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The Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana is a significant initiative by the Indian government to provide solar power systems to one crore poor and middle-class households across India. The scheme aims to reduce the burden of huge electricity bills and achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector

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Procedure to apply for Rooftop Solar under MNRE Subsidy Scheme (Residential Sector)

There are two mechanisms

  1. Apply from the DISCOM Website from the Vendors empaneled after Tender done by the State
  2. New Simplified Procedure

Apply from the DISCOM Website from the Vendors empaneled after Tender done by the State

  1. DISCOMs/Electricity Departments are the implementing agencies for RTS Ph-II Scheme.
  2. For application of solar rooftop installation, you need to apply on your respective DISCOM/Electricity Department online portal. In case, the Portal is under development, you need to visit local DISCOM Office and apply offline there.
  3. For the DISCOM Portal link of your concerned DISCOM/Electricity Department.
  4. Central Financial Assistance/Subsidy available under Rooftop Solar Ph-II Programme of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy:
    The central financial assistance (or Subsidy) is available only for grid-connected solar rooftop projects in the residential sector installed through empaneled vendors only.
  5. To avail subsidy you need to get the systems installed only through the empanelled vendors (by DISCOMs, the Ministry doesn’t empanel any Vendor). List of empanelled vendors and discovered rates are also available on the DISCOM/ED website.
  6. Please note that you need to pay only the balance amount (after deducting the subsidy amount from the discovered rates) to the vendor. The subsidy will be given directly to the vendor.
  7. Please revert back in case of any difficulty.

New Simplified Procedure

The entire Procedure to apply for Roof Top Solar along with subsidy structure under the new simplified procedure is available on the Ministry’s website: “” (under the tab “Simplification Procedure”).

  1. Register at National Portal and submit application. At the time of application, beneficiary will be informed about the complete process and subsidy amount that can be availed for installation of rooftop solar plant.
  2. The application will be forwarded online to the concerned DISCOM for issuance of technical feasibility. The DISCOM will issue technical feasibility within next 15 days.
  3. After issuance of technical feasibility, the beneficiary can install the rooftop solar plant through any of the registered vendors. List of registered vendors will be displayed on the portal.
  4. After installation of rooftop solar plant, the beneficiary will submit plant details on the portal and apply for net-metering. The application for net-metering will be forwarded online to the concerned DISCOM.
  5. Upon installation of the net-meter and successful inspection of the plant, commissioning certificate would be generated online by DISCOM.
  6. Once the commissioning certificate has been received, the beneficiary will submit bank account details on the portal along with copy of cancelled cheque. Central government subsidy will be credited directly into the bank account of the beneficiary within 30 working days of receipt of the bank account details.

Stepwise Procedure

Step 1

Register in the portal with the following

  • Select your State
  • Select your Electricity Distribution Company
  • Enter your Electricity Consumer Number
  • Enter Mobile Number
  • Submit Email
  • Please proceed as per the direction from the portal

Step 2

  • Login with Mobile Number
  • Apply for the Rooftop
  • Submit bank detail at any stage of the application

Step 3

  • Once you get the feasibility approval, get the plant installed by any of the registered vendors in your DISCOM

Step 4

  • Once installation is completed , submit the plant details and apply for net meter

Step 5

  • Commissioning certificate will be generated from the portal, after installation of net meter and inspection by DISCOM

Step 6

  • Once you got the commissioning report submit bank account details and a cancelled cheque through the portal. Subsidy will come your account within 30 working days

What is the average cost of grid connected rooftop solar systems?

Want to know how much a grid-connected rooftop solar system costs right now? Head to the National Portal for Rooftop Solar and check the latest notifications:

What are the subsidies/ capital support available from the Government?

Central financial assistance (or subsidy) is available only for residential sector grid connected solar rooftop projects only. For other sectors e.g. Govt., institutional, social, commercial, industrial etc. CFA is not available.

Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to Residential sector

  • Up to 3 kWp: You can get 40% of the benchmark cost of the system or 40% of the tendered rates, whichever is lower.
  • 3 kWp to 10 kWp: You can get 20% of the benchmark cost or 20% of the tendered rates, whichever is lower.
  • Group housing societies/resident welfare associations (GHS/RWA): You can get 20% of the benchmark cost or 20% of the tendered rates for a system up to 500 kWp, with a limit of 10 kWp per house and a total of 500 kWp for the entire society.

Whether residential consumer has to pay the full cost of the system for residential sector subsidised projects?

