Jammu & Kashmir Announces 450 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Power Target

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The Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir has set a target for setting up rooftop solar power capacity by 2022.

The Jammu & Kashmir Department of Science and Technology has announced a target to have 450 megawatts of rooftop solar power capacity under the net-metering system by 2022. The policy announced by the state government allows for eligible consumers to set up rooftop solar power systems in the range of 1 kilowatt to 1,000 kilowatts.

An eligible consumer can own a rooftop solar power system or developers may lease out the solar power systems to rooftop owners. The capacity cap of 1,000 kilowatts is not applicable to buildings owned by government agencies.

Eligible owners will have the facility to bank the surplus power generated from their rooftop solar power systems on a monthly basis. Any surplus power generated by the power systems will be carried over to next month’s bill. At the end of the financial year, the eligible consumers shall be paid for the net surplus electricity generated.

Non-industrial eligible owners will be able to receive subsidies under the rooftop solar incentives programs of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, while industries will be eligible for subsidies under the ‘Green Incentives’ program of Industrial Policy 2016.

The latest policy has increased the capacity cap from 500 kilowatts to 1,000 kilowatts and is inline with the rooftop solar power target assigned by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy for all Indian states.

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