29 March 2020

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Solar gain

The current government is determined to achieve the targeted objectives under the JNNSM scheme

The Centre has come up with a list of steps taken and targets achieved under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) during the 12th Five Year Plan period. According to Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy the following measures have been taken by the government to increase the production and to give incentives:


  • Provision of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) for solar power in the National Tariff Policy.
  • Grant of subsidy on off-grid applications and Generation Based Incentive (GBI), facility for bundled power and Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for Grid connected Solar Power Projects through various interventions announced from time to time.
  • Generation Based Incentive (GBI), facility for bundled power & Viability Gap Funding   (VGF) for Grid connected Solar Power Projects through various interventions announced   from time to time.
  • Setting up Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects and Solar Parks, 1MW Solar Parks on the banks of canals and solar power driven agricultural pump sets for energising one lakh pumps.
  • Concessional Import duty/Excise duty exemption for setting up of solar power plants, accelerated depreciation and tax holiday.



The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is encouraging the installation of solar street lights in the country. Under the off-grid and decentralised solar applications scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Ministry provides 30 per cent capital subsidy which ranges from `81/-per watt peak to `135/- per watt peak for installation of solar street lights. In special category States and North Eastern States, Lakshadweep and A&N Islands including Uttarakhand, the Ministry provides 90 per cent capital subsidy which ranges from `243/- watt peak to `405/-per watt peak for government organisations (Not for commercial organizations and corporations) for installation of solar street lights. A total of 274679 solar street lights have been installed in various locations of the country.


The Ministry is implementing off grid and decentralised solar photovoltaic applications scheme through various channel partners including private system integrators. They provide solar systems and services to clients including design, supply, integration and installation, and other services. They approach the Ministry directly for accessing subsidy, the Minister added.


Solar Power Developers (SPDs) are now free to procure cells of foreign/indigenous origin. The procurement price is settled by the SPDs through negotiation with the cell producers and therefore it keeps varying from time to time.


While large projects are being planned for feeding power into the grid it is also proposed to set up small  solar based systems to provide energy in a decentralised manner to far flung villages and remote areas. The government is of the view that domestic manufacturers need support in order to sustain. NTPC is therefore coming up with a tender for setting up of 1000 MW of solar power projects in EPC mode by using cells and modules made in India. The large PSUs are expected to provide necessary financial strength and confidence to the developers by procuring power and then selling it to the discoms. Rooftop solar is a priority of the government and correctly policies would be put in place for supporting this sector, the minister has said.

The annual growth registered in solar energy production during the last three years in the country is as under:





Application Segment


Targets under 12th Plan Period


Achievements during 12th Plan Period


Grid solar power (large plants, roof top & distribution grid plants)


10,000 MW


1816.51 MW


Off-grid solar applications


1000 MW


119 MW


Solar Thermal Collectors (SWHs, solar cooking/ cooling, industrial process heat applications etc.)


6.18  million                   sq. meters


2.47 million sq. meters







Capacity added (MW)


Percentage Growth












27.61 %






63.68 %









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