Rooftop Solar Power Plants Scheme




Rooftop Solar Power Plants Scheme

So far, 351.60 MWp aggregate capacity of grid-interactive rooftop solar projects has been sanctioned and 47.64 MWp have been commissioned in various States. State Electricity Regulatory Commissions of twenty States have notified regulatory framework on net-metering/feed-in-tariff to encourage rooftop solar plants. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.


The Minister further stated that the scheme has a provision of subsidy uptoRs. 24 per Wp for the general category States and Rs. 26 per Wp in North-Eastern States, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands which is about 30% of the benchmark cost of the system. The Ministry proposes to make the scheme incentive driven rather than subsidy driven. The Ministry has proposed to reduce the subsidy on rooftop solar power plants to 15% from the present level of 30% due to reduction in price of solar panels, large target set for rooftop solar power plant and limited availability of funds.

The scheme encourages various business models including PPP mode. The subsidy as mentioned in part (b) is also applicable to these institutions.

The major steps taken by the Government are as follows:

(i) The ‘Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme’ encourages the installation of solar rooftop systems across the country including in buildings of State Government agencies.

(ii) There are provisions of concessional import duty/excise duty exemption, accelerated depreciation and tax holiday for setting up of grid connected rooftop power plants.

(iii) Encouraging States to come out with conducive policy and regulatory framework on net-metering/feed-in-tariff to install rooftop solar power plants.

(iv) Public awareness is being created through electronic &print media, workshops, seminars and capacity building programmes.

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Renewable Energy Generation Targets

The achievement of targets was 76.68%, 84.15% and 108% for generation of renewable energy during the last 3 years i.e. 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that the short-falls during 2012-13 and 2013-14 were under primarily Wind Power and Small Hydro Power Programme due to discontinuation of Accelerated Depreciation (AD) benefit and generation based incentive (GBI) under the Wind Power Sector and delay in obtaining forest area clearances and court cases in some of the states under Small Hydro Sector. With the restoration of AD benefit, generation based Incentives, etc. have resulted in overachievement of target during 2014-15.

The Minister further stated that presently there is a lack of evacuation infrastructure in renewable energy resource rich States. A Green Energy Corridor Project for evacuation of renewable energy from generation points to the load Centers by creating intra-state and inter-state transmission infrastructure is under implementation for the capacity addition by March 2017. The intra-state transmission component of the project is being implemented by the respective states and the Power Grid Corporation of India is implementing inter-state transmission component, the Minister added.

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Scheme for Development of Ultra Mega Solar Parks

The Government has rolled out a scheme for development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects on 12th December 2014 which envisages setting up at least 25 Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects targeting over 20,000 MW of solar power installed capacity within a span of 5 years starting from 2014-15. The solar parks will have suitable developed land with all clearances, transmission system, water access, road connectivity, communication network, etc. This scheme will facilitate and speed up installation of grid connected solar power projects for electricity generation on a large scale. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. All the States and Union Territories are eligible for benefits under the scheme. Based on the proposals received, till date, 17 solar parks of aggregate capacity 12,739 MW has been approved to 12 States.

The Minister further stated that under the scheme, the Ministry provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of Rs. 25 lakh per solar park for Detailed Project Report (DPR) preparation of the Solar Park, conducting surveys, etc. Beside this, CFA of up to Rs.20.00 lakh per MW or 30% of the project cost, including Grid-connectivity cost, whichever is lower, is also provided on achieving the prescribed milestones in the scheme.

The Minister further stated that this Ministry has received a letter dated 24/10/2014 from Secretary (Energy Department) Government of Tamil Nadu regarding solar parks of sizes smaller than 100 MW. Under the existing scheme, solar parks of large capacity i.e. 500 MW or more can be set up. Separate proposal was received from Tamil Nadu for setting up of one solar park of capacity 500 MW at Ramanathapuram Distt., which has been approved by the Ministry, the Minister added.

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Special Solar Power Zones

            The Government has rolled out a scheme for development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects on 12th December 2014 which   envisages supporting the States in setting up solar parks at various locations in the country with a view to create required infrastructure for setting up of Solar Power Projects. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy  in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. The solar parks will have suitable developed land with all clearances, transmission system, water access, road connectivity, communication network, etc. This scheme will facilitate and speed up installation of grid connected solar power projects for electricity generation on a large scale. All the States and Union Territories are eligible for benefits under the scheme.

The Minister further stated that the number of Solar Parks coming up in the States are as under:



The Minister further stated that the scheme provides for setting up at least 25 Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects targeting over 20,000 MW of solar power installed capacity within a span of 5 years starting from 2014-15. The Ministry provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of Rs. 25 lakh per solar park for preparation of Detailed Project Report, for conducting surveys, etc. Beside this, CFA of up to Rs.20.00 lakh per MW or 30% of the project cost, including Grid-connectivity cost, whichever is lower, is also provided on achieving the milestones under the scheme.  Besides, Government also grants concessional Customs Duty/ Excise duty exemption for setting up Solar Power Plants, Accelerated Depreciation and Tax Holidays.