No. Consumer has to pay the balance amount after deducting the subsidy (eligible CFA) from the L1 project cost discovered by the DISCOMs

Is there any Subsidy/Support from State Government?

Information on state subsidies can be seen on the website of the concerned electricity distribution company.

At what rate the full cost of the solar rooftop plant be decided?

Consumers are advised to pay only according to the rates (L1 rates) decided by DISCOMs. If any vendors are charging more price than the rates decided by DISCOMs from domestic consumers, in that case consumers are advised to inform DISCOM so that the DISCOM identify and punish such vendors.

Can I make my monthly electricity bill ‘zero’ by installing RTS?

This is possible in very rare cases because the consumer shall be required to pay some minimum charges like fixed charges, etc. even if the consumed energy is all self-generated. However, ‘electricity charges’, a major component of the monthly bill, can be reduced to zero by optimally designing and maintaining the RTS. The monthly electricity bill may come to zero in States which give revenue for surplus power generated.

How can I make payment to the Electricity Distribution Company (DISCOM)?

Since the system is grid connected through net metering, DISCOM will generate bill based upon the reading provided by the net meter installed at the consumer premises. The consumer will have to pay for the net units (total imported units minus exported solar units) only.

Grid Connected Rooftop Solar (RTS) Plant

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels can be placed on the top of building roofs to generate electricity. Such a system is called a rooftop solar system. Electricity generated from the rooftop solar system can be used to meet the buildings’ energy demand, charge batteries for later use, or can be exported to the electricity grid.

Apart from the solar PV panels, a rooftop solar system also has other components such as an inverter, module mounting structure, wires and cables, monitoring and safety equipment, and meters, etc.

FAQ: Grid Connected Solar Rooftop System

What is a Grid Connected Rooftop Solar PV System?

In grid connected rooftop or small solar photovoltaic (SPV) system, the DC power generated from solar panel is converted to AC power using power conditioning unit/Inverter and is fed to the grid.

What are the main components of a Grid Connected Rooftop Solar PV system?

  1. Solar PV Modules/Solar Panels – The Solar PV modules/Solar Panels convert solar energy to DC (direct current) electrical energy. They are available in different technologies such as crystalline silicon, thin film silicon, CIGS, CdTe, HIT, etc. Crystalline Silicon Solar PV panels are most commonly used in solar rooftop system. Multiple panels are connected together to form arrays as per the desired capacity of the system.
  2. Inverter – Inverter converts variable DC output of Solar PV panels into AC power. Inverter also synchronizes with the grid so that generated power from the module can be injected into the grid.
  3. Module mounting structure – The module mounting structure, is the support structure that holds the Solar PV panels in place for full system life and is exposed to all weather conditions. These are normally fixed at particular angle and orientation in case of solar rooftop system. But these can also be of type that tracks the Sun, called as trackers.
  4. Bi-direction Meters – Meters are used to record the generation or consumption of electricity. Bi-direction (or Net-Meters) are used to keep track of the electricity that solar PV system injects to utility grid and the electricity that is drawn from the utility grid.
  5. Balance of System – These consist of cables, switchboards, junction boxes, earthing system, circuit breaker, fuses, lightning protection system, etc.

How much area is required for a 1 kWp rooftop Solar PV system?

A 1 kW rooftop system generally requires 10 sq. metres of shadow-free area. However, actual area requirement may vary depending on the efficiency of solar module, and their placement etc.

Why do I need shadow-free area for modules?

Solar modules (and cells within) need uninterrupted sunlight to produce maximum electrical energy. With the shadow even on a part of the module, the generation reduces to a great extent thereby wasting installed system capacity. Also, prolonged (regular, though intermittent) shadow on some cells or modules reduces their life substantially and these become useless much before their standard life of over 25 years

What types of roofs are suitable for Rooftop solar (RTS) system?

Rooftop solar PV systems can be installed on any type of roof having sufficient load bearing capacity

What is the daily energy generated from a 1 kWp Solar Power Plant

On a clear sunny day, 1 kWp solar power plant can generate 4 to 5.5 units in a day.

Will I get constant / same energy from the RTS all year round?

No, the daily energy generation from the RTS shall be dependent on the temperature and solar irradiance among other parameters and these may not be same every day.

What are the factors affecting generation?

  • Plant Location
  • Quality of equipment used
  • No. of sunshine hours
  • Workmanship
  • PV module tilt angle and orientation
  • Module Cleaning
  • O&M activities etc.

Will I get same annual energy from the RTS for all 25 years?

No. On exposure to sunlight and outside environment, the solar module lose their generation capacity and this is called degradation.

