Gujarat tops the list of states to have installed rooftop solar projects with an installed capacity of 261.97 megawatts, informed R K Singh, Minister of State (MoS) for New and Renewable Energy and Power Tuesday.
In response to a question raised by Member of Parliament Parimal Nathwani, Singh pointed out, at present, total rooftop solar installations within the country stands at 1,700.54 MW. While Gujarat tops the chart, it is closely followed by the states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with 198.52 MW and 151.62 MW capacities respectively.
He further pointed out the government has set a target of installing 40,000 MW of rooftop solar projects by the year 2022 in the country, which also includes installation of RTS on the rooftop of houses.
Nathwani intended to learn about the target fixed by the government for generating power through solar panels on rooftops of houses alongside the funds allocated to achieve the given target and quantum of power generated through RTS.
MoS said that out of the total 261.97 MW installation in Gujarat, 183.51 MW were subsidised installations while 78.45 MW were non-subsidised.
No formal study has been conducted to ascertain the quantum of power generated through solar panels installed on rooftops of the houses. However, on average, it is estimated that 1.5 million units per MW per year are generated from solar rooftop plants, Singh asserted.