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Solar Power: North States Stand First

Here comes the sunAs per the study done by Electronic bazaar, India is witnessing a growth in Solar Power mission. The solar power situation is getting better over the time and has taken its place in almost every state of India.

The government of India has come up with a new initiative, targets of achieving a solar generating capacity of 100GW, which seems like a far-fetched dream right now. The lack of subsidies and policies to achieve this goal is being criticised by some. But if one studies the present situation closely, it is evident that the Centre is trying to bring things on to the fast track.

With the growing development in solar power sector, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, every state has a solar policy except the national capital. It is important to note that which of the states are doing progress and which ones need help to accelerate the process of achieving the ambitious national solar energy target.

The west side states like Madhya Pradesh is now ranked third after Gujarat and Rajasthan in terms of solar power capacity in India. This has been confirmed by an analysis done by Bridge To India. Madhya Pradesh’s recent solar drive has created a momentum that will be hard to contain in the future, and the state’s target of 2.654GW looks highly achievable. An important step towards this was the recently announced 750MW solar power plant that is supposed to come up in the Rewa district.

Now coming to the north states then UP state government has been also working at the micro level when it comes to solar power. In November 2014, the state government announced that it would join hands with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd to develop a 375M solar power park at an estimated cost of ` 30 billion on 7.5sqkm of land in Jalon district. When talking about the most popular city Delhi, The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is looking to use the rooftop space of three sports complexes – Commonwealth Sports Village (near Akshardham temple) Siri Fort and Yamuna Sports Complex—in order to generate a solar capacity of 1MW. The Holy Family Hospital in Okhla, on the other hand, has become the first private building in the state to have a large solar rooftop system, generating 300kW of solar power. But Delhi is yet to have a solar policy of its own and we are expecting that the city would have a bright future in the same segment soon.

Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh both have tremendous potential when it comes to rooftop solar installations. Uttarakhand’s rooftop policy allows solar power generators to sell the excess power to the state utility at a price of ` 9.20/Kwh, which makes the proposition more attractive from the investor’s point of view. While the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has initiated a project to light up the whole building with a solar lighting system. The Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (HIMRUJA) is undertaking this project. Solar power prospects are great in Himachal Pradesh but the state government has been a little slow in implementing things, till now.

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