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Karnataka tops in State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index(SARAL) 2019

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On 21 August 2019, RK Singh, the Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has launched the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index 2019 (SARAL) at the Review Planning and Monitoring (RPM) Meeting with States and State Power Utilities in New Delhi.Karnataka tops in State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness IndexKey points:
i. SARAL Index: As per the Index, Karnataka got the top spot with SARAL score of 78.8 as the best state for setting up a rooftop solar project followed by Telangana(72.2), Gujarat(67.9) and Andra Pradesh(66.1). Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) has been ranked last with a score of 14.4. All the first 4 got A++ grade.
ii. Index Design: The index has been designed jointly by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ernst & Young (EY).
iii. Key aspects: The index evaluates Indian states based on 5 key aspects which include, robustness of policy framework, implementation environment, investment climate, consumer experience and business ecosystem.
iv. Target: The central Government has set a target of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. And out of a 100 GW for Solar will be operational by March 2022, of which grid-connected rooftop solar is supposed to be 40GW.
v.Use: The index will create a competitive advantage among the States & will help states to channelize investments that can eventually help the sector grow.
vi.Schemes:  The discussion related to various schemes and issues pertaining to the sector such as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Integrated Power Distribution Scheme (IPDS), UDAY, 24/7 power supply, etc were held during the meet.