff plans and gives them an opportunity to create additional income.”
Akshima Tejas Ghate, Managing Director, RMI India

Background

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.