Accelerating Rooftop Solar - What Should Be Done? - India Renewable Energy Consulting – Solar, Biomass, Wind, Cleantech
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Ah, what a scorching question we’ve thrown onto the solar panel, eh? Our LinkedIn community, 40 strong, turned up the heat on this debate.

Poll results

Higher awareness 10%
Govt subsidies & incentives 50%
Make it compulsory 23%
Better design & aesthetics 18%

Half of you are singing in the choir for government subsidies & incentives, while a gutsy 23% are ready to mandate solar panels as if saying, “Let’s not just flirt with sustainability; let’s marry it.” And then, there’s the 18% who, like me, think we ought to make solar panels not just functional but fashionable. Because, why not?

So, what’s the solar secret here?

India’s rooftop saga is simmering on a slow burner, especially when you glance at the giant leaps in ground-mounted solar. We’ve got over 50 GW of solar farms sprawling like green giants, yet our rooftops are barely whispering in the solar dialogue, shy of the 10 GW mark against a lofty 40 GW target. It’s like having a Ferrari in the garage but cruising around town on a bicycle.

In comparison, the global north is turning rooftops into power stations, showcasing a blend of high fashion and high function in solar installations. It’s clear; the sun doesn’t discriminate, but our adoption strategies do.

Here’s my thought…

Rooftop solar isn’t just about planting panels; it’s about harvesting hope, innovation, and, let’s not forget, savings. It’s a statement, a movement, a revolution that’s waiting to be unleashed. With the right push from policies, a dash of compulsory measures, and a sprinkle of design magic, we could turn this slow dance into a solar sprint.

Wrapping this sunny side up

This poll isn’t merely a reflection; it’s a revelation. A call to action for everyone from policymakers to the people. The future is not just bright; it’s solar-powered. And as we navigate this path, let’s make sure it’s lined with panels that don’t just power our homes but also power our imagination. Here’s to making each rooftop a beacon of energy, efficiency, and elegance. After all, if the world is a stage, let’s give it the best solar show it’s ever seen. Let’s keep this conversation burning bright, shall we?

About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

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