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Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana 2024

“1 Crore Households to get Rooftop Solar under the Scheme”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 22nd January 2024 announced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana’ under which 1 crore households will get rooftop solar. 

PM Modi said “Today, on the auspicious occasion of the consecration of life in Ayodhya, my resolve has been further strengthened that the people of India should have their solar rooftop system on the roof of their houses. The first decision I have taken after returning from Ayodhya is that our government will launch “Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana” with the target of installing rooftop solar on 1 crore houses. This will reduce the electricity bill of the poor and middle-class making India self-reliant in the energy field.”

The Prime Minister posted on X:

सूर्यवंशी भगवान श्री राम के आलोक से विश्व के सभी भक्तगण सदैव ऊर्जा प्राप्त करते हैं।

आज अयोध्या में प्राणप्रतिष्ठा के शुभ अवसर पर मेरा ये संकल्प और प्रशस्त हुआ कि भारतवासियों के घर की छत पर उनका अपना सोलर रूफ टॉप सिस्टम हो।

अयोध्या से लौटने के बाद मैंने पहला निर्णय लिया है कि हमारी सरकार 1 करोड़ घरों पर रूफटॉप सोलर लगाने के लक्ष्य के साथप्रधानमंत्री सूर्योदय योजनाप्रारंभ करेगी। 

इससे गरीब और मध्यम वर्ग का बिजली बिल तो कम होगा ही, साथ ही भारत ऊर्जा के क्षेत्र में आत्मनिर्भर भी बनेगा।

What is the Scheme about?

Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana is a visionary initiative aimed at providing electricity to households in India through Solar Rooftops. Focused on sustainability and self-sufficiency, the program encourages the generation of surplus electricity, which not only meets household energy requirements but also contributes to the national grid. This initiative not only reduces electricity consumption for households but also makes them self-sufficient in meeting their energy needs.

Benefits to the common masses and the Overall Economy

  1. Reduce electricity consumption connected to the grid and save electricity costs for consumers.
  2. Excess solar energy units produced by rooftop solar plants can be exported to the grid following metering regulations.
  3. Customers may also get monetary benefits for excess power exported as per existing rules.
  4. Estimated benefits include savings of up to Rs.15,000-Rs.18,000 per household for free from solar energy and sales to surplus distribution companies.
  5. It will also help create business opportunities for more vendors to charge, supply, and install more EVs.
  6. To provide more job opportunities for youth with technical skills in manufacturing, installation, and maintenance.
  7. Council for Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) Senior Program Manager Neeraj Kuldeep said CEEW’s analysis showed that rooftop solar capacity would support 20-25 GW.
  8. Considering that residential customers receive subsidized electricity from Discoms, these household demand savings will save about 2 million Euros to Discoms over the next 25 years (the lifetime of the solar plant).
  9. Crisil Market Intelligence & Analytics research director Miren Lodha said the government’s initiative to support rooftop solar is expected to translate into 20-22 GW of additional capacity.
  10. If fully implemented, this will help achieve 80-85 percent of the government’s overall target of 40 GW in rooftop solar.
  11. This initiative is expected to benefit companies involved in the installation of solar panels and related infrastructure and may lead to long-term investment opportunities.

Eligibility to apply for PM Suryodaya Yojana

The Eligibility to apply for the Scheme includes the following terms”

  1. The Applicants, first and foremost, need to be the citizen of India.
  2. There may be mentioned specific income criteria for the application of each household. The point will be clearer with announcements from the union government.
  3. The Property may be owned by the one applying for the scheme.
  4. The resident must hold the required documents as mentioned in the scheme.

Application Process:

  • The application of the Prime Minister Suryodaya Yojana will likely be available online through a dedicated portal.
  • Candidates will have to submit required documents like identity proof, address proof, and income certificate.
  • After submission, the application will go through a verification process. After approval, the solar energy system is installed at the designated location.

Note: the complete eligibility criteria and application process shall be available on the designated portal, once the scheme is launched.

Significance of the “Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana” Scheme

The initiative was officially launched with the ambitious goal of installing rooftop solar panels on 1 crore homes at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister recently. This initiative not only reduces electricity consumption for households but also makes them self-sufficient in meeting their energy needs.

Prime Minister Modi highlighted the huge potential of solar energy and called for the launch of a national campaign to encourage residential users to adopt rooftop solar systems on a larger scale. By harnessing solar power from every rooftop, we can help India become a solar powerhouse, reducing its carbon footprint and dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

The deployment of solar roofs is an important step to promote sustainable development and benefit low-income groups. To complete this effort, it is recommended that institutional oversight be built at the city level and a strong road map be developed at the state level to ensure the effective implementation, strengthening, and support of this great initiative. One can focus on high maintenance costs and the implementation of rooftop solar will reduce these costs.

As the most populous country in the world, India has a huge potential to harness its human resources to bring about positive change. Prime Minister Modi’s recent announcement of ‘Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana‘ shows our commitment to renewable energy sources, especially solar power, to meet our energy needs while reducing environmental impact.

Current Status of Solar Energy Capacity in India

  • According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the installed capacity of solar power in India was about 73.31 GW in December 2023.
  • In terms of total solar capacity, Rajasthan tops the list with 18.7 GW. Gujarat is second with 10.5 GW.
  • In terms of solar capacity cap, Gujarat tops the list with 2.8 GW, followed by Maharashtra with 1.7 GW.
  • The total rooftop installed solar power capacity in December 2023 was 11.08 GW.
  • According to a recent report by the Council for Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), only 20% of rooftop solar installations are in the residential sector, with the majority in the commercial and industrial sectors.
  • According to the report, 25 million households in India can install 637 GW of rooftop solar power and only one-third of that can meet all the country’s electricity needs.

Other Government Initiatives to harness Solar Energy in India

  1. National Solar Mission: The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), or the National Solar Mission, is an initiative of the Government of India and State Governments to promote solar power in India. Inaugurated in January 2010, the JNNSM was revised twice with a final target of 100 GW of solar PV by 2022. Its main objectives include: Reducing the environmental impact of electricity, promoting the use of cleaner fuel, and on-grid and off-grid electricity generation.
  2. National Solar Park Scheme: The solar parks provide suitable developed land with all clearances, transmission systems, water access, road connectivity, communication networks, etc. The scheme facilitates and speeds up the installation of grid-connected solar power projects for electricity generation on a large scale. The solar park is a concentrated zone of development of solar power generation projectsand provides developers with an area that is well characterized, with proper infrastructure and access to amenities, and where the risk of the projects can be minimized.
  3. Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM): The scheme aims to add a solar capacity of 30,800 MW by 2022 with a total central financial support of Rs.34,422 Crore including service charges to the implementing agencies. PM-KUSUM will contribute to increasing farmers’ income by replacing high-cost diesel with less expensive solar energy under Component-B. Additionally, farmers can sell surplus solar power to DISCOMS under Component-C, generating additional revenue.
  4. International Solar Alliance: The International Solar Alliance is an alliance of more than 120 signatory countries, most being sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Established by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of France Francois Hollande on November 30, 2015, ISA’s objective is to scale up solar energy, reduce the cost of solar power generation through the aggregation of demand for solar finance, technologies, innovation, research, and development, and capacity building.

Launch Date of the Scheme

Prime Minister Suryodaya Yojana’s announcement was made by Prime Minister Modi at the Ayodhya Ram Mandir Consecration event. However, as per the latest information, the launch date of the scheme has not been given yet. It is important to stay updated on the launch date with official government announcements.

Disclaimer: The above article is based on information and statistics taken from various news portals.


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