The government of Haryana, a state in north India, has announced all buildings occupying 418 square metres or more must install rooftop solar power systems by September 2015.
A policy published in September states all qualifying residential buildings must install 1kW or 5% of connected load; whichever is greater. Connected load is the sum of ratings of all electrical equipment connected at a supply point; regardless of whether the equipment is being used or not.
Privately owned educational institutions will be required to install a minimum 5kW peak of solar, or 5% of connected load. Government buildings and government run educational institutions with a connected load of 30kW or more must install 2kW peak or 5% of connected load.
Hospitals, nursing homes, factories, businesses, accommodation facilities and tourism complexes with 50 kW to 1000 kW connected load will be required to install a minimum 10kW solar power system or 5% of connected load. These establishments with above 1000 kW connected load will need to install a minimum 50kW system, or 3% of connected load – whichever is higher.
Solar companies in Haryana are about to get very busy, very quickly. To add to the sense of urgency for those affected, a government subsidy of 30% now available appears to have limited funds; so it will be a case of first in, best dressed.
Those who don’t install solar power systems in time face fines.
India’s solar industry looks set for a massive year generally. Reuters recently reported Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ramped up solar energy targets; which would see India’s solar energy capacity increase by 33 times to 100,000 megawatts MW in 7 years. The Prime Minister is looking to companies from China, Japan, Germany and the United States to lead investments of USD $100 billion for this solar revolution.
Among the US companies with a solid presence in India is SunEdison. In October, SunEdison announced it had signed an official Memorandum of Understanding with the Rajasthan government to build 5GW of mega-scale grid-connected solar plants in the state. In November, SunEdison was awarded 5 solar PV projects in India totaling 150 megawatts capacity.
Other big projects in India include a 750 MW solar park planned for Banaskantha in Gujarat and a USD $158 million initiative to subsidise state-run companies to build 1 GW of grid-connected solar PV projects around the nation over the next three years.
Editor’s note: Energy Matters is a SunEdison company.