The Residential Rooftop Solar Success Story in Kerala

The Indian state Kerala achieved an 18% growth in rooftop solar capacity between the second quarter (Q2) of 2022 and Q2 of 2023, with approximately ~276 MW of rooftop solar capacity installed during the period, the Mercom India Rooftop Solar Market Report Q2 2023 revealed. About half the capacity during the period was added under the Kerala State Electricity Board’s (KSEB) Soura program, which encourages the adoption of residential rooftop solar systems. One of the unique challenges Kerala faced in its pursuit of solar energy was its geographical landscape. A large share of the land in the state is fertile and for ideal agricultural activities, so leasing it for utility-scale projects is challenging and expensive. To address this challenge, the state decided to go with roof-top systems to meet their solar energy targets.


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