Jharkhand State: Successful Subsidy Programme in Eastern India

The Indian state government of Jharkhand has already reached its goal of subsidising 4,000 solar water heating systems in 2009. The state offers 105 INR/litre for solar water heaters with flat plate collectors and 80 INR/litre for systems with vacuum tube collectors. “The installation of such a system typically costs around 150 INR/litre for flat plate collector systems and 115 INR/litre for vacuum tube collector systems,” explains Bimalendu Rai, who is responsible for the programme at the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA).

Solar water heating systems are therefore eligible for a subsidy, which covers nearly 70 % of the costs, independent from the capacity of the system. Further applications are still being received and the programme will continue until March 2010. According to JREDA additional funds will be granted.
Find further details about the subsidy programme in table below:

Country / region

India, Jharkhand State

Name of programme

Subsidy scheme for Solar Thermal Domestic Systems

Type of incentive


Eligible technologies

Solar water heaters

Applicable sectors

  • Residential,
  • Commercial, such as for hotels and hospitals
  • Applications from industrial estates will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Indian Rupees (INR) 100 /litre for flat plate collectors only. No subsidy for Vacuum Tube. Amount of subsidy calculated by 50 litre per m² of flat plate collector.

Requirements for system

Collector must conform to Bureau of Indian Standards and manufacturer must be MNRE approved with 5 year warranty

Requirements for installation


Finance provider

Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) (www.jreda.com)

Funding source

Public money

Effective date

April 2005, new regulations since April 2012 

Expiration date

March 2013 or 200,000 litres (4,000 m² of collector area), whichever is earlier



Last review of this tabloid

December 2012


Mr. Ashok Kumar (Director)

Tel.: +91-651-2246970


This node was written by Jaideep Malaviya, an Expert in Solar Thermal based in India (malaviya@solrico.com)


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