The city of Hyderabad has rooftop solar potential of 1,730 MW and can significantly contribute to India’s solar goals. The estimated solar potential of 1,730 MW is capable of generating 1,193 MW of electricity which would be highly beneficial for the neighboring residential areas. This could lead to a reduction of power demand in the city by approximately 15%. The study conducted by the Greenpeace India and the Gujarat Energy Research Management Institute, in areas under 18 circles of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation – in various categories like residential, commercial and transportation, etc. – showed that apart from the residential sector, about 178 MW can be tapped from areas under the public and semi-public-use category.
It must be noted here that India has announced a goal of 40 GW from rooftop solar sources by 2020 and out of this, 1.73 GW (1,730MW) can be contributed from Hyderabad. The city’s landmarks could be utilized to generate rooftop solar power. These famous buildings include structures on the Osmania University campus, the airports in the city, railway stations, Hyderabad Metro Rail stations and Telangana State Road Transport Corporation’s bus depots.
The research has revealed that in spite of opportunities and scope, the installation of photovoltaic panels on the rooftops have been poor so far. The report also highlighted that the State had a total installed rooftop solar photovoltaic capacity of 54 MW by 2017 and the estimated rooftop solar photovoltaic capacity in the city was 34 MW. According to Harsha Yadav from Zolt Energy “There is lack of awareness as well as lack of financial options for house-owners. For any appliance, making a one-time payment of, say, Rs.2 lakh may prove difficult. It would be good if a four or five-year payment option is available.”