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Punjab to set up solar photo-voltaic power packs

According to reports, Punjab is all set to set up Solar Photo-voltaic Power Packs in households across the state in a major move to encourage use of solar energy for basic electricity needs, Non-Conventional Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia today said.

He said the government was making all efforts to fulfil the gap in demand and supply of electricity by installing more generating capacity in the renewable energy sector as well as conventional sector.

Majithia said Punjab has considerable sun light available for more than 330 days in a year and this abundant energy could be utilised for generation of power during the day time through solar photo-voltaic power plants. He said the state is endowed with vast potential of solar energy estimated at 4-7 KWH per one sq mt of solar insulation level and added that Punjab Government was committed to tap this resource.

He also said the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has planned installation of Solar Power Packs at households in the state of capacity 500Wp to 1000Wp.

Majithia said the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has sanctioned the Central Financial Assistance of Rs 3.03 crore as first instalment and with total project cost of Rs 10 crore.

He said that besides generating power, Solar Photo-voltaic Power Packs were environment friendly and carbon neutral and were easily produced and consumed.

The Punjab Government has set up Akshey Urja shops in all districts of the state, where people can buy these at 30 per cent subsidy.

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