The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has increased the Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for Residential Category in Hilly, North Eastern States.
The Ministry has decided to provide higher CFA for residential consumers of North Eastern States including Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, UT of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
All residential consumers of these states/UTs applying for installation of rooftop solar on the National Portal for Rooftop Solar on or after date of issuance of this OM will be eligible to get higher CFA as mentioned below.:
i. Individual Household – For first 3 kW: Rs. 17662/ kW and for RTS capacity beyond 3 kW and upto 10 kW: Rs. 8831/kW.
ii. Resident Welfare Associations/Group Housing Societies (RWA/GHS) – Rs. 8831/kW for common facilities up to 500 kWp @ 10 kWp per house.
Ministry has got representation for providing higher CFA through National Portal in line with higher benchmark cost prescribed for North Eastern States and hilly States/UT and the request has been considered by the Ministry.
National Portal for Rooftop Solar was launched on 30.7.2022. On the National Portal any residential consumer from any part of country can apply for installation of RTS and get CFA directly in his/her bank account. All the steps starting from application to release of CFA can be monitored by consumer online on the Portal. In the National Portal the CFA amount for the RTS capacity installed by a consumer is common for entire country which is as under:
i. Individual Household – For first 3 kW: Rs. 14588/ kW and for RTS capacity beyond 3 kW and upto 10 kW: Rs. 7294/kW.
ii. Resident Welfare Associations/Group Housing Societies (RWA/GHS) – Rs. 7294/kW for common facilities up to 500 kWp @ 10 kWp per house.
Ministry has also got representation from various stakeholders that presently two modes are being implemented in parallel. One is rates discovered and vendors empanelled by DISCOMs/SIAs through tendering process and other National Portal for Rooftop Solar. These two modes are creating confusion amongst consumers mainly due to difference in CFA rates.
After having careful examination and to avoid ambiguity, it has been decided that uniform and fixed CFA as applicable under simplified procedure will be applicable for both the implementation modes. Therefore, for the all the future bids and the bids which are scheduled to be closed after 15 days of the issuance of this OM by the DISCOMs/SIAs against the capacity allocated by Ministry for installation RTS in residential sector under Rooftop Solar Programme Ph-II, the uniform and fixed CFA as applicable under National Portal for Rooftop Solar will be applicable.