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ONE NATION, ONE PLATFORM FOR SOLAR REGISTRATION

ONE NATION, ONE PLATFORM FOR SOLAR REGISTRATION

The Government of India is striving hard to make India a better place to breathe by shifting the energy generation from traditional coal-based to renewable energy sources. 

The growing supply-demand gap in the energy sector is leading to a constant price hike causing a significant strain on consumers’ pockets. To reduce the rising CO2 emissions and energy costs, it is essential to switch to eco-friendly renewable energy sources.

 

Solar-based energy generation is regarded as the most reliable and effective renewable energy source due to the number of benefits it delivers over the long term.

In order to encourage residential consumers to go solar, the government has launched several programs and schemes providing financial assistance.

The state Discom is appointed for implementing these schemes, but it has been recorded that many residential consumers were unable to avail the benefits of these schemes due to several challenges owing to their implementation.

Now, consumers in any state can apply for a subsidy via just one National Solar Portal and receive the subsidy directly into the bank account within 30 days post solar installation and its commissioning.

How To Apply on Solar Portal

Steps to follow for solar installation

STEP 1: Register on Portal

Click on the National Portal for Rooftop Solar and fill in the details required for the registration process as shown in the below icon. 

To register one needs to fill in the state of residence, local distribution company (DISCOM), and the consumer account number which is mentioned on the electricity bill. One also needs to install the Sandes App, after successful registration an OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number through the App for the verification process.

STEP 2: Submit the Application Form

After completing the registration process successfully, the next step is to fill out and submit the application form. This requires providing information such as the applicant’s full name, the address listed on the electricity bill, and the most recent electricity bill.

Additionally, one must include information on the intended capacity of the solar energy system as well as any existing solar plants that may have been installed.

A copy of the application is sent to the registered email after submission and is also available for download from the portal.

STEP 3: Feasibility Check

The application is then sent to DISCOM for a site feasibility assessment. Through this portal, the applicant can keep track of the outcome, and they will also receive a report through registered email.

STEP 4: Installation of Solar Plant

If the site is suitable for installation, the next task is to install the solar plant. The applicant can select the solar vendors of their choice empanelled in their DISCOM under the DBT(Direct Benefit Transfer)scheme.

Following certain guideline is been prescribed by MNRE for solar plant installation:

  1. The applicant needs to use only solar modules and cells manufactured in India and listed in the ALMM(Approved List of Models and Manufacturers) 
  2. The inverter chosen must be BIS(Bureau of Indian Standards) certified. 
  3. All the components required for the installation must be of higher efficiency.
  4. The vendors are required to provide rooftop maintenance services for a minimum of 5 years as per the stated MNRE rules.

STEP 5: Net Metering Approval

Consumers must submit the project information for net metering and approval as specified in the application form once the installation is complete. The application is subsequently sent to the DISCOM, where the applicant must adhere to the DISCOM’s rules on payment instructions, agreements, etc.

STEP 6: Installation of Net-Meter

After the successful submission of the approved application, DISCOM will inspect the system and officially install the net meter at your location.

STEP 7: Certification Generation

The commissioning certificate will be given online by DISCOM following the examination and installation of the net meter.

STEP 8: Submission of Bank Details

The next step is to add your bank account details and the cancelled cheque. Once done the central government subsidy will be directly credited to your account.

The amount of subsidy or central financial assistance calculation depends on the total solar module or solar inverter capacity or capacity approved by DISCOM whichever is lower. According to the National subsidy scheme, residential rooftop solar is still limited to 10kW, and any system above 10kW will receive a subsidy of Rs. 94,822.

To know more about the Central Financial Assistance (CFA)/ Central Government Subsidy Click Here.

Who can apply on the portal:

The national portal is open to all consumers and vendors interested in solar installations.
The conditions associated with the subsidy scheme are:
  1. Consumers need to choose only from solar companies empanelled under the state DISCOM list.Silres Energy Solution is empanelled under the DISCOM list delivering across states.
  2. The Government of India offers subsidies only to projects with solar panels made in India, with cells made in India.

If you still have any doubt log into www.sunedison.in, our team will be happy to assist you or get the whole process done for you right from registration to post-installation maintenance.