Selna Saji, Gandhar G. Ukidve, Neeraj Kuldeep
September 2021 | Energy Transitions
Suggested citation: Saji, Selna, Gandhar G. Ukidve, and Neeraj Kuldeep. 2021. Feasibility assessment of agriculture solar micro-grids: A case study of TP-DDL Discom in North Delhi. New Delhi: Council on Energy, Environment and Water.
This study discusses the economic analysis of a medium-sized solar plant (1 MW) connected to agriculture under different business models: farmer-owned, discom-owned and third-party-owned. It’s a case study on solarising the agriculture load in Tata Power’s license area in North Delhi. The analysis compares the levelised cost of electricity (LCoE) and farmer(s) income under the three business models. It also assesses the benefits to dicoms by shifting agriculture supply from night time to solar generation hours. The study recommends discom-owned/third-party-owned model as a win-win proposal for the discom and farmers, enabling scaling up of solarisation of the agriculture sector.