Documents and Guidelines

1. Documents Required for Online Application:

Please make sure you have soft copies of following proof before filling the online application:

Identity Proof(Any One):

  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Voter Card
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Driving License
  • Identity Card issued by govt. department

Residence Proof:

  •   Electricity Bill

Registration Certificate (in case other than domestic sector).

Exemption Certificate from Income Tax department (in case other than domestic sector).

1. Guidelines

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), GOI vide its letter dated 19.11.2015 & 04.03.2016 has conveyed to provide Central Financial Assistance (CFA) @ 30% of the benchmark cost for installation of grid connected rooftop solar power plant, of the capacity 1kWp to 500kWp, to certain categories as mentioned in the letter dated 04.03.2016.

Therefore, in the State, for the installation of Grid Connected Solar Power Plants, with net-metering facility, without battery bank (optional with small/least battery bank) as per technical specifications/standards of MNRE, Govt. of India/HAREDA, guidelines are as under:

1. The Government is providing Financial Assistance for the installation of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants at rate of 30% of the cost/benchmark cost (including the Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of MNRE, if available) or Rs. 20000/- per kWp, whichever is less, for installation of the power plant ranging from 1 KWp to 500 KWp to the following categories as per MNRE guidelines issued vide letter dated 04.03.2016.

Following are the eligible categories for Financial Assistance:

Sl. Category Covering of Buildings CFA
1 Residential All types of Buildings CFA @ 30% of the benchmark cost.
2 Institutional Schools, Health Institutions including medical colleges & hospitals, universities, educational institutions etc. [applicable to not for profit registered organizations only, except those covered under Sl.No. (iv), (v) & (vi)]. CFA @ 30% of the benchmark cost.
3 Social Sector Community Centres, welfare homes, old age homes, orphanages, common service centres, common workshops for artisans & craftsman, facilities for use of community, Trust/NGOs/Voluntary Organisations/ Training Institutions, any other establishments for common public use etc. [applicable to not for profit registered organizations only, except those covered under Sl.No. (iv), (v) & (vi)]. CFA @ 30% of the benchmark cost.
4 Government Buildings Buildings of Central & State Governments, Local Govt. covering all govt. offices. No CFA,Achievement linked incentives/Awards will be provided
5 Government Institutions Government Institutions, PSUs, all building owned by government directly or by any government owned societies, corporations, institutions or organizations, government educational/health institutions. No CFA,Achievement linked incentives/Awards will be provided
6 Private, Commercial & Industrial Sector All types of buildings No CFA

The bench mark cost of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants (without Battery Bank) is as below:

  • For Capacity 1kWp to 10 kWp : Rs. 75000/- per kWp

  • For Capacity 11kWp to 50 kWp : Rs. 68000/- per kWp

  • For Capacity 51kWp to 500 kWp : Rs. 62000/- per kWp

2. All private users shall apply to the Renewable Energy Department for installation of the grid connected rooftop Solar Power Plant, at specific site, as per the prescribed format/online. After sanctioning of the project by RE Department/HAREDA, they may install the system from any of the MNRE empanelled Channel Partner or by MNRE empanelled Entrepreneurs by strictly meeting out the minimum technical specifications prescribed by MNRE/HAREDA from time to time. The MNRE approved components shall be used in the plant. Minimum Technical Specifications are enclosed herewith. The plant not installed from the MNRE empanelled Channel Partner/ Entrepreneurs may not be eligible for the subsidy. No any processing fee or security shall be deposited by the user along with the application.

3. The installation of the systems in Govt. buildings/institutions shall be got done through the rate contract finalized through High Power Purchase Committee of the State Govt. by the Department/HAREDA. For this all the departments shall send their requirements, on the prescribed format, to the Department/HAREDA. Copy of the Rate Contract along with the detailed specifications has been uploaded on the website of HAREDA www.hareda.gov.in. However, the Renewable Energy Department shall provide all necessary technical support to the Govt. Departments/Organizations in preparation of project proposal, cost estimates, installation of the plants and shall release the subsidy to the indenting department online after due verification. However, the government departments may install & commission the systems through Renewable Energy Department/HAREDA.

