The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing rooftop solar programme, which provides for financial support to various sectors including residential sector. It is mandatory to install indigenously manufactured solar PV modules to avail financial support under the programme.

Under the present rooftop solar programme, which was approved by the Government in December 2015, an aggregated capacity of 2100 MW is targeted to be achieved in residential, institutional, social and Government sector through central financial assistance by the year 2019-20, of which about 2097.84 MW has been sanctioned.

A total of 1633 MW capacity grid connected rooftop solar PV systems have been reported installed in the country as on 21 June, 2019.

In order to promote rooftop solar in residential sector, which is getting subsidised electricity tariff in most of the States, the Ministry is providing financial support upto 30% of the benchmark cost in general category states/UTs and upto 70% of benchmark cost in special category states/UTs under the present rooftop solar programme.

The Government is taking a number of steps to promote rooftop solar in the country:

  1. Providing central financial assistance (CFA) for residential / institutional / social sectors and achievement linked incentives for Government sectors rooftop solar projects installed

    under phase I of the Rooftop Solar Programme.

  2. Under phase II of the programme Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) have been made as implementing agencies and CFA is available for residential sector. Incentives for the DISCOMs for achievement of additional capacity above baseline has also been provided for.

  3. Persuading states to notify the net/gross metering regulations for RTS projects. Now all the 36 States / UTs / SERCs have notified such regulations and/or tariff orders.

  4. Prepared model MoU, PPA and Capex Agreement for expeditious implementation of RTS projects in Govt. Sector.

  5. Allocate Ministry-wise expert PSUs for handholding and support in implementation of RTS projects in various Ministries/Departments.

  6. Creation of SPIN-an online platform for expediting project approval, report submission and monitoring progress of implementation of RTS projects.

  7. Facilitated availability of concessional loans from World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to SBI and PNB respectively, for disbursal of loans to industrial and commercial sectors, where CFA/incentive is not being provided by the Ministry.

  8. Assisting States in development/integration of online portal and aggregation of demands related to rooftop solar projects.