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HARYANA MAKES SOLAR PLANTS MANDATORY

States have been realizing the potential of solar energy and offering incentives
Haryana has made solar power plants mandatory for housing societies, industries and other specified categories of buildings. “The notification has been issued in this regard to achieve higher trajectory for solar power generation and promote green energy,“ principal secretary for renewable energy Ankur Gupta said.

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Under Haryana’s solar power policy for 2016, the state government is providing various incentives including industrial status, exemption from change of land use approval and cess, freewheeling and banking facility, exemption of T&D and crosssubsidy charges. Besides, the government has decided to purchase solar power over and above the solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), Gupta said. The Government has revised the National Solar Mission target of Grid Connected Solar Power projects from 20,000 MW by 2022 to 1,00,000 MW by 2022.

A total investment of around Rs. 6,00,000 crore has been estimated to achieve the target of 100 GW. Solar power projects are installed by both, private and public sector companies. Banks and Financial Institutions have given green commitments to finance upto 78,850 MW. The organisations setting up the projects raise equity and loan from domestic as well as international sources. Financial institutions in India are also providing loans to this sector based on their prudential lending norms, the Minister added.

He said 40 investors have signed memorandum of understanding adding to over Rs 98,000 crore with the aim of adding 8,531.75 MW of solar power, besides setting up of bio CNG, module or cell manufacturing, and research and development units in the state. Describing Haryana as an emerging state in the renewable energy sector, Gupta said that the government was encouraging small investors by reserving 20 per cent of the target for projects of 1-2 megawatt capacity, giving price preference of 2 per cent to the plants installed in the state.The government is also promoting rooftop solar power plants to replace diesel gensets in the state, with an aim to reduce pollution and emission of greenhouse gases.In Haryana, a solar power plant can work for about 330 days a year, every kilowatt of which produces about 1,600 units of electricity a year.

A typical 1KW solar power plant costs Rs 55,000-60,000, after availing subsidy. While the payback period is four-five years, the system lasts for more than 25 years. The government is also providing 30 per cent subsidy, subject to a maximum of Rs 20,000 per kilowatt peak (kWp), on installation of solar power plants for certain categories of buildings, Gupta said.

LAND FOR SOLAR POWER PLANTS

Haryana government has said it has identified about 2,000 acres of panchayat land in the state having potential of installation of solar power plants of 200 Mw capacity.

A feasibility study is also being carried out for the installation of solar power plants on canal tops and canal banks. a spokesman of the Haryana Renewable Energy Department (HAREDA) said that in order to generate solar power, 50 Mw solar power projects would be installed in 2015-16. Apart from this, the department would also install 5 Mw solar power plants which were sanctioned by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy ( MNRE) in 2014-15. He said HAREDA would promote setting up of institutional biogas plants in the ‘goshalas’ (cow sheds) and dairies where sufficient cow dung is available. Other states have been offering similar incentives as well.

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