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Madhya Pradesh is “Solar State” and Bhopal is “Solar City”

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Bhopal: New and Renewable Energy Minister Harsh Yadav today announced that the State government has succeeded in getting the state the recognition as a “Solar State” and Bhopal as a “Solar City”.

The World Bank has praised the innovations made by the State Government for the use of solar energy in the industrial sector. Stating this, the Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has gone way ahead in the implementation of solar roof top projects. Within a year, 670 MW capacity has been added in grid connected projects in the state. As many as 645 MW solar projects and 25 MW biomass projects have been set up in the state.

Yadav said that in the next 4 years, about 6 thousand MW capacity new and renewable energy based projects will be executed. 1500 MW solar projects will also be started in Aagar-Malwa, Shajapur and Neemuch district for which land has been allocated.

Giving information about the work done in the field of solar power, solar pump installation, power storage, e-vehicle usage, wind power and floating power plant installation in the state, Yadav said that full capacity of 750 MW power production is being obtained from the Rewa project. Out of this, about 100 MW power is being supplied to Delhi Metro every day. He informed that electricity is being provided in the state at an economical rate of Rs. 2.97 per unit.

It has been decided to set up solar parks on barren lands in Bundelkhand and Chambal regions of the state. The process of developing a 1000 MW capacity floating solar plant at Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar reservoirs has started. Yadav said that setting up floating plants of this capacity is a unique initiative in the country.

Govt scales up budget for grid-connected rooftop solar projects to 5000 cr

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solar energy parkNew Delhi : In a major boost to the national solar mission, the Union Cabinet today accorded approval for scaling up budget for grid-connected rooftop solar projects by a multiple of above eight times. This move has made the budget scale up from the existing 600 crore Rupees to 5,000 crore.The budget, which is planned for disbursement over next five years up to 2019-20, will support capacity addition of 4,200 MW.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by  Prime  Minister  Narendra Modi  has  approved  the massive scaling up of budget from  Rs, 600 crore to Rs. 5,000 crore for implementation of Grid Connected Rooftops systems over a period of five years upto 2019-20 under National Solar Mission (NSM). This budget build up would assist towards infrastructure strengthening in the likes of installation of solar rooftop systems, strengthening of industrial and commercial sector of Solar energy, and helping an easing of subsidy burden both ways. The move would support Installation of 4200 MW Solar Rooftop systems in the country in next five years, said official sources.The capital subsidy of 30 per cent would be provided for general category States/UTs and 70 per cent for special category States i.e., North-Eastern States including Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the statement said. It also elaborated that there would be no subsidy for commercial and industrial establishments in the private sector since they are already laden with other benefit eligibility such as accelerated depreciation, custom duty concessions, excise duty exemptions and tax holiday.

This capacity of 4200 MWp is scheduled to be built up through the residential, Government, Social and institutional sector such as — hospitals and educational institutions. Industrial and commercial sector would be encouraged for installations without subsidy. The aim is to create a healthy market, build the confidence of the consumers and work towards enabling balance capacity through market mode. All this would be done with an objective of achieving the target of 40,000 MWp by 2022, the statement added.

Government has revised the target of National Solar Mission (NSM) from 20,000 MWp to 1,00,000 MWp, to be achieved by 2022.

India bets on International Solar alliance in Paris

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solar panelsParis : Monday today will mark as a day of new page in the history of India-France collaborative efforts in the field of solar energy, as French President Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch an international solar alliance aimed at eventually bringing clean and affordable solar energy within the reach of all. The launch is scheduled to coincide and interweave with a summit of world leaders at the start of two weeks of talks. The event to commence in the outskirts of Paris aims to seek a new global deal on curbing climate change, with a special eye of focus on natural avenues and attempt to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy with support from nature’s plentifulness.

India is keen to make the most of this summit in terms of actively participating along with co-countries and strengthening energy buffers by promoting intensive solar and other renewable sources within the country. An Indian government statement on Sunday said there were well over 100 solar-rich countries in the tropics that could be members of the International Solar Alliance to develop clean and affordable solar energy, and Indian certainly is keen to feature among the top list of the participants. It said — Solar energy is a practical and efficient way to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.

The erstwhile 2009 Copenhagen Summit did not convert into effective results and had cast an unsuccessful shadow of failure in the minds of participating countries. Hence, viewing this Paris Summit as a bundle of hope and expecting to attempt reaching a global climate deal, United Nations is placing as much weight on the efforts of individual governments as on an overarching UN agreement.

The participating countries too have shown keenness and a majority of them, more than 180 nations, to be precise, have submitted their home-made national action plans, keeping in mind their own country-requirements, as well as their contribution towards a global cause. The efforts are genuine, the plans are in place, but the target of achievement — a goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times — seems a far cry, not impossible though, but a step by step trickle down result which can be anticipated, does put the scientific minds at unrest, for want of stronger commitments and faster reprise. Scientists opine that the cap (2 degrees Celsius) is the bare minimum goal, achieving which is critically essential to prevent the most devastating consequences of global warming.

India’s national plan focuses on solar energy, and, based on the climate of the country as a whole, India aims to achieve solar energy expansion, and believes the renewable energy platform in India would grow significantly in the times to come. Not leaving it to words, the target has been laid down in digits — India’s aim to reach a capacity of 100 gigawatts by 2022, and this target is under constant escalation over regular time period, to be scaled up further in future.

Firms such as Tata Power have already diversified long back into renewable energy resources and invested heavily in solar as a reliable source of power, and are optimistic of bringing lights into remote areas, across the board of income group, with a special objective to deliver power to some of India’s poorest people.