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Centre Tweaks PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana


Why is it in the news?

  • The Union cabinet has made adjustments to the new 75,000-crore PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana, aimed at providing free rooftop solar electricity.

Recent Changes in the Scheme 

Original Plan:

  • The original plan aimed to fully subsidize the installation of 1 kW-3 kW solar systems in one crore households through partnerships with renewable energy service companies.

Changed Plan:

  • The revised scheme will now cover up to 60% of the installation costs.
  • Participating households are required to pay the remaining amount, starting from a minimum of ₹20,000, depending on the power capacity of the installed system.
  • Low-interest, collateral-free loans will be available to households interested in the scheme.
  • Only houses with suitable roofs and existing grid connections are eligible to participate, and consumers must still pay for all net power used from the grid.
About Pradhan Mantri Surya Ghar Muft Bijli Yojana

·       The objective of the scheme is to deliver 300 units of ‘free electricity’ monthly to 1 crore households through rooftop solar setups.

·       The scheme is under the purview of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.

·       The scheme provides a subsidy of 60% of installation costs for 2 kW systems and 40% for systems ranging from 2-3 kW capacity.

·       At current rates, subsidies amount to Rs 30,000 for 1 kW systems, Rs 60,000 for 2 kW systems, and Rs 78,000 for 3 kW systems or higher.

·       A national portal facilitates subsidy applications, assists in finding suitable vendors for installing rooftop solar, and aids decision-making by providing relevant information.

 

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