4. After completion of the project the user shall submit the project completion report online along with all the documents including documentary proof of net-metering (i.e. certificate issued by the power utilities confirming the net-metering facility). The Committee of Project Officer and APO/TA or as nominated by Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Project Officer of respective district shall verify the commissioning of the system and technical specification of the system and issue provisional commissioning certificate for the purpose of installation of Bi-Directional meter and after installation of the Bi-directional Meter Joint Commissioning report shall be issued on verifying the commissioning of the system, performance of the system and technical specification of the system before sending it to the Head Office for release of subsidy. For the purpose of period of installation the date of installation shall be considered as mentioned and verified by concerned PO in the Provisional Commissioning Certificate.

5. The scheme shall be implemented online to maintain full transparency, the subsidy shall be released online through NEFT/RTGS in the account of the user after verification of the performance of the plant after commissioning of the plant. Till the development of the web portal the programme shall be implemented offline manually also.

Cost and Subsidy

A.  Approved Rates & Firms by the State Government on 14 July 2014

Sr. No. of item

 

Description of System/Item

Total cost includingtransportation, packaging, installation, commissioning, Warrantee, CMC, VAT / taxes/ duties etc.

Name of the firm whose rates have been approved

Design, supply, Erection, Testing, Installation & Commissioning of Rooftop Grid Connected SPV Power Plants(with Net-metering), including Comprehensive maintenance for a period of 5 years from date of commissioning of the system including supply of bi-directional meter at various places in the state of Haryana…

A1 (i)

with Sting inverters

(1-10 kWp)

 

(Rates Per watt)

Rs. 75.00

 

M/s Power One Micro Systems Pvt. Ltd. Banglore

M/s Mittal Machines Pvt. Ltd. Dehradun

A1 (ii)

with Sting inverters

(11-50 kWp)

 

(Rates Per watt)

Rs. 68.00

 

M/s Fourth Partner Energy Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad

M/s Ritika Systems Pvt. Ltd.Noida

M/s Novus Green Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd. Secundrabad

M/s Mittal Machines Pvt. Ltd. Dehradun

A1 (iii)

with Sting inverters

(51-500 kWp)

 

(Rates Per watt)

Rs. 62.00

 

M/s Ritika Systems Pvt. Ltd.Noida

M/s Fourth Partner Energy Pvt Ltd. Hyderabad

M/s Novus Green Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd. Secundrabad

A2 (i)

with Hybrid Power Conditioning Unit(PCU) without Battery Bank

(1-10 kWp)

(Rates Per watt)

Rs. 78.00

 

M/s Ritika Systems Pvt. Ltd.Noida

A2 (ii)

with Hybrid Power Conditioning Unit (PCU) without Battery Bank

(11-50 kWp)

(Rates Per watt)

Rs. 73.00

 

M/s Ritika Systems Pvt. Ltd.Noida

A2 (iii)

with Hybrid Power Conditioning Unit(PCU) without Battery Bank

(51-500 kWp)

(Rates Per watt)

Rs. 67.50

 

M/s Ritika Systems Pvt. Ltd.Noida

B1

(Addl. Item)

VRLA GEL Tubular

(12 V Battery Type)

(Rates Per VAH)

Rs. 8.925

 

M/s Ritika Systems Pvt. Ltd.Noida

 

Addresses of the Firms on Rate Contract:

1.   M/s Ritika Systems Pvt. Ltd.
      C/22, Sector 57, Noida
      E-Mail: info@ritikasystems.in, neemrana@ritikasystems.in
      Mobile:+919811051315
 
2.   M/s Fourth Partner Energy Pvt Ltd.
      Flat No. 703&704, Krishana Apartments, Abids,
      Hyderabad-4010938,
      E-Mail: info@fourthpartner.co
     Mobile:+919910032110
 
3.   M/s Power One Micro Systems Pvt. Ltd.
     GF 3 KSSIDC Building,5th Cross Ist Stage, Peenya Ind. Estate,
     Banglore
     E-Mail: poweroneups@poweroneups.com
     Mobile:+919035010264
 
