Chandigarh : The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has announced to install solar powered pumps throughout the state under the solar hydro pumping project.
Disclosing this, State Power and Renewable Energy Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar said the government has decided to implement solar pumping project big time by providing subsidy upto 80 percent as agreed in the first Cabinet meeting on 18th March, 2017.
He further said that a comprehensive plan has been chalked out for installing 20,000 solar pumps in Punjab during the 13th Five Year Plan (2017-2022).
Elaborating on the solar hydro pumping project he said, in the 2018-19 fiscal year, 2800 solar pumps having a capacity of 2, 3 and 5 HP would be installed.
He further said that the solar hydro pumping project is very beneficial for the state government as well as the farming sector and would lead to conservation of the diesel, fuel, environment. He also informed that the process to invite applications from the farmers for establishing solar pumps is on.
Kangar also said that awareness is being spread throughout the state concerning the renewable energy and people are exhibiting keen interest in the novel projects. Calling renewable energy a powerful medium, the minister said that it is environmental friendly as well as easily available to the people.
The CEO of PEDA, NPS Randhawa added that the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is pushing for the usage of solar energy for the irrigational purposes in the agricultural sector since 2000-2001 and is planning to establish 10 lakh solar pumps in the country by 2020-2021 and the Punjab Government is pushing up the unique project with vigour.
Giving details, he said that the centre is giving 30 percent subsidy on 1 HP (Horse Power) pumps, 25 percent on 2 & 3 HP pumps and 20 percent on 5 HP pumps. The plan is being implemented by the several states and uptill now, 1.50 lakh solar pumps have been installed across the country.