The government has approved the launch of the Scale-up of Access to Clean Energy programme for financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20. The programme is based on the ongoing Scale-up of Access to Clean Energy for Rural Productive and Domestic Use project at UNDP. It aims to develop the market for renewable energy technology packages for rural livelihoods in Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. The overall cost of the programme is Rs 700 million. State nodal agencies will issue tenders for the implementation of the project. The MNRE will provide 30 per cent of the benchmark or the tender cost, whichever is lower, as subsidy the eligible beneficiaries. An additional subsidy will be provided for new, complex and non-commercialised technology systems. The project commissioning time frame is 12 months for general category states and 15 months for north-eastern states.