Govt. of Jharkhand


PROGRAMME>>>Solar Photovoltaic Programme

The solar radiation falling over India is about 5,000 trillion kWh / year. There are about 300 clear sunny days in a year in most parts of the country. The average isolation incident over India is about 5.5 kWh / sq. meter over a horizontal surface.



The Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources is implementing a country wide solar photovoltaic programme. The Programme is aimed at developing cost effective PV technology and its applications for large-scale diffusion in different sectors, specially in rural and remote areas.


The following PV systems are covered under the Programmes of MNES:


Solar Lantern

The solar lantern should a minimum of three hour of lighting per day under average daily solar radiation condition of 5 KWh/ sqm. on a horizontal surface. The actual duration of lighting may vary depending on location season etc.

Street Lighting System

The system should be designed to automatically switch ON at dusk. operate throughout the night and automatically switch OFF at the down under daily isolation of 5 kWh/sqm. on a horizontal surface

Home Light System

A home lighting system/solar home system aims at providing solar electricity for operating lights and/or fan or energizing DC operated portable TV sets for specified hours of operation per day.

Stand Alone PV Power Plants

Solar PV Water pumping system for agriculture and related uses


Apart from this, Jharkhand Government under the state plan subsidizes Solar Lanterns as the requirement of Lanterns is heavy Jharkhand.



Significant progress has been made in deployment of small capacity stand alone PV systems in the country. Under the PV program of MNES, over 6,10,000 systems aggregating to over 20 MW have been installed. This includes 3,85,000 solar lanterns; 1,80,000 home lighting systems; 41,000 street lighting systems, 4,204 water pumping systems and about 1.2 MWp aggregate capacity of stand alone power plants /packs.


Sector-Wise Use of PV Modules


Demonstration & Utilisation Programme

The MNES is implementing two major schemes for deployment of stand-alone PV systems in the country.

  • Demonstration and utilization of lighting systems, stand alone power plants and other specialized systems,

  • Deployment of water pumping systems for agriculture and related uses.

Institutional Arrangements

The Demonstration and Utilization component of the Programme is implemented mainly through the State Renewable Energy Development Agencies. In Jharkhand it is implemented by JREDA (Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency)

Financial Incentives Under The Programme

Financial assistance (central subsidy and state subsidy) is available for purchase of various solar PV systems to certain eligible categories of users. Under the PV water pumping Programme a combination of soft loan and central subsidy can be availed.


Pattern of Financial Assistance

General Areas

Sl. No.

SPV System Central Subsidy


Solar Lantern

Rs.1300 /- (fixed)


Home Lighting System / Solar Home System Rs. 5,500 or 50 % of ex-works cost, which ever is less


Street Lighting System Rs.11,000 or 50 % of Ex-works cost, which ever is less


Power Plants & Other systems Rs. 1,80,000 / KWp of PV array Capacity or 50 % of Ex-works cost, which ever is less


PV water pumping systems Rs. 110 per Wp of PV array used, subject to a maximum of Rs. 2,50,000 per system



Eligible Categories of Beneficiaries For Subsidy

SPV System Eligible Category of Beneficiaries
Solar Lanterns

All Categories of individual beneficiaries & non profit institutions/ organizations.

No individual would be given more than one solar lantern

Home Lighting Systems/Solar Home Systems


All Categories of individual beneficiaries & non profit institutions/ organizations.

No individual would be given more than one solar home lighting system

Street Lighting Systems

All categories of Non - commercial institutions/organisations, Village Energy Committees, Panchayats, Zilla Parishads and DRDAs.

SPV Power Plants/Other Systems

All categories of Non- commercial institutions/organisations, Village Energy Committees, Panchayats, Zilla Parishads and DRDAs.

PV water pumping systems

All categories of users


Soft Loan For PV Water Pumping System

Users of PV water pumping systems and intermediaries are eligible to avail a soft loan at the rate of 5% / 2.5% per annum respectively for 90% of the remaining un subsidised part of the price of the SPV water pumping system. The loan can be repaid in maximum of 10 years in installments, beginning at the end of the first year after sanction of loan. Loan can be availed from IREDA or Commercial Banks designated for the purpose.


Specification of SPV System

The MNES has drawn specifications for purchase of solar lanterns, home lighting systems/solar home systems, street lighting systems and solar water pumping systems under the subsidy programme. These specifications are periodically up dated in consultation with the industry. It is mandatory for manufacturers/suppliers to obtain a test certificate from SEC or other authorized test centres for testing & certification for solar lanterns for supply under the MNES programme.


Testing Centres And Certification

Solar  Energy  centre  is  the lead  test  centre  set up by MNES. There are three test centres which  have  been  authorized  to  test solar lanterns and other lighting systems. Two centers are involved in testing of PV modules.


Specifications of PV Systems

Specifications of various PV systems have been laid down and are regularly revised in consultation with industry


Solar Lanterns ( 10 W Module, 7 W CFL, 12 AH Battery)  
Home Lighting Systems ( 37 W Module, 2X 9 W CFL, 40 AH Battery)
Street Lighting Systems ( 74 W Module , 11 W CFL, 80 AH Battery)
PV Pumping System (200 Wp 3000 Wp PV array, Example : 1800 W PV Module, 2 hp Motor pump set)



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