3-GW solar planned for Tamil Nadu with distributed twist

October 25, 2012

While other Indian states have been criticized for failing in their renewable energy targets, the government of Tamil Nadu has committed to generate 3-GW of solar power by 2015 under its newly launched Solar Energy Policy 2012.

The state is mandating another solar purchase obligation requiring residential, industrial and commercial buildings to source a minimum of 6 percent of their power from solar by January 2014. In theory unlike federal obligations, this bypasses the failing electricity distribution companies by putting the onus on consumers to buy solar.

According to reports from PV Tech, these solar purchase obligations will be supported by domestic and commercial incentives.

“A generation-based incentive of Rs. 2 (USD0.04) per unit for first two years, Rs. 1 per unit for the next two years and Rs. 0.5 per unit for the subsequent two years will be provided for all solar or solar-wind hybrid rooftops being installed before March 31, 2014. A capacity target of 50MW has been set up under this scheme,”