While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday announced the National Solar Mission,the Delhi government is eyeing World Bank help to produce solar energy.
To produce grid-based solar energy,the Delhi government is at present working on a proposal for the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) a consortium of groups like the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.
A flexible scheme was thrashed out at a high-level meeting held last week between representatives of the Delhi government,Delhis power distribution companies (discoms),and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. As part of this scheme,electricity may be generated on rooftops by consumers,with the surplus energy sold back to the grid and the discom.
The scheme will also stress on net production over net consumption.
Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta admitted that sales of solar water heating equipment in the Capital have not taken off as expected,despite the government offering subsidy.
Delhiites,he said,do not need hot water for more than four or five months in a year,so the major emphasis has to be on (producing) solar energy.
To partner it in producing solar energy,he said,the Delhi government will try the CIF at this point since the ministry is funding projects of larger scale.
According to experts,the cost of producing solar energy in Delhi is expected to be huge. As per estimates prepared by discoms,a rooftop unit producing between 5 KV and 10 KV would be priced upwards of Rs 7 lakh.
Mehta said one of the ways consumers can make the model sustainable is by selling the surplus energy. A major concern is to make the process economically sustainable for ourselves and for the consumer, he said. At this point,we have told discoms to formulate their individual action plans. We will send the finalised proposal to the CIF.
Another major concern is that there is no redress system for renewable energy options,such as solar panels or solar water heaters,at present. We have told discoms that they must also bear maintenance and cost of recovery, Mehta said.
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* Scheme chalked out by Delhi government,discoms,and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to generate solar electricity on rooftops
* Consumers can sell surplus energy back to the grid and discom
* Thrust on net production over net consumption