How to install Rooftop Solar Panels through Government Scheme?

To reduce the electricity bills of homes and businesses, people are planning to install rooftop solar in India. India had a target of 100 GW of solar installations by 2022 across the country, with 60 GW in commercial and industrial sectors and 40 GW in residential sectors, but this target has been revised by 2030. The average installation capacity of rooftop solar is 1 GW monthly and 12 GW yearly.

Table of Contents:

  1. What is a rooftop solar system?
  2. How does the rooftop solar system work?
  3. How much does rooftop solar cost?
  4. What is a rooftop solar scheme?
  5. Who is eligible for the rooftop solar scheme?
  6. How do I apply for a rooftop solar scheme?
  7. How to check the solar rooftop application status?
  8. How to clean rooftop solar panels?
  9. What are rooftop solar panels?
  10. How to install rooftop solar panels?
  11. Which rooftop solar panel is best?
  12. Are rooftop solar panels worth it?
  13. Why rooftop solar might be in trouble?

What is a rooftop solar system?

The meaning of rooftop solar is that “a solar panel installed on the roof of a building is called rooftop solar." This category includes residential homes, commercial buildings, government buildings, group housing societies, manufacturing plants, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and more. A small unit of solar installation starts from 3 kW to 10 kW in residential sectors, 10 kW to 100 kW in commercial sectors, and above 100 kW installation in industrial sectors. The Indian government provides incentive schemes to boost rooftop solar installation in these sectors. 

How does the rooftop solar system work?

A solar power system has three main categories: grid-connected solar system, stand-alone solar system, and hybrid solar system. A grid-connected solar system is also known as an on-grid solar system, which is used to save (reduce) electricity bills, whereas a stand-alone solar system is also known as an off-grid solar system, which is used to generate electricity anywhere as well as save electricity bills, and a hybrid solar system is a combination of both systems. This solar system gained popularity because of lithium batteries. Under the rooftop solar system, we consider only those solar systems that are connected with the national grid via net metering. Below is a diagram showing how the rooftop system works.

First, solar panels generate DC current during sunny hours and go into the grid-tied solar inverter via DCDB. A solar inverter converts DC current to AC current and feeds into the national grid via ACDB and Net Meter.

How much does rooftop solar cost?

The cost of rooftop solar installation depends on capacity, technology, installation area, and brands. The average price of 1kW rooftop solar is Rs. 60,000, the average price of 2kW rooftop solar is Rs. 1,20,000, 3kW rooftop solar is Rs. 1,80,000, and the price of 5kW rooftop solar is Rs. 3,00,000. Below is the approximate price list of rooftop solar; you should refer:

Capacity Cost Govt. Subsidy
3kW Rs. 1,80,000 Rs. 78,000
5kW Rs. 3,00,000 Rs. 78,000
10kW Rs. 5,00,000 Rs. 78,000

What is a rooftop solar scheme?

Many consumers want to install solar rooftops, but they want some financial support from the government. Gujarat is the best example where the number of rooftop solar installations increased a lot after giving solar subsidies, solar loans, and easy net metering facilities. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced a national portal, PM Surya Ghar, where electricity bill payers can apply for rooftop solar. In this scheme, the government has a target to install solar rooftops in 1 crore homes by 2027, and he will provide Rs. 30,000 to 78,000 in solar subsidies for up to 10 kW of installation.

Who is eligible for the rooftop solar scheme?

Before applying a rooftop solar scheme, you should know the following things:

  1. The solar subsidy is only available on grid-connected solar systems.
  2. The electricity connection should be residential only.
  3. A consumer must apply through a national portal.
  4. A solar installation must be authorised by vendors.
  5. Sanctioned load of the consumer should be 3kW or above. 

How to apply for a rooftop solar scheme?

Apply on

Step 1: Register in the portal with the following details:

  • Select your state.

  • Select your district.

  • Select Electricity Distribution Company

  • Enter your Consumer Account Number.

  • Enter Mobile

Step 2: Login & Apply

  • Login with Mobile Number

  • Apply for Rooftop Solar

How to check the solar rooftop application status?

Visit on

Step 1: Login & Check

  • Login with Mobile Number

  • View application status

How to clean rooftop solar panels?

Cleaning is one of the most important factors in generating electricity because rooftop solar panels are installed in outdoor areas. Heavy dust and birds can result in a very thick layer of dust collecting over the solar panels. Thus, regular cleaning becomes essential to generate electricity, but how to clean it? Here are some important things you should know about this:


  • Clean solar panels using water, soft clothes, and a wiper.

  • The best time to clean is before sunrise or after the sun sets. 

  • Try to shutdown from DCDB.

  • Always maintain proper distancing between electrical wiring and solar panels.

Don’t Do:

  • Never clean solar panels in sunny hours (9 AM to 3 PM); the glass of solar panels could break due to heat.

What are rooftop solar panels?

A DCR solar panel (made in India) is the most popular in rooftop solar. The latest technology of DCR is 550W mono PERC, half cut. Haryana based Rooftop solar Company, Loom Solar is an Indian solar PV module manufacturer that manufactures a wide range of solar panels, inverters, and batteries. Check the price list of Loom Solar Panel here.

How to install rooftop solar panels?

We recommend you to install rooftop solar panels for your homes or businesses and book site surveys with us. When you book this service, our experts will visit your installation location and understand your requirements. On the basis of shared requirements, we provide budget-friendly solar quotes. Once the solar quotation is approved, then we proceed to the next steps.

Step 1: Book Site Survey,
Step 2: Finalize types of solar system,
Step 3: Confirm Solar Quotes,
Step 4: Install Solar Power,
Step 5: Save Electricity Bills.

Which rooftop solar panel is best?

Our sales team talks to more than 10,000 consumers per month, and the major query they face is "Which types of solar panels is suitable for me?" We can say that 45% of consumers should install a grid-connected solar system, 40% should install stand-alone solar systems, and the rest should install hybrid or direct solar systems.

Why rooftop solar might be in trouble?

The solar industry is operated by MNRE, and it has full control of the government. There are many parties involved in this echo system: manufacturers, system integrators, banking companies, the electricity board, nodal agencies, and consumers. Though we get a large number of inquiries, but the conversion from inquiries is very low.

Are rooftop solar panels worth it? 

Now, it is time to conclude this purchase guide. A rooftop solar panel has advantages as well as some disadvantages. If you want to know more about the benefits of going solar, it is to save electricity bills or generate your own electricity, but it has some disadvantages, such as that it requires some shadow-free installation area, storage capacity, one-time investment, grid availability, and reliability. I hope you will get good knowledge about rooftop solar and its aspects.

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