Government of India has taken an ambitious targets of 100,000 MW of solar power by 2022 out of which 40,000 MW is to be achieved through Rooftop Solar (RTS) power plants as per the clean climate commitments.Realizing India’s immense RTS potential and the ambitious targets, the MNRE (Ministry of New & Renewable Energy) had launched Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plant Programme. Under this programme, RTS plants on rooftops and vacant area of buildings in residential/ social/ institutional would be developed based on capital subsidy at the rate of upto 30% of project cost or benchmark cost whichever is lower for General Category States and upto 70% of project cost or bench mark cost whichever is lower for Special Category States/Islands. RTS capacity in the commercial and industrial sectors to be developed without any subsidy support.
The EU-India Technical Cooperation Project: Energy, is formed under the joint collaboration of
European Union and Government of India. The project is operational since September 2014 and has provided
its assistance to Bureau of Energy Efficiency (Ministry Of Power), Solar Energy Corporation of India
(SECI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The project provides beneficiaries and participants with
the opportunity to enhance their technical and institutional capacity. The major aim is to create enabling environment
for implementation of climate friendly energy efficient technologies through increasing awareness amongst public and
private sectors. The mandate of the project is:
- Capacity building to support the exchange of best practices and implementation and enforcement of existing regulations and policies by organizing seminars, training courses, studies and study tours;
- Awareness raising, visibility creation and communication activities for policy development, policy implementation and technology deployment, particularly through networking and exchange of European best practices;
- Providing support to the expansion of New & Renewable Energy Sources through:
- Activities supporting the government policies and issues related to expansion of renewable energy in India;
- Exchanging best practices on technical standards and regulatory incentives for the effective management of renewable energy sources;
- Raising awareness with local authorities and private sector on new opportunities for development in less developed areas using green energy sources.
Technical Cooperation with Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE):
The project aimed to develop enabling environment, i.e., the regulatory, legal and fiscal framework required at state and local administrative level for implementation of the Local Action Plan and for the effective promotion of energy efficiency. Under the cooperation project, ECBC cells were developed in 4 states of Bihar, Maharashtra, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
The development process included preparation of concept notes, organization of trainings and workshops for supporting BEE in structuring the new projects and sharing the best practices of both Europe and India for strengthening the legislations for Energy Efficient Buildings.
Session at ‘Sharing of EU and Indian best practices on strengthening legislation for energy efficient buildings’.
Technical Cooperation with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI):
To support India’s national policies and programmes for development of New and Renewable Energy sources and related economic and employment activities, in particular for Solar, the project assisted Solar Energy Corporation of India in development of Solar Parks Program in the country.
Investor’s Guide for Solar Parks in India, Published in Feb. 2016
The EU-India project team supported SECI (State Energy Corporation of India) in Solar Parks Program and developed Investors Guide on financing solar parks in India.
It highlighted the renewable energy scenario and provided the potential and framework for growth in India. Besides, the investment and financing opportunities were showcased along with the schemes available and necessary clearances required.
Supported International Solar Alliance (ISA)
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of more than 121 countries formed with the primary objective to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of India during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015.
The EU-India Technical Project supported the alliance and developed its logo. The logo with 121 dots represents the ISA prospective member countries. The official transfer of the copyright from the EU to the ISA Secretariat was held on Friday, 11 May 2018. The EU is also supporting the ISA through the European Investment Bank (EIB), the largest climate financier in the world. India was the leading recipient of the EIB financing for solar investment outside the European Union, both in 2017 and over all since 2013.
ISA interim DG, Mr. Upendra Tripathi and EU Ambassador to India- Mr. Tomaz Kozlowski with other officials during the ISA logo transfer event
Indian officials on the mission to Spain
Renewable Energy Mission to Europe
A Renewable Energy Mission to Europe was organized in February 2016 by the EU-India project team, wherein a delegation of Indian officials visited European Countries and experienced the solar technological expertise and best practices.
Technical Cooperation with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE):
PV Rooftop Cell
To contribute towards India’s sustainable and inclusive development objectives, MNRE and European Union formed the PV Rooftop Cell under the “Technical Cooperation for Project: Energy” in India. The cell started its operations in July 2016 and is assisting MNRE in its constant endeavor to promote and implement Grid Connected and Small Power Plant Programme in India. The highlights of the activities of the PV Rooftop Cell are as follows:
Enhancement of SPIN Portal
Solar Photovoltaic Installation (SPIN) portal developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) is a national database of the solar rooftop installations across India. The portal also assists MNRE in management of some of its processes. The SPIN portal can be accessed using
The PV Rooftop Cell supported the MNRE and National Informatics Centre (NIC) for modification of
SPIN (Solar Photovoltaic Installation) Portal undertaking the following measures:
- Improved and simplified data collection process;
- Reviewed & analysed rooftop solar data;
- Identified and reported deficiencies;
- Developed feature to track the Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) PMC activities;
- Organized trainings & webinars for SNA and Installers.
