The government has finally become active in promoting rooftop solar energy. For this, the state recently appointed Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (AVVNL) or Ajmer DISCOM, as the implementing agency for the Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar program. This program of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy aims to provide solar power plants at affordable prices in residential properties.
A separate unit has been set up for this purpose in the three distribution companies Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam (JVVNL), Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam (JdVVNL) and AVVNL.
Under the name of Renewable Energy and Demand Supply Management, this cell will have technical and financial managers under the authority of the chief engineer. They will be responsible for connecting more and more people to rooftop solar power, passing on the benefits of the subsidy to consumers.
On the other hand, the rooftop solar subsidy rate has also been finalized. AVVNL has unveiled the lowest bids for 55MW of rooftop solar projects under the capital expenditure model for three DISCOMs in Rajasthan. Through this, people will be able to get subsidized solar power plant installations.
Installation of a 1 kW solar power plant for only ₹43,500
The lowest bid for installing solar systems was claimed by Jaipur DISCOM at just ₹43,500/kW for units up to 3kW, for 3kW to 10kW the cost was set at ₹40 ₹991/kW. Similarly, for 10kW to 100kW, the price was adjusted to ₹36,000/kW, and for 100kW to 500kW, the cost was set to ₹35,000/kW.
“A separate cell was formed to increase the reach of the rooftop solar power plants and to have a well-planned coordination. This team will take charge of solar-related work in discotheques. The government also intends to increase the production of renewable energy,” said Bhaskar A. Sawant, principal secretary of the government’s energy department.
Solar subsidy scheme
Under this flagship government program, sellers will also be required to make all necessary arrangements for the evacuation and injection of excess electricity into the grid. Notably, the three DISCOMS included in the program will execute rooftop solar projects in their operational areas through the suppliers formed under the recently announced tender prices.
In addition, in order to ensure a good number of applications and encourage more people to adopt solar energy as their main energy source, MNRE will also provide central financial assistance up to 40% for solar systems. on roofs up to 3 kW capacity. For rooftop systems with a capacity greater than 3 kW, a CFA of up to 20% will be applicable.
This work will be carried out for Solar
- Provide subsidies to electricity consumers who install solar panels on roofs.
- Link the DISCOM portal to the central government portal and monitor them regularly.
- Preparation of the technical feasibility report of the application to be uploaded to the portal so that the roof is installed in the consumer’s building at the earliest.
- Will report after studying facilities granted in other States.
- Regular monitoring of power demand and supply.
As we already know, solar energy does not require external input to operate, so its energy production costs are practically zero. However, the only cost associated with using solar energy is the manufacture, installation and maintenance of the components. It requires a large investment initially, but in the long term, the minimal cost associated with its use provides rapid cost recovery.