BSES Consumers Generated 106 MWp Solar Power From 3140 Rooftop Systems

BSES Discoms in the National Capital have energised 3140 rooftop solar installations with a connected solar power load of 106 MWp.

BSES Discoms in the National Capital have energised 3140 rooftop solar installations with a connected solar load of 106 MWp. In the next financial year (FY 21-22), the two Discoms in BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) are aiming to energise over 1000 rooftop solar connections. 

BSES claims that its two Discoms have been aggressively promoting rooftop solar in South, West, East and Central Delhi. And that the rooftop solar net metering has been very incredibly encouraging in the BSES area. Consumers across categories, including residential, educational (and schools) and commercial establishments have warmed up to rooftop solar net metering in ‘big way, it stated.

According to the data provided by BSES, the highest number of rooftop solar net metering connections are in the domestic segment (1805), followed by educational institutions (655), commercial establishments (554), industrial (35) and others (91). 

Based on energised solar load, the biggest category is educational (43 MWp), followed by commercial (28 MWp), residential (23 MWp), industrial (3 MWp) and others (3 MWp).

“Infact, roof-top solar is a big-hit among CGHS segment, where around 90 societies and apartment complexes have opted for roof-top solar with a sanctioned load of over 5 MWp,” the firm stated.

According to a BSES Spokesperson, “In a bid to realise its full potential, BSES is leading the efforts for accelerated adoption of rooftop solar in the national capital. Our Solar City initiative is promising to be a game-changer. Besides promoting the adoption of solar, the initiative is a win-win proposition for both the consumers and the discom alike. The solar outreach program is also educating consumers about the benefits of solar energy while ensuring strict quality compliance of the systems being installed. It is also facilitating various finance options available to the consumers.”

Further, the Discom also detailed that annual savings accruing to the consumers, savings are over Rs 68 crore annually. By opting for rooftop solar, consumers in the commercial category are estimated to save around Rs 25.8 crore annually, followed by educational institutions (Rs 23.73 crore) and residential consumers (Rs 9.8 crore).

According to Delhi Solar Policy, Delhi is blessed with 300 days sunny days and around 31 square kilometers of rooftop space available for solar panels. This gives Delhi a solar energy generation of around 2500 MWp. As per estimates, while exploitable solar potential in South and West Delhi is around 800 MWp, it is around 200 MWp in East and Central Delhi.

When the Delhi government announced its first-ever solar policy in 2015, the target was 1000 MW by 2020, and 2000 MW by 2025. And while BSES celebrates its 106 MWp capacity in 2021, the state is nowhere close to, or even on the path to, those ambitious numbers.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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