Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched Roof Top Solar Programme for individual consumers that assures 30% subsidy on installation of rooftop solar system.
Launching the web portal www.rtodisha.gov.in on Grid connected Roof Top Solar Programme, the CM said, “Odisha is one of the first few States to prepare its Climate Change Action Plan. Harnessing renewable energy and utilising it productively in various spheres of the economy is a focus area of my Government.”
“Grid connected roof top solar systems are best options for adding renewable solar capacity through people’s participation. These decentralised systems also have the ability to strengthen the grid. It will reduce power losses and benefit the public,” he added.
The CM stated, “I hope establishing roof top solar systems through net-metering will be well accepted by the public. The ‘Hand Book’ and the ‘Web Platform’ created by OREDA should be useful in making the Roof Top Solar Programme easily accessible to the common citizens.”
Briefing media later, Odisha Minister for Science & Technology Badri Narayan Patra said, “Hon’ble Chief Minister today inaugurated Grid Connected Roof Top Solar Energy Programme. Also he launched a hand book and web portal.”
“The good thing in it is that the individual consumers can invest money for installation of the solar power system on their house roof top. They can use the solar power and also sell the surplus one to the State Government through net-metering. First it will be introduced in the urban belt. If anyone from the rural belt is interested, the consumer can also reap the benefit,” the Minister informed.
He further informed, “The distribution companies will provide them with grid connectivity. Hence, the consumer’s solar power energy can come to the Grid. OREDA is the State nodal agency. This year we have targeted to produce 8 MW solar energy. For Bhubaneswar solar city 4 MW has been exclusively allotted for this year. Thus, the electric bill of the consumers will reduce as they would use solar energy. The rural consumers who suffer from power cuts will be benefitted most from it.”
As per a press note released on the day, the grid connected roof top programme is primarily meant for consumers of utility power. The consumers can install small solar plants on their rooftops and consume the generated solar power during day time. Excess power if any can be exported to the grid at 220V/440V levels through their service cables.
The exported power is metered on a special type of meter called Net-Meter which is provided by the respective DISCOMS. The positive difference of import from the grid and export to the grid is billed to the consumer. In this manner the consumer can reduce his consumption of utility power by using his own solar power and simultaneously can get a reduced bill on account of export of solar power to the Grid, the press note added.
The press note also stated that the investment on a roof top solar system is about Rs 70,000 per KW. Subsidy to the tune of 30% is available to consumers belonging to residential and institutional segments as well as to registered societies and trusts.