            The Minister further stated that Land for the setting up of the solar park is identified by the State Government unless the implementing agency has its own land.  It is the responsibility of the State Government to make the land available, the Minister added.

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Generation of Electricity from Paddy Straw


            Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is promoting efficient utilization of biomass like agro-industrial and agricultural residues including paddy straw for power generation in the country. Fiscal incentives such as accelerated depreciation, concessional customs duty, excise duty exemption, 10 years income tax holiday and preferential tariff are provided for biomass power projects. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. MNRE provides Central Financial Assistance @ Rs.25.00 lakh per  Mega Watt in special category States and Rs.20 lakh per Mega Watt for other States with a cap of Rs. 1.50 crore per project.

            The Minister further stated that some of the biomass projects have been facing problem of non-viable operations due to high price of biomass and low tariff of electricity in some States. 165 biomass projects with a total capacity of about 1400 Mega Watts have been set up in the country as on 31st March, 2015. State-wise list is given below:- .



An amount of Rs.13.22 crores has been released as Central Financial Assistance by MNRE for biomass power projects during the last three years, the Minister added.

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ACC appointments

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments:

(i) Shri Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, IAS (UT:80), in the cadre, as Secretary, Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs in the vacancy of Ms. Nita Choudhury, IAS (UP:77) (Retired).

(ii) Shri Shyam S. Agarwal, IAS (RJ:80), in the cadre, as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the vacancy of Shri R. Vijayakumar, IAS (TN:78).

(iii) Shri Kapil Dev Tripathi, IAS (AM:80), Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises as Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas vice Shri Saurabh Chandra, IAS (UP:78), who is retiring on 30.04.2015.

(iv) Shri Narendra Kumar Sinha, IAS (BH:80), in the cadre, as Secretary, Ministry of Culture vice Shri Ravindra Singh, IAS (UP:79), who is retiring on 30.04.2015.

(v) Shri Anoop Kumar Srivastava, IAS (AM:81), Special Secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment as Secretary (Border Management), Ministry of Home Affairs vice Ms. Sneh Lata Kumar, IAS (MP:79), who is retiring on 30.04.2015.

(vi) Shri Arun Jha, IAS (BH:81), Special Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions as Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs vice Shri Hrusikesh Panda, IAS (OR:79), who is retiring on 30.04.2015.

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Provision to Shield Honest Bureaucrats

After the suspension of few officers in various states and subsequently as a follow up to the demands of various quarters including the services associations of the three All India Services to protect honest and upright AIS Officers from unwarranted suspension, the Central Government is in the process of amending the All India Services (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969 in order to provide adequate safeguards against arbitrary use of executive power in cadre management of All India Service officers and especially against the misuse of delegated authority under the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969 in suspending AIS officers.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. K.V.P.Ramachandra Rao in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Data of Corruption Cases

As per information received from Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), details of cases received and disposed during the last five years in respect of Central Government employees (including employees of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Public Sector Banks (PSBs), Financial Institutions (FIs), Autonomous Bodies etc. under the Central

Government Ministries/Departments) is as follows:-



As per information received from CBI, total 3296 cases has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 during the last five years i.e. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (upto 31.03.2015). The year-wise break-up of number of cases registered during the above said period with present status of these cases are attached as follows:-



The state-wise data of corruption cases is maintained by the respective State Governments.

A proposal of sanction for prosecution against one IAS officer from West Bengal Government was received in March 2014 for a case which was registered in the year 2013. Sanction for prosecution against said officer has been issued .

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Harivansh in the Rajya Sabha today.


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Bringing Multi-State Cooperative Under CVC Ambit

After obtaining legal opinion of the Attorney General, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had issued an OM No. 399/9/2010-AVD-III dated 01.02.2013 to all Ministries/Departments of the Government of India to bring multi-State Cooperative Societies like NAFED, KRIBHCO etc. within the ambit of Central Vigilance Commission. Accordingly, on the basis of aforesaid DoPT’s OM dated 01.02.2013, Department of Fertilizers issued an OM No. 17/1/2013 dated 01.03.2013 in which it was conveyed that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is duly empowered to exercise jurisdiction over KRIBHCO and IFFCO and similar societies under Section 8(1) of the CVC Act, 2003.

