India is planning to add 3,000 MW of grid connected solar power projects in the next phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), according to Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
“The Government also has plans to set up four solar thermal power projects through the Solar Energy Corporation of India,” Kapoor said in a statement. He added that the government will also look after 6,000 MW projects through solar-specific renewable purchase obligation (RPO) scheme, while the renewable energy certificate (REC) scheme is likely to be promoted from next year.
“With India’s electricity shortage estimated to be 25-35 GW, the Ministry’s emphasis will be equally on the grid connected as well as the off grid applications,” Kapoor has said. “It is important to have an effective and robust rooftop policy with enough incentives to boost rooftop solar energy implementation in India, similar to Germany,” he added. He was speaking at ‘Destination India: Investment Opportunities for Solar Energy’, a conference organised by FICCI during Intersolar Europe 2012 conference in Germany.