Srinagar, Jun 20: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and US-based CADMUS group launched the Indian Solar Market Aggregation for Rooftops (I-SMART) program in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. Supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, this demand aggregation program is a part of Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership and aims to accelerate the rooftop solar market in India. So far, India has achieved only 3.85 GW out of its 40 GW rooftop solar target by 2022.
The meeting conducted Civil Secretariat, Srinagar, was chaired by Sheikh Fayaz Ahmed, Secretary, Science & Technology Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was attended by Shirish Garud, Senior Fellow, TERI; Anand Upadhyay, Fellow, TERI; Arpo Mukherjee, Associate Fellow, TERI; Khalid Mehmud, Executive Engineer, JAKEDA (Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency); Kacho Ahmed Khan, Project Director/CEO, KREDA (Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency).
The promotion of rooftop solar would create new jobs, thereby contributing to economic, social and environmental development. Apart from Jammu and Kashmir, I-SMART is being implemented in the states of Gujarat, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh, along with the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The objective of the programme is to aggregate demand of 1,000 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar capacity in these locations.
Garud, Senior Fellow, TERI shared that, TERI’s experience in working throughout the value chain of rooftop solar systems combined with that of Cadmus’ successful Solarize campaigns in the US would help scale up the rooftop solar market in the targeted states. The I-SMART team will work towards a goal to remove barriers for the growth of the solar market, and to increase the pace as well as ease of solar adoption among the residential, government, and commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors.
Ahmed expressed his full support towards this demand aggregation initiative. He said, “JAKEDA will support TERI in promoting rooftop solar PV and PV port under the I-SMART programme.” He added that the Ladakh and Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir is going to set up 7,500 MW of ‘ultra-mega’ solar power plants soon.
I-SMART team will also target consumers from residential and commercial sectors through a series of public awareness activities. Under this programme a team of volunteers, called Solar Friends, would be trained to carry out door-to-door outreach activities.
Anyone interested in setting up a rooftop solar PV power plant can visit the single-window web portal of I-SMART http://ismartsolar.in/ and submit an online request for rooftop solar installation. This platform eases the process of installation by connecting solar developers with consumers.
TERI has a successful track of implementing consumer demand aggregation for rooftop solar among more than 6,000 individual households in Surat, Gujarat and more than 100 RWAs in Dwarka, New Delhi achieving a cumulative implementation of over 70 MW rooftop solar capacity.