Solar Policies To Power UP, Goa
Goa and Uttar Pradesh are now going solar. While on one hand the Goa Cabinet, on December 6, approved the state's Solar Power Policy, the UP government announced that it had begun implementing the new solar energy policy 2017.
What's up with UP?
Under the new solar policy for 2017, the state plans to explore the many possibilities the solar sector offers.
"The new policy will bring crores of investment to the state by 2022. This will help in generating direct and indirect employment. UP will become a leading partner in the International Solar Alliance – an initiative of the Central government," UP's Additional Energy Resources Minister Brajesh Pathak said.
Going on in Goa
Under the new policy, that would become functional by the end of the current fiscal year, Goa aims to generate 150 megawatt (mw) of power by 2021.
"It will take next two-three months to have proper documentation for the policy and by the end of this financial year, it will become functional and will start showing an impact," Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said.
The policy, Parrikar said, was divided into three categories, and included even a unit producing up to 100 kilo volts (kv) power.
The residential societies in the state that generate less than 100kv of power would be compensated under the new policy, based on the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission rates depending on the gross metering.
On the other hand, the units producing more than 100kv power will be compensated on net metering as the unit operator would be participating in the reverse gridding of the power.
The policy also encourages power generation by individuals, who either have their own land where they can set up a solar unit or can procure a non-objection certificate (NOC) from the land owners for it.
"The land owner would be spared from the process of conversion of his land or permission from local panchayat or civic body, if he is installing a solar power generation plant under the policy," he said.
"In such circumstances, the power producer will have to show the documents of the land and bank guarantee of six months. But the unit operator would be penalised in case of non-supply of power to the government or delay in it," he said.
The policy also speaks about providing 50 per cent of the project costs as interest-free loans to the units, which can be repaid in the form of supply of power to the state, six months after the unit is functional.
For housing colonies, Parrikar says, rooftop solar power generation by employing one contractor if all the owners come together.
According to State Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar, Centre has given the state of Goa to produce 150 mw of power by 2021. “So initially, we will go for 50 mw power. After that we will add another 50 mw," he said.
With inputs from Housing News