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SOLAR POWER IN UTTAR PRADESH

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 March 11, 2016

Emphasizing on having a better solar power generation in the State, Uttar Pradesh government is making all efforts to promote this sector. Akhilesh Yadav’s government is committed to provide 24-hour electricity supply in cities, 22 hours at district headquarters and 16 hours in rural areas by October 2016. The government has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for acquiring around 424 MW of power for the next 25 years from the year 2016 by Lanco Power Limited. These initiatives are part of efforts of the state government to bridge the yawning gap between demand and supply of electricity in the state.

Under the Uttar Pradesh Solar Power Policy 2013, the plants at Jalaun and Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh were inaugurated by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. He has also inaugurated a 250 KW solar power plant with former president Late Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Kannauj.

In order to explore green energy resources, the Uttar Pradesh government is aiming for 1,000-Mw solar power generation by the year 2017. This would be in addition to the generation of hydro and biomass energy under the public -private partnership (PPP) model. This segment would be tapped in both grid and non-grid connected projects. The grid connected solar power projects would come as private projects and government land based projects.

In the North India Solar Summit-2015, organised by Indian Industries Association (IIAT), Akhilesh Yadav government has announced UP solar energy policy and rooftop solar power plant policy to boost the use of renewable energy to partly tide over rising energy demand and support green energy resources. In the under-construction Loha Housing scheme, arrangements are being made to run light and fans through solar power. Recognising the potential of solar energy, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced waiving off VAT on solar energy equipment and said the state was working towards setting up solar power plants and parks here.

Lucknow would be hosting the 3rd edition of the North India Solar Summit from tomorrow – March 11, 2016. The event being organised by Indian Industries Association (IIA) would highlight the emerging business and trade opportunities in the solar and renewable energy segments in Uttar Pradesh. About 50 companies are participating in the three-day summit, which would discuss the large untapped potential in the sector, both domestic and commercial. The summit would witness the participation of equipment suppliers, distributors, advisory groups, support agencies, apart from related government departments and agencies.

The challenge was not only to meet the growing power demand, but progressively increase share of renewable sources in power mix to achieve overall energy security.

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