“In­dia is poised for huge so­lar growth”

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

Power Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal said, “The 100 GW tar­get for so­lar should not be a con­straint and In­dia won’t stop at 100 GW. With the ad­vent of new tech­nol­ogy in stor­age, we are poised for huge growth. So­lar growth will sup­port landown­ers to de­rive in­come and so­lar in­dus­try to build their busi­ness.”

He said that In­dia should man­u­fac­ture in In­dia for In­dia and as­sess what it would take for the coun­try to be an end-to-end so­lu­tions provider for so­lar en­ergy. He said, “We can man­u­fac­ture at scale. A sub­sidy regime is not the best way to move for­ward. We need to draw up a regime where the govern­ment can be an en­abler for man­u­fac­tur­ing to com­pete at good qual­ity and prices. We need to fos­ter part­ner­ships with high qual­ity tech­nol­ogy sup­pli­ers. We will pro­vide large tracts of land to man­u­fac­ture at scale. In­dian de­vel­op­ers should also pro­mote In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ing.”

So­lar to power borewells

In a re­lated RE de­vel­op­ment, af­ter a pilot project in Kham­mam district was suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented and 90 so­lar-pow­ered pump-sets were com­mis­sioned on a pilot ba­sis, Te­lan­gana is now all set to re­place thou­sands of con­ven­tional agri­cul­tural pumpsets with so­lar-pow­ered ones. In this re­gard, the State has also re­ceived funds from MNRE to in­stall 4,223 pump-sets in dif­fer­ent parts of the State in the first phase. The pumpsets that were set up on an ex­per­i­men­tal ba­sis have proved ef­fi­cient in draw­ing ground water from depths of over 200 feet.

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