What are the advantages of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar System?

  • Saving on electricity bill by the consumer.
  • Utilization of available vacant roof space, no additional land required.
  • Low gestation period.
  • No additional requirement of Transmission and Distribution (T&D) lines.
  • Reduces T&D losses as power consumption and generation are collocated.
  • Improvement in the tail-end grid voltages and reduction of system congestion.
  • Long term energy and ecological security by reduction in carbon emission.
  • Better management of daytime peak loads by DISCOM/ utility.

Net metering

In the case of grid-connected electricity consumers using rooftop solar systems, “net metering” is a mechanism that allow them to first consume the electricity generated from the rooftop system and then export surplus energy, if any, into the grid. Thus, the intake of electricity from the grid reduces.

At the time of electricity bill generation, the consumers are billed only for the net electricity they have consumed i.e., the difference between the electricity they have consumed from the grid and the surplus electricity they have exported to the grid (from the rooftop solar system).

Suppose a consumer has installed 1 kWp rooftop solar system on its premises. Let us further assume that average residential grid tariff is Rs. 5 per kWh or unit and daily solar power generation is 4 kWh or units per day per kWp. Then, two cases arise:

Case-1: Monthly consumption is more than solar generation

Suppose the monthly consumption of consumer is 150 kWh (energy cost 150 X Rs. 5 = Rs.750/-) and monthly generation from solar would be 30 days x 4 kWh= 120 kWh. Then the net units consumed for a month = 150 kWh – 120 kWh = 30 kWh. Accordingly, under Net metering policy, the consumer will be charged for 30 units only i.e. 30 x Rs. 5 = Rs. 150 (Total saving is Rs. 600/- per month in electricity bill).

Case-2: Monthly consumption is less than solar generation

Suppose the monthly consumption of consumer is 100 kWh and monthly generation from solar would be 30 days x 4 kWh= 120 kWh. Then, net units consumed = 0 and net units exported to the grid = 20 units. Therefore, consumer will not be charged for any units.

Further, the DSICOM may or may not pay him for 20 units exported to the grid based on state regulations. However, the consumer will always have to bear the fixed charges, irrespective of any import/export of units.

What is net-metering?

All solar PV systems generate power only during daytime when sun is available. In net metered systems, the generated power is utilized for self-consumption, and excess power is exported to the grid as long as grid is available. In case, where solar power is not sufficient due to cloud cover etc., power is drawn from the grid to power the loads. A bi-directional or net meter records the energy flow in both the directions and at the end of billing period net energy used is calculated. The beneficiary has to pay for only the net energy used.

What is Gross Metering?

In gross metering the power generated from the Rooftop Solar plant is only fed to the grid. The system owner gets paid by the DISCOM for such exported power at a pre-decided tariff.

What is Net billing?

Connections in net billing RTS are similar to net metering. However, at the end of the billing cycle (normally a month) any excess energy in the grid shall not be carried forward like in net metering, but shall be purchased by the DISCOM as per pre decided tariff. Therefore, energy banking in the grid is only within a billing cycle.

Can the RTS be installed for only captive use without being connected to Grid?

Yes, the plants which are not connected to the grid are normally called behind the meter plants and MNRE subsidy is not available for such plants even for residential sector. However, it is required to follow rules and regulations specified for this purpose by the state authorities.

In case of Electricity cuts

Please note that a grid connected RTS system will not provide electricity in case of electricity cut. Therefore, it is advisable to go for grid connected rooftop solar systems if there are no or very few power outages. For areas having frequent electricity cuts, grid connected rooftop solar systems with battery backup is more suitable. However, it will be more expensive.

What is the general procedure for installation of Rooftop Solar system for beneficiary?

The interested beneficiary may install the solar rooftop systems through project developers/system integrators/manufactures etc. after taking necessary approval from DISCOMs within the capacity limit as laid down in the order of respective State Electricity Regulatory Commission/Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission of the respective States/UTs.

Can I install Rooftop Solar system if I live in a rented house?

The RTS under any framework like net or gross metering can be installed by the electricity consumer. So, if you have electricity connection in your name and you pay regularly the electricity bill in your own name and also you have the permission of use the roof for solar rooftop installation from the owner, you can install the RTS.

What kind of system can be installed in Group Housing Society (GHS)?

With several common rooftops available in a society, there is a great potential for harnessing solar energy through rooftop PV systems. The energy generated from these systems is used to offset the common loads of the society (common lighting, lift, pumps, etc.). A Net Meter shall be provided against, the Single Point Delivery (SPD) common meter of Cooperative Group Housing Society (CGHS). In this, the society ultimately gets benefitted in terms of reduced monthly electricity expenses.

