MNRE Releases Clarification for Phase II of The Solar Rooftop Programme

"However, the capacity eligible for CFA for GHS/RAW will be limited to 10 kW per house with maximum total capacity up to 500 kWp, inclusive of RTS put in individual houses in the GHS/RWA," said the clarification from MNRE

January 31, 2020. By News Bureau

The Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that it has released a clarification regarding the second phase of the solar rooftop programme, for which it delivers Central Financial Assistance (CFA).

Meant for the residential sector, the CFA is delivered at a 40 per cent of the benchmark cost, or the cost discovered through the transparent bidding by the implementing agency- whichever is lower for rooftop systems. The CFA is applicable up to a capacity of 3 kW.

For a total system capacity beyond 3 kW but up to 10 kW, CFA is provided at 20 per cent of the benchmark cost, or again through transparent bidding. For group housing societies (GHS) or residential welfare associations (RWA), the CFA will be limited to 20 per cent for solar rooftop plants for supply of power to common facilities.

"However, the capacity eligible for CFA for GHS/RAW will be limited to 10 kW per house with maximum total capacity upto 500 kWp, inclusive of RTS put in individual houses in the GHS/RWA," said the clarification from MNRE.

The distribution companies will also serve a crucial part in the implementation of the programme. The MNRE said that the discoms should be prepared for quality measures as prescribed, and quality checks be conducted if deemed necessary by the Ministry.

The phase II of the solar rooftop programmed was initiated in August last year, with an aim of achieving cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW through solar rooftop projects by 2022.

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