Information Guide on GCRT Programme
As a part of the clean energy commitments, India plans to install 40,000 MW of grid connected rooftop solar systems by 2022. Accordingly, to support this target, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) launched the “Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme (GCRT)” in the year 2014.
To support the programme, a coherent information guide was developed by the PV Rooftop Cell, aiming to provide information about Rooftop Solar business models, stakeholders, promotional schemes, and policies as also new initiatives at one place to raise awareness amongst the general public.
ARUN Mobile Application
In-order to create awareness and provide easy access to the information about Rooftop Solar, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, introduced a mobile application “ARUN 2 – Atal Rooftop Solar User Navigator”, developed by the NIC.
The PV Rooftop Cell assisted MNRE in development of database of state specific RTS schemes regulations, policies & FAQs for the mobile app.
Single Window Clearance Portals
With an aim to ease & expedite the implementation of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme (GCRT) in the country, PV Rooftop Cell developed a “Single Window Clearance Portal” to bring all major state specific stakeholders involved in the grid connected rooftop solar implementation on a single online platform. The first portal was developed for NCT of Delhi, it can be accessed at www.solarrooftop.gov.in/delhi/
Understanding the need and requirement of such portals in the country, MNRE directed the PV Rooftop Cell to develop such portals for RTS implementation in various states.
The key features of the portal are
- Optimized process flow
- User friendly
- Process tracking & monitoring
- Single database
- Data security
- Data analytics
- Integrated with MNRE SPIN portal
Welcome page of Single Window Clearance portals for Delhi & Goa
Rooftop Solar Knowledge Centre (PVTECH mobile app)
PVTECH is the only of its kind of mobile app in the country that provides one-stop comprehensive
& updated information on Grid Connected Rooftop Solar PV Systems. It helps to understand the basics, technology, policy & finance aspects related to rooftop solar PV systems.
Not only this, consumers can submit their interest for installation of rooftop solar system simply through this app.
Developed by “PV Rooftop Cell”, the app can be easily replicated & adopted based on the state specific requirements & will assist the state nodal agencies in its constant endeavor to promote grid connected solar rooftop systems across the states.
PVTECH for Delhi
Special features of the mobile app are
- Optimized process flow
- User friendly
- Process tracking & monitoring
- Single database
- Data security
- Data analytics
- Integrated with MNRE SPIN portal
Workshops & Conferences
One of the main agenda of the PV Rooftop Cell is to promote the Grid Connected Rooftop Solar and Small Power Plant Programme across the country. In this context, the PV Rooftop Cell organized and participated in various public promotion activities, technical discussions, conferences and stakeholder consultations across the country.
Workshops, Conferences and Webinars organized by PV Rooftop Cell
Reports prepared by PV Rooftop Cell
Guidelines for making solar ready rooftops in India
Having solar resource in abundance across the country, India has set for itself an ambitious target of installing 40 GWp of Rooftop Solar plants by the year 2022. Despite being profitable for a majority of consumers, India has been able to install only 2.5 GWp of rooftop PV systems till March, 18. This can be attributed to a number of factors, the site/ roof feasibility being one of them. Owing to a number of unfitting site conditions (eg. lack of shadow free area, low load bearing capacity etc.), the consumers cannot install or are forced to either install a sub optimal PV system or install the system at a higher cost, thus affecting the viability and the overall profits which could have been generated by the PV system. Once the building is constructed, there is no or very little scope for modifications to remove these unfitting site conditions, hence making it important to foresee the solar PV installation during the building design stage. Considering these issues, PV
Rooftop Cell prepared guidelines to make the rooftops (Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) and Metal Sheet) of the upcoming new buildings solar ready to harness the potential to the fullest extent.
Operation & Maintenance contract between Owner and Contractor for Rooftop Solar Plant installed under CAPEX model
An Operation & maintenance contract establishes a contractual relationship between the plant owner, and the Contractor of the project. It performs essential role in the operations phase of the plant, and has a significant impact on the projects’ long-term sustainability and profitability. Accordingly, “The Contract” is a key document from both the point of view of the Owner and the Contractor.
PV Rooftop Cell prepared a template for Operation & Maintenance Contract which can be used for subsidized projects installed under CAPEX model.
Minimum Technical Standards & Code of Practice for Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Installation in India
Quality aspect of the RTS installation is compromised at various instances across the country due to the absence of the standardization of minimum technical standards of the components and code of practice for installation across the country, which is very essential for the successful mass-scale implementation of grid connected rooftop solar programme. Therefore, to work towards a technically strong and quality-controlled rooftop solar implementation environment, PV Rooftop Cell submitted a proposal of minimum technical standards & code of practice that may be followed for grid connected rooftop solar installation in India.
The EU has been working closely with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy through this Technical Cooperation Project since 2014. This collaborative partnership has successfully contributed to Government of India’s renewable energy targets – boosting technological support, sharing innovative European experiences and devising sustainable solutions.
