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Rooftop Solar Power Plants Scheme
May 08, 2015

Under Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme, so far, 351.60 MWp aggregate capacity of grid-interactive rooftop solar projects has been sanctioned and 47.64 MWp have been commissioned in various States.

  • State Electricity Regulatory Commissions of twenty States have notified regulatory framework on net-metering/feed-in-tariff to encourage rooftop solar plants.

  • The scheme has a provision of subsidy uptoRs. 24 per Wp for the general category States and Rs. 26 per Wp in North-Eastern States, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands which is about 30% of the benchmark cost of the system.

  • To make the scheme incentive driven rather than subsidy driven, the Ministry has proposed to reduce the subsidy on rooftop solar power plants to 15% from the present level of 30% due to reduction in price of solar panels, large target set for rooftop solar power plant and limited availability of funds.

  • The scheme encourages various business models including PPP mode. The subsidy is also applicable to these institutions. 

The major steps taken by the Government are as follows:

♦ The ‘Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme’ encourages the installation of solar rooftop systems across the country including in buildings of State Government agencies.

♦ There are provisions of concessional import duty/excise duty exemption, accelerated depreciation and tax holiday for setting up of grid connected rooftop power plants.

♦ Encouraging States to come out with conducive policy and regulatory framework on net-metering/feed-in-tariff to install rooftop solar power plants.

♦ Public awareness is being created through electronic &print media, workshops, seminars and capacity building programmes.

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