MNRE Issues Advisory for Consumers on Vendor Authorization for Rooftop Solar Scheme

The move came after it has been brought to the notice of the Ministry that some rooftop solar companies / vendors have been setting up rooftop solar plants by claiming that they are authorized vendors by the Ministry.

January 16, 2021. By Manu Tayal

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an advisory by clarifying that no vendor, those setting up rooftop solar plants, has been authorized by the Ministry.

The move came after it has been brought to the notice of the Ministry that some rooftop solar companies / vendors have been setting up rooftop solar plants by claiming that they are authorized vendors by the Ministry.

Notably, for generating solar power by installing solar panels on the roof of the houses, MNRE has been implementing Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme (Phase-II).

Under this scheme, MNRE has been providing 40 per cent subsidy for the first 3 kW and 20 per cent subsidy beyond 3 kW and upto 10 kW.

The Ministry further clarified that, “the scheme is being implemented in the states by local Electricity Distribution Companies (Discoms).”

Also, these Discoms have empanelled vendors through bidding process and have decided rates for setting up a rooftop solar plant.

MNRE also cleared that “almost all the Discoms have issued online process for this purpose.”

The residential consumers those willing to set-up a rooftop solar plant under MNRE scheme can apply online and get rooftop solar plants installed by listed vendors, the Ministry further suggested.

For this, consumers have to pay the cost of rooftop solar plant by reducing the subsidy amount given by the Ministry as per the prescribed rate to the vendor. The process of which is given on the online portal of Discoms, it added.

MNRE clearly mentioned that, “the subsidy amount will be provided to the vendors by the Ministry through Discoms. Domestic consumers have been informed that to get subsidy under the scheme of the Ministry, they should install rooftop solar plants only from the empanelled vendors of Discoms following due process of approval by Discoms.”

“The solar panels and other equipment to be installed by the empanelled vendors shall be as per the standard and specifications of the Ministry and also includes 5-year maintenance of the rooftop solar plant by the vendor,” it further added.

MNRE also mentioned that, “it has also been brought to the notice of the Ministry that some vendors are charging more price than the rates decided by Discoms from domestic consumers, which is incorrect.”

Therefore, consumers have been advised to pay only according to the rates decided by Discoms. The Discoms have been instructed to identify and punish such vendors, Ministry stated.

Thus, the Ministry suggested to consumers that, in order to get more information, contact the concerned Discom or dial MNRE’s toll free number 1800-180-3333, or click on “https://solarrooftop.gov.in/grid_others/discomPortalLinks” to know the online portal of your Discom.

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