The Indian Government has said that it has asked its ministries, States and all educational institutions across the country to utilise the space available with them to install grid connected solar rooftop systems, media reported.
As per reports, the Government has set a target of 40,000 MW of grid connected rooftop solar power generation capacity by 2022 under the National Solar Mission.
Commenting on the issue, a Government Official told the media, "Huge rooftop space is available in Government buildings even if a part of this space is utilised for setting up rooftop solar systems, thousands of MW of solar power can be generated."
"About ten square meter space is required for installing one kWp of solar rooftop system. Rooftop solar system can help reduce electricity bills besides cutting down carbon emissions from conventional sources like coal," he added.
As per reports, the Government is providing financial assistance of 15 per cent of the benchmark cost for installation of grid connected rooftop solar system/project on four categories of building which are residential, institutional, Government and social sector.