Centre asks states to draft green energy action plans

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The central government has asked states to prepare action plans with year-wise targets to introduce renewable energy technologies and install solar rooftop panels as it tries to ensure states don’t lag while the Centre works to achieve 175 GW of renewable power by 2022.Once the Centre receives all the plans, it will hold a meeting of all states on the issue on 2 March.States must also set out annual targets for renewable purchase obligation (RPO) till 2022 and identify locations to set up renewable energy plants. RPOs are the minimum share of total power that electricity distribution companies and some large power consumers need to purchase from renewable energy sources.I shall be grateful to you if you could issue suitable instructions for developing an action plan for achieving targets in respect of your state for the year 2022,” new and renewable energy secretary Upendra Tripathy wrote to state chief secretaries on 11 February. “The action plan may include year-wise targets for different renewable energy technologies up to the year 2022, year-wise targets for solar rooftop, year-wise RPO trajectory to the SERCs (State Electric Regulatory Commission) for notification so as to reach 17% in the total energy mix by the year 2022 by including 8% from solar, identification of technology-wise locations for setting up renewable energy plants and power evacuation plan,” the letter said.

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