Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd (MSEDCL) has made the job of consumers desirous of installing a grid connected Solar system on the rooftop easy. Now, one can apply for this online through the MSEDCL’s website www.mahadiscom.inAn MSEDCL officer said that first the consumer will have to fill up a form mentioning consumer number, billing unit number, full address (as mentioned in the electricity bill), e-mail address, mobile number, landline number, etc. He also must provide technical details like sanctioned load, contract demand, voltage at which existing supply is provided, voltage at output of solar photovoltaic (PV) system, distribution transformer number, etc. The consumer must also indicate whether he is availing solar renewable energy purchase obligation (RPO). If not, then he must authorize MSEDCL to avail it, the officer added.On submitting the form, MSEDCL will send a request ID. This must be noted down for completing the process. The consumer will have to then pay the required fee online. Once this is done, necessary documents should be scanned and submitted. The list of documents required will be mentioned at the bottom of the application form.MSEDCL has provided another link on its website where general guidelines for installing solar PV system are given. The meter specification for net metering is also given.The response to the solar schemes of the state government has not been encouraging in the city. Only 18 consumers have gone for off grid solar systems and the number for grid connected solar systems is even less. The main reason is inadequate publicity by the MSEDCL and the state about the benefits and procedure to be followed.