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Karnataka makes it mandatory to purchase 0.25% of total power consumption from solar energy

According to reports, if you pay four paise per unit more, you will get solar power to your house blended with other forms of energy.

To encourage use of renewable energy, Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has made it mandatory for electricity supply companies (Escoms) to purchase 0.25 per cent of total power consumption from solar energy.

KERC chairman M R Sreenivasa Murthy announced this at 10th Green Power 2011 – a conference and exposition on renewable energy organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry on Tuesday. “Already, it is mandatory for Escoms to purchase 10 per cent of renewable energy. Over and above that, they have to buy 0.25 per cent of solar energy. For instance, Bescom will purchase 125 million units (mu) of solar energy (keeping the energy consumption base as 50,000 mu). Consumers will not know that they are using solar power.”

Industries who wish to support green energy can pay Re 1 more than the fixed power tariff. This is voluntary and introduced to support renewable energy generation.

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