August 10, 2020

Benchmark charges for photo voltaic rooftop tasks decline 20%

The federal government’s benchmark charges for photo voltaic rooftop tasks have fallen about 20%, the fourth successive yr of decline.

Charges have fallen by 22% for tasks between 1 kW and 10 kW, at present averaging at round Rs 42 per watt. For tasks having a capability over 10 kW, the charges have fallen by 20%.

The ministry of recent and renewable vitality (MNRE) listed charges for tasks having capacities for lower than 1 kW, between 1 and a couple of kW, and between three kW and 10 kW. Earlier, all these capacities got here beneath the identical umbrella. The 2 brackets above 10 kW (10kW to 100 kW and 100 kW to 500 kW) continued to be listed as nicely.

Some areas of the nation come beneath a ‘particular’ class, and entice the next value, because of the lack of an operational community at current. These embrace the northeastern states, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the Lakshadweep Islands. On a median, the prices for the particular states had been Rs four to five per watt dearer than the opposite states.


Nevertheless, the rooftop photo voltaic programme (RTS), an enormous focus of the MNRE, has been lagging behind its goal. Per business sources, the present put in capability of rooftop photo voltaic tasks is lower than three GW. The said goal for 2022 is 40 GW.
Specialists mentioned that the RTS was already going through many implementation challenges, regardless of loads of incentives provided by the federal government. “RTS programme has not picked up even after such CFA (central finance help) schemes and web metering laws. Some regulators are even considering of rolling again net-metering laws or levying extra prices, making it harder for builders,” Debasish Mishra, chief, vitality sources and industrial merchandise at Deloitte India, advised ET.

Mishra foresees additional issues with the programme, as Covid-19 additional compounds the problems. “Covid-19 has severely impacted the demand from business and industrial customers, which brings demand aspect challenges as nicely. Discoms will at all times be reluctant to advertise the RTS programme as they find yourself shedding excessive paying prospects,” he mentioned.