The Center on Wednesday released a simplified procedure for residential consumers to install the rooftop solar power plant by themselves or through any supplier of their choice under the rooftop solar program.
The new simplified procedure will be as follows
A national portal for registering beneficiary requests, approving them and monitoring progress will be developed. There will be a similarly formatted portal at the DISCOM level and the two portals will be linked.
The beneficiary household, which wishes to install Rooftop Solar (RTS) as part of the new system, will request it on the national portal. The beneficiary will be required to provide the necessary information, including details of the bank account to which the grant amount will be transferred. At the time of application, the beneficiary will be informed of the complete process and the amount of the grant that can be used for the installation of the RTS installation.
The request will be transmitted online to the concerned DISCOM for issuance of the technical feasibility approval within the next 15 working days. Once the application is transferred to the DISCOM, it will also be displayed on the DISCOM portal.
After obtaining the technical feasibility, the beneficiary will install the RTS plant with any supplier of his choice by selecting solar modules meeting the conditions of DCR and registration with the ALMM and inverters certified by J3IS. The list of approved suppliers will be provided on the portal.
In order to ensure quality and services after installation, the MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) will issue standards and specifications for the RTS plant and a model agreement to be executed between the beneficiary and the seller. The agreement, among other terms and conditions, will ensure that the installed RTS plant meets safety and performance standards and that the supplier will maintain the plant for the next 5 years or longer in accordance with the terms of the agreement. OK.
The beneficiary must install his installation within a specified period, failing which his request will be canceled and he will have to submit a new request for the installation of an RTS installation.
During the installation of the RTS installation, the beneficiary will make a request for net-metering on the national portal, which will be transmitted online to the DISCOM concerned. The concerned DISCOM will purchase and install the net meter or advise the beneficiary to procure the net meter according to the prescribed specifications and have it tested by the approved DISCOM laboratory. The decision of the DISCOM will be published on the portal.
After the installation of the net-meter, the DISCOM agent will submit a commissioning and inspection report on the national portal, which will also be reflected on the DISCOM portal.
Upon receipt of the audit report, the grant will be released directly to the beneficiary’s bank account by DISCOM.
The whole process will be monitored and a grievance mechanism will be put in place.
The national portal is expected to be developed in approximately six to eight weeks. Until the national portal goes live, the existing procedure to benefit from the subsidy for the installation of a solar power plant on the roof via the DISCOMs will continue and will be the only procedure authorized to benefit from the subsidy from the MNRE . After the implementation of the national portal, the beneficiary will have the choice to install RTS using one or the other of the options.
The general public has been advised not to trust misleading information posted on websites/social media, especially asking for registration fees or any other payment to obtain government grant for installation of rooftop solar power plants . Authentic information in this regard will be made available on the official website of the ministry – www.mnre.gov.in or on the SPIN portal – www.solarrooftop.gov.in.
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