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Karnataka will meet renewable energy target before 2016, says Shobha Karandlaje

According to reports, “The Union government has set us a target of generating 2,000 MW of renewable energy by 2016. But we will achieve it well within the deadline,” Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje said here on Sunday.

“We have prepared plans for generating electricity through renewable sources such as solar and wind power,” she told journalists. She was here to inaugurate the 3 MW photovoltaic power generation station at Yapaladinni in Raichur district.

“The largest amount of solar and wind energy is produced in Gujarat now. We have prepared a background paper that details plans for green energy based on the Gujarat model,” Ms. Karandlaje said. The biggest project of them all will be the solar park in Manur in Bijapur district, which will come up on 5,000 acres.

“All these years, Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. built and installed power projects in the State. But now, the government has decided to take up large projects under the public-private partnership model,” the Minister said.

“Several private energy producers have approached us for taking up solar and wind energy projects. We will choose the one that offers to generate electricity at the cheapest cost,” she said. According to her, the lowest offer by a private solar power producer is Rs. 7.86 a unit. Ms. Karandlaje said the State government had already made it compulsory for all new buildings in Bangalore to have solar-powered water heaters, and was considering a proposal to make it compulsory in other cities too.

She said the Union government had not approved certain proposals for financial assistance to solar power projects submitted under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. “I will request Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah to approve the proposals soon,” she said.

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