It was instructed by the Hon'ble Minister that from now onwards it will not be necessary for the beneficiary to get the roof top installed from any listed vendor. Instead, they can install the roof top themselves or get it installed by any vendor of their choice. MNRE asks for suggestions & comments to draft the guidelines for new mechanism by 28.01.2022 to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently published news by Press Information Bureau in which MNRE and Union Power Minister Shri R.K. Singh instructs were given to simplify the rooftop scheme so that the general public can have easy access to solar energy and domestic solar energy can be promoted. It was instructed by the Hon'ble Minister that from now on it will not be necessary for the beneficiary to get the roof top installed from any listed vendor. Instead, they can install the roof top themselves or get it installed by any vendor of their choice and inform the distribution company about the installation alongwith a photograph of the system which has been installed. The intimation to the DISCOM of the installation of the roof top can be given either in the material form through a letter / application or on the designated website which has been set up by every DISCOM and by the Govt. of India for the Roof Top Scheme. The distribution company will ensure that the netmetering will be provided within 15 days of the information being received. The subsidy to be given by the Govt. of India which is 40% for roof top of upto 3 KW capacity and 20% beyond that upto 10 KW will be credited to the account of the householder by the DISCOM within 30 days of the installation. In order to ensure that the quality of the solar panel and the inverter is according to the prescribed standard; the Govt. of India will publish from time to time the lists of solar panel manufacturers and inverter manufacturers whose products meet the expected quality standards and the price lists thereof; and the householder can select the solar panels and inverter of his choice.
After this press release, this news spread like wildfire across the country through print media, electronic media as well as social media. We have been receiving thousands of queries from beneficiaries, EPC companies and other stakeholders regarding the applicability of the new guidelines. There are common questions regarding the time-frame for implementation of such guidelines and the future of tenders already floated or ongoing by various states like Karnataka, Maharashtra, UP, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Gujarat and Rajasthan. , which are in line with the MNRE's SBD issued in December 2021. Rajasthan is in the process of issuing 200 MW tender on 27.01.2022.
"REAR welcomed this initiative of MNRE and Power Minister Shri RK Singh and clarified that this is the future intention of MNRE on which detailed guidelines need to be framed and this should be done by linking with the online process , which can take a lot of time, so it will not be right to stop the already issued or ongoing tenders by various states which are in line with the SBD of MNRE issued in December 2021. We suggest that these schemes should be allowed to continue as it is and in the meantime guidelines should be prepared for the new mechanism. Also we request MNRE to kindly clarify on this matter so that confusion is removed from the minds of the stakeholders and unnecessary disruption in the installation of rooftop project can be avoided".