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This working paper documents residential consumers’ experiences with solar rooftop PV systems. The data is captured through household surveys conducted across five Indian cities. The study is an attempt to understand the challenges faced by residential consumers at various stages of their decision pertaining to the installation of rooftop solar PV systems.

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A "prosumer" produces and consumes electricity, usually through rooftop solar panels, while also selling power back to the grid. Prosumers could play an important role in helping India meet its ambitious goal of installing 40 gigawatts of rooftop solar capacity by 2022.


With over 9.6 million inhabitants, Bengaluru, in the state of Karnataka, is India’s fourth largest city. Like many utilities serving rapidly growing urban centers in developing countries, BESCOM, Bengaluru’s electricity utility, is struggling to supply sufficient power to meet demand.


On 18 August 2014, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) passed order number S/03/01 called ‘Wheeling Charges, Banking Charges & Cross Subsidy Surcharge for Solar Power Generators’, whereby all solar power generators in the state who achieved Commercial Operation Date (COD) b


Corporate consumers are increasingly concerned about the carbon footprint of their businesses. Electricity consumption of commercial and industrial companies is largely sourced from fossil fuel-based generation and accounts for a significant portion of their Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

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