The President of India has sanctioned the launch of the second phase of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) program in India. The program objects to help accomplish the target of 40 GW of rooftop solar PV capacity by 2022. Under phase-II, 38 GW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV capacity is estimated to be installed. The central government will deliver ₹118.14 billion ($1.66 billion) as central financial assistance (CFA) for capacity building, service charges, and incentives to distribution companies (DISCOMs).
Phase-II comprises of two components:
For component B, the incentive will be based on additional grid-connected rooftop solar PV capacity installed over and above the base level. Incentives will be restricted for the first 18 GW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects.
The launch of phase-II of the program took a while in the making. In December 2017, MNRE had released a new proposal to overhaul the existing rooftop solar implementation mechanism by making it the responsibility of DISCOMs. Then MNRE had suggested that the DISCOMs would be entitled to receive financial assistance to the tune of ₹234.5 billion ($3.66 billion) based on their performance in aiding rooftop solar deployment.
In February 2019, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) delivered its sanction for the second phase of grid-connected rooftop solar PV program with CFA to the tune of ₹118.14 billion ($1.66 billion).
For the 4 GW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV capacity to be developed under component A, a CFA of ₹66 billion ($0.94 billion) is suggested. Total CFA of ₹49.50 billion (~$0.71 billion) has been allotted to be given an incentive to DISCOMs, ₹6.6 million ($0.094 million) has been allotted as CFA to be given as capacity building charge, and ₹1.98 billion ($0.028 billion) has been allocated as CFA to be given as service charge.
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