With an objective to streamline the installation of rooftop solar for both domestic as well as business consumers in India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with Cadmus Group has announced that it has launched a program called ‘Indian Solar Market Aggregation for Rooftops’ (I-SMART).
Cadmus Group is the United States based technical and strategic consultancy services provider for wide areas such as energy, water, transportation to safety, security, and resilience.
The purpose behind this demand aggregation program is to speed up the demand for rooftop solar systems of 1 GW capacity across 4 states and 2 Union Territories.
Also, it is estimated that this Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH backed initiative will help in attaining country’s ambitious target of 40 GW by 2022 as about 3.85 GW of rooftop solar has been accomplished yet.
Further, this I-SMART program is a part of the Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership. For more than 60 years GIZ has been working in association with Indian partners for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development.
Remarking on the program launch, GIZ, Advisor, Abhinav Jain said, “GIZ is implementing the Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).”
He further added that, “GIZ is now supporting demand aggregation for rooftop solar systems with an objective to double the installed capacity and number of projects in select states.”
Furthermore, this MNRE and GIZ-backed program will be executed in four states i.e. – Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir along with two Union Territories – Daman and Diu; and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Speaking on the development, TERI, Senior Director of Renewable Energy Technologies Division, Dr. Ashvini Kumar said, TERI’s experience in working throughout the value chain of rooftop solar systems combined with that of Cadmus’ successful Solarize campaigns in the US would help scale up the rooftop solar market in the targeted states.
In order to make this program efficacious, TERI has planned to work on the grass root level through launching digital/social campaigns.
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