Power Woes: CRPF to get Solar Panel in Naxal Areas
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had visited CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on May 30. Home Minister asks paramilitary forces to go for solar energy to power up their camps and barracks. He approved that solar panels be installed at all remote camps of security forces in naxal-affected areas as regular power supply to the camps remains far cry. Home Minister had asked Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to take steps for laying of underground cables for bringing electricity to the camps. The centre has hence decided to go for solar energy and cannot forever depend on the diesel generators.
Power boost to state's solar sector
Solar power prospects are all set to get brighter in Uttar Pradesh. As per the new system, notified by the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission in March, consumers producing solar power for personal consumption will also be allowed to supply excess solar energy back to the grid. The access amount will be adjusted in the consumer's monthly power bill. No VAT to be paid on the purchase of solar energy devices, equipments and their parts. Poor families under the Janeshwar Mishra Gram Yojna will get subsidy on solar power pack. Solar equipment worth Rs 10,000 will be made cheaper by Rs 500. At present setting up a 1KW unit can cost up to Rs 80,000 with subsidy. Without government grants, it can up to Rs 1 lakh per Kilo Watt.
Steps towards Renewable Energy by the UP Government
National Solar Mission identified in National Plan on Climate change, declared by the year 2008, solar power projects with a total capacity of 12 MW of grid connected were installed in Barabanki, Bareilly, Jhansi and Allahabad. A solar park of capacity 600 MW is proposed to be developed, with a likely investment of Rs 720 cr, at Jalaun, Eta, Allahabad and Mirzapur.
Coal based power plants gather dust as govt focuses on gas ones
Even as the government is reviving stranded gas based power plants, significant coal based capacity is idling simply because states are unwilling to sigh long term power purchase agreements (PPA). In addition to this, no PPA's have yet been signed for plants, which will come on stream by 2017, with capacity of around 5,000MW. The government is pushing to up India's solar generating capacity to 100,000MW by 2022.