4.   M/s Novus Green Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd.
     100 Siddhi, P&T Colony Trimulgherry
     Secundrabad
     E-Mail: amits@novusgreen.in
     Mobile:+919717869494
 
5.   M/s Mittal Machines Pvt. Ltd.
     Prince Chowk, 1- Haridwar Road, Dehradun
     E-Mail: dehradun@mittalmachinery.com
     Mobile:+917060855333

 

B. Subsidy (Financial Assistance):  

 

The Government is providing Financial Assistance for the installation of Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants at rate of 30% of the benchmark cost (including the Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of MNRE, if available) or Rs. 20000/- per kWp, whichever is less, for installation of the grid connected rooftop solar power plant ranging from 1 KWp to 500 KWp to the users of all types of residential, Social sector & Institutional (not for profit registered) excluding the Profit making institutes, Govt.  Sectors, Commercial & Industrial establishment. The bench mark cost shall be taken as the cost of the system finalized for installation of the grid connected rooftop SPV power plants for government sector buildings.

C. Statistical estimations for installation of Solar PV Power Plant (without battery bank):

Capacity

1kWp

100 kWp

500 kWp

Approximate Cost of System (Rs.)

75000

6200000

31000000

Financial Assistance

20000

1860000

9300000

Approximate User Cost (Rs.)

55000

4340000

21700000

Life (yrs.)

25

25

25

Electricity Generation (KWh)

1600

160000

800000

Approximate annual saving on energy (Rs.) (Tariff taken as Rs. 7.40 per unit)

11840

1184000

5920000

Payback period (Yrs.)*

4.7

3.7

3.7

* This payback period has been calculated assuming availability of subsidy.

Features of Grid Connected Roof Top Solar Power Plant

  • Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plant generates electricity during day time from the Solar Energy.
  • System can be installed with or without battery bank
  • 1500 units/ kWp (Approx.) Annual generation.
  • 10 Sq.M per kWp shadow free space is required.
  • Payback period is 4-5 years.
  • Net-metering Regulations have been issued by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission on 25.11.2014.
  • Under net- metering Regulations. Solar Power generated during the day time can be utilised for captive consumption and excess, if any, may be fed to the grid as long as grid is available.
  • The exported energy to the grid may be utilised during non-Sun hours during that financial year.
  •  Incentive of 25 paisa per unit of solar generation will be provided.
  •  System equivalent to sanctioned load can be installed.
  •  90% of the total consumption may be met out from the solar power under net-metering Regulations.

Advantages/Benefits of Installation of Solar Power Plant

  • Free and Green Power
  • Reduces Electricity Bill.
  • Use of Open Space for producing Energy.
  • Payback Period is 4-5 years.
  • Preventing carbon emission to our atmosphere
  • Annual saving of coal.
  • Annual Saving of precious water.
  • Adds to Green Power Generation.
  • Preventing the environment degradation.
  • Savings in electrical line or T & D losses .
  • Contribute to solar capacity addition even by small individual consumers and thus leading to energy security.
  • Utilizing the available solar energy resource in the State.
  • Reduces line load, transmission & distribution losses.
  • To contribute to productive utilization of available rooftop space.

A. Environmental and Social benefits:

  • 1.50 Tones of annual carbon emission to our atmosphere will be prevented with the  installation of 1 KW capacity Solar Power Plant.
  • There will be an annual saving of approx. 1.26 M.Ton of coal if 1 KW capacity Solar Power Plant is installed.
  • 8.30 K.Litres of precious water will annually be saved on installation of 1 KW capacity Solar Power Plant which gets consumed in generating equal quantity of electricity through a Thermal Power Plant.
  • Adds to Green Power Generation. 
  • Preventing the environment degradation due to large hydro – stations: Due  to  construction  of big  hydroelectric  dams,  productive  land  & forest  gets submerged & destroyed and  large no. of people have to be rehabilitated posing serious & grave problems.  This further causes  numerous  environmental  issues  which many a time become  an  impediment  to the execution of  the  project  and  cause  delays. SPV power plants create no such issues and hence are perfectly ‘people friendly’ technology.
  • Offset  the  need  for  setting  up  a  coal  based  thermal power station.
  • Large scale use of solar power in India can produce substantial reductions in green house gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide.

