Only state discoms authorised to implement rooftop solar scheme: MNRE

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) on Friday clarified that only state discoms and not vendors were authorised to implement the rooftop solar scheme.

“It is clarified that no vendor has been authorised by the ministry. This scheme is being implemented in the state only by discoms. The discoms have empanelled vendors and have decided rates for setting up a rooftop solar plant,” the ministry said in an advisory.

The statement was released after the ministry received complaints that some rooftop solar companies and vendors were setting up rooftop solar plants by claiming that they were authorised by the ministry.

The grid-connected rooftop solar scheme (Phase-II) provides a 40 per cent subsidy for the first 3 kW and 20 per cent subsidy beyond 3 kW and upto 10 kW and is being implemented in the states by local discoms.

The ministry had also received complaints that some vendors were charging more prices than the rates decided by discoms from domestic consumers, which was incorrect.

“Consumers are advised to pay only according to the rates decided by discoms… discoms have been instructed to identify and punish such vendors,” it said.

Almost all the discoms have issued an online process for this purpose. Residential consumers willing to set-up a rooftop solar plant under the scheme can apply online and get rooftop solar plants installed by listed vendors.

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