Higher Solar Subsidy for Northeastern States of India


  • MNRE hikes CFA rates for northeastern states, hilly states, and Union Territories
  • All residential solar consumers from the designated states, availing the central subsidy from the National Portal will be eligible for the same.
  • The ministry also fixed a uniform CFA for all modes of implementation of the rooftop solar scheme.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has raised the Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for residential solar consumers in northeastern states, hilly states, and union territories. The higher CFA will apply to consumers from states including Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

MNRE states that they received multiple requests from stakeholders for the same due to the high benchmark cost of solar installations in these regions.

The revised rates are as follows:

Category For NE States/UTS For Regular Consumers
For first 3kW ₹17,662/kW ₹14,588/ kW
From 3kW to 10 kW ₹8,831/ kW * ₹7,294/kW
For RWA/ GHS up to 500kW (@10kWp per house) ₹8,831/kW ₹7,294/kW

*Note: For the first 3kW, the consumer will receive ₹17,662/kW and ₹8,831/ kW for the rest of the capacity.

In 2022, MNRE launched the National Portal for Rooftop solar to simplify the process of submitting applications and tracking the installations of residential rooftop solar installations.
All consumers from the above-listed states applying for a rooftop solar installation at the National Portal on or after the issuance of this MNRE notification will be eligible for the revised subsidy.

In its recent notification, the Ministry also stated that they have received queries from various stakeholders about the different CFA rates for the two modes of implementation of the rooftop solar scheme.

One is the CFA rates provided to the vendors through a tendering process and the other is through the national portal. This has been creating confusion among consumers.

To resolve this issue, MNRE has now fixed a uniform CFA rate for both modes of implementation. Thus, all future bids, or bids that were supposed to be closed 15 days from the issuance of the notification, will follow the CFA rates listed at the National Portal.

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Resource: MNRE

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