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.

  1. SARAL index is released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  2. Telangana was listed at the second position followed by Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

About SARAL index

  1. 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).
  2. The index ranks all states according to their performance, growth, level of maturity, policy framework, and implementation environment in the rooftop solar sector.
  3. SARAL is the first of its kind index to provide a comprehensive overview of state-level measures adopted to facilitate rooftop solar deployment.
  4. These parameters belong to five broad categories:
    1. Robustness of policy framework
    2. Effectiveness of policy support/implementation environment
    3. Consumer experience
    4. Investment climate for rooftop solar sector
    5. 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.