B. Benefits to the Power Utilities:

  • Savings in electrical line losses: substantial Energy is lost in the transmission of power to customers due to the electrical impedance in the T&D system. If the total load doubles in the given system the losses increase by about four times. A PV Generating system being located on the consumer end itself, total power so generated comes to wholesome utilization with no  T & D losses.
  • Voltage Support: The PV system can reduce the power drawn from Electricity Department grid and reduces the voltage drop. This helps when large power is consumed by air-conditioners and irrigation pumps from the grid (during switching on such loads the voltage dip may take place). In rural remote locations, at the end of the distribution systems where the voltages are known to be very low due to over  loading and under sized grids, the solar power generating system would provide voltage support to the grid.
  • The quantum of electricity consumed by eligible consumer, who is not defined as obligated entity, from the solar photovoltaic power plant may qualify as deemed Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) for the distribution Licensee.

C. Benefits to the State:

  • To contribute to solar capacity addition even by small individual consumers  and thus leading to energy security.
  • To optimally utilize the available solar energy resource in the State.
  • To help in reducing line load & transmission & distribution losses.
  • To contribute to productive utilization of available rooftop space.
  • To create public awareness and environment consciousness amongst the citizens.  

Frequently Asked Questions  For Solar Power Plant
 

1. What is a Solar Power Plant?
A Solar Power Plant produces electricity directly from Sun by the interaction of sunlight with a solar panel made of semiconductor material. The power provided is direct current (DC) electricity. A Solar Power Plant consists of an array of modules generating DC electricity, an inverter and sometimes battery storage back up.

2. What are the types of Solar Power Plant?
(a) Stand  Alone  System: It is off grid solar power plant which are further of two types
     (i) Stand  Alone  System with Battery Bank and
     (ii) Stand  Alone  System without Battery Bank
(b) Grid Connected SPV Plant: It is grid connected solar power plant which are further of two types
     (i) Grid Connected Hybrid System with Battery Bank and
     (ii) Grid Connected System without Battery Bank
(c) Grid-Export System: It is a grid connected system with 100 % export to the Grid


3. In what capacities the Solar Power Plant is available/installed?
Solar Power Plant of capacities ranging from 500 Watts to 500 kWp may be installed under MNRE Scheme. However Solar Power Plant of any capacity can be installed.

4. Where a Solar Power Plant can be installed?
A Solar Power Plant can be installed in a shadow free area either in open ground or on the roof top.

5. How much space is required for installation of the Solar Power Plant?
For installation of Solar Power Plant shadow free area of about 9-10 square meter per kWp area is required. However area requirement depends on the capacity of solar modules used.

6. Which Electrical devices/ gadgets can be operated on this plant?
Any electric operated devices/ gadgets can be operated from a Solar Power Plant depending on the capacity of the plant, however heavy load are not advisable to operate from a small capacity Solar Power Plant with battery bank.

7. How much electricity can be generated from a Solar Power Plant daily?
For every kWp power installed on a South facing rooftop, the system will generate around 1200 to 1600 units in a year. This reduces by around 20% for an East or West facing roof.

8. For how many hours electricity can be generated from a Solar Power Plant?
On clear sunny day a Solar Power Plant can generate electricity for 5-6 hours daily.

9. Can power is available during night from a Solar Power Plant?
Electric power may be available from the solar power plant if battery bank is installed.

10. Whether electricity produced from a Solar Power Plant can be used in combination with the grid power?
Yes, it can be used in combination with the grid power by installing a grid connected or grid tied Solar Power Plant.

11. Whether it will work when grid power (Electricity Supply) is not available?
Solar Power Plant with battery bank will work even when grid power (Electricity Supply) is not available but the power from solar power plant cannot be exported to grid in absence of grid power.
However, the Solar Power Plant without battery bank will not work or give the power in absence of grid power (Electricity Supply).


12. Can an existing inverter be attached with the Solar Power Plant ?
Yes, existing inverter can be attached with the Solar Power Plant for captive use as in the case of normal grid power.