If I shift my residence or office where RTS is installed, what will happen to the RTS?

The system is easy to be dismantled and reassembled elsewhere. So, it can be shifted to your new residence.

Whether solar module should be made of indigenously for subsidised projects?

Yes. Only indigenously manufactured PV modules with indigenous solar cell can be used in Solar PV systems power plants for subsidised sector projects. there is no such limitation in case the project installed without any subsidy. 

What is the minimum warrantee period envisaged under the scheme?

Solar PV modules used in solar power plants /systems must be warranted for their output peak watt capacity, which should not be less than 90% at the end of 12 years and 80% at the end of 25 years. The mechanical structures, electrical works including power conditioners/inverters/charge controllers/maximum power point tracker units/distribution boards/digital meters/switch gear/storage batteries, etc. and overall workmanship of the SPV power plants/ systems must be warranted against any manufacturing/ design/ installation defects for a minimum period of 5 years.

What are the O&M aspects of a grid-connected rooftop solar PV system?

Compared to most other power generating technologies, solar PV systems have very low maintenance and servicing requirements. However, suitable maintenance of a PV plant is essential to optimise energy yield and maximise the life of the system.

Module cleaning is required periodically (dust, bird dropping and other debris can cause decrease in power generation). Periodicity depends on local conditions like dust, birds, air pollution, etc.

  • Checking module connection integrity
  • Checking junction boxes / string combiner boxes
  • Inspecting mechanical integrity of mounting structures
  • Repairing equipment damaged by intruders or during module cleaning
  • Tightening cable connections that have loosened
  • Replacing blown fuses
  • Repairing lightning damage

There is presence of monkeys in our area. Would they be damaging the RTS?

The solar modules are made up of toughened or tempered glass top and so are not easily broken due to monkeys or any falling objects. These can be broken if deliberately someone throws stones. Guarding of module surface with wire mesh is one solution for monkey menace, but not recommended because this regularly casts shadow on the modules.

What is the National Portal (NP)?

MNRE has developed a ‘National Portal (NP)’ for the registration of applications under the simplified procedure. The whole process from submission of application to the release of subsidy/CFA would be implemented in online mode through this portal.

How can I register on National Portal (NP)?

  • For registration at NP, the applicant will need electricity bill, an active 10-digit Mobile number and an active E-mail ID. The consumer will also be required to download SANDES app on his mobile.
  • First, the applicant has to visit the registration page of national portal and select the state and the concerned DISCOM. Then the applicant has to enter consumer account no. mentioned in the electricity bill, mobile number and mail id. After entering these details, an OTP will be sent through SANDES app for mobile number verification.
  • On successful verification of the mobile number, an account activation link will be received on the mail-id provided. The activation link will also include the details of the simplified procedure.
  • After clicking on the activation link received in the email, the account would be activated and the beneficiary will be redirected to NP for submission of application. The activation link is valid for 24 hours only.
  • In case, the activation link is not clicked by the applicant within 24 hours of receipt, the registration will be automatically deleted and the applicant will have to register again.

Is there any application fee for applying on NP?

No, there is no application fee for submission for application on national portal. However, there may be fees for net-metering which may be charged by the respective DISCOMs.

Is there any difference in subsidy/CFA in both modes i.e., National Portal or DISCOM empanelled Vendors?

Yes there can be difference in subsidy/CFA. The subsidy/CFA available for the applicant through National Portal is displayed to the applicant during the application stage.

Can I apply for net-metering through NP?

Yes. An applicant can apply for net-metring and inspection through the national portal. The application process of NP has been uploaded on the portal.

What bank details are required for the release of subsidy through NP?

After receipt of the online commissioning/completion report from DISCOM, the applicant will have to enter following details for claiming subsidy/CFA:

  • Name of the beneficiary
  • Account number
  • Bank Name
  • IFS Code
  • Copy of cancelled cheque to be uploaded on the portal

The consumer shall make sure that the account details are clearly visible in the copy of cancelled cheque uploaded on the National portal. Claims having distorted/illegible/mutilated copy of cheques will be outrightly rejected.

Financial Assistance (Loan) - Financing Options

  • State Bank Of India
  • Canara Bank
  • Union Bank Of India
  • HDFC Bank
  • IDBI Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • Bank Of Maharashtra
  • UCO Bank
  • Electronica Finance Limited
  • Mysun
  • Ecofy
  • CreditFair
  • Metafin Cleantech
  • PayTM
  • Saraswat Bank
  • Karnataka Bank

How can I raise a complaint/ grievance, in case of non-receipt of subsidy amount in a given time?

