This study evaluates the implementation of Madhya Pradesh’s Solar Policy to determine the extent to which key institutions have the mandate and resources to implement the policy, examine whether policy implementation adheres to the policy design, and identify barriers to effective implementation.
The National Solar Mission is a key programme of the Government of India (GoI) to encourage environmentally sustainable development whilst tackling the issue of energy security in India. The Mission was launched in 2010 with a target of achieving 20 GW of grid connected and 2 GW of off-grid solar power in the country by 2022. It establishes India’s significant contribution to the world-wide effort to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. The target for Phase II (2013-2017) of the National Solar Mission is 9000 MW of grid connected solar power, of which 3000 MW is expected to be realized under the central support projects and 6000 MW under State programmes. Therefore, the success of improving the likelihood of achieving the National Solar Mission target depends to a large degree on the effectiveness of the implementation of the State-level solar policies. As a case in point, this Study aims to evaluate the implementation of the Madhya Pradesh Solar Policy with a view to determine the extent to which key institutions have the mandate and resources to implement the Madhya Pradesh Solar Policy, determine the extent to which policy implementation adheres to the policy design, identify barriers to effective policy implementation and identify practices that facilitate successful policy implementation.