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Maharashtra to come up with Solar Energy Policy to promote projects of 5MW or more

As Panchabuta had mentioned in late February, Orissa released its draft solar policy –Solar Odisha-A Vision- Draft Solar policy for Orissa proposed target of 5000MW by 2020.

There have some states that have been talking about a policy and a process for bidding out projects including Rajasthan but nothing concrete has emerged as of now.

Gujarat is the first state in India to come out with a comprehensive solar policy with targets and implementation mechanisms and is leading in the Solar energy implementation in India. Of course, the widely talked Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission has also been launched and the bidding for the solar thermal and the first stage of the first phase of the solar mission launched.

According to a recent report, “The government is framing the policy to promote solar power plants of 5 MW or more capacity in the state,” Non-Conventional Energy Minister Ganesh Naik informed the Legislative Council in a written reply last week in Maharashtra.

The state was also a part of the Centre’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, under which 10 per cent of the solar power generation would take place in Maharashtra, Naik said. The Mission’s initial target was to generate 1,000 MW of solar energy across the country by 2013, an official from Non-Conventional Energy Department said.

The state had sent 11 proposals of rooftop and small-scale solar energy generation projects to the Centre, Naik said. The issue was raised by MLC Vijay Sawant in the House, who had asked about state government’s efforts to promote the solar energy.

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