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Govt relaxes rules, households need not install solar rooftop via listed vendors only

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New Delhi: Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh reviewed the progress of the solar rooftop scheme recently. After the review, the minister gave directions for simplifying the scheme, so that people are able to access it easily. He has directed that henceforth, it will not be necessary for any household to get solar rooftop installed by any listed vendor. Households may also install solar rooftop by themselves or get the rooftop installed by any vendor of their choice, and inform the distribution company about the installation along with a photograph of the system which has been installed.

The intimation to the discom of the installation of the solar rooftop can be given either in material form through a letter/application or on the designated website which has been set up by every discom and by the government for the solar rooftop scheme. The distribution company will ensure that net metering is provided within 15 days of the information being received.

The subsidy to be given by the government, which is 40 percent for rooftop of up to 3 KW capacity and 20 percent beyond that up to 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 government 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.

The option of getting the rooftop installed by any of the vendors designated by DISCOM remains available as earlier. In such cases also, the householder may select the solar panel and inverter of their choice.

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