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Subsidy for Solar Panels



Subsidy for Solar Panels 
Ministry of New & Renewable Energy is implementing two National level programmes (i) Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme and (ii) Off-Grid & Decentralized Solar Applications to promote installation of solar rooftop systems on the roofs of residential and other buildings in the country. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today . 


The Minister further said that there is a provision for subsidy of 30% for general category States/UTs, 70% for grid connected solar rooftop and 90% for off-grid solar applications for special category States and Islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep in the country. The large and major industries do require large utilization of power, however, there is no provision of subsidy to the industries by the Government for reducing power requirement to half. Government is, however, encouraging power saving through energy efficiency and conservation measures, the Minister added. 

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Waiving of Transmission Charges in Renewable Energy 
Electricity Act, 2003 mandates Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) to determine tariffs including transmission tariffs. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, vide CERC (Sharing of Inter State Transmission Charges and Losses) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2015 notified that no transmission charges for the use of ISTS network shall be charged to solar based generation for the useful life of the projects commissioned upto 30.6.2017. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today . The Minister further stated that in addition, these regulations have also specified that no transmission losses for the use of ISTS network shall be attributed to solar based generation for the useful life of the projects commissioned up to 30.6.2017. However, these charges would be socialized among all Designated ISTS Customers (DICs).

The Minister further stated that Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved creation of intra-state transmission system in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan at an estimated cost of Rs 8548.68 Cr with Government of India contribution from National Clean Energy fund (NCEF) of Rs 3419.47 crore as recommended by IMG in its 12th meeting held on 30th April, 2015. For the state of Tamil Nadu, CCEA in its meeting held on 10 December 2014 approved the proposal of Tamil Nadu for providing NCEF support of Rs. 637.2 crore. The award of contract through competitive bidding of projects is at various stages with the respective state governments, the Minister added. 

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Potential of Wind Energy 
The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has recently launched Wind Energy Resource Map of India at 100 meter above ground level (AGL) on online Geographic Information System platform. This Wind Atlas is available online in the NIWE websitewww.niwe.res.in. The wind energy potential in the country at 100 m AGL is over 302 GW. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today
The State-wise wind energy potential is given below:
S.No
State/UT
Potential
(MW@100m)
1
Andaman & Nicobar
8
2
Andhra Pradesh
44229
3
Chhattisgarh
77
4
Goa
1
5
Gujarat
84431
6
Karnataka
55857
7
Kerala
1700
8
Lakshadweep
8
9
Madhya Pradesh
10484
10
Maharashtra
45394
11
Odisha
3093
12
Puducherry
153
13
Rajasthan
18770
14
Tamil Nadu
33800
15
Telangana
4244
16
West Bengal
2
Total
302,251 MW
(302 GW)


            The Minister further stated that depending upon the location of the project in different wind power potential zones in the country, the plant load factor of wind energy projects ranges from 20 per cent to 32 per cent.            The wind power is being installed in the country under three different modes, viz. i) Sale to Discoms under Feed-in-Tariff mode; ii) Captive use; and iii) Third party sale under Independent Power Producer (IPP) mode. The Government is promoting all three modes of installation, the Minister added.

            The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission on 7 August 2015 has notified forecasting and scheduling regulations and also Deviation Settlement Mechanism for inter-state transmission of solar and wind energy. Further, the Forum of Regulators has also issued model regulations on forecasting, scheduling & deviation settlement of wind & solar generators for intra-state transmission, the Minister added.



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