The solar partners model targets consumers who do not have access to roof areas or lives on rented properties. The discom plays the role of a demand and supply aggregator.
Benefits to discoms
  1. Through strategic identification of roof clusters, discoms can optimise the benefits from rooftop solar to the distribution network.
Benefits to consumers
  1. Consumers who do not have access to rooftop or who live in rented properties can benefit from solar electricity through the subscription programme.
  2. There are no operations and maintenance costs nor any long-term commitments.
  3. The subscription payment also eliminates the need for upfront capital investment for the consumers.
  4. Differentiated subscription programme allows subscription by low-paying consumers who otherwise will not find rooftop solar feasible.
Benefits to developers
  1. Developers can get access to clustered rooftops, which will allow larger aggregated system sizes and thus, reducing their sales and logistical costs.
  2. Since electricity is sold directly to the discom, developers face lower payment default risk.
Source : CEEW
  • Target Consumer Segment
    Residents without roof access and are subsidised
  • Location
    Large roof spaces in the discom license area such as warehouses, discom owned buildings etc.
  • Asset Ownership
  • Metering Arrangement
    Virtual net-metering remote
  • Role of Discom
    Roof aggregation, demand aggregation, Payment collection
  • Level of involvement by utility
  • Need for partnerships
  • Revenue to DISCOM
  • Skill Requirement
  • Risk to Utility