The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is planning to encourage solar street lights installation in the country, stated Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in Lok Sabha.
This installation plan is introduced under off-grid and decentralized solar applications scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
Already, a total of 274679 solar street lights have been installed in various locations of the country.
The Ministry has announced a 30 percent subsidy in a range of Rs 81 to 135/- per watt for installation of solar street lights.
Further,the Ministry provides 90 percent subsidy in a range of Rs 243 to 405/-per watt for Government organizations in North Eastern States, Lakshadweep and A&N Islands and Uttarakhand for solar street lights installation.
The subsidy for installation of off- grid solar PV systems and power plants in households will not be increased, stated the Minister.
The Ministry is implementing this solar light installation scheme through several channel partners and private system integrators.
These partners provide solar services to clients like design, supply, integration, installation, and other services and approach the Ministry for retrieving subsidy, the Minister added.
The target is for 20 million solar lamps to be installed by 2022.