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Under the direction of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the PM-Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana. This solar rooftop panel scheme can be used to install rooftop solar and give one crore homes free energy for up to 300 units per month.

The Government has launched a massive campaign since the launch of the scheme for raising awareness and generating applications from interested households for the solar rooftop scheme. Households can register themselves on to avail benefits under the scheme.

Also read: How to apply for new rooftop solar power scheme to avail 300 units free a month

Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for Residential Rooftop Solar
According to the PIB release dated February 29, 2024, here are the major highlights of the scheme:
Subsidy amount
At current benchmark prices, this will mean Rs 30,000 subsidy for 1 kW system, Rs 60,000 for 2 kW systems and Rs 78,000 for 3 kW systems or higher, according to the PIB release.

Subsidy through the National Portal
The households will apply for subsidy through the National Portal and will be able to select a suitable vendor for installing rooftop solar. The National Portal will assist the households in their decision-making process by providing relevant information such as appropriate system sizes, benefits calculator, vendor rating etc, according to the latest PIB press release.

Low-interest loan products
Households will be able to access collateral-free low-interest loan products of around 7% at present for installation of residential RTS systems up to 3 kW.Step 1

  • Register in the portal with the following
  • Select your State & Electricity Distribution Company
  • Enter your Electricity Consumer Number, Mobile Number & Email.

Step 2

  • Login with Consumer Number & Mobile Number
  • Apply for the Rooftop Solar as per the form

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 get the commissioning report. Submit the bank account details and a cancelled cheque through the portal. You will receive your subsidy in your bank account within 30 days.

Advantages of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar System
• Saving on electricity bills by the consumer.
• Utilization of available vacant roof space, no additional land required.
• Low gestation period.
• No additional requirement for 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 a reduction in carbon emission.
• Better management of daytime peak loads by DISCOM/ utility.
• Meeting of the Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) of obligated entities.

It is estimated that the scheme will create around 17 lakh direct jobs in manufacturing, logistics, supply chain, sales, installation, O&M and other services.

  • Published On Mar 5, 2024 at 03:30 PM IST

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