However, both IFFCO & KRIBHCO had filed Writ Petitions No.2070/2013 and 2616/2013 respectively before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi for quashing D/o Fertilizers’ OM dated 01.03.2013. Hon’ble High Court vide its order dated 06.05.2013 stayed the operation of the aforesaid OM of D/o Fertilizers.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. Chandan Mitra in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Transparency in Appointments to CPSUs

The Government has not accepted a total of 06 recommendations of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) during the period from 01.04.2014 to 31.03.2015 due to varying reasons including denial/non-receipt of vigilance clearance, court case, procedural/functional issues, etc. As many as 106 recommendations of the PESB were accepted by the Government during the same period. It is evident that the rejection of the PESB recommended panel by the Government on grounds other than those related to vigilance is only in rare cases for which no change on this count is envisaged at this stage.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Vivek Gupta in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Indian Railways to Transport Free of Cost the Relief Materials for the Earthquake Affected Areas of Nepal

To facilitate the transportation of relief materials booked by various Government organization/Government aided agencies, NGOs and any other associations by coaching trains to Raxaul in Bihar for the earthquake affected areas of Nepal, Ministry of Railways as a special case have decided that the relief materials shall be booked free of cost as per the following terms and conditions:-

(i) The consignment shall be booked by various Government organizations/Government aided agencies, NGOs and any other associations and consigned to the District Magistrate of Raxaul District (Bihar) subject to the condition that the relief material so transported will be distributed amongst the people of the earthquake affected areas of Nepal.

From Delhi area the consignment shall be booked from Delhi station only.

(ii) It should be ensured that states where elections are due, no political party or individual takes credit for this transportation.

(iii) In order to ensure that consigners do not face problems in booking of the relief materials nodal officers would be nominated by the zonal Railway. The scheme of free rail transportation of relief material along with the details of the Railway nodal officers (with address, telephone numbers etc.) would be made public and given wide publicity.

(iv) The consignments will be booked solely at owner’s risk and no claim for any loss or damage to the consignments carried under this special arrangement will be entertained by Railways.

(v) The relief material will be transported free of cost for the period 01.05.2015 to 14.05.2015.

(vi) District Magistrate of Raxaul may make arrangement for transportation of relief materials from Raxaul to Earthquake affected areas of Nepal.

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Pilot Road Asset Management System for NHs

A pilot Road Asset Management System is being developed for National Highways (NHs). It will help build a sustainable Road Asset Management System (RAMS) for India’s National Highways by having a comprehensive Road Database for NHs supported by analytical tools to be used by both NHAI and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. The RAMS, equipped with GIS capacity, will provide information to road administrators and users on various attributes of the road network.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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Regular Condition Survey of Bridges and Flyovers

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has decided to take up condition survey of Bridges/ Flyovers on regular basis. This condition survey will help to decide permissible gross vehicles weight of single unit consignment loaded on Hydraulic Trailers. The Ministry has launched a web portal for online permission for movement of Hydraulic Trailers carrying Over Weight /Over Dimension Consignment on National Highway for their hassle free movement.

On the other hand, a web based application has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC), Government of India for monitoring of ongoing projects under various schemes of the Ministry.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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Initiative to Construct Ducts for Optical Fibre Cables along NHs

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has taken the initiative to construct ducts for laying optical fibre cables along National Highways (NHs) as ‘pilot projects’ charging suitable rentals for the use of these ducts.

As per the extant policy guidelines of the Ministry, any authorized Licensee of Department of Telecommunication / Registered Infrastructure Provider is eligible to seek permission for laying of telecom cables/ducts within the Right of Way (ROW) of National Highways. In cases where cable ducts with sufficient space are already available along the National Highways, the cables shall be laid in such ducts subject to technical requirements being fulfilled. As a security against improper restoration of ground, damages caused to other underground installations, disruptions to traffic, failures caused thereof, etc. a Performance Bank Guarantee @ Rs. 100/- per route metre shall be furnished by the licensees.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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Financial Assistance to Major Ports for PR Equipment

Government has formulated a new central sector scheme for providing financial assistance to all Major Ports and 26 oil handling non-major ports under State Maritime Boards/State Governments. The scheme would help them procure Pollution Response (PR) equipment/materials necessary for combating Tier-I oil spills in their waters.

Under the scheme, the ports have been put into categories A, B and C based on the risk of oil spill, in consultation with Indian Coast Guard. Financial assistance up to 50% of the cost of the equipment/materials, necessary to mitigate pollution due to oil spills, is provided to the ports.

This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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Financial Limits of Major Port Trusts Enhanced

Government has issued orders enhancing the financial limits and also for streamlining the powers exercisable by Major Port Trusts on February 11. The areas covered include the powers to execute contracts and deposit works, take temporary loans or overdrafts, incur capital expenditure, sanction works, compound or compromise claims, writing off losses and various housekeeping functions.

Safeguards have been provided so as to ensure due diligence and accountability in the exercise of the financial powers. These enhanced limits are expected to speed up the decision making process for various activities in the Major Ports in general and for development works, in particular.

A Committee headed by Special Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Shipping, with the representatives from the Ministry of Shipping and Major Ports, was constituted on 17/06/2013 to suggest measures, inter-alia, and rationalize the extant powers of the Major Port Trusts including recommendations for enhancement of the same.

This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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