Trainings on Grid-connected Rooftop Solar PV


The National Solar Mission is a major initiative taken by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, in coordination with all the State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing challenges associated with India's energy security. It will also constitute a major contribution by India to the global effort to meet the challenges of climate change. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) launched by the brand 'Solar India', aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy through conducive policy framework and its implementation across the country. The Mission has set a target of 20,000 MW which was revised to 100 GW in June 2014, and stipulates implementation and achievement of the target in three phases (first phase from 2012 to13, second phase from 2013 to 2017, and the third phase from 2017 to 2022) for various components, including grid-connected solar power. The successful implementation of the JNNSM requires the identification of resources to overcome the financial, investment-related, technological, institutional and other barriers that hamper solar power development in India. The 100 GW target comprises a huge 40 GW target for grid-connected rooftop solar power by 2022. The successful penetration of rooftop solar power, therefore, requires substantial support from important stakeholder groups such as Channel Partners/New Entrepreneurs, Distribution Utilities, Regulatory Commissions and Financial Institutions.

However, there is a huge shortfall of trained engineers, managers, and other personnel for implementing grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems. Currently, although several institutions are imparting training on different aspects of solar PV systems, there is a need for a state-specific, holistic, integrated, multi-disciplinary, and a pragmatic capacity-building programme on "Rooftop Solar PV" for different target groups as mentioned above.

To understand the state and central policy initiatives, grid-interconnection guidelines, standards for grid-connected rooftop SPV systems, metering arrangements, remote monitoring of grid-connected rooftop solar power plants, and business models, and to explore financing opportunities which can be availed by developers, private users and other stakeholders, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India associated with TERI to conduct a series of training programmes (total 10 nos.) on "Grid-connected Rooftop Solar PV Systems" for various stakeholders at the pan-India level. There is also a need to sensitize the stakeholders especially the state government agencies including State Nodal Agencies (SNAs), Distribution Companies (DISCOMs), and State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERCs) on the currently available schemes on rooftop solar PV, and to explore sustainable and robust financing and business models to increase the coverage. It is therefore essential to bring stakeholders on a single platform to explore possible financing options to help accelerate deployment of rooftop solar PV in the country.


The overall objective of the proposed training programmes is to train the officials of various state agencies, project developers and associates, system integrators, managers, and financial institutions on grid-connected rooftop solar PV.

Number of Participants/Target Audience

Number of participants per training programme would be restricted to 80-100 for Channel Partners/New Entrepreneurs; 35-40 for Distribution Utilities, State Regulatory Commissions, and State Nodal Agencies; and 20-25 for the Financial Institutions.


For Channel Partner/New Entrepreneurs a three-day training course includes practical aspects of resource assessment, design and implementation of rooftop SPV systems, Government support initiatives, quality aspects, grid-interconnection guidelines, business models, financing mechanisms, case studies followed by field visits and hands-on laboratory exposure for grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems.

For Distribution Utilities, State Regulatory Commissions and State Nodal Agencies, a two-day training course includes practical aspects of resource assessment, design and implementation of rooftop SPV systems, grid-interconnection issues, business models and tariff regulations in India and abroad, sensitization on the issues faced by many state agencies and project developers, and a case study on implementation of grid-connected rooftop solar PV programmes.

For Financial Institutions, a one-day training programme is designed to deliver specific knowledge regarding policy-cum-regulatory scenario, problems faced by borrowers, existing and successful financing models and schemes, risk assessment, and case studies on illustrating the evaluation of grid-connected rooftop solar PV investment.

Topics to be covered

The topics described in this section constitute the training modules for the respective stakeholder groups. These topics are flexible and have been selected based on the need assessment of the relevant stakeholder groups. However, changes in the respective training modules/topics can be considered and discussed during the course of the training programmes.

  • Introduction to Grid-connected Rooftop Solar PV
  • Rooftop Solar Resource Assessment
  • Design Techniques, Quality Control and grid interconnection
  • Common issues faced by the Project Developers
  • Financing Mechanisms and Business Models
  • International perspective on Rooftop Solar PV Financing
  • State, National and International Policies and Initiatives
  • Standards, Testing and Quality Control
  • Smart Design techniques
  • Project Management
  • Case Study and Experience Sharing
  • Site Visit and Hands-On
  • Introduction to Grid-connected Rooftop Solar PV
  • State, National and International Policies and Initiatives
  • Standards and Quality Control
  • Financing Mechanisms and Business Models
  • Techno-Economic assessment for grid-connected Rooftop Solar PV Financing
  • Risk assessment and Evaluation of Loan Applications
  • Case Studies
  • Introduction to Grid-connected Rooftop Solar PV
  • State and Central Policy Incentives to Consumers
  • Grid-interconnection Guidelines and Standards for grid-connected rooftop SPV systems
  • Metering Arrangements
  • Remote monitoring of grid-connected rooftop solar power plants
  • Business models and Tariff regulations
  • Case Studies

Training Programme Calendar (Download)

Distribution Utilities, State Nodal Agencies and Electricity Regulatory Commissions

  • Date: October 6-7, 2015

    Venue: Delhi (TERI University)

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  • Date: December 10-11, 2015

    Venue: KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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  • Date: May 5-6, 2016

    Venue: TERI GRAM, Gwal Pahari, Gurgaon

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Channel Partners, New Entrepreneurs, Project Developers & Manufacturers

  • Date: December 7-9, 2015

    Venue: Svenska Hotel, Andheri West
    Mumbai - 400053, India

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  • Date: January 11-13, 2016

    Venue: TERI RETREAT, Gurgaon

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  • Date: February 17-19, 2016

    Venue: Bangalore (TERI SRC)

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  • Date: March 16-18, 2016

    Venue: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

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Financial Institutions

  • Date: October 27, 2015

    Venue: Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute(VJTI), Mumbai

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  • Date: January 22, 2016

    Venue: Delhi (IHC)

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  • Date: February 15, 2016

    Venue: Bangalore (TERI-SRC)

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Delivery of Course Modules

The programmes would be a blend of instructor-led training (classroom sessions) and recommended best practices in the industry. The course materials will also be provided in the form of technical manual (CDs) to enable self-learning/refreshing after attending the respective training sessions.

Training Programme Coordinator(s)

Mr Alekhya Datta
Associate Fellow
Energy Environment Tech. Development Division
Phone: 011 24682100, Extn: 2240

Mr Gagan Suneja
Deputy Manager-MDP
Phone: 011 24682100, Extn: 2043