The government of India will be geotagging all renewable energy projects in the country, with special emphasis on grid-connected solar rooftop installations.

India is targeting to install a total of 100GW solar power capacity by 2022, divided between large scale solar of 60GW and 40GW of grid connected rooftop solar (RTS). And because the RTS sector has huge potential for generating decentralised and distributed solar power, the entire solar power project is being directly monitored by the Prime Minister's Office.

Recently, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy released a memo ordering its channel partners, state nodal agencies (SNA), public sector undertakings (PSU) and other implementing agencies to support the geotagging project.

"In order to scrupulous monitoring, geotagging of all renewable energy projects and resources is to be ensured. For this, geotagging of already executed projects and new projects is necessary," Ministry Director Veena Sinha said in a statement.

Under the order, SNAs, PNAs and other implementing agencies must regularly update details of commissioned projects to the renewable energy ministry. This includes uploading the longitude-latitude of the sites and photographs of their projects.

Non-subsidised agencies such as channel partners and new entrepreneurs are also required to update complete details of all their commissioned projects.

"The performance of channel partners (including new entrepreneurs), as reflected by the commissioned projects in SPIN, will be considered for renewal of channel partner certificate and also for upgradation of new entrepreneurs to channel partners," the ministry said.