PM Solar Rooftop Scheme: Govt Scheme for Subsidised Solar Installation

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PM Solar Rooftop Scheme: Govt Scheme for Subsidised Solar Installation

Prime Minister Solar Rooftop Programme is an ambitious scheme to promote solar panel installation in the residential sector. Under this scheme, you will get around 40% of the rooftop solar system installation cost as a subsidy. So, you can now turn your idle rooftop space into a vehicle for generating green energy at a subsidised price. Here we have covered all the necessary information you are searching for about the PM Rooftop Solar Scheme in India.

The PM Rooftop Solar Scheme has become inoperative after 13th February 2024 and is
now replaced with PM Surya Ghar Scheme. If you still want to get information on
the old scheme, you can follow this blog. Otherwise, we would like you to visit our
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PM Solar Rooftop Scheme Overview



18,000/KW for general states and UTs and 20,000/KW for special states and UTs


Promote solar electricity generation in India 

Last Date



Residential only including households, Group Housing Society (GHS) and Resident Welfare Associations (RWA)

Eligible Solar Capacity

1-10 KW for households and 500KW for GHS/RWA

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What is the PM Solar Rooftop Scheme?

PM Solar Rooftop Programme is a government scheme launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Central Government of India, to promote green energy generation and save on electricity bills. The Government extends subsidies on the installation charges of grid-tied rooftop solar panels on houses.

You can get a subsidy on your total cost of grid-connected rooftop solar panel installation. The subsidised solar rooftop scheme will remain valid up to 31st March 2026 or until the government revises the date.

Objective of PM Solar Rooftop Scheme

The Government of India launched the programme to minimise the dependence on thermal energy for electricity. It aligns with India’s net-zero target within 2030 (as stated in a Live Mint Report).

The scheme will give a direct benefit to households by helping them save on electricity bills. Plus, they can install on-grid solar panels on their home at a lower subsidised cost.

Benefits of PM Solar Rooftop Subsidy Scheme

Following are some key benefits of PM Solar Rooftop Scheme:

  • You can save much on your electricity bills. The electricity unit your solar panels will generate will be deducted from your monthly bill.
  • The plan lets you convert your idle rooftop space into a medium for earning. There is no requirement for engaging any additional land for solar panel installation.
  • You will get a high amount of subsidy for the installation of grid-connected solar panels on your home rooftop.
  • Under this scheme, you will get the subsidy amount directly into your bank account within 30 days of rooftop solar PV installation. Although you bear the installation cost upfront, you will get the subsidy eventually.

Solar installation by a DISCOM-registered vendor is a must for getting the subsidy. But, which vendor to choose for getting the best deal? Get quotes on rooftop solar system installation through our portal. You will get the best quotations from registered vendors with details on which brand of panels, inverter and other components they use.

Subsidy under PM Solar Rooftop Scheme in 2024

Following is the structure of Central Financial Assistance (CFA) or subsidy of the PM Solar Rooftop Scheme for the residential sector:

1. Solar Subsidy For Home

Capacity of the Plant

Subsidy Amount on Solar Installation in General States and Union Territories

Subsidy Amount on Solar Installation in Special States and Union Territories**

Up to 3KW



Between 3KW and 10KW

Rs.18,000/KW for up to the first 3KW and after that Rs.9,000/KW*

Rs.20,000/KW for up to the first 3KW and after that Rs.10,000/KW**

*Note: You can get a subsidy for solar panel installation till the capacity is 10KW.

2. Solar Subsidy for GHS and RWG

Capacity of the Plant

Subsidy Amount on Solar Installation in General States and Union Territories

Subsidy Amount on Solar Installation in Special States and Union Territories**

Common solar panel capacity for the GHS and RWA up to 500KW* (Cumulative)



*Note: Individual homes under the GHS and RWA should have a solar panel capacity of up to 10KW

** Special States and Union Territories: Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Ladakh, Uts of Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep

Capacity-Wise Solar Panel Installation Subsidy 2024 Onwards

Here is a calculated list of the amount you will get as subsidy according to the capacity (calculated as per the new:

Solar System Capacity

Solar Subsidy in General States and UTs 

Solar Subsidy in Special States and Uts*

1 KW



2 KW



3 KW



4 KW



5 KW



6 KW



7 KW



8 KW



9 KW



10 KW



PM Solar Rooftop Programme Eligibility Criteria

The Central Financial Assistance or CFA for Solar Rooftop Programme is for only the residential sector, not for any Government, commercial, industrial or institutional solar PV installation projects.

