According to reports, with the announcement of a budgetary provision of Rs 100 crore for promoting solar energy projects particularly in the rural areas of the state the authorities of New and renewable Energy Development Agency (NEDA) are optimistic about further promotion and use of solar energy in the region.
“Though we are yet to receive guideline in this regard, we are hopeful that it would accelerate the pace of promotion of solar energy in the state,” said the senior NEDA officer Rajmani Pandey. It may be mentioned here that the chief minister Akhilesh Yadav while presenting the budget for 2012-13 on Friday announced a provision of Rs 100 crore for the promotion of solar energy projects.
“We are looking for covering more areas with solar energy through solar street lights and solar water heating systems,” Pandey told TOI on Saturday. According to him, over 500 solar streetlights have already been installed in rural areas. The solar energy is being utilized at different establishments of both government and private sectors in the district. So far the district has over 30,000 LPD (liter per day) installed capacity of solar water heating system. The establishments like Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Ramkrishna Mission, nursing homes and hospitals have installed solar water heating system. “Five villages of Maoist affected areas of Chandauli district have been also electrified with solar energy,” said Pande.
“While there is already a Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) of the central government, we are also expecting UP’s own solar energy policy in near future,” said Pandey adding that being encouraged with the success of the first phase of National Solar Mission the state was going to brings its own solar energy policy. According to JNNSM report, the National Solar Mission is a major initiative of central and state governments to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy security challenge. The aim of the Mission is to focus on setting up an enabling environment for solar technology penetration in the country both at a centralized and decentralized level.