Solar rooftop system manufacturers, who pass on subsidy benefits to customers and later recover the amount from governments in the state and Centre, have not been paid their subsidy dues by the central government since September last. The total outstanding subsidy amount has surged to Rs200 crore for which 118 solar rooftop system manufacturers approved by Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) have moved heaven and earth but to no avail.
According to the policy for residential solar rooftop system, the state government provides Rs 10,000 subsidy per kilowatt for maximum 2 kilowatt while central government’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) gives Rs 20,700 per kilowatt. A solar rooftop system of 1 kilowatt capacity worth Rs 60,000 costs Rs 41,000 to an end user after deducting the subsidy of both the governments.
GEDA has approved nearly 118 manufacturers in the state for installing rooftop solar systems for residents with subsidy. These channel partners have to provide rooftop systems to end users after deducting the subsidy and then claim the amount from the governments. GEDA is the nodal agency which processes the applications for the subsidy. Read More