Maharashtra: One arm of govt snubs solar power, another renews subsidy


Maharashtra: One arm of govt snubs solar power, another renews subsidy

The state government does not seem to have a coherent policy on solar rooftop systems. On one hand, MSEDCL wants to discourage them by proposing to levy a surcharge and going in for gross metering instead of net and on the other, its sister concern Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has decided to provide subsidy for them in 2018-19 too.

MEDA has sent a circular to solar power consultants informing them that residential and educational institutional consumers will continue to get subsidy of 30 per cent of benchmark price from central government. This price is the minimum one for solar panels as determined by central government.

Consultant Ajit Ganguly said only difference between the circulars of this year and last year were the benchmark prices. “Last year, the benchmark price for A category — having sanctioned load between 1kW and 10kW — was Rs61,000 per KW.

This year, it has been reduced to Rs47,000. This is fair as prices of solar panels have crashed in past few months. The prices of solar panels in other categories too have been reduced,” he added. Read  More

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