H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski
Ambassador of the European Union to India
CVs of the relevant officials
Juan LEKUBE INSAUSTI – Project Manager
Holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering (2001) and has a Postgraduate diploma in Design of Chemical Plants (2007). Besides, he has a Project Management Professional certificate issued by the Project Management Institute
(2011). Juan has 17 years of experience and is specialized in environmental engineering having participated in a lot of waste management and renewable energy projects.
For two years he acted as project manager of the EC funded Technical Assistance to support the MNRE in the implementation of the solar rooftop programme. He is currently managing two other EC funded projects in Cyprus and Lebanon. He is a permanent employee and a partner of Idom.
Pedro Fernández Oyón – Project Manager
M. Sc. in Industrial Engineering with over 19 years of experience, Pedro Fernández has been the project manager of many international projects. Currently he is the Project Manager of IDOM for international technical assistance projects related to the environment and clean energies. He has carried out energy and environment related projects: for Gas, Electricity and Telecommunications infrastructures and supervision of industrial installation works. He has also dealt with different industrial plants such as biodiesel production plants, biomass gasification, power generation plants, seawater desalination plants and facilities for waste management.
Marek Zabarowski – Team Leader
Graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology in Poland and awarded with a fellowship on environmental economics by Hubert Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota. Since 2014 he is the Team Leader of the EU-India Technical Cooperation Project, cooperating with all nodal Solar agencies India. In Poland, Vice-President of the Institute of Environmental Economics, leader of Efficient Poland – an alliance of Polish stakeholders (think-tanks, local governments, NGOs and business associations); Consultant to numerous state and international institutions and companies, e.g. the European Commission, OECD, World Bank, ARUP, RPS, ECORYS, Scott-Willson.
Dr. Rajesh Kumar Singh – Managing Director, Thinkstep
Dr. Rajesh Kumar Singh- Managing Director, thinkstep Sustainability Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a Civil Engineer, M.Tech in Environment Management from IIT Kharagpur and PhD in Sustainability Management from IIT Mumbai. He has more than 18 years’ experience in Steel Authority of India Limited and has 25 years of experience in Sustainability and Environment Management. He has delivered several leadership training on sustainability strategy and risks mitigation and delivered environmental awareness training. He has published more than 10 papers on international journals and has vast experience in sustainability reporting and conducting several technical reviews.
Archak is a post graduate in Environmental Chemistry from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela and M.Tech in Energy and Environmental Management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. 20 years work experience in implementing energy efficiency programs and climate change mitigation projects on renewable energy and waste management, greening of supply chain for automotive, textile and footwear sector, greenhouse gas (GHG)/carbon foot printing.
Anjana Shanmugavel is a sustainability management professional with 7+ years’ of global experience working across the manufacturing, consulting and development sectors on sustainable business operations. Anjana supported the EU-India Technical Cooperation Energy project with the engagement with Solar Energy Corporate of India (SECI) on the Solar Parks program; representing the consortium member thinkstep AG. She has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai and a Masters in Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh”.
Mr. Gagan Devaiah Kechira
An engineer, with Masters in Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy Systems from University of Leeds, UK. Over 6 years’ experience in renewable energy and green buildings. Working at GRIHA Council for a year and a half, managing Business Development, Trainings and Rating Reviews. Previously, Expert Consultant for ‘PV Rooftop Cell’ set up at the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. Represented the Ministry at various State level workshops and conferences. As a Project Engineer – Buildings Programme at the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, he aided in the promotion and implementation of energy efficiency programmes in buildings including “Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)”
Atul Dhir is currently a Sr. Indian Expert, consulting the rooftop solar energy related and allied activities at the PV Rooftop Cell. He received his MBA from United Business Institutes, Brussels with specialization in Power Management. He also holds a diploma & graduate degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering. Atul has been closely associated with the conventional energy generation and rooftop solar energy domain since 2011.
Holding a Master’s degree in Power Management and a Bachelor of Engineering in Power from National Power Training Institute, Mrinal Madas is presently working under the EU India Technical Cooperation project since Dec 2016 as a member of the PV Rooftop Cell. Till date, Mrinal has been instrumental in managing numerous solar projects and developed business for renewable energy generating companies in India.
Harpreet works as an Indian Expert with the PV Rooftop Cell. He has prior experience of business development, project management & liaisoning while working with renewable energy generating & consultancy companies. He graduated as an electrical engineer from Apeejay College of Engineering and holds accreditation for post – graduation in finance from Symbiosis.
A Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University and holding Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising, Ila possess more than two decades of extensive multi-disciplinary experience in Communications and event management, having worked for The Netherlands Embassy as Sr. Policy Advisor – Public Diplomacy and later freelancing for a number of projects. As a Communication Consultant with the PV Solar Rooftop Cell, she is presently involved in drafting the communication strategy, content development and production of promotional collaterals.