State makes most power, but it taps little from sun
Even as India crosses 5000MW solar Power generation this year, Maharashtra, the largest power-producing state in the country, lagged behind in extracting electricity from the sun As per the statistics released by the central government for top 10 states generating solar power, Maharashtra stood at fifth position with power generation at a meagre 379MW. India’s cumulative installed capacity has reached to 5,130MW, with installed capacity of 1385MW set up during the current fiscal.Rajasthan stands first in the country with 1264MW, followed by Gujarat (1024MW), Madhya Pradesh (679MW), Tamil Nadu (419MW), Maharashtra (379MW) and Andhra Pradesh (357MW).The Centre has set an ambitious target of generating 100GW (1,00000MW) of solar power by 2021-22 under theNational Solar Mission. It is envisaged to generate 60GW ground mounted grid-connected solar power and 40GW through roof-top grid interactive solar power to fulfil the 100GW target of solar power. The ministry has also fixed year-wise targets to monitor the solar power generation in the country. The target for the current year is 2,000MW and for the next year 12,000MW.Currently, the state’s share of renewable energy in its total generation is around 9% and it has a target of enhancing it to 15%. To promote green power plants, the state has decided to give projects a deemed permission and it will not insist on consent such as from the MPCB, and has simplified the method of registration to avoid red tape and delays. “It is to seen if these decisions enhance of green power generation as per set targets,” said a power expert, closely working with the government.The state cabinet has already approved the new and renewable energy policy worth Rs 4,156.43 crore. By implementing this policy, the state will get electricity fee of Rs 3,885 crore and thus the actual expenditure will be only Rs 271.43 crore. To ensure maximum investments in these projects, the state has the target of bringing down the tariff of green power up to Rs 4.5 per unit by offering tax waivers and investment opportunities. The state’s recently declared renewal energy policy aims at achieving the installed capacity of 7,500MW solar energy.