Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission is a part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change and is a major initiative of the Government of India. The mission was launched with the target of deploying 20 GW of grid connected solar power by 2022. This target was increased to 100 GW in the Union Budget of 2015. This would principally comprise of 40 GW Rooftop and 60 GW through large and medium scale grid connected solar power projects.

The Solar Mission is aimed at reducing the cost of solar power generation in the country through:

  • Long term policy
  • Large scale deployment goals
  • Aggressive R&D
  • Domestic production of critical raw materials, components & products

Targets of the Mission

The mission will adopt a 3-phase approach in which Phase 1 is upto 2012-13; Phase 2 is from 2013-17 and Phase 3 would take place from 2017-22. There would also be a capacity and target review for subsequent phases based on emerging costs & technology trends.

The first phase of the mission would focus on promoting off-grid systems to serve populations without access to commercial energy and modest capacity addition in grid-based systems. During the second phase, capacity would be ramped up aggressively to create conditions for up scaled and competitive solar energy penetration in the country.


   Application Segment Phase I Target(2010-2013) Phase II Target(2013-2017) Phase III Target(2017-2022)
1 Solar collectors 7 million sq. mt. 15 million sq. mt. 20 million sq. mt.
2 Off grid solar applications 200 MW 1000 MW 2000 MW
3 Utility grid power (including roof top) 1,000-2,000 MW 4,000-10,000 MW 20,000 MW

Financing of Mission Activities

The fund requirements for the Mission is being met by the following sources:

    • Budgetary support for the activities under the National Solar Mission established under the MNRE
    • International Funds under the UNFCCC framework, which would enable upscaling of Mission targets.

Institutional Arrangement for Mission Implementation

This Mission will be implemented by an autonomous Solar Energy Authority or an autonomous and enabled Solar Mission, embedded within the existing structure of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The Authority/Mission secretariat will be responsible for monitoring technology developments, review and adjust incentives, manage funding requirements and execute pilot projects. The Mission will report to the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change on the status of its program.


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