Solar Roof Top Scheme
Part of: Prelims and Mains GS-III: Energy
Context: There is a need to simplifying the Roof Top Scheme, so that the people are able to access it easily.
Change: The households may also install the roof top by themselves or get the roof top installed by any vendor of their choice, and inform the distribution company about the installation along with a photograph of the system which has been installed.
About Rooftop Solar Programme:
- The aim is to achieve a cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW from Rooftop Solar Projects by the year 2022.
- In a grid-connected rooftop or small Solar Voltaic Panel system, the DC power generated from the Solar Voltaic panel is converted to AC power using the power conditioning unit and is fed to the grid.
- This scheme is being implemented in the states by distribution companies (DISCOMs).
- The MNRE is providing a 40% subsidy for the first 3 kW and 20% subsidy beyond 3 kW and upto 10 kW of solar panel capacity.
Objectives of the Rooftop Solar Programme:
- To promote the grid-connected SPV rooftop and small SPV power generating plants among the residential, community, institutional, industrial and commercial establishments.
- To mitigate the dependence on fossil fuel based electricity generation and encourage environment-friendly Solar electricity generation.
- To create an enabling environment for investment in the solar energy sector by the private sector, state government and the individuals.
- To create an enabling environment for the supply of solar power from rooftop and small plants to the grid.
News Source: PIB