Clarification regarding the New Benchmark cost of Off-grid Solar PV Systems and Rooftop Solar Plants for the Year 2018-19

All agencies, which are implementing the projects sanctioned under the Off-grid and Decentralised Solar PV Applications programme and Grid Connected Rooftop Solar and Small Power Plant Programme, and have not issued the work order/LoA till date, for the projects sanctioned by Ministry, are requested to follow the new benchmark cost for the year 2018-19 to be issued by Ministry shortly. All sanctioned projects for which the work orders/LoAs will be issued from 20.4.2018 onwards will be eligible for central financial assistance as per new benchmark cost for 2018-19.

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Notice to undertake transparent bidding process for discovery of price for installation of solar rooftop projects.

To ensure transparency in implementation of rooftop solar projects under capital subsidy Scheme for residential, social and institutional sectors, Ministry vide its OM no. 03/88/201S-16/GCRT dated 08.09.2016 (copy attached) had issued guidelines mandating the Implementing Agencies (SNAs/ Discoms/ Municipal Corporations etc.) to undertake transparent bidding process for discovery of price for installation of solar rooftop projects. It is once again re-iterated that Implementing Agencies must adhere to above guidelines and selection of bidders and discovery of project cost for rooftop solar under Ministry’s scheme must be through a transparent competitive bidding process. https://mnre.gov.in/sites/default/files/webform/notices/Implementation-of-GCSRT-Power-Projects-through-transparent-bidding-process.pdf

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