You need to raise a complaint under the grievance section on NP.

Can I install the rooftop solar system through any vendor and still get CFA/subsidy?

No. The rooftop solar system shall be installed through any of the registered vendors of the concerned DISCOM only for availing CFA/subsidy. The systems installed through Do it Yourself (DIY) mode or any non-registered vendor shall not be eligible for CFA/subsidy.

Can I install the rooftop solar project through a vendor registered in other DISCOM and still claim CFA/subsidy?

No. For availing CFA/subsidy, the vendor shall be registered in the concerned DISCOM only.

What would be the cost of the system charged by the vendor under simplified procedure?

Under simplified procedure, the cost of the system would be mutually decided by the consumer and the vendor. However, the consumer can get idea of the prevailing market rates of the RTS system through benchmark cost issued by MNRE and the cost discovered in the different states.

How can I ensure quality of the system installed by the vendor?

MNRE has issued technical standard and specification for various components of RTS plant. The consumer shall sign an agreement with the vendor that the installation and commissioning of the RTS system would be in accordance with the technical standards and specifications issued by MNRE. MNRE has prepared a model agreement and the same can be adopted by the consumer.

Whether the consumer-vendor agreement has to be signed on the stamp paper or plain paper?

The consumer vendor agreement shall be signed on a non-judicial stamp paper of minimum Rs. 50 values.

What happens when an applicant does not get activation link on mail due to incorrect entry of mail id?

The activation link is valid for 24 hours only and if the account is not activated within that period, the registration will get automatically cancelled and the applicant will have to reinitiate the registration.

Hence, if an applicant has entered wrong mail id, he/she shall wait for around 24-48 hours and then apply for registration again.

What happens when an applicant enters wrong mobile number while registering on National Portal?

The registration is incomplete on the National Portal till the mobile number is verified through OTP. If an applicant enters wrong mobile number during registration, he/she will not be able to verify the mobile number through OTP and the registration will not happen. In such cases, the applicant can immediately re-apply for registration.

The registration/application on the National Portal should be done by the consumer or a vendor can register/apply on behalf of the consumer?

The registration/application on the National Portal shall be invariably done by the consumer having the ownership of the premise and name in the electricity bill. The vendors shall not register/apply on the National Portal in the name of the consumer, under any circumstances. If any such malpractice is observed at any stage, appropriate legal/police action would be initiated against the vendor and the consumer.

What happens when an applicant has registered an account with wrong consumer electricity account number?

In case the applicant has entered an account with wrong consumer account number, he/she should try to register again using his/her other mobile number and e-mail id. However, if the applicant is not having other mobile number and mail-id, a mail shall be sent to the Technical Support of MNRE for deletion of the account. Under no circumstances, the vendor shall register on behalf of the consumer.

Vendor registration process for National Portal

  1. The vendors willing to execute the projects through National Portal can get registered with respective DISCOM by submitting an application along with a declaration in the format given at and depositing a PBG of Rs. 2,50,000/- valid for at least five years.
  2. Vendors can submit the application at the Division/Circle level and their name will be included in the list of empanelled vendors within a period of one month from the date of submission of the application. The DISCOM will update the list every month.
  3. The DISCOM will upload the details of the registered vendors on the National Portal and the vendors will receive a registration mail. The vendors can now login into the National Portal with PAN No. and mobile number (used by DISCOM for registration) and enter the product rates and contact details.
  4. The details entered by the vendor will be visible to the consumer submitting application to the concerned DISCOM for rooftop solar.

Note: In case of any misleading information or if conditions mentioned in the declaration are not met, the DISCOM will take action against the registered/empanelled vendor.

Whether the vendor needs to submit separate PBG for each DISCOM in a state?

As per the notification issued by the Ministry, the vendor shall have to submit separate PBG for each DISCOM. This has been done considering that that a vendor rarely works in the whole state.

However the DISCOMs of a state are at liberty to allow the vendors to work in the entire state for a single PBG of 2.5 lakhs considering the state specific issues or understanding among the DISCOMs.

Whether the vendor having existing empanelment through tender in a DISCOM can be considered for registration in National Portal?

The vendors empanelled through tender and having active empanelment can be directly considered for registration in National Portal provided the PBG submitted by such vendors shall not be below 2.5 lakhs and shall be valid for a period of minimum 5 years from the date of application.

