Solar mission’s new priority: off-grid and grid-connected rooftop solar power
3,000 MW of solar energy to be added in second phase of national solar mission. Off-grid solar applications and grid-connected rooftop panels will be given more importance in the second phase of the ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). Started in early 2010, the mission is a flagship programme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to promote solar energy in the country. The government plans to add 3,000 MW of solar power in the second batch of JNNSM which aims to infuse 20 GW of solar energy by 2017. In the first batch which ends in 2013, the target was 1,000 MW. The policy for phase 2 is expected to be announced in a month. “We plan to give more impetus to off-grid solar applications and roof top power,” said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary MNRE, while speaking at the sixth Renewable Energy Expo in Greater Noida.