Scheme For Off-Grid and Decentralized Solar Cooker Programme

Last IREEED Review: July 07, 2014
Program Overview
State: Central
Technology : Off-grid
Date of Issue : June 26, 2014
Nodal Agency : Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
As per Census 2011 in India, out of 121 crores, 72.5% of the people are living in villages. These rural people and more than 50 % of the urban population belonging to lower middle class are using wood fuel and coal for cooking/baking/frying applications. Other fuels like LPG and kerosene, which are highly subsidised by GOI, are also being used for cooking/baking/frying applications. To reduce the dependence on conventional fuels, thereby to promote the use of clean energy GOI is implementing this scheme under JNNSM. The primary objective of this scheme would be to promote the use of solar energy for cooking/baking/frying applications by extending monetary support in the form of capital subsidy. With regard to solar cookers, the initial investment being the major cost component and operating cost being zero, the capital subsidy will be considered throughout this scheme implementation. The key objectives under this To promote off-grid cooking applications like cooking/baking/frying using Solar Device (Box and Dish Type solar), thereby supporting the targets set in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. To create awareness and demonstrate effective use of solar cooking systems for individual/community/beneficiary. To encourage innovation in addressing market needs and promoting sustainable business models. To provide support to channel partners and potential beneficiaries, within the framework of boundary conditions and in a flexible demand driven mode.To support consultancy services, seminars, symposia, capacity building, awareness campaigns, human resource development, etcThe programme would be applicable in all parts of India; the targets will be implemented in the high potential and demand of the states. The off grid and decentralized cooking system of any size/ number would be eligible under the Programme.Funding under this scheme would be operated on reimbursement basis only, in accordance with the benchmark cost and subsidy levels fixed by MNRE every year for implementation through channel partners. Advance up to 30% of CFA may be released to SNAs and other government organizations.
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