13. From where a Solar Power Plant can be purchased?
The user may install the Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants either through the Channel Partners/ Entrepreneur/firm empanelled by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India or through Renewable Energy Department, Haryana/ Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA). However, for government departments/organizations of Haryana, Renewable Energy Department, Haryana/HAREDA is the approved source.

14. How much time it will take for installation Solar Power Plant?
Once material is supplied at site Solar Power Plant up to 50 kWp can be installed within 5 days.

15. What is the tentative cost of a Solar Power Plant?
Tentative cost of Solar Power Plant without battery bank may be at the rate of Rs. 75-80 per watt while that of with battery bank may be @ Rs. 110-130 per watt, the cost depends on the type and capacity of battery bank. However, the cost of the systems reduces as the capacity of the system increases.

16. Is any subsidy available on a Solar Power Plant, if yes, how much?
Yes. Central Financial Assistance (subsidy) upto 30% ( or Rs. 20000/- per kWP, which ever is lass) of the benchmark cost of the system may be provided, as per the prescribed eligibility criteria from time to time on pre sanctioned cases and as per availability of funds from time to time. However, commercial and industrial establishment of private sectors are not eligible for the subsidy.

17. Where shall I contact for subsidies?
The subsidy may be provided through the Renewable Energy Department/HAREDA  for which the consumer shall make application in the prescribed format to Addl. Deputy Commissioner-Chief Project Officer. Renewable Energy of the concerned district, before installation of the system. Prior sanction of MNRE/ Renewable Energy Department/HAREDA  for each plant is required.

18. What are the major parts of the Solar Power Plant?
Solar Panels/Modules, Power Conditioning Unit (PCU)/Inverter, Battery (in case system with battery bank) and cables are the major parts of the Solar Power Plant.

19. What is the working life & warrantee available on different parts of a Solar Power Plant?
The complete Solar Power Plant shall be guaranteed for 5 years while solar panels shall be guaranteed for 25 years for 80% power output as per the MNRE guidelines.

20. Can a Solar Power Plant installed already be transported/installed at any other place?
Solar Power Plant can be transported/ installed at any other place by technical person but not easily.

21. When during day time if loads are off where will the generated power go?
If system is grid connected, having net-metering facility, then it the surplus power can be feeded into the grid through a Bi-Directional meter. In case of off grid system the surplus power after charging battery bank fully will go waste.

22. Can the surplus electricity generated from a Solar Power Plant be given to the power utilities?
Yes, in a net metering system surplus electricity generated from a Solar Power Plant be given to the power utilities which can be adjusted within the financial year.

23. What is a “grid-connected” Solar Power Plant?
The “grid-connected” Solar Power Plant may connected to the grid power by installing bi-directional meter with the permission of power utilities under “Net Metering” regulations of the State.

24. What is net-metering?
Solar Power Plant can directly be connected from the Grid. The “Net Metering” allows you to  feed the  excess electricity to the grid when your system is generating more power than you are consuming. The power exported to the grid may be credited to his account and can be used by the consumer during the financial year. However carry forward beyond the financial year is not allowed under net metering regulations. Detailed Net-metering Regulations can be downloaded from the web site of HAREDA of HERC.

25. Solar panels of a Solar Power Plant are to be installed on roof, how these are safe from wind and hailstorms?
These are safe from wind for a wind velocity of about 150 KM per hour and also safe from hailstorms to a great extent, if installed properly, as per specifications of MNRE/HAREDA.

26. Do I need permission from the Municipal Authorities/HUDA?
The roof mounted Solar Power Plant do not need any permission from the Municipal Authorities/HUDA.

27. Will my roof be strong enough?
Most roofs are strong enough to take a solar installation without any reinforcement. However, in case of larger systems, it is suggested to obtain the opinion of a qualified Structural Engineer.

28. Do I need to inform Power Utility (DISCOM)?
The roof mounted off grid Solar Power Plant no permission is required, however for a grid connected system permission will be required from Power Utility.

29. Who is the Nodal Point of Contact?
The nodal point of contact for technical help for installation of Solar Power Plant is the office of Addl. Deputy Commissioner-cum Chief Project Officer at district level and the Director, Renewable Energy Department/HAREDA at state level.

