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Rooftop solar scheme: Here's all you need to know about 'PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana'

Rooftop solar scheme: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana - a scheme to encourage people to install solar panels on their rooftops on Tuesday.

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Rooftop solar scheme: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana - a scheme to encourage people to install solar panels on their rooftops on Tuesday.

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Modi stated that the rooftop solar scheme has an investment of over Rs. 75,000 crores and aims to light up 1 crore households by providing up to 300 units of free electricity per month.

The rooftop solar scheme was first announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Interim

Budget 2024-25.

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Key features

Modi stated that the solar panel scheme will provide substantial subsidies to its beneficiaries, which will be transferred directly to their bank accounts.

"From substantive subsidies, which will be given directly to people's bank accounts, to heavily concessional bank loans, the Central Government will ensure that there is no cost burden on the people," the prime minister said.

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The government will also provide incentives for urban local bodies and panchayats to promote rooftop solar systems in their jurisdictions. "At the same time, the scheme will lead to more income, lesser power bills and employment generation for people," he said.

Where to apply

Rooftop installation involves installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on top of a building, home, or residential property. To apply for the PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana, visit https://pmsuryaghar.gov.in.

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How to apply?

Register in the portal by choosing your state and electricity distribution company.

Enter your electricity consumer number.

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Enter your mobile number and email address.

Log in using your consumer number and mobile number.

Apply for rooftop solar according to the form.

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Wait for the feasibility approval.

Have the plant installed by any of the registered vendors in your DISCOM.

Once the installation is completed, submit the plant details and apply for net meter.

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The portal will generate a commissioning certificate after the net metre has been installed and inspected by DISCOM.

Once you receive the commissioning report. Submit the bank account information and a cancelled cheque via the portal.

Your subsidy will arrive in your bank account within 30 days.

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