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Govt schools, Anganwadis, Panchayat buildings to have solar plant

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The Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) will be setting up 1 Kv capacity solar power plant in all the government schools, village panchayat buildings and Anganwadis in Chhattisgarh during the current financial year, officials informed on Saturday.

It may be recalled that CREDA will also be setting up a 100 MW Solar Energy Park in  Rajnandgaon district of the State.

A Detailed Project Report (DPR) will soon be prepared for taking up Phase I development work for the project, officials stated.

Tentatively Dhaba, Kohka, Rengakathera, Amlidih villages and Dundera Block of Dongargarh have been shortlisted  to establish Phase I of the Solar Park project, officials informed.

Notably, the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has drawn up a scheme to set up Solar Park across various States in the country each with a capacity of Solar projects of 500 MW and above.

The Scheme proposes to provide financial support by Central Government to establish Solar Park in a State also with an aim to facilitate creation of infrastructure necessary for setting up new solar power projects in terms of allocation of land, transmission and evacuation lines, access roads, availability of water and others in a focussed manner.

Public sector Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will be setting up grid connected Solar PV projects across Chhattisgarh, on “Build Own Operate” basis for an aggregate capacity of 100 MW under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNUSM), officials informed.

 SECI which is under the administrative control of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will enter into Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the bidders for purchase of supply of solar power for a period of 25 years.

Notably, JNNUSM is a major initiative of the Government of India with active participation from States to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy security challenge. It will also constitute a major contribution by India to the global effort to meet the challenges of climate change.

 The objective of the Mission is to establish India as a global leader in solar energy by creating the policy conditions for its large scale diffusion across the country as quickly as possible. The Mission had set a target, amongst others, for deployment of grid connected solar power capacity of 1,00,000 MW by 2022.

Chhattisgarh intends to offer renewable energy equipment market for solar photo voltaic equipment worth Rs32,000 crores during the next five years to investors who decide to establish projects in the State, officials stated.

The Government is promising abundant and easy access to raw materials that go into equipment manufacturing for renewable energy sector.

Notably, Chhattisgarh has achieved total commissioned grid connected solar power capacity of 73.18 MW as on January 14, 2016, the Central government has informed.

Compared to this, neighbouring Madhya Pradesh achieved the grid connected solar power capacity of 678.58 MW during the same period.

The installed capacity of solar power in India has now crossed the milestone of 5,000 MW. The cumulative installed capacity has reached to 5,130 MW with installed capacity of 1385 MW in the current financial year. 

Rajasthan stands 1st in the country with 1264 MW, followed by Gujarat (1024MW), Madhya Pradesh (679 MW), Tamil Nadu (419 MW), Maharashtra (379 MW) and Andhra Pradesh (357 MW). 

The Central Government has set the ambitious target of generating 100 GW of solar power by the year 2021-22 under the National Solar Mission. It is envisaged to generate 60 GW ground mounted grid-connected solar power and 40 GW through roof-top grid interactive solar power to fulfill the 100 GW of solar power, officials stated.

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has also fixed year-wise targets to monitor the solar power generation in the country. The target for the current year is 2,000 MW and next year target is 12,000 MW.  The Ministry is putting all efforts through various schemes of Central Government and State Governments to achieve the targets.  It has been planned that around 18,000 MW tender should be out by  March 31, 2016, officials stated.

 To achieve above stated objective, the Ministry has initiated several projects like Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects; Scheme for Development of Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks/ Canal Tops; Scheme for setting up 300 MW of Grid connected Solar PV Power Projects by Defense Establishments under Ministry of Defense and Para Military Forces with viability Gap Funding; Scheme of setting up 1000 MW of Grid- Connected Solar PV Power Projects by CPSUs with Viability Gap Funding ; Scheme for Setting up of 15000 MW of Grid connected to achieve this target.

 Solar PV Power Projects by NTPC/NVVN; Setting up of 2000 MW Grid connected solar power with Viability Gap Funding through Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).




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