Why is it in the news?
Karnataka has been ranked highest in the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index (SARAL) ranking by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
- SARAL index is released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
- Telangana was listed at the second position followed by Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
About SARAL index
- SARAL has been designed collaboratively by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Ernst & Young (EY).
- The index ranks all states according to their performance, growth, level of maturity, policy framework, and implementation environment in the rooftop solar sector.
- SARAL is the first of its kind index to provide a comprehensive overview of state-level measures adopted to facilitate rooftop solar deployment.
- These parameters belong to five broad categories:
- Robustness of policy framework
- Effectiveness of policy support/implementation environment
- Consumer experience
- Investment climate for rooftop solar sector
- Business ecosystem
Utility and benefits of SARAL index
The index serves as an important tool to
- Benchmark development and deployment of solar rooftop in states.
- Identify states that require more hand holding in terms of policy and investment push.
- Identify investment opportunities.
- Recognize the states that need financing support for development of solar rooftop.
- Gradually, establish a knowledge sharing platform where the progressive states can share their experiences with the other states.