Why Tamil Nadu is sliding off the rooftop solar panel dream

Despite producing 55 per cent of its energy from renewable energy sources, rooftop solar is yet to take off in a big way in Tamil Nadu. Photos for representation: Reuters

As Chennai, much like the rest of the country, was stewing in blistering heat accentuated by severe power cuts last month, Nityanand Jayaraman was luckier than most people to have some respite, at least from the outages. “My house has not had a power cut ever since we installed our rooftop solar ten years ago. We have installed a 1.25kw unit and it powers our fans, lights etc. We are really happy with the after sales service as well and have hardly had any maintenance issues,” says the Chennai-based......