Advisory on Rooftop Solar Scheme issued by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)

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Recently, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued advisory on Rooftop Solar Scheme.

The Ministry clarified that no vendor has been authorized by it. This scheme is being implemented only by Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOMS) in the states.

Phase II of the Grid connected rooftop solar programme was approved with a target for achieving cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW from Rooftop Solar (RTS) Projects by the year 2022 in February 2019

It is to be noted that Phase-I was launched in the year 2015.

Main Objective:

  • Promoting grid connected rooftop solar across all consumer segments, such as residential, institutional, social, government, commercial, industrial etc.
  • Bringing DISCOMs to the forefront to accelerate the deployment of rooftop solar.

Benefits of rooftop solar:

Saving in transmission and distribution losses, no need for additional land, creation of local employment, reduction in electricity bills by supplying additional power to the local supplier, etc.

Other measures taken to increase public participation in rooftop solar scheme:

  • Central financial assistance for housing sector and incentives under various slabs for DISCOMs under Phase-II.
  • Renewable energy is included under priority sector lending category.

Strengthening the Potential of India (SPIN) – This project is an online platform developed to expedite the DC-AC approval process.

Source – The Hindu

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