PM Modi launches rooftop solar power scheme: what is it?

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Jan 23, 2024

Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 22 announced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana’.

What is the Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana?

It is a scheme that will involve installing solar power systems at rooftops for residential consumers.

'Self-reliant India'

PM Modi said it would help reduce electricity bills of the poor & middle class, and push India’s goal of becoming self-reliant in energy sector.

How to avail the benefits?

A consumer can avail of benefits of the scheme through DISCOM tendered projects or through the National Portal,

What is India’s current solar capacity?

The solar power capacity in India has reached around 73.31 GW as of December 2023.

Why is an expansion of solar energy important for India?

India is expected to witness the largest energy demand in the world over the next 30 years, and this can't be fulfilled only with coal plants.

Previous initiative

In 2014, govt launched Rooftop Solar Programme that aimed to achieve a capacity of 40,000 MW by 2022, but this target couldn’t be achieved.

What is the Rooftop Solar Programme?

The scheme aims to expand India’s rooftop solar installed capacity in the residential sector by providing central financial assistance.

Target by 2026

The programme’s goal is to increase rooftop solar capacity to 40 GW by March 2026.