Gujarat tops in solar rooftop installations

  1. According to the government data,Gujarat has emerged as the state with the most rooftop solar panels installed.
  2. Gujarat has installed rooftop solar power capacity of 261 MW against 1,700 MW for all of India.Gujarat is followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in terms of installed rooftop capacity.
  3. The government has also provided financial assistance and incentives under the Grid Connected Rooftop Solar programme.
  4. The Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Programme aims to achieve a cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW from rooftop solar projects by 2022. The program encourages installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic power generation plant for self-consumption as well as supply/sale of electricity to the grid.
  5. The programme will have substantial environmental impact in terms of savings of CO2 emission.
  6. The programme will also have direct employment potential.Besides increasing self-employment it is likely to generate employment opportunity equivalent to 9.39 lakh job years for skilled and unskilled workers.
  7. The Indian government has set a growth target of installation of 175 GW aggregate capacity of renewable energy by 2022.Out of total 175 GW, target of 100 GW has been set for Solar Power.