In India, the rooftop solar sector is beginning to show some
growth. Within the past two years, cumulative rooftop solar installations have
reached 605 MW, according to
Mercom’s Solar India Quarterly Update.
Activity is ramping up with the Solar Energy Corporation of
India (SECI) tendering
a total of 1.5 GW of rooftop solar in calendar year 2016.
State incentives from Haryana,
Pradesh etc., have also provided a push for rooftop solar installations. In
2016, 275 MW of rooftop solar was commissioned which was more than the capacity
commissioned in any other year.
Tata Power has 20 percent of the market share and is by far
the largest rooftop installer in a small market. Rooftop solar installations are lagging
far behind large-scale project development and government agencies are ramping
up auction activity to close the gap.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has also recently
proposed an incentive
program for distribution companies (DISCOMs) to spur the sector under which
they can avail benefit of up to Rs.3.75 million (~$55,000)/MW for rooftop solar.
According to Mercom’s India
Solar Project Tracker, the SECI alone tendered 1,500 MW
of rooftop solar in 2016.