MNRE issues benchmark cost for off-grid and distributed solar power generation

The MNRE has notified the new benchmark cost for off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and rooftop solar projects for the financial year 2018-19. These new benchmark costs will be applicable for all implementing agencies involved in developing projects awarded under the off-grid and decentralised solar program. They will also be valid for agencies involved in developing rooftop solar and small-scale solar power projects but have not yet issued the work orders or letters of award.

The benchmark tariffs for various categories are given in the tables below:

Grid connected rooftop solar projects
Capacity Benchmark Cost (Rs/Wp)
Above 1 kW and up to 10 kW 60
Above 10 kW and up to 100 kW 55
Above 100 kW and up to 500 kW 53

 

Solar pumps
Pump Capacity General Category States (Rs/HP) Special Category States* (Rs/HP)
Up to 3 HP DC 85,000 93,500
>3 HP — 5 HP DC 77,000 84,700
Up to 3 HP AC 80,000 88,000
>3 HP — 5 HP AC 65,000 71,500

 

Standalone Solar Power Projects/Packs
Capacity (kW) Battery backup (hours) General Category States (Rs/Wp) Special Category States* (Rs/Wp)
Up to 10 kW 6 100 110
3 80 88
1 68 75
>10 kW and upto 25 kW 6 90 99
3 72 79
1 61 67

 

Solar Lighting Systems
System General Category States (Rs/Wp) Special Category States* (Rs/Wp)
Solar lamps 250 275
Solar street lights
·         With lead-acid battery 300 330
·         With lithium-ion battery 435 475

*North-eastern states/hill-states/islands and union territories

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