First Solar Policy Approved by Delhi Government [ Current Affairs ]
The first Solar Policy has been launched by Delhi government with the goal of making the Capital an environment-friendly solar city and it was permitted by Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as it is part of one of Government’s 70-point agendas.
- The Government of Delhi has organized this policy in consultation with the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) after general consultations with local and global experts.
Key features of Policy
- The recommendation of installing 1 GW (1, 000 Mega Watts) solar power capacity in Delhi by 2020, which is proposed to be doubled to 2 GW by 2025. Outlines a combination of regulations, mandates, incentives, and tax breaks for the growth of rooftop solar power in the Capital.
- To provide all models of ownership and preservation of solar plants, counting third-party-owned, self-owned models.
- Compulsory solar panels on the government or public institutions.
- Allows group based reason for 3 years and alteration of the building bylaws for rooftop solar installations.
- Permits concept of virtual net metering to allow access to the solar net metering facility to the customers who have a right roof for fixing a solar system.
- It also permits group net metering to motivate solar plants on rooftops of constructions that cannot consume all of the energy generated locally.
- The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre (EE&REM) of Power department is nodal agency of this policy that is responsible for effective implementation of this policy.
- The main aim of policy is to lower state’s spending on energy along with clean and green energy.
- It also aims to support its energy security and decreases its reliance on untenable fossil fuels.
- It also aims to decrease the weight on the present distribution and transmission system to lower spending on their maintenance.
- Published on: June 7, 2016