Punjab has consented to the proposal to give subsidy on solar panels to make them popular among domestic consumers with an idea to make solar energy mandatory in the public and private buildings especially in the houses constructed over an area of one kanal and above plots in the urban estates.
The State Government has come out with NRSE-2012 Policy which aims at maximizing and improving the share of new and renewable sources of energy to 10% of the total installed power capacity of the state by the year 2020 besides promoting renewable energy initiatives for meeting energy needs. The policy also focus on creating conducive conditions to woo private sector investments in NRSE projects along with broader participation by public by giving a slew of incentives. As per the new policy focus would be laid to generate nearly 1000 MW power through non conventional and renewable sources of energy in the state by year 2022.
The Government view came to light during a high level meeting held here to review the untapped potential of solar energy in the state where the Punjab Governor, Shivraj V Patil emphasized that every household across the state should be encouraged to have Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) Panels on their rooftops to augment the energy generation in the state. The Governor further said that solar energy could also be tapped with the installation of SPVs along with the banks of the canals as Punjab had an efficient canal network across the state. He mentioned the state government should make it mandatory for all the public as well as private buildings especially the upcoming housing clusters to have installation of SPVs for the generation of solar energy. The Governor said that 40% energy could be saved from the conventional power by optimally utilizing the solar energy.
Appreciating the NRSE Policy-2012 framed by the state government, the Governor said it was deftly crafted to dispose of the biomass in an efficient manner by generating power from agricultural waste besides co-generation. He said the energy generation from the paddy and wheat stubble was more suitable as there was an abundant stock of biomass besides this process of energy generation was also environmental friendly because the practice of burning this biomass resulted in heavy pollution causing health hazards. The Governor asked Badal to send a high level delegation comprising officers of PEDA and experts in the field of Non-Conventional energy led by the Non Conventional and Renewable sources Minister to study the technology of solar energy in Germany and China.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal agreed to the proposal of Patil to give subsidy on these panels to make them popular among the domestic consumers in a big way. He informed the Governor that the state government was already giving 70% subsidy on the solar tanks used for drip irrigations in the orchids. Badal also apprised the Governor that the state government had already initiated steps to make solar energy mandatory in the public and private buildings especially in the houses constructed over an area of one kanal and above land in the urban estates.
Non Conventional and Renewable sources Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said that NRSE-2012 Policy was aimed at maximizing and improving the share of new and renewable sources of energy to 10% of the total installed power capacity of the state by the year 2020 besides promoting renewable energy initiatives for meeting energy needs.