UP GOVERNMENT SET TO ROLL OUT SOLAR ENERGY POLICY

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The UP Government is set to roll out its Solar Energy policy and uploaded the draft policy in the in the official website of Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) for suggestions from consumers and willing investors.

Director of NEDA, Sangeeta Singh said that following expiry of Solar Energy Policy, 2013 and Rooftop Solar Power Plant Policy, 2014 a new Solar Energy Policy, 2017 has been formulated.

“The new policy focuses on installation of solar power plants across Uttar Pradesh as well as promoting setting up of rooftop solar plants. The drafy has been uploaded in UPNEDA’s official website for suggestions from investors. People can give their suggestions till July 15,” she said.

Earlier, the Yogi Government had uploaded its draft Industrial Policy inviting suggestions from investors. The policy is likely to be unveiled on Sunday.

Solar energy had been a buzz thing in previous government too. At that time 15 projects were cleared under tariff-based bidding to generate 215 MW of electricity.

The Adani Green Energy Ltd, Gujarat would set up two 50 MW each units while Sukhbir Agro Energy Ltd will set up 20 MW each power units. Besides, companies from Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur, Hyderabad and Lucknow would set up units at different rates.

The state got its first megawatt-capacity solar power in 2012 when a 2 MW plant in village Sandauli of Barabanki was inaugurated. After that a 5 MW power plant was inaugurated in Mahoba.

UP, as a matter of fact, is blessed with a good solar radiation to the tune of 1,800 kilowatt-hour per sqm on an annual average basis. This is necessary for operating a solar photovoltaic power plant.

“The UP Government is committed to increasiong power generation as it has promised 18-20 hours of supply in rural areas and 24 hour power in cities. The solar power can help meeting this target,” Power minister Shrikant Sharma said.

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