The Cost Of Powering Your Rooftop

Despite abundant sunshine and terraces, rooftop solar power in India is yet to be harnessed to its full potential as owners weigh in on its financial viability, a factor that could negatively impact the country’s emission reduction goals 

Maneesh Chaturvedi, a Bengaluru-based IT professional, lives in a spacious villa with a sprawling terrace. The family of four incurs a monthly electricity bill of Rs 3,000. Yet, unlike many of his neighbours, the idea of getting solar panels installed did not excite him. The investment is too high to make financial sense, he says. Eventually, his neighbours did not go ahead with it either.