In order to monitor the progress of implementation of projects in the rooftop solar sector,it is critical to initiate a systematic data collection on the performance of solar rooftops. This performance data could form a vast database that would benefit project developers, financiers and other relevant stakeholders in the following ways
The biggest challenge for policy makers and program designers remains access to data in a form that would allow them to analyse the performance of systems and their impact on the ground. Presently, there is a lack of appropriate protocols, processes and platforms for the data. In order to address this challenge, there is a need for establishing a national level Data Monitoring Centre (DMC). The DMC will need to be equipped with necessary MRV protocols that shall aid in capturing real time performance data for all existing and upcoming projects. This may also improve the quality of projects by making the essential data available to relevant stakeholders.
Visualization of project status, subsidy flows and environmental impacts of projects
Improved demand forecasting and planning
Use of real-time performance data utilized for enhancing product/ service offerings
Participation in energy markets, future electricity requirement
Use of high-quality real-time generation data to validate performance of proposed projects