Delhi government releases its draft Solar Policy 2022

The Delhi government has approved the draft of its ambitious Solar Policy 2022 that aims to increase the installed capacity to 6,000 MW by 2025. This would further help in increasing the share of solar energy in the annual electricity demand from 9 per cent to 25 per cent in three years. 

In its 2016 solar policy, the government established a target of 2,000 MW of installed solar capacity by 2025. The policy aims to establish a unified single-window state portal managed by the Delhi Solar Cell that will provide information on the benefits of solar PV systems, as well as process-related guidelines and a timeline. The government will also provide various incentives, such as generation-based incentives (GBI) and capital subsidies to encourage consumers to deploy solar energy. Consumers will be able to participate in community solar and peer-to-peer trading facilities.

The draft policy calls for monthly GBI for residential, group housing societies, and resident welfare associations, as well as commercial and industrial consumers, for five years from the date of solar power commissioning. The GBI for residential solar systems up to 3 kW will be Rs 3/kWh, Rs 2/kWh for residential solar systems above 3 kW and up to 10kW, and Rs 2/kWh for CGHS and RWAs with solar systems up to 500 kW (at 10kW per house).

The policy will offer capital subsidies to both residential and commercial consumers in Delhi. The draft Delhi Solar Policy 2022 will now be available for public comment for 30 days before being tabled in the Cabinet for final approval.