NEW DELHI: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) which is the nodal agency of Government of India for all matters relating to new and renewable energy has asked all states to come out with a solar policy, a move that will help the Centre meet its clean energy target.
“The Ministry has requested all states to come out with solar policy. A draft model solar energy policy has been sent to all states. So far, 14 number of states have issued solar policies,” Minister for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal said in a written statement in the Lok Sabha.
He also said the ministry has sanctioned 348 MW grid connected rooftop projects to various states in the country.
While replying to another question, the minister said that to make India a hub for renewable energy manufacturing, the ministry has been promoting private investment in the sector through an attractive mix of fiscal and financial incentives.
“An estimated potential of 897 GW has been identified from various renewable energy sources in the country which includes 749 GW from solar, 103 GW from wind, 25 GW from bio-energy and 20 GW from small hydro power,” he said.
He added that the MNRE has proposed grid power of 175 GW from various renewable energy sources by 2022 and this includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro power.
In a separate question, Goyal informed that World Bank had shown interest to finance solar park in southern state Andhra Pradesh.Solar parks are booming in India since the success of Gujarat solar park which was also the first of its kind in India.With the subsidies and attractive incentives given by government ,solar parks would not only attract investments but are also one of the best solutions to meet the target set by the government.
In order to meet its ambitious target of 100GW in solar, government cannot achieve it without the coordination of state government.Participation of state governments will not only help them achieve the target but also a number of unique solutions and policies will evolve which can be implemented on national level .