Gurugram sees 60 per cent annual growth in solar rooftop capacity

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Posted: Jun 06, 2019

The Haryana Department of Renewable Energy (HAREDA) on Wednesday informed that the solar rooftop capacity of Gurugram has risen by 60 per cent in a year. It said that the capacity was increased from 25 MW to 40 MW till March 2019.

The data was shared by HAREDA at a solar meeting “Debunking myths: solar rooftop for the resident sector” which happened in city on Wednesday.   

However, as informed by environment think-tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), despite the significant growth, the current capacity is only 2 per cent of the city's peak load. 

In the meeting, the researchers from CSE spoke about opting for solar rooftops instead of DG sets at the societies. They argued that the move will help in checking the air pollution in the city. 

They advocated the use of solar rooftops by suggesting the deputy commisioner's office to create a nodal office to effectively track the performance of the agencies and also address the consumer grievances of against them. The researchers were also in favour of promoting solar rooftops to meet an aggressive target for the city — 250 MW by 2024. 

CSE’s Priyavrat Bhati talking to TOI said, “Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) should make an association with developers to create a RESCO model wherein the consumer only pays for electricity generated.”

Experts also discussed the state government's solar policy which was announced in 2016. Under that, there is a target of 4,000 MW power generation in next five years. The target for electricity generation through solar rooftops is 1,600 MW.

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