The Indian state of Tamil Nadu one of the pioneers in renewable energy and the leader in Wind Energy with about 43% of the installed capacity in India has released a Solar Road map for the state in December last year.
Last month, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said that her government was proposing to bring out the “Vision Document 2025″ meeting the expectations of the industry leaders, she said.
“This document will contain clear-cut policies for promoting investments in infrastructure like power, ports, ship building. There will be special emphasis on renewable energy like solar power”, she said.
The Government of Tamil Nadu plans to enable addition of 23,140 MW of power generation capacity in the State over the next five years, the Chief Minister has said in a press release. The existing installed capacity is 10,237 MW, the release notes. The proposed additions are: 15,140 MW through thermal, 5,000 MW through wind and 3,000 MW through solar, it said.
According to reports, Presenting the budget, the state Finance Minister, O Pannerselvam , said a number of new schemes have been launched and several development initiatives were taken up by the government and total cost of the schemes will be Rs 8,900 cr.
As part of the government’s commitment towards green energy, it is proposed to establish initially a 50 MW solar park in PPP mode through bidding process, the Finance Minister said.
‘A scheme has been envisaged to energise one lakh street lights with solar power in 1000 villages at the rate of 20,000 lights per year at a cost of Rs 248 crore. During the current year, the government will energise 20,000 street lights in 200 villages with solar power at a cost of Rs 49.60 crore that includes subsidy from the Centre. Similarly, 60,000 green houses have been proposed for construction by Rural Development Department with solar power during 2011-2012’, he added.