First Solar Policy Approved by Delhi Government [ Current Affairs ]

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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.

Comment

  • 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