Solar Park (s)

  • The scheme for “Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects” has been rolled out by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy on 12-12-2014. 

  • Under this scheme, it was proposed to set up at least 25 Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects targeting over 20,000 MW of solar power installed capacity within a span of 5 years starting from 2014-15.

  • This scheme envisages supporting the States in setting up solar parks at various locations in the country with a view to creating required infrastructure for setting up of Solar Power Projects. The solar parks will provide suitable developed land with all clearances, transmission system, water access, road connectivity, communication network, etc. This scheme will facilitate and speed up the installation of grid-connected solar power projects for electricity generation on a large scale.  

  • All the States and Union Territories are eligible for getting benefit under the scheme.  

  • The capacity of the solar parks shall be 500 MW and above. However, smaller parks may be considered in Himalayan Region & other hilly States where contiguous land may be difficult to acquire in view of difficult terrain and in States where there is the acute shortage of non-agricultural land.

  • The solar parks are developed in collaboration with the State Governments and their agencies. The choice of implementing agency for developing and maintaining the park is left to the State Government.  

  • Further, the capacity of the scheme has been enhanced from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW in March, 2017.  

Rooftop

  • The aims of Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Program’  to promote installation of grid connected solar rooftop systems in residential, social, institutional and government sectors in the country.  

  • The capital subsidy of 30% (70 % for special category Sates and Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands) is available for residential, institutional (hospitals, educational institutions etc.) and social sectors. For the Government Institutions/Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), achievement-linked incentives/awards are being provided. There is no subsidy for commercial and industrial establishments in the private sector as they are eligible for other benefits such as accelerated depreciation, custom duty concessions, excise duty exemptions and tax holiday etc.

  • Reserve Bank of India has included renewable energy projects under priority sector lending for which bank loans up to a limit of Rs. 15 crore to borrowers will be available for renewable energy projects including grid connected solar rooftop and ground mounted systems. For individual households, the loan limit is Rs. 10 lakh per borrower.     

Grid-Connected/Ground Mounted/Off Grid Applications

Grid Connected Solar Projects-

 

  • Under the Scheme for setting up over 300 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects by Defence Establishments under Ministry of Defence and Paramilitary Forces.

  • Under the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) Scheme.

  • Under the  Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW of Grid Connected Solar PV power projects by CPSUs.

  • Under the scheme of 15000 MW Grid-Connected Solar PV power plants through NTPC Ltd.

  • Under the Scheme of 3000 MW Grid Connected Solar PV Power Projects under NSM Phase-II, Batch-II, Tranche-I – ‘State Specific Bundling Scheme’.

  • Pilot-cum-demonstration Scheme for development of grid-connected solar PV power plants on Canal Banks and Canal Tops

 

Off Grid Application-

 

  • Off-Grid Solar PV Applications. 

  • Off-Grid Solar Thermal Programme.

  • Solar Dryer and Space Heating.

  • Solar Water Heating System.

  • Atal Jyoti Yojna (AJAY).