30. What are the types of solar cells / technology?
Mainly the solar cells are of three types: (i)  Monocrystalline; (ii) Polycrystalline and (iii) Thin film/ amorphous.

31. What is the difference between monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin film PV panels?
Monocrystalline solar panels tend to be slightly more expensive than polycrystalline panels, however monocrystalline panels are regarded as having a higher effiviency than others. The degradation level is more in case of Thin film/amorphous solar cells.

32. How much do the solar PV panels weigh?
Normally weight of a 250 Watt panel/Module about 23-26 kg.

33. Are the solar PV panels fragile?
Solar PV panels are very robust and can with stand the normal stresses subjected by nature.

34. What is an inverter or Power Conditioning Unit (PCU)?
There are two kinds of electricity, DC and AC. Homes that are connected to utility power use AC electricity. Flashlights, small radios and automobiles use DC electricity. In order to use solar power to operate the appliances in your home, an inverter will convert PV power from DC to AC. Inverters can be further classified as units that use batteries (UPS) and those that use the utility grid as power storage (Grid-connected). For grid connected solar power plants with battery bank, Power Conditioning Unit (PCU) is required having various features, while for system without battery bank shall require inverter.  

35. Who are the Vendors for installation of the system?
Approved Channel Partners of MNRE or Manufacturer/Supplier/System Integrator empanelled with MNRE are the vendors for installation of the system. While Renewable Energy Department, Haryana/ HAREDA is the state nodal agency for installation of the system. List of Channel Partners/Entrepreneurs/Firms empanelled by MNRE is available on the website www.mnre.gov.in.

36. Are there any technical standards for various components of the system?
Yes. The various components of SPV system shall have IEC/ISI/BIS Certification and confirm to technical standards specified by MNRE/HAREDA. Detailed technical standards for various components of the system are given on the website of HAREDA www.hareda.gov.in.

37. What are the option in the Power Conditioning Unit (PCU)?
Following may be the options in the OCU:

A. Grid  Export System Hybrid PCU( Grid Connected with battery bank):
Condition # 1:
   SPV present, Grid available
   Battery Charged through MPPT charger + mains & Load supplied through Grid
Condition # 2
   PV available, Battery charged, Grid available
   surplus power exported to grid connected loads
Condition # 3
   SPV not available, Grid available,
   Battery charging through Mains
Condition # 4
   SPV not available, Grid OFF,
   Inverter supplying power to grid connected loads through Battery
Condition # 5
   SPV & Grid not available
   Battery discharged. Start DG command
   Battery charging through DG


B. Grid-Connected Power Plant (Having Net Metering facility)without battery bank:
Condition # 1:
   PV present, Grid available
   Load supplied through PV upto level of PV and draws more if required from Grid
Condition # 2
   PV available, Grid available
   If load is less then PV available then surplus power exported to grid
Condition # 3
   PV not available, Grid available,
   Load supplies from Grid.
Condition # 4
   PV available, Grid Not available
   The power plant will not work


38.What are the advantages and Limitations of Solar Power Plant?

Advantages of A Hybrid System(Grid Connected with battery bank):

  • High level of reliability to Battery bank.
  • Lesser battery discharge and hence longer life of battery.
  • Reduced electricity bills.
  • Highly reliable system and can be used in wide range of URBAN/Industrial/Institutional application. Also improves the quality of AC power and can be called solar UPS.

Limitations of A Stand-Alone (Off Grid Plant):

  • High Cost.
  • High cost on maintenance
  • Works on battery charge-discharge leadings to:
  • Wastage of precious PV power generated.
  • Reduced battery life.
  • Worst performance when used with VRLA Battery
  • Does not ensure optimum yield from PV panels.
  • Thus stand-Alone system is suitable only for RURAL where AC Power is not available at present and is not likely in near future.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Grid-Connected Power Plant without battery bank:
Advantages:

  • High conversion efficiency of PV Power into usable AC power
  • Simple system with longer life i.e. no battery life issue.

Disadvantages:     

  • Works only when grid power is available.

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