Delhi to Replicate Modi’s Rooftop Solar Model, Times Says

India’s capital city plans to build as much as 100 megawatts of solar capacity on rooftops by replicating a model developed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home state of Gujarat, the Times of India reported today.

Delhi government officials plan to copy a program set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat state’s capital, where residents lease their rooftops to private solar utilities and get paid 3 rupees (5 cents) for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced, according to the report, which cited government officials it didn’t identify. The rooftops of government hospitals and schools would also be included.

Almost all of India’s 2,800 megawatts of solar power capacity has been installed as projects mounted on the ground on open land, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Delhi has the potential to host as much as 2,000 megawatts of solar capacity on its rooftops, Greenpeace said in a report last year.

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