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Uttar Pradesh targets 1,000-Mw solar energy by 2017

According to reports, to partially tide over the prevailing power crisis and explore green energy resources, the Uttar Pradesh government is aiming for 1,000-Mw solar power generation by the year 2017.

This would be in addition to the generation of hydro and biomass energy under the public -private partnership (PPP) model.At present, UP is facing almost 3,000 Mw of power deficit.This segment would be tapped in both grid and non-grid connected projects. The grid connected solar power projects would come as private projects and government land based projects.

With UP Solar Power Policy 2012 still in the making, the state targets setting up 150-Mw, 300-Mw, 300-Mw and 250-Mw solar power projects during 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively.

“The Policy will be finalised soon and within the next 30 days,” UP New and Renewable Energy Department Agency (UPNEDA) director Anamika Singh told Business Standard.

The government is seized of the reality that the economic growth of UP had been impeded by inadequate availability of power, while conventional sources of power were fast depleting and posed environmental hazards. Thus, the challenge was not only to meet the growing power demand, but progressively increase share of renewable sources in power mix to achieve overall energy security.

The government would also consider off-grid rooftop solar power projects in association with the union ministry of new and renewable energy.

In May this year, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had inaugurated UP’s first megawatt (Mw) scale grid connected solar power unit.

The 2 Mw was set up by Lucknow-based Technical Associates Limited (TAL) in Barabanki district under the Rooftop PV and Small Solar generation Program (RPSSGP) of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which provided subsidy.

Meanwhile, the empowered committee headed by state Infrastructure & Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC) Anil K Gupta had recently approved setting up 4 small hydro power projects under PPP.

These include 550 Kw Kutubpur (Meerut), 300 Kw Dhakauli (Meerut), 1,800 Kw Betwa-1 (Jhansi) and 750 Kw Akbarpur (Bulandshahar) totalling 3,400 Kw. These are expected to be commissioned in 2015-16.

UP is keen to augment power availability from all resources available, including hydro power projects, Gupta said.

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