Renewable energy potential of Assam stands at 14,487 MW, solar takes largest share
The northeastern state of Assam has a renewable energy potential of 14,487 megawatt (MW) with solar energy taking the largest share, new and renewable energy minister R K Singh said in a written reply in Parliament on Tuesday.
According to the data provided in Parliament, solar energy has the highest potential in the state with 13,760 MW capacity, followed by biomass with 279 MW, wind energy with 246 MW, and small hydro projects with 202 MW capacities.
It showed that geothermal energy and tidal energy had no potential in the state.
He added that the state has allocated capacity demand for 2020-21 under the PM-KUSUM scheme.
According to the statement, under Component-A of the scheme, Assam plans to set up 50 MW of small solar power plants on barren or fallow land of farmers.
Under Component-B, it aims to install 1,000 standalone solar pumps, while under Component-C, solarisation of 500 existing grid-connected agriculture pumps is targeted.
PM-KUSUM is a demand-driven scheme and allocations are made based on the
demand received from the states. Central finance assistance is then disbursed according to the scheme guidelines on achievement of specified milestones by the discoms and state nodal agencies.