The Tamil Nadu government has set a target to add 3,000 Megawatt (MW) solar energy as part of it solar mission programme by 2015-16. The state government is also planning to bring a new policy for solar energy.
This was disclosed by Natham R Viswanathan, minister for electricity and prohibition and excise, during his address at Renergy 2012, an international conference organised by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency. This is more than 33 per cent of India’s target.The minister said the Centre’s assistance for the state renewable energy sector was nil. He had then said that the new solar policy will be introduced before or during the current Budget.
Tamil Nadu government today proposed to set up solar powered parks with the aim of generating 1000 mw in the next five years in the public-private participation mode.
Initially Rs thousand crore will be invested in southern parts of the state over 500 acres to produce 100 mw, Industries minister P Thangamani told the state assembly.
Replying to the grants for his department for 2012-13, the minister said the Tamil Nadu Industries Development Corporation (TIDCO) will set up such solar parks.
Thangamani recalled that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had mentioned in her ‘vision 2023’ document the intention to produce 11000 mw of solar power in the next 11 years.