Double policy boon for India's rooftop solar – PV-Tech

India's model building bye-laws and the ECBC will both complement the economic benefit driver of rooftop solar. Credit: The Climate Group

India's mannequin constructing bye-legal guidelines and the ECBC will each complement the financial profit driver of rooftop solar. Credit score: The Local weather Group

India has put ahead two separate insurance policies that each promote and mandate rooftop solar for sure buildings.

Within the first case, the central authorities has launched 'mannequin constructing bye-legal guidelines' that mandate rooftop PV installations for each outdated and new buildings exceeding a particular dimension and energy consumption threshold.

Jasmeet Khurana, affiliate director, consulting at consultancy agency Bridge to India, instructed PV Tech: “It's simpler to implement these bye-legal guidelines on new buildings because the completion certificates may be withheld if rooftop solar just isn't put in.”

States equivalent to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Chhattisgarh and Union Territory of Chandigarh have already adopted these bye-legal guidelines and extra states are anticipated to undertake the brand new pointers over time.


Yesterday, Indian power minister Piyush Goyal additionally launched the up to date Power Conservation Constructing Code 2017 (ECBC 2017),  which steers builders, designers and designers to combine renewable power sources into industrial constructing design.

The ECBC emphasizes the usage of ‘passive design methods’, equivalent to utilizing pure air flow and solar power for constructing power wants.

It additionally prescribes power efficiency requirements for new industrial buildings being constructed throughout India. To adjust to the code, buildings should show minimal power financial savings of 25%. Larger power financial savings of 35-50% would enable buildings to additionally obtain ECBC Plus or Tremendous ECBC standing.

Energy secretary Pradeep Kumar Pujari, mentioned: “The brand new code displays present and futuristic developments in constructing know-how, market modifications, and power demand situation of the nation, setting the benchmark for Indian buildings to be amongst among the most effective globally.”

The federal government expects the brand new Code to lead to a 50% discount in power use by 2030 in such buildings – or a peak demand discount of over 15GW in a single yr and INR350 billion (US$5.four billion) in value financial savings.

ECBC 2017 was developed by Bureau of Power Effectivity (BEE) with technical help from United States Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) underneath the US-India bilateral Partnership to Advance Clear Power – Deployment Technical Help (PACE-D TA) Program.

Market overview

Khurana mentioned: “Our view is that financial advantage of rooftop solar will proceed to be the first driver for the market and constructing bye-legal guidelines and ECBC will complement the adoption.”

Bridge to India expects rooftop installations to achieve 15GW by 2022, considerably larger than forecasts in January by CRISIL Analysis of 12GW.

Credit: Bridge to India

Credit score: Bridge to India

At Intersolar Europe in Munich final month, Vinay Rustagi, managing director, Bridge to India, mentioned India’s put in rooftop capability had reached ,247MW, with 100% CAGR in three years. Bridge to India additionally paints a promising image of C&I solar, claiming that its worth competitiveness had turn out to be “a no-brainer”.

Nonetheless, the general rooftop market is very fragmented and elevating capital stays a problem, with banks nonetheless sluggish to gear as much as the sector.

The Business and Industrial sector has pushed India's rooftop programme after reaching grid parity in a lot of states final yr. Delegates at Solar Media's International Solar Finance and Funding: Rising PV Markets' occasion this week instructed PV Tech that C&I is the most effective phase in India proper now for producing sturdy returns on a PV undertaking. Nonetheless, additionally they raised concern that a lot of the highest high quality offtakers could possibly be taken up inside three years. This was as a result of they have been already seeing a pattern of such offtakers contracting third-events to companion on solar initially after which shifting to a CAPEX mannequin for subsequent tasks to attain better returns.

Piyush Goyal not too long ago challenged Munich to a race with Varanasi to turn out to be the world's first totally clear power-powered metropolis.

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