Shimla : With a view to addressing the environmental concerns and compliance of renewable purchase obligations (RPO), the Haryana government has decided to install off-grid solar power plants in the rural areas in 110 primary health centres, 110 community health centers and 9,500 anganwadi centers.
Disclosing this Haryana Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar, at the Conference of Power and New & Renewable Energy Ministers in Shimla said a proposal to this effect has been sent to the Ministry for CFA (Central Financial Assistance) for sanctioning these projects.
“The state was promoting solar and renewable energy resources of generation as per the agreed plan,”he said
Due to non-availability of waste land in the state, emphasis is being laid on promoting solar rooftop power plants with a target of installation of 1600 MW of roof-top solar power plants by 2022. As on date, the total installed capacity through renewable energy resources is 292.40 MW, he informed.
Under the solar pumping programme 750 pumps were installed in the state in 2017-18 with 90% subsidy. During the current year, 2,300 solar pumps with 75% state subsidy shall be installed on which work has already been initiated.
“The government has also decided to convert 1.5 lakh electric operated pumps in to solar powered pumps in the state under KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan Programme),”he added.
Under this programme, there will be a provision to sell surplus electricity generated to power utilities when the pumps are not required for irrigation purposes, so that the solar pump not only fulfill the requirement of irrigation but also become a source of income for the farmers, he said.
Keeping in view the increase in demand of power on account of rapid industrialization and due to it being part of the National Capital Region, the state has accorded highest priority to the development of the power sector.
Minister said the government is fully committed to provide 24×7 power as per the vision of the centre. Keeping in view the supply and demand scenario, the state has already taken pro-active steps to ensure adequate availability of generation, transmission and distribution capacity.
DISCOMs have achieved financial turnaround an year ahead of the the UDAY target, and reported profit of Rs. 115.68 crore provisionally in FY 2017-18, against loss of Rs.193.05 crores during the previous year.
Panwar reiterated the commitment of the state government to implement the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), and Deen Dyal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY) for which contracts had been awarded in all eligible districts at a cost of Rs.655 crore well within the timelines set by the Union Ministry of Power.
The Haryana Government is also committed to energy conservation. Energy audit has been made mandatory for the buildings having a connected load of more than 100 KW in the state. Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) has been made mandatory for commercial buildings in the state, he concluded.
The conference was convened by the Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh. The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, and Power Ministers from other states were also present on this occassion.