1,04,035 Consumers Join Rooftop Solar Movement, Generate 1,656 MW Power In Maharashtra

Pune Achieves Remarkable Milestone: 10,000 Solar Power Projects Generate 254 MW of Energy Pune, 1st June 2023: In a significant boost to rooftop solar power generation, MSEDCL has successfully implemented 10,170 solar power projects with a combined capacity of 253.94 MW in the Pune circle. The overwhelming response from customers, including individuals, societies, and commercial and industrial establishments, has contributed to this remarkable achievement. Among the implemented projects, domestic solar projects from 7,580 customers alone account for 72 MW, while another 3,580 projects with a capacity of 96.79 MW are currently in progress. The central government provides up to 40 percent subsidy for setting up rooftop solar power generation systems for domestic customers of Mahavitaran, including households, residential associations, and welfare associations. To ensure the smooth implementation of this scheme, Mr. Vijay Singhal, Chairman and Administrative Director of Mahavitaran, is actively reviewing the progress. Mr. Prasad Reshme, Level Director (Project), has been instrumental in providing support and momentum to the scheme. Under the subsidy scheme, domestic customers are eligible for a 40 percent subsidy for solar power systems ranging from 1 to 3 kW, while a 20 percent subsidy is applicable for systems exceeding 3 kW up to 10 kW. For instance, a 3 kW solar power system costs approximately Rs. 1,24,000, out of which the concerned customer would have to bear an actual expenditure of around Rs. 74,400 after availing a 40 percent central grant of approximately Rs. 49,600. Additionally, housing societies and welfare associations can avail a 20 percent subsidy for group use, up to 500 kW with a limit of 10 kW per house. To date, Pune circle has witnessed the implementation of 7,580 domestic projects with a capacity of 17.83 MW, 1,364 commercial projects totaling 36.11 MW, 641 industrial projects reaching 110.28 MW, and 585 projects from other customers generating 35.55 MW. Furthermore, there are 2,880 domestic projects under construction with a capacity of 15.01 MW, 343 commercial projects totaling 55.64 MW, 224 industrial projects reaching 8.31 MW, and 133 projects from other categories generating 8.31 MW. The promotion of solar power generation projects and the training of engineers and technical workers have played a significant role in the growth of rooftop solar projects in Pune. The Ganeshkhind rest house was actively involved in the promotion of solar power generation, while engineers and technical workers received specialized training. Additionally, representatives from 45 'Solar' agencies on the selected list underwent specialized training. A joint workshop was also conducted, bringing together assistant engineers (quality control) from all 41 subdivision offices and representatives of 'solar' agencies. Mr. Rajendra Pawar, Chief Engineer, emphasized the substantial financial benefits enjoyed by individuals and societies through rooftop solar energy projects, as they significantly reduce electricity expenses. The project development costs can be recovered within four to five years, and the benefits can be reaped for approximately 25 years. Through the net metering system, excess electricity can be sold back to Mahavitaran at the prevailing rates. Mr. Pawar urged electricity consumers to take advantage of rooftop solar power schemes to achieve financial savings and contribute to environmental protection.
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Mumbai, 6th September 2023: The number of electricity consumers in the Maharashtra state generating power through rooftop solar panels has recently surpassed one lakh, as reported by MSEDCL Chairman and Managing Director, Lokash Chandra. 

The Deputy Chief Minister and Energy Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, has issued directives to prioritize solar power generation. Installing rooftop solar panels reduces the electricity bills for consumers, and surplus energy can be sold back to MSEDCL through net metering, resulting in discounted future bills. Some consumers who have installed rooftop solar projects are even enjoying zero electricity bills.

As of September 6, the number of rooftop solar consumers in the state has reached 104,035, with a total power generation capacity of 1,656 MW. This combined capacity rivals that of a large thermal or hydroelectric plant. In the fiscal year 2016-17, only 1,074 consumers had installed rooftop solar power generation projects with a total capacity of 20 MW in the state. Thanks to MSEDCL’s efforts, the number of consumers adopting rooftop solar projects has grown rapidly.

In the fiscal year 2019-20, the number of such customers increased to 26,017, and the total capacity reached 512 MW. Remarkably, in just two years, from 2021-22 to 2022-23, there was an addition of 421 MW in power generation capacity through rooftop solar installations. Domestic consumers receive subsidies from the central government for rooftop solar projects, and MSEDCL assists customers in the installation process. Detailed information about this can be found on MSEDCL’s website at https://www.mahadiscom.in/ismart.

Typically, a 3 kW solar power generation project is sufficient for a family, and the government provides subsidies ranging from approximately 43,000 to 56,000 rupees for such installations. Projects with capacities between three and ten kilowatts receive subsidies of about seven to nine thousand rupees per kilowatt after the initial three kilowatts. In addition to individual electricity consumers, housing societies also benefit from the rooftop solar scheme and receive subsidies.