You can be the recipient of the subsidy under PM Solar Rooftop if you meet the following criteria:

    • Panels and Modules Used: You must use indigenously manufactured or made-in-India solar panels and modules for your rooftop solar plant project to get the subsidy. You should also ensure that the installed solar plant used for your project is DCR enlisted.
    • Inverters Used: The inverters you will use on your grid-connected solar rooftop project must be BIS-certified. 
    • Chosen Solar Vendor: You need to choose a DISCOM registered vendor for your solar panel installation project. You will get a list of your nearby registered solar vendors from the official government website.
  • No Pre-Installed Rooftop Plant: You will not get the solar scheme benefit for the already installed rooftop solar panel.

Proper Installation: You should ensure that the installation of your rooftop solar system is as per the guidance of MNRE.

How to Apply for Solar Rooftop Scheme Online

The Central Government of India launched the National Portal dedicated to the grid-connected solar panel installation, in 2022. You can apply for the solar panel installation from this portal. Here are the steps you will have to follow:

Step 1: Portal Registration: Visit the National Portal for Solar Rooftop, click on “Apply for Rooftop Solar”, enter your electricity distribution details, mobile number and email ID to complete your initial registration on the National Solar Rooftop Portal.

Step 2: Application for Installation: Log in to your profile using the passwords and user ID, fill in the application form and submit the filled-in form.

Step 3: Approval and Installation: After getting your application form, your DISCOM will check whether you are eligible for the grid-connected solar panel installation. If it is feasible, you will get an approval for installation. After this, you will need to connect with the DISCOM registered vendor to assess your rooftop and complete installing the rooftop solar system.

Step 4: Application for Net Meter: Upon installing the rooftop solar system, you will need to submit all the necessary details of your solar plant, and apply for a net meter. You will get a net meter free of cost from DISCOM and have to connect it with the solar system and grid with the help of your vendor.

Step 5: Commissioning Certificate Issuance: You will get a commissioning certificate from your DISCOM after they inspect your solar system and net meter connection. A commissioning certificate is one of the essential documents for solar subsidy application.

Step 6: Subsidy Application Form Submission: Log in to your profile on the Solar Rooftop Portal and get the subsidy application form. You will have to submit copies of the commissioning certificate, bank account details and cancelled cheque. 

After this, you will get your subsidy on the Grid-connected rooftop solar panel installation directly into your bank account.

Documents Required for PM Solar Rooftop Subsidy Scheme

Here are the documents you will have to submit while applying for the PM Solar Rooftop Scheme online:

  • Documents for Technical Feasibility Approval

You will have to submit the following documents to get technical feasibility approval for your grid-connected rooftop solar PV installation:

  1. Recent electricity bill (the date of its issuance must be within the last 6 months and it should be legible)
  2. Other documents as requested by your DISCOM.


  • Documents to Issue Commissioning Certificate and Net Meter 

You will have to keep the following documents ready to issue your commissioning certificate after the grid-tied solar PV installation:

  1. Consumer-vendor agreement paper (vendor’s name should be clearly visible)
  2. Declaration form for Domestic Content Requirement or DCR 
  3. Photo of the plant and the beneficiary


  • Documents to Apply for Subsidy under the PM Rooftop Solar Scheme

You will have to provide the following documents while applying for the subsidy:

  1. Commissioning certificate
  2. Cancelled cheque

In case, you do not have the cancelled cheque, you can submit a copy of your bank account passbook. However, it is necessary that the copy entails the necessary details including, the account holder’s name, name of the bank, IFSC number, account number and branch address.

How to Find DISCOM Registered Vendor for Rooftop Solar Installation

Follow the steps mentioned below to find your nearby DISCOM vendor:

Step 1: Go to the government portal for rooftop solar panel installation

Step 2: Click on “Empanelled Vendors by DISCOM”

Step 3: Get the list of registered vendors by state

After this, you will get the DISCOM registered vendor in your state.

The PM Rooftop Solar Scheme aims to reduce the financial burden of consumers with subsidised solar panel installation on the rooftop. It cuts your solar installation charge by almost 40%, depending on the subsidy structure of your DISCOM. 

So, it is time for you to be a part of the change for a green future with carbon-free solar electricity generation on your free rooftop space. You can save up to 300 units of electricity cost per month after the installation.

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