The government intends to cover 50% of the metropolitan area’s electricity consumption with solar energy by the end of the decade, by solarizing all public buildings. But the road will not be easy.
The Delhi government is about to unveil its new territorial solar policy.
The administration has announced in recent days that it has started the consultation process with stakeholders to define the new strategy.
The goal is ambitious: bring solar energy to 50% of demand by the end of the decade. Transforming the metropolitan area into the rooftop photovoltaic capital of India.
For a region where nearly 30 million people live, this is a real challenge, especially given the poor results achieved so far.
This is not the first time, in fact, that the Delhi government has tackled a similar objective. The National Solar Missionhad set a target of 2.7 GW of PV to be installed by 2022.
But despite subsidies and incentives, installations did not exceed 230 MW. Less than a tenth of the target. For this reason, the Government is ready to get started, to define new tools and to make compulsory all public buildings have a photovoltaic roof.
The new target, announced by Delhi Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia, sets 2.5 GW of new solar capacity for the next five years.
This is expected to contribute 10% of Delhi’s annual energy demand. The plan would mean the creation of 40,000 new jobs.
Manish Sisodia, Deputy Minister of Delhi.
The policy consultations allowed the government to gather valuable feedback from stakeholders, which helped managers draft an effective, exemplary and robust new solar policy. By installing solar roofs.
The city government will explore innovative mechanisms to manage peak loads efficiently, which also complements the growth of electric vehicles in the city.
Delhi Energy Minister Satyendra Jain