How To Apply For Rooftop Solar Subsidy?
The applicants willing to install rooftop solar systems under the simplified procedure will be required to apply through National Portal. In order to register at National Portal or avail Rooftop Solar subsidy the applicant will require an active mobile number and an active e-mail id. The applicant will also have to download SANDES APP to receive OTP.
Steps to apply for Rooftop Solar subsidy:
Step-1: Download the SANDES app and register on the National Portal by selecting the local Distribution Company or Electricity department, as the case may be, referred to as DISCOM, and enter the Electricity connection number / Consumer number (mentioned in the electricity bill), email id and mobile number. The registration process involves OTP authentication of mobile numbers and activation through email id. While sending the activation link via email, the entire procedure will also be communicated to the applicant.
Step-2: After successful registration, the applicant can proceed for submitting an application for the installation of a grid-connected rooftop solar system at a residential house. The information already entered at the time of registration will be prefilled in the application form and the applicant will have to enter details such as the name on the electricity bill, address, the capacity of the proposed rooftop solar system, and details of existing rooftop solar system capacity installed if any. The applicant also has to upload a copy of the latest electricity bill. On submission of the application, the applicant will get a copy of the application via email and it can also be downloaded after login into the portal.
Step-3: The application will be forwarded to DISCOM for technical feasibility approval as per prevailing regulations. The applicant is advised to initiate the installation of the rooftop solar system only after getting the feasibility approval from DISCOM. The technical feasibility approval or rejection, as the case may be, will be informed to the applicant through email.
Step-4:- On receipt of feasibility approval from DISCOM, the applicant can proceed to install a rooftop solar system. It is mandatory to get the rooftop solar system installed from any of the vendor registered/empanelled with DISCOM. Ministry has specified minimum technical specifications and standards for rooftops solar systems, which are to be followed. The applicant will have the option to choose equipment of higher quality/efficiency. The domestically manufactured solar modules using domestically manufactured solar cells listed in the ALMM should only be used by the applicant. In addition, the inverter should also be BIS certified. In order to protect the interest of the applicant an agreement is to be signed between the applicant and the vendor and a model format of the agreement is available on National Portal under the Help Document section. It is mandatory for the vendor to provide comprehensive maintenance of the rooftop solar plant installed by the firm for at least 5 years.
Step-5:- On completion of installation of rooftop solar system, the applicant has to submit project completion details for net-metering and approval (The project completion details will include wattage, make and numbers of solar modules, make and wattage of inverter, name of vendor that has installed the system, uploading of photograph of system, etc). Applicant also has to apply for net-metering. The net-metering application will forwarded to DISCOM and applicant has to follow instructions of DISCOM regarding payment of net-metering charges, signing of the net-metering agreement, etc., as applicable.
Step-6:- DISCOM officials will install the net-meter and inspect the system for fulfillment of minimum technical specifications and standards.
Step-7:- Upon successful inspection and installation of net meter, the commissioning certificate would be generated online by DISCOM.
Step-8:- Applicant has to submit bank details and upload copy of cancelled cheque. The fund-handling agency will release the central Government subsidy directly into the bank account. The details of Central Government subsidies available under simplified procedure may be checked on the National Portal.