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Karnataka will add 550 MW from renewable sources this year

According to reports, the Government of Karnataka will add about 550 MW from different renewable energy sources this year, according to a top official in the State Government.

Of the 550 MW, about 250 MW will be from wind, about 130 MW from co-generation from sugar factories, about 50 MW from hydel power plants and the remaining from pico-hydel (of less than 5 KW) and solar sources, Ms Shamim Banu, Additional Chief Secretary (Power), Government of Karnataka, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on renewable energy organised by the World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) today.

The State currently has about 3,000 MW of installed capacity coming from renewable energy (RE), out of the total 11,000 MW of installed capacity in the State, and according to WISE, Karnataka has more than 24 GW of renewable energy potential, out of which currently, only 3.45 GW has been tapped.

In this context, the WISE has prepared a master plan of action for the development of renewable energy in Karnataka.

Broadly, the document gives a “long term vision” for the State, looks at the potential capacity for renewable energy, the issues hindering energy conservation and charts out an action plan to achieve the State’s target in commissioning renewable energy projects. The document also gives suggestions on how the use the green energy fund to help speed up energy conservation measures also, Ms Banu said.

“Developers in the State have taken the initiative and come forward and set up RE projects in the state, due to which Karnataka has reaped these benefits and today has a significant quantum of RE. We cannot sit on our laurels…with the help of KREDL, the developers, and WISE, we can help speed up the process and do much more to make Karnataka self-sufficient in renewables and develop it into an energy secure state,” Ms Banu said.

She also said that while an RE Master Plan was planned as part of Karnataka’s Renewable Energy when it was formulated in 2009, nothing concrete had happened, and an action plan had now been developed by WISE to assist the government.

However, the Government will not be modifying the existing renewable energy policy based on the recommendations given by WISE, Ms Banu said.

“We need not make any changes in the policy; this action plan will give us a framework and we will work within our policy. We won’t be changing the policy,” she said.

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