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in states where the cost of power is high. Our team customized TERI University’s solar plant to maximize the installed capacity and generation yield keeping in mind their annual load requirement. We are excited to collaborate with TERI University on a longterm relationship. This has paved the way for other educational institutions in India to switch to rooftop solar.”The solar plant will be connected to the grid via a net-metering SOLAR POWER connection wherein any surplus energy generated by the plant will be fed back into the grid. The units fed back will be recorded and the electricity bill will be adjusted as per the net import and export of electricity MR. RAGHAV MITTAL: TERI’s solar plant uses the best combination of the inverters and modules. The 48kWp plant uses SMA sunny tripower inverters which are germanmade, state of the art and highly reliable along with Jinko solar modules which are highly reliable and have a phenomenal track record in various performance parameters . A dedicated 5kWp R&D plant is also a part of the 48kWp plant. The R&D plant will be used to provide practical training to students of the M.Tech in Renewable Energy Management course. We have also installed a display at the university’s reception area which shows the live output of the solar plant along with the day’s yield. One can easily see the amount of irradiation on the rooftop and at what efficiency are the panels converting sunlight into electricity. This can be checked and monitored on a free app on any smartphone. We are planning to work out the same seamless and client friendly interface for residential consumers across India and hope to achieve a breakthrough anytime soon. ENERGETICA INDIA: What are the challenges that solar power leasing companies are currently facing in India w.r.t. growth opportunities? MR. RAGHAV MITTAL: 1. Policy hurdles: Approvals and net metering application processing is still a work in progress in India. Except Delhi, net metering application processing is painfully slow in all other states. Delhi also has come out with the most progressive solar policy across India. There’s no CEIG approval required in Delhi as the responsibility of the granting the approval comes into the picture only when one applies for net metering. Otherwise, there’s minimum /no approval required for <100kWp systems. 2. Lack of Bank Support: Banks in India are yet to warm upto solar as a reliable technology. We have been conducting workshops, training programmes & talks for bankers to educate them on this new healthy industry which is necessary as almost all the bankers do not have the adequate knowledge about Solar and what it entails. Solar Industry in India has the potential to transform itself into an ecosystem than just remain an industry full of cut throat competition. This can be achieved only when the bellwether banks start lending to solar industry. 3. The two face scenario: Policy, as I already mentioned, is a challenge but in India, it’s implementation is an even bigger challenge. Each conducive policy has two faces: on paper and on ground. Ideally both should be the same sides of the same coin but that is not the reality. The state govt. post notifying any policy needs to start monitoring the efficacy and efficiency of the implementation of the notified policy. The success of the policy depends completely on the implementation of the same 35 energetica INDIA · ENE | FEB16


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