Tata intoduces residential rooftop grid systems for urban India

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PV developer and cell and module manufacturer Tata Power Solar has launched a series of rooftop grid tie systems for the residential and SME rooftop market in India.

The two-way ‘Tata Solar Dynamo’, supported by a net meter, allows consumers to generate energy for self-consumption as well as export it back to the grid.

A Tata statement said: “Users can either fully or partially off-set their captive consumption, allowing for up to 100% savings on electricity bills based on installation capacity and power usage. “

The modular structure ranges from 1kW to 100kW, with a no-battery feature. Through a data logger, customers can also remotely monitor the system output and overall performance.

Energy producers that feed excess power back to the grid can also receive a return on this energy depending on which state they are in. Back in June, Jasmeet Khurana, senior consulting manager at analyst firm, Bridge to India, told PV Tech that a net-metering policy is due to be brought in by almost all Indian states, which is a policy the central government has been pushing for.

Ashish Khanna, chief executive and executive director, Tata Power Solar, said: “India’s residential rooftop market holds tremendous potential, and state specific net-metering policies provide the needed impetus for consumers to take up rooftop solar. We are excited to enter the urban residential and SME market with a specialised offering, bringing the promise of brand Tata to an evolving sector in India.”

With its new offering, Tata aims to raise awareness for the possibilities of solar uptake in urban India, having already installed 65MW of rooftop and distributed generation projects across the country. Tata has also launched a solar awareness project  to engage with customers in Bangalore and Hyderabad and encourage consumers to make green choices with their energy, by educating them on the benefits of rooftop solar. 

The second part of India’s 100GW solar by 2022 target comprises 40GW of rooftop PV, for which the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a year-by-year breakdown satrting with a jump from 200MW in 2015/16 to 4.8GW the following year.

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