The National Subsidy Scheme will operate concurrently with the State-wise Subsidy Program. Meeting the 4 GW household solar ambitions by 2024 is the goal.

Now as mentioned above, there are 2 different types of subsidies :
1. State-wise Subsidy Program
2. National Subsidy Scheme

State-wise Subsidy Program started as a state-run programme. The solar rooftop subsidy programme is managed by the state DISCOMs to promote solar installation across the state. The MNRE collaborates with each state that has an active subsidy programme to manage the solar subsidy program (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy).

National Solar Subsidy Scheme is also known as Direct Bank Transfer (DBT) Scheme. Customers can use the National Solar Portal to submit an application for a subsidy. Within 30 days of the solar system's commissioning, the clients' bank accounts will automatically receive the subsidy. So even if your state does not currently offer a solar panel (system) subsidy, you can still apply for one through the National Solar portal.

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) have also fixed the subsidy amount for every customer regardless of their state and the customer can get the solar power plant installed from any vendor whom they vetted properly and negotiated the best price for themselves. Earlier subsidy was disbursed on the basis of overpriced L1 rate of each state that use to differ from state to state. Now customer can negotiate the prices of the solar power plant with their vendor and can get the best price from them and claim the whole subsidy which is fixed by MNRE.

Capacity The subsidy Amount
between 1kW-3kW Rs.14,588/- per kW
between 3kW-5kW Rs. 14588/- per kW
3 kW and thereafter Rs. 7294/- per kW
above 10kW Rs. 94,882/- per kW

*Residential household consumers are entitled for rooftop subsidy by the directive of government of India (GOI) & MNRE.

The customers who are interested

The customers who are interested to install solar for their home can now easily log in the government solar subsidy portal i.e.

The customers can apply for the solar subsidy scheme by first filling out their CA no. as mentioned in their electricity bill, choose the DISCOM from where they have their grid connection, fill in their registered mobile number and registered Email ID on which they want their application notification on. The customer needs to also install the government messaging app developed by National Information Centre i.e. SANDES app. Once you install this app kindly login to it with your registered mobile number.

While making an account on the national solar portal you would need to send an OTP to your SANDES app from that website itself. Once you fill in the required details with the OTP, your account will be created on the portal.

While filling up the application form you would need to confirm your email id from the verification mail that has been sent to you on the mentioned email id. Once that‟s done you need fill in the required details like solar proposed capacity, sanctioned load (mentioned in your electricity bill), your geo location (longitude and latitude) of your house. If you have already installed a plant and you are extending your plant capacity then you would also have to mention that on the portal in the desired column. Then click on next. Once that‟s done you would need to upload your any electricity bill of past 6 months and then submit your application.

Then within 15 days the feasibility evaluation approval will come in and after that you can get your solar power plant installed from any vendor of your choosing and fill in the installation details with the required bank details where you would want your subsidy to credit by taking the help of your vendor. Then the inspection of your plant will take place by an authorized representative of your DISCOM. Once that is done and your net meter is also installed then commissioning report of the plant will be generated and your application will move towards subsidy request and within 30 days your subsidy will be disbursed directly to your bank account.

The Government has taken this initiative to boost the installation of solar in the residential sector where every customer can get one stop solution from one portal and can get rid of the problem of multi-party dealing and eliminating the chances of bureaucratic delay.

How to Apply Online for Solar Rooftop Subsidy Yojana

In order to apply for the subsidy scheme you have to follow the following steps:

  1. Visit the Govt. of India official national portal for rooftop solar i.e.
  2. Complete customer registration at first place.
  3. Select state name & DISCOM name which is distributing electricity in your district/ area.
  1. Fill up consumer account no which is mentioned at your electricity bill.
  2. Download an app on your mobile with the name SANDES App QR code to scan for registration.
  3. On SANDES app enter your mobile no, email ID and submit OTP received and complete the registration process
  4. After successful registration on SANDES app, again open the home page of national rooftop portal.
  5. In Login section fill your consumer account number and registered mobile no and login.
  6. Next you fill the necessary asked information on national rooftop portal.
  7. Complete your application form.

The CFA / subsidy will be available only for applications registered with the National rooftop Portal and will be released after clearance by inspecting authority (DISCOM) on successful commissioning and installation of bidirectional net metering system as per specified procedure. The CFA /subsidy will not be applicable with retrospective effect.

Plant Capacity Applicable Subsidy
Up to 3 kW Rs. 14,588/- per kW
Above 3 kW and Up to 10 kW Rs. 14,588/- per kW for first 3kW and thereafter Rs. 7,294/- per kW
Above 10 kW Rs. 94,822/- fixed

Calculation of CFA/subsidy: The CFA/subsidy would be calculated on the basis of total solar module capacity/solar inverter capacity/capacity approved by DISCOM, whichever is lower.

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