Indo German Energy Programme (PVRT) IGEN-GEC-Rooftop Solar PV Component

Project description

Title: Indo German Energy Programme (PVRT) IGEN-GEC-Rooftop Solar PV Component
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: India
Lead executing agency: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India
Overall term: 2015 to 2020


India has set a path to achieve 100 GW of grid-connected solar energy by 2022; out of which 40 GW is targeted to come from rooftop solar and other small solar installations. Till date, considerable efforts have been put in place to develop the rooftop solar photovoltaic sector in India by the Governments, Regulatory Commissions and concerned agencies. With these efforts, a basic framework now exists in almost all parts of the country and rooftop solar power plants have started to be implemented. 

However, considering the targets pledged in the international forums as well as in the nation rooftop solar power plants have so far only experienced nominal growth in India. Due to the previous funding, promotional policies and framework conditions, the focus is now placed on supporting growth through skill transfer and capacity development. The aspects related to capacity building of the various stakeholders involved at policy level, regulatory framework level, implementation level and the end consumers’ needs to be taken into account for smooth and faster development of the rooftop solar photovoltaic segment.


The expansion of photovoltaic (PV) rooftop systems in selected Indian states is accelerated with the help of improved capacity building, institutional development and key recommendations.


The IGEN-GEC PVRT design is based on lessons learnt resulting from an earlier project, the Indo-German Energy Programme – Commercialisation of Solar Energy in Urban and Industrial Areas (Comsolar). The focus there was on basic policy, the regulatory framework as well as pilot and demonstration projects for a better on-the-ground understanding of issues related to implementation of rooftop solar photovoltaics. 

A further focus on skill development across the stakeholder of rooftop solar photovoltaics will ensure long term successful development of the rooftop solar photovoltaic segment.

Adopting a more holistic approach, IGEN-GEC PVRT is built upon three strategic pillars: Capacity building & Orientation Programme; Programme for accreditation of the new institutes; Advice on accelerating the deployment of rooftop solar PV capacities.

  • Capacity Building & Orientation Programme: The activity shall focus on providing education/training/orientation to approximately 10,000people comprising of different stakeholders such as designers, installers, electrical inspectors, equipment handlers, consumers, investors, distribution licensees, regulatory commissions and state nodal agencies to enhance the required skills.
  • Programme for Accreditation of Institutes: The project shall formulate an approach for the accreditation of the institutes to offer the training & execute the capacity building programme to new stakeholders of the value chain of rooftop solar segment and finalise it after a discussion with the Project Steering Committee. The project will ensure that 250 institutions have taken the benefit of the accreditation programme.
  • Advice on accelerating the deployment of rooftop solar: The Project team will submit ten recommendations to the responsible project actors on matters related to the development of rooftop solar power plant.