Solar Panel Subsidy: Everything You Should Know About GEDA
lubi solar       June 11, 2019
The demand for power is increasing day by day, making it essential to scale up power generating units to match the demand with supply. Generally, power generating plants use non-renewable sources. These resources are limited and can become extinct over time.
It has become imperative to explore newer and renewable sources for generating energy. Scientific research has opened up ways and means of commercial adoption of power generating technologies from the non-conventional resources like sun, wind, biowaste, etc. India might be the world’s third-largest electricity producer, but still, there are a significant number of places in the country that struggle on a daily basis due to the power deficit.
A major GDP contributor, agriculture, unfortunately, is also at the receiving end of this power deficit and demands an immediate solution.
This problem has shifted our approach towards alternative sources of electricity and what could be better than solar energy.
Gujarat is a state situated on the Western coast of India and also popularly known as “Jewel of Western India.”Considering the geographical measurement, it is the 6th largest state of the country with a high population.
Based on the priority list shared by the government targeting 3200 MW, Gujarat is expected to count as the fourth largest state in India in terms of installing rooftop solar capacity by 2022.
According to the reports, Gujarat solely accounts for contributing 1159.76MW of commissioned solar power in the country with about 40.58MW being produced in the FY 2016/17.
These numbers prove that Gujarat is one of the fastest growing states when it comes to solar deployment- both for large scale as well as rooftop solar projects. Gujarat also houses the prestigious Charanka Solar Park built on a 2,000 hectare land in Northern Gujarat.
Taking on from the good work, the state of Gujarat through its agency GEDA(Gujarat Energy Development Agency) has undertaken a project to make solar rooftops system affordable, thereby promoting wider acceptance of solar technology.
In order to localize the idea of solar energy conversion, the government has assured subsidy on the projects executed under the auspices of GEDA. According to the priority list that was released by the government back in January 2016, the processing fees of subsidy claims for the public institutions and schools are on the top while residential remains on the low priority.
The prime features of the scheme that you should know about are-
- The scheme will be under implementation up to 31st March 2019
- The residential consumer of any DISCOM, who is having a residential property in his name, is eligible to install a solar PV system on his rooftop from any of the suppliers selected by him from the list containing authorized GEDA Empaneled Vendors. List of these vendors is available on GEDA web site www.geda.gujarat.gov.in
- The beneficiary shall register their application through any of the GEDA registered approved empaneled vendors only.
- A solar system should be a minimum of 1 kW capacity.
- The beneficiary should have 100 sq.ft. shadow-free area per kilowatt capacity of the solar system on their rooftop.
|Sr. No.||System Capacity Range||
The price discovered in Rs. Per Kilowatt
|1||1 to 6 kW||Rs. 48,300/–|
|2||Above 6 to 10 kW||Rs. 48,000/–|
|3||Above 10 to 50 kW||Rs. 44,000/–|
|4||Above 50 kW||Rs. 41,000/–|
- Note: Price may vary as per market segment and Government/industry rules and regulations.
- The system cost written in above table is inclusive of supply, installation, comprehensive maintenance contract of 5 years of the complete solar system,commissioning, bi-directional meter and its testing charges, the connectivity charges, and cost of SMC box for the meter to be paid to the DISCOM and standard structure required for installing solar PV panel on your rooftop, with requirement of minimum surface clearance of 300 mm between the bottommost edge of the pane and the terrace surface and. The charges of additional height for the structure will be required, if any, shall be borne by the beneficiary.
- Any other charges to be paid to DISCOM, on account of the requirement of change of phase if any from single to three phases, the upgradation of the existing electricity distribution network, must be borne additionally by the beneficiary, as the cost is not included in the discovered cost mentioned in the table.
- If the applying candidate is a single phase consumer of the DISCOM and want to install a solar rooftop system having capacity which requires to change the phase of his current service connection from single phase to three phase, in that case the requisite charges for enhancement of the phase from single to three phases must be borne by the consumer being part of the system strengthening, and that charge is not included in the discovered cost per kW.
- The beneficiary shall sign connectivity agreement with concerned DISCOM, as per the terms and conditions specified by the DISCOM.
- Banking of Energy is available for one billing cycle i.e., the generation of the solar system is to be adjusted against the electricity drawn from the DISCOM in the electricity bill of the same month.
- The beneficiary will be required to pay the remaining/balance amount of the cost of the solar system to the empaneled vendor after deducting the amount of eligible subsidy, as per the terms and conditions of payment decided/agreed between the beneficiary and empaneled vendor.
- Empaneled Vendor and Beneficiary are required to enter into an agreement mentioned on Rs. 50/- stamp paper formatted according to the guidelines provided by GEDA for maintenance of the solar system for five years. The cost of the agreement is to be borne by the beneficiary.
The subsidy shall be released by GEDA directly to the empaneled vendor upon submission of the following documents ;
- Certificate document of the user that he/she has paid as the subsidized cost for the solar system and authorized by GEDA for releasing the subsidy to the empaneled vendor.
- The Solar system commissioning report which is jointly signed by empaneled vendor, beneficiary and DISCOM officer.
- Documents with a Joint installation report showing the detail of the system installed at the site, signed by the beneficiary and empaneled vendor.
- Certificate for charging permission by CEI (for a system of more than 10 kW) OR certificate of Electrical supervisor or contractor (for a system less than 10 kW)
- Any registered capacity of a solar rooftop installation shall not be eligible of + or – 5 % of the limited capacity to pass the 6, 10 and 50 kW DC capacity.
- The rate of subsidy shall be applicable for the installed DC capacity of the solar modules.
- The total amount of subsidy shall be payable on the installed kW DC capacity of the solar modules or capacity of the kW inverter capacity whichever is less.