New Delhi,Norway has supported a project to electrify 28 villages with solar Mini-grid plants in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand & Jammu and Kashmir. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, (Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. Under Off-grid and decentralized solar applications scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Ministry provides 30% capital subsidy which ranges from Rs.27/-per Wp to Rs.135/- per Wp for installation of solar PV systems and power plants.
The Minister further stated that In special category States viz. North Eastern States, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Himanchal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep and A&N Islands, the Ministry provides 90% capital subsidy which ranges from Rs.81/- Wp to Rs.405/-per Wp for Government organizations (Not for commercial organizations and corporations). Ministry is supporting state governments in these states to exploit solar potential, the Minister added.
Tapping of Solar Energy
The Minister stated that this cannot be treated as under achievement because the exploitation of solar energy in a big way has started only four years ago with the launch of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Solar energy continues to be expensive and therefore requires heavy investments. Solar energy has intermittent nature thereby making it difficult to integrate in the grid.
The Minister further stated that lack of public awareness, high cost of generation and limitations of existing power evacuation and transmission networks have been identified as main hindering factors in tapping of optimal solar energy potential across the country, the Minister added.