“Government of Telangana to ensure ease of doing business for implementation of Rooftop Solar”, Ajay Mishra

25 April 2017, Hyderabad: Confederation of Indian Industry, in partnership with Hero Future Energies organized a workshop ‘Powering your rooftops: accelerating India’s Rooftop Solar Programme’, here today.

“Government of Telangana to ensure ease of doing business for implementation of Rooftop Solar”, Ajay Mishra

In his keynote address, Mr Ajay Mishra, IAS, Special Chief Secretary, Department of Energy, Government of Telangana, mentioned that the Govt of Telangana will ensure ease of doing business for implementation of rooftop solar and encourage solar parks through which a decentralized method of providing electricity can be adopted. “We could successfully install a rooftop solar of 900 KWs at the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad, which is the biggest installation for Government buildings”, he said.

Mr Mishra urged the industry to take a lead in disseminating information on rooftop solar which will benefit all the stakeholders. “The Government is soon come up with an information campaign on rooftop solar and the industry should take the lead in this. Information linkage drive should be started in collaboration with CII and Industry”, he said.

Talking about Net Metering, the Special Chief Secretary opined that it helps in reducing the electricity bills of the customers and not necessarily a revenue generating activity for the Government. “Net metering should be a bill saving activity then business making activity”, he said.

Mr Sunil Jain, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Hero Future Energies Pvt Ltd, in his address opined that Rooftop solar is now cheaper, to Rs5 from Rs8 and will attain grid parity in near future. “We have a choice to improve the health of the entire population by transitioning to renewable energy”, he said.

The Workshop also had sessions focusing on a roadmap for implementation and financing, were perspectives from CII-Shorabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hero Futures Engineers Pvt Ltd., Vadilal industries Ltd., Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, TSSPDCL, Fourth Partner Energy, Skill Council for Green Jobs, TCS, Photon Energy, Telangana New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (TNREDCL), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Yes Bank, Punjab National Bank, SMA Solar India Pvt Ltd, Trina Solar, and Jinko Solar were shared.

Around 120 stakeholder participated during the deliberations and interactions