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Jharkand Energy dept to appoint consultant for more ways to tap solar power

According to reports, feeling enthusiastic following successful operation of eight units of solar power generating 16 MW of clean electricity at Deoghar and Saraikela, the energy department is looking to replicate this even more brightly.

The department has finalised a plan to appoint a consultant suggesting measures to tap renewable energy source in a way to add as much as 300 MW of power in one-and-half-year time. The facelift and related exercise has also become more likely as newly drafted Energy Policy also has provision for setting up solar parks and hubs across State. Talking about this, Energy Secretary Vimal Kirti Singh the work onto this would take a big leap forward with Policy getting the node of Cabinet.

“The Energy Policy is before Cabinet and likely to get cleared very soon. We have chalked out plans to setup solar parks on various locations in State to tap about 300 MW of solar power within one-and-half-year time. We are in process of appointing a consultant for finding out modalities involved,” he said. The Pioneer has already reported about International Finance Corporation (IFC) coming in touch with the department in this regard. Jharkhand currently is getting 16 MW of solar power out of its eight units of two MW each. Seven units are located at Deoghar district whereas one is at Saraikela. Experts are very much positive about immense solar power potential existing in Jharkhand with high quality of radiation available for more than 200 days in a year. Vast amount of fallow and waste land is also in abundance in State. The Secretary added that provision had been made of Rs 27 crore in the Budget for bettering solar power scenario in the State that would be advanced on public-private partnership mode.
“Participation of private players is very crucial in harnessing solar power. This will also bring down the cost of power generated that would make it adequately affordable,” added Singh.

The existing eight units are generating power at the cost of Rs 17 for every unit of electricity generated. Though the Secretary emphasised that the cost of generation would come down as low as Rs 8 per unit with continuously improving technology and competition. “We should not bother much about the rate. Anyway thermal power is going to go costlier day by day with declining coal reserve and pollution norms getting stringent. Solar is the future,” said the official.

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