Delhi Govt Want Solar Panels on the Rooftop of all its Buildings

Despite massive targets set at the national and local levels, as well as incentives offered to individuals, officials claim that the installation of rooftop solar panels and solar energy has failed to inspire people.

May 13, 2022. By News Bureau

The Delhi administration is set to make rooftop solar energy panels mandatory at all government buildings in the city as part of its attempts to double solar power generation by the end of next year.

The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) began the consultation process for the future Delhi Solar Policy on Thursday.

Despite massive targets set at the national and local levels, as well as incentives offered to individuals, officials claim that the installation of rooftop solar panels and solar energy has failed to inspire people.

Delhi now produces only 230MW of solar energy, far short of the 2,700MW objective set by the National Solar Power Mission in June 2015.

According to a senior official, the power department has set a new internal objective of 500MW of solar energy generation by the end of 2023. According to sources, solar panels are expected to generate at least 25% of Delhi's total electricity.

"This is possible only when we cover as many government buildings with renewable energy panels as possible. For this, the new policy could make it mandatory for all departments falling under the Delhi government to have solar power panels," said a senior government official. 

The education, revenue, power, and health departments, municipal corporations, the Delhi Jal Board, and the Public Works Department are among the government entities with the most buildings and open spaces where solar panels can be installed. Solar panels are currently installed in roughly 100 Delhi government schools, according to officials.

The north corporation had previously picked roughly 200 school buildings, which it later raised to 1,000, where solar power-producing panels will be installed.

The energy generated by the panels not only meets the building's electricity needs but also feeds into the grid via a net metering system, allowing the owning agency to profit.
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