Cabinet approves proposal to amend solar policy

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Bengaluru: The State Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Tuesday approved a proposal to amend the solar policy to raise the solar contribution to 8 per cent of the total power generated in the state by 2021.

Briefing the media persons after the Cabinet meeting, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T B Jayachandra said solar energy potential in the state has been estimated to be around 20,700 MW and the state is keen to achieve a production capacity of 6,000 MW by 2021.

The present policy envisages to ensure three per cent of the overall power generation in the state from Solar energy by 2021. However, with latest studies promising bigger potential for the state, the state Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal for amending the policy to raise the solar contribution to eight per cent of the total power production by 2021.

The earlier policy had provision for government financial assistance of Rs 1 crore for solar parks being set up in an area of up to 100 acres in backward districts identified by the Nanjundappa committee. This clause has now been amended to remove the regional restriction and encourage setting up of solar parks in all districts. However, it would be limited to 200MW per taluk.

Salient features of amended solar policy are: Setting up a dedicated project monitoring cell, establishing a solar energy center for excellence and incubation center for promoting innovation in R&D, encouraging to set up Solar Parks in all taluks with a cap of 200 MW per taluk.

 

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