MNRE to come up with policy for rooftop solar plants

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will soon announce a policy to facilitate the setting up of 10 MW solar photovoltaic power plants on rooftops of buildings, it is reported.

According to the report, this was disclosed by B. Venkateswara Rao, general manager (technical), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency. Rao was speaking at Solarcon 2012, a conference-cum-exhibition event of the solar industry.

The details of the policy are being given final shape by the Ministry. But Rao said that it would be a ‘rent-a-roof’ kind of project, where an owner of a roof may rent it out to a project developer. The developer would put up the solar power plant and sell the electricity to the grid. Rao said it had not yet been decided as to in which cities the rooftop plants would come up, but he stressed the projects would come up in places that had no grid stability issues.

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