Year:2010 (last updated 2017)
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2010 (last updated 2017)
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Tax relief, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Feed-in tariffs/premiums, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Research programme
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable>Solar Thermal, Energy Sector>Electricity Generation, Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable>Solar Photovoltaic
Agency:Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Funding:Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

The Indian Solar Mission is a large scale solar energy programme that will run from 2010 to 2022.

Given the major policy focus of the Indian government to provide wider energy access in rural areas, the project promotes electricity generation from both small- and large-scale solar plants.


The Solar Roadmap establishes specific installed capacity targets for three different periods:


  • Grid-connected PV (including roof-top): 1,100 MW
  • Off-grid Solar lanterns: 200 MW
  • Solar collectors: 7 million m2 2013-2017

(cumulative target):

  • Grid-connected PV (including roof-top): 4000 MW
  • Off-grid Solar lanterns: 1000 MW
  • Solar collectors: 15 million m2

2017-2022 (cumulative target):

  • Grid-connected PV (including roof-top): 20,000 MW
  • Off-grid Solar lanterns: 2000 MW
  • Solar collectors: 20 million m2


Power Purchase Tariff (PPT):

To support the Solar Roadmap, the government has set up a Power Purchase Tariff (PPT) fixed by the Central Regulatory Commission (CERC) and revised annually.

For the year 2009-2010, the preferential tariff was fixed at INR 18.44/kWh for solar PV and INR 13.45/kWh for solar thermal.

Solar sourced electricity can further be purchased by utilities under the form of Renewable Energy certificates (REC), so as to comply with their Renewable Energy Portfolio Obligations (RPO).

Tax relief:

The government also decided to reduce to 5% the customs levy on imports of machinery, instruments, equipment, and appliances used in solar PV and solar thermal plants. Domestic equipment will be exempt from the excise levy.

The Solar Mission will also stimulate national RD&D and academic research by providing innovation subsidies and scholarships to young scientists.

Last modified: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:06:48 CEST