The solar policy of Delhi known as "Delhi Solar Energy Policy, 2016" was launched in 2016 and is valid for five years from 2016 - 2020.
Delhi Solar Highlights
Delhi State Nodal Agency
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre (EE&REM)
Department of Power, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi
Delhi Solar policy's objective is to provide 24 X 7 electricity to all and to reduce electricity cost as much as possible. It ensures transparency throughout solar ecosystem. The government aims to promote net-metering or grid-connected or on-grid solar plants in the city-state by making it mandatory for all government buildings to have solar systems installed. It also sets Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) targets for the DISCOMs. To promote solar energy, government provides Generation Based Incentives (GBI) to all domestic / residential consumers.
Government all aims to create massive employment opportunities in the renewable energy sector.
All consumers in Delhi are eligible for Central Financial Assistance (CFA) or Subsidies and Tax Benefits offered by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.
Delhi Solar Ownership Model
- CAPEX - Self-Owned
- RESCO - Third-Party Owned
Minimum Solar System Capacity
Maximum Solar System Capacity
Equal to Sanctioned Load. For more, SLD charges have to be paid as per DERC
- Annual settlement
- Surplus electricity injected into the grid will be paid at ₹2 per unit
Grid-Connected Solar Plant
- Net-Metering - Individual rooftop solar plants connected to grid through bi-directional meter
- Group Net-Metering - Many buildings of one consumer can take power from a solar system on single building
- Virtual Net-Metering - Collectively Owned Solar System
- Exemption form Electricity Tax and Cess to all consumers
- Exemption from Wheeling, Banking and Transmission Charges
- Exemption from Open Access Charges
- Exemption on Conversion Charges
- Exemption from certification from Electrical Inspector of Delhi Government for solar plants up to 200 kWp
Building Codes for Solar System
- The height of solar structure is not counted to the final height of the building except for areas which come under the regulation of Airports Authority of India (AAI)
- No approvals are required from Municipal Corporations and any Urban Development bodies such as DDA for installing solar system on the roof
- Module Mounting Structure should be a temporary structure
Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited
IPGCL works in collaboration with the state nodal agency (EE&REM) and undertakes following main objectives:
- Analysis solar capacities of government buildings or buildings having capacity of more than 50 kWp under any state or central government scheme.
- It is responsible for floating tenders and performing technical and commercial evaluation of bids.
- Facilitate the signing of Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) between consumer and the bidder.
- Monitor and supervise timely completion of solar projects.
- IPGCL complies with directions issued by Delhi Government and EE&REM.
Solar Plants Above 1 MW Capacity
For Solar plants above 1 MW capacity, it is mandatory to install monitoring equipment for measuring:
- Solar Irradiance
- Wind Speed
- Ambient Air Temperature
- Electricity generated and injected into the electricity system or self-consumed from the solar plant
The above data has to be made available in public domain. Monitoring Report needs to be submitted to EE&REM from time to time.