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MNRE cautions unauthorized solar companies, only DISCOMS allowed to install rooftop solar plants

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) cautioned consumers against rooftop solar companies that are claiming to be ‘authorised vendors’ for the implementation of Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme.

The scheme is being implemented in the states only by power distribution companies (DISCOMS) that have empanelled vendors through the bidding process and decided rates for setting up a rooftop solar plant, the ministry said in a statement.

Some solar companies are setting up rooftop solar plants by claiming  authorisation by the ministry. The ministry has  clarified that no vendor has been authorized.

According to PTI  inputs, the objective of the scheme is to achieve a cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW from rooftop solar (RTS) projects by the year 2022. The ministry will provide 40 per cent subsidy for the first 3 kilowatt (kW) and 20 per cent subsidy beyond 3 kW and up to 10 kW . The scheme is being implemented in the states by local electricity distribution companies.

Almost all the DISCOMS have issued online processes for this purpose and residential consumers willing to set up a rooftop solar plant under MNRE scheme can apply online and get rooftop solar plants installed by listed vendors, the ministry informed.

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