Whether any relaxation can be provided to vendors for extension of PBG if the validity of existing PBG is less than 5 years.

The vendors having existing PBG of 2.5 lakhs for a period of less than 5 years, may be allowed by DISCOMs for registration on submission of an undertaking that the period of validity will be extended for the required amount within a timeline specified by DISCOM (say one month or so) or within a specific period of existing PBG expiry (15 days or so) if it is not possible to extend the PBG validity beforehand.

However, the DISCOMs shall blacklist the vendors not complying with the relaxations given and such vendors will be barred from participating in all the future schemes of the Ministry.

What are the provisions available if the existing PBG is less than 2.5 lakhs and is valid for period less than 5 years.

In such cases, the vendors may be allowed by the DISCOMs to submit the PBG of differential amount with validity of minimum 5 years and the existing PBG can be extended as per the procedure indicated above.

Whether any additional charges have to be paid by the vendor to the Ministry for registration?

No. Other than PBG amount payable to concerned DISCOM(s) no other charges have been paid to the Ministry for registration.

In case the applicant does not have a cancelled cheque, what other documents can be submitted for claiming CFA?

The applicants shall at first try to upload the copy of cancelled cheque, bearing the name of the applicant, for claiming CFA. However, under unavoidable circumstances, copy of bank pass book front page having details such as name of account holder, bank name, IFS code, account number, branch address etc can be uploaded.

The consumer shall make sure that the relevant bank details are clearly visible in the copy of passbook/cheque uploaded on the National portal. Claims having distorted/illegible/mutilated copy of passbook/cheques will be outrightly rejected.

What is the validity of the rooftop solar program, Phase-II?

The Phase-II of RTS program is valid till 31.03.2026 or until further notice. However, the CFA/subsidy applicable for projects installed through National Portal would be subject to annual revision (calendar year)

Business Models

The Solar rooftop PV systems cab be set up under two business models: CAPEX and RESCO:

  1. CAPEX model: In the CAPEX model, the entire investment comes from the power consumer. The consumer hires a solar engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company, which provides turnkey installation of the entire solar power system and hands over the assets to the consumer. The company may also take care of annual plant operation and maintenance (O&M) for a limited period depending on mutually agreed cost and terms.
  2. RESCO model: In RESCO model, an investor or project developer as a renewable energy service company (RESCO) invests in CAPEX and the consumer pays for the energy consumed from the dedicated solar power set up. Both consumer and developer sign a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for an agreed tenure and tariff.

RESCO Model is better suited for Large Rooftop Solar Capacities to be installed on Government Buildings, Private offices, Industries etc. as most of the organizations do not have the technical know-how of the solar plant installation, its operation and maintenance or a dedicated team to look after them.

Further, some of the major or minor decisions required for rooftop solar plants may take longer approval time in government departments. Whereas, if a RESCO is doing the installation, such issues will not arise.

These are some of the advantages of the RESCO model over CAPEX model in government buildings. Further, it is advisable to go for tender and discover prices and vendors, as Ministry does not empanel any vendor as such.

Capacity of Rooftop Solar Required

To get an estimate about Rooftop Solar capacity, Cost and area required, one can use the rooftop solar calculator available on the Ministry’s website and may be accessed via below link

Procedure to apply for Rooftop Solar for Non-Subsidy Cases (other than Residential Sector)

Please check local DISCOM website or visit their Office for more information.

Whether MNRE has empanelled any agency for implementation?

No. MNRE is implementing the programme through power distribution companies/DISCOMs of various States. These DISCOMS are responsible for discovery of rates and empanelment of vendors for implementation of the projects.

How should I evaluate vendors offering me RTS? What are the main points of consideration?

The system price, though important, should never be the only factor for deciding vendor. Customer should consider at least the following factors:

  • Price of the offered system.
  • Warranties of system and components.
  • Energy generation estimates and guaranties.
  • Service backup and arrangements the vendor has in the area.
  • Reference installations in the track record of the vendor – along with those customers’ feedback about system performance and service provided by the vendor

Impact on Energy Sector

The scheme is expected to decrease India’s dependency on traditional energy sources and move towards energy self-reliance. It aims to provide sustainable energy and reduce the reliance on traditional sources

Investment Opportunities

The initiative is expected to benefit companies involved in solar panel installation and related potentially leading to long-term investment opportunities. The scheme has already had a significant impact on renewable energy stocks, with shares of renewable energy companies showing immense growth after the announcement of the schem

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