Haryana makes solar power plants mandatory for housing societies, industries, etc.

CHANDIGARH: Haryana has made solar power plants mandatory for housing societies, industries and other specified categories of buildings.

“The notification has been issued in this regard to achieve higher trajectory for solar power generation and promote green energy,” principal secretary for renewable energy Ankur Gupta said.

Under Haryana’s solar power policy for 2016, the state government is providing various incentives including industrial status, exemption from change of land use approval and cess, free-wheeling and banking facility, exemption of T&D and cross-subsidy charges. Besides, the government has decided to purchase solar power over and above the solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), Gupta said.

He said 40 investors have signed memorandum of understanding adding to over Rs 98,000 crore with the aim of adding 8,531.75 MW of solar power, besides setting up of bio CNG, module or cell manufacturing, and research and development units in the state.

Describing Haryana as an emerging state in the renewable energy sector, Gupta said that the government was encouraging small investors by reserving 20 per cent of the target for projects of 1-2 megawatt capacity, giving price preference of 2 per cent to the plants installed in the state.

The government is also promoting rooftop solar power plants to replace diesel gensets in the state, with an aim to reduce pollution and emission of greenhouse gases. In Haryana, a solar power plant can work for about 330 days a year, every kilowatt of which produces about 1,600 units of electricity a year.

A typical 1KW solar power plant costs Rs 55,000-60,000, after availing subsidy. While the payback period is four-five years, the system lasts for more than 25 years. The government is also providing 30 per cent subsidy, subject to a maximum of Rs 20,000 per kilowatt peak (kWp), on installation of solar power plants for certain categories of buildings, Gupta